State to allow visitors inside nursing homes in most California counties

By Barbara Feder Ostrov, CALmatters, October 26 2020 After months of being unable to have in-person visits amid the pandemic, families across California will now be permitted indoor visits with loved ones in many nursing facilities after new guidance was released by the California Department of Public Health on Friday. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters The pandemic had limited loved ones to window or patio visits – if at all – but new guidance lifts restrictions in those 46 counties with better virus control.

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Dying of loneliness: How COVID-19 is killing dementia patients

By Allison Griner, Al Jazeera, October 22 2020 [All illustrations by Jawahir Al-Naimi/Al Jazeera] Elderly people living in care homes are not just dying from coronavirus; they are dying because of the response to it. Teresa Palmer is sitting on the back porch of her home in San Francisco when the mobile phone in her hand starts to buzz.

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Why The ‘Kevin Bacon’ Factor Is Key To Understanding How COVID Spread In Nursing Homes

By Jackie Fortiér, LAist, October 21 2020 Adrina Rodriguez talks with a nurse through a window in April as she visits her father at the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward where 19 residents have died of COVID-19. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) To make ends meet, Martha Tapia works 64 hours a week at two different Orange County nursing homes.

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COVID-19 patients moved to nursing home, 12 resident deaths reported

By Brooks Jarosz, KTVU FOX 2, October 15 2020 GILROY, Calif. – A dozen residents have died and at least 75 have become infected at a Gilroy nursing home, following the transfer of hospital patients sick with the coronavirus. A separate, isolated section of the Gilroy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center opened its doors in August as a COVID-19 recovery unit.

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Deadly outbreak at a Santa Cruz County nursing home shows risk still runs high

By Mallory Moench and Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, October 9 2020 An empty wheelchair can be seen in the alley between the Watsonville Nursing Home and the Post Acute Center on Oct. 8, 2020. Photo: Sara Gobets / Special to The Chronicle WATSONVILLE — Information was scarce and access to loved ones restricted Thursday as the worst possible scenario played out for family members of residents of the Watsonville Post-Acute Center — a coronavirus outbreak that has killed nine people and infected 61.

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Coronavirus outbreaks ravage nursing homes again, even after Newsom safety measures

By Maura Dolan and Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, October 8 2020 The Sundial Bridge in Redding. Coronavirus outbreaks have recently hit nursing homes in that Northern California city and also in Santa Cruz County. (William Koplitz / Getty Images) After a steady slide in the statewide number of new coronavirus infections at skilled nursing homes, facilities in Santa Cruz and Shasta Counties are grappling with severe outbreaks, with several dozen people at both places testing positive and residents dying of COVID-19.

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Caregivers, advocates push for indoor visits to resume at nursing homes

By Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, October 4 2020 Shannon Svensen holds a photograph of her mother, Modena Svensen in front of their home in Chula Vista on Friday. Shannon has been unable to see her mother in person since August. Modena contracted COVID-19 and suffered a heart attack while recovering from hip replacement surgery at a skilled nursing facility.

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Can L.A. County Turn Around Its Nursing Home Debacle?

By Dan Ross, Capital & Main, September 30 2020 A patient’s daughter talks with a nurse at the troubled Gateway Care nursing home in Hayward, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Some observers say it’s time to hand over L.A. County’s oversight of its nursing homes to California. But would state control be any better? For many, the health disaster that has befallen Los Angeles County’s skilled nursing facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a dangerous recipe comprising slow response, lax oversight and profits superseding quality care.

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Dysfunction and Dissent: Inside L.A. County’s Troubled Nursing Home Oversight Division

By Danny Feingold, Capital & Main, September 30 2020 Employees call for leadership change as inspector general prepares to release first report. The division of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department charged with regulating nursing homes is wracked by incompetent leadership and hampered by inadequate training, endangering the lives of vulnerable residents and undermining staff morale.

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Task force says nursing homes need more aid. Critics say industry should step up.

By Will Englund, The Washington Post, September 17 2020 The special panel urged the Trump administration and states to provide more resources but some say it failed to hold industry and regulators accountable. Lynn Foley, right, of Deerfield Beach, reaches out to her mother, Vernice Huff, as they celebrate her 100th birthday at John Knox Village recently in Pompano Beach, Fla.

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