Save Our Seniors Urges Department of Health to Reject Sakura ICF ‘Transition Plan’

By Rafu Shimpo, Los Angeles Japanese Daily News The following letter was sent on April 5 to Cassie Dunham, acting deputy director of the California Department of Public Health, by Taiji Miyagawa and David Emiliano Zapata Maldonado, Ph.D. on behalf of the Save Our Seniors Network Coordinating Committee. =*= Save Our Seniors (SOS) Network writes in the strongest terms possible to object to the so-called “Transition Plan” (“Plan”) submitted Monday, March 29, 2021 by Sakura ICF Administrator Beverly Ito on behalf of its owners, the San Diego-based Pacifica Companies.

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After Pandemic Disaster, California Looks to Solve Longstanding Nursing Home Problems

By KQED Science, April 8, 2021 Resident Hanna Nasi is visited by daughter Surab Nasrallah on the first day of in-room family member visits at the Ararat Nursing Facility in Los Angeles. California nursing homes were hit hard during the pandemic, and now the state is looking at reforms. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) It’s been a year of trauma and loss in California’s long-term care homes, where thousands of COVID-related deaths occurred.

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FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FUNERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR COVID-19 FUNERAL EXPENSES

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-04-CCLD April 6, 2021 TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES ALL CHILD CARE LICENSEES AND PROVIDERS ALL CHILDREN’S RESIDENTIAL LICENSEES ALL HOME CARE ORGANIZATION LICENSEES ALL HOME CARE AIDES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINESDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FUNERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR COVID-19 FUNERAL EXPENSES Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-04-CCLD informs Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) licensees of the Adult and Senior Care, Children’s Residential Programs, licensees and providers of the Child Care Program, Home Care Organization licensees, and Home Care Aides about assistance available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with COVID-19 funeral expenses.

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California oversight of nursing homes called ‘befuddling,’ ‘broken’

By Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters, April 6, 2021 A CalMatters investigation reveals an opaque licensing process for California nursing homes, rife with indecision and contradictions. Officials have let the state’s largest nursing home owner and his companies operate 18 homes for years while failing to decide whether to grant the required licenses. The virus swept through Country Villa Sheraton nursing home in Los Angeles in the past year, killing 24 residents.

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Immediate Jeopardy: Death And Neglect Inside A Troubled California Nursing Home Chain

By Elly Yu AND Aaron Mendelson, LAIST, April 6 2021 At a nursing home in Glendale, a certified nursing assistant was charged with raping a mentally ill patient in her room. After the incident, according to investigators, the victim said she felt “scared, sad, wanted to kill herself.” At a facility in Simi Valley, the daughter of one elderly resident told LAist that staff didn’t adequately care for her mother, who developed a gruesome bedsore.

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CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) PREVENTION AND MITIGATION FOR PERSONS IN CARE WITH DEMENTIA AND PERSONS IN CARE IN MEMORY CARE UNITS

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-19-ASC April 2, 2021 TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINES Deputy Director Community Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) PREVENTION AND MITIGATION FOR PERSONS IN CARE WITH DEMENTIA AND PERSONS IN CARE IN MEMORY CARE UNITS Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-19-ASC provides guidance to Adult and Senior Care (ASC) licensees onCOVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies for persons in care with dementia andpersons in care in memory care units.

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‘Mom Is Really Different’: Nursing Homes Reopen to Joy and Grief

By Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, March 31 2021 The Biden administration this month published sweeping guidelines allowing nursing homes to hold indoor visits again in most cases.Credit…Kristian Thacker for The New York Times Nursing homes, one of the most restricted settings in America during the pandemic, are allowing visitors again. But opening the doors has brought new complications.

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Getting to Yes: A Nursing Home’s Mission to Vaccinate Its Hesitant Staff

By Abby Goodnough, photographs by Kenny Holston, New York Times, March 29 2021 Deborah Childs, a staff member of the Forest Hills nursing home in Washington, D.C., receiving a Covid-19 vaccine last month. She was hesitant at first, she said, but later, “I took the opportunity to just read everything I could.” WASHINGTON — The Covid-19 vaccine had finally come to Forest Hills of D.C., a nursing home in a prosperous neighborhood of the nation’s capital, but there was a problem.

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Lawmakers: Require nursing homes to disclose vaccine data

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP News, March 25 2021 FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2021, file photo, CVS Pharmacists prepare the COVID-19 vaccine for the nursing home residents at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility in Harlem neighborhood of New York. Nursing homes have to publicly disclose their vaccination rates for flu and pneumonia, but there’s no similar mandate for COVID-19 shots.

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