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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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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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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Huge nursing home chain discharged patients improperly, California prosecutors allege

By Richard Winton, Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, March 15 2021 California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, pictured during a Sept. 5 news conference, is part of the lawsuit against Brookdale Senior Living Inc.(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press) A coalition of California prosecutors has sued the nation’s largest senior living operator, alleging it ignored laws that protect patients when they are discharged from skilled nursing facilities and that it exaggerated the level of care to the federal government’s nursing home rating system.

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Mobile teams help vaccines reach vulnerable seniors

By Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News, March 9 2021 Lenora Brown, 65, prepares for her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. “I want to live to be over 100. Don’t give me anything that will mess me up!” she joked with the nurse. ANTIOCH, Calif. >> A mobile “strike team” is bringing vaccines to some of Northern California’s most vulnerable residents along with a message: This is how you avoid dying from COVID-19.

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Watchdog groups laud proposals to improve nursing home care and call for other changes

By Rachel Baldauf, The Washington Post, March 9 2021 Legislative action targets infection control and financial transparency Patient advocacy groups are praising two proposals by state and federal lawmakers aimed at improving infection-control protocols and financial transparency in nursing homes, struck by a crushing stretch of deaths since the start of the pandemic. The Covid-19 Nursing Home Protection Act, introduced by five U.S.

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CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated could set stage for easing of some local rules

By David Rosenfeld and Alicia Robinson, The Daily Breeze, March 9 2021 Resident Wendy Green, center, is served by Marisol Barrera at the dining room at Emerald Court in Anaheim, CA on Monday, March 8, 2021. Dining with Green is resident Alice Tillman. Residents were able to come to the dining room for the first time since social distancing restrictions were put into place after the CDC revised their guidelines.

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Families, Advocates Pushing California To Reopen Nursing Homes

By Amita Sharma, KPBS, March 8 2021 Above: Pictured above is Zakia Azimi, Mariam Barakozoy’s mother in a hospital in 2020. COURTESY MARIAM BARAKZOY Before the pandemic, Mariam Barakzoy routinely helped feed, bathe and give breathing treatments to her bedridden 88-year-old mother Zakia Azimi at a Rancho Bernardo nursing home. But that personalized care stopped a year ago when long-term care facilities in California and nationwide barred visitors to halt the spread of COVID-19.

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Watchdog calls for LA County nursing home crisis plan in light of ‘serious’ deficiencies, gaps

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News, February 20 2021 The Golden Cross Heath Care facility in Pasadena as it was evacuated on Friday, June 12, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) A reform advocate says the county Health Facilities Inspection Division ‘has not been up to the job of overseeing and monitoring nursing homes in L.A.’ A Los Angeles County watchdog is calling for the Public Health Department to create a nursing home crisis and response plan in light of major safety problems that surfaced during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vaccination rates rise in nursing homes, but when will families be able to visit?

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, February 20 2021 Melissa Traub hasn’t hugged her 92-year-old mom since March. Like countless others locked out of a family member’s nursing home because of COVID-19, she has spent nearly a year listening helplessly on the phone as her aging mom struggles to comprehend her isolation. “I have to hear her crying when she’s having an anxiety attack, asking, ‘Why can’t I just come live with you?’” Traub said.

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