‘A harrowing black hole of information’: Some nursing homes leave families in the dark about coronavirus

By Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, August 6 2020 Carlton Senior Living resident Jim Sander, 93, tested negative for the coronavirus, but has memory loss, and his son Dave Sander (right) couldn’t get information on the result of the test until The Chronicle contacted the care facility. Photo: Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle Marla Harvey looked closely at her computer screen.

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What can be done to stop COVID-19 from ravaging skilled nursing homes in Sonoma County?

By Martin Espinoza, The Press Democrat, August 3 2020 Laura Cunningham blows a kiss to her mother, Susan Nickel, as they finish their video chat at Lakewood Meadows Park in Windsor on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Cunningham’s mother is hospitalized at Petaluma Valley Hospital while recovering from COVID-19. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat) It was nearly a month ago when Laura Nickel-Cunningham received the call from the Petaluma skilled nursing home where her mother was staying.

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No Visitors Leading to Despair and Isolation in Senior Care Homes

By Jared Whitlock, Voice of San Diego, July 28 2020 Natasha Josefowitz looks beyond her balcony at the White Sands Retirement Community in La Jolla. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz When Jan Thompson drops off care packages to her 95-year-old mom, about 8 feet separate them. It’s the closest they’ve been in a while. Her mom lives at Monte Vista Village in Lemon Grove.

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How SF’s Laguna Honda averted coronavirus disaster

By Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, July 27 2020Photos by Gabrielle Lurie State, feds stepped in with training, protocols and action plan for largest nursing home in California In the early days of the pandemic, the prospect of a deadly coronavirus surge at Laguna Honda nursing home in San Francisco seemed terrifying — and inevitable. The public health department that ran Laguna Honda, the largest nursing home in the state, wasn’t equipped to handle a surge of cases at the facility.

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Nursing Home Inspectors Are Not Routinely Tested For Coronavirus. Newsom Says They Will Be Now

By the LAist, July 24 2020 Coronavirus test tubes. Courtesy of the County of Los Angeles. Despite requiring routine COVID-19 testing for nursing home residents and workers, state nursing home inspectors are not being tested. A report by the Los Angeles Times calls into question whether these inspectors could be inadvertently spreading the virus as they travel between skilled nursing facilities to verify the safety and hygiene of those same facilities.

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From Outdoor Visits to Designated Family Caregivers, Nursing Homes Cautiously Reopen Doors

By Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News, July 21 2020 When it became apparent that COVID-19 was sweeping the country, one of the earliest major preventative steps was a move by the federal government to instate a near-total lockdown on any unnecessary visits. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the sweeping ban on March 13, which did include an exception for end-of-life visitations.

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California backtracks after removing COVID-19 death counts for assisted living homes

By Jason Pohl and Ryan Sabalow, Sacramento Bee, July 21 2020 Last week, the state agency that regulates assisted living facilities quietly posted a memo announcing it was going to delete from its website the names of facilities where people had died from COVID-19. The California Department of Social Services provided no explanation. When patient care advocates found the memo Monday, they were baffled and alarmed.

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Governors urged to help curb further outbreaks in nursing home, assisted living centers

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News, July 16 2020 A health care worker prepares to collect a sample to test for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) States asked to help expedite lab test processing times as well as on-site testing, to secure more N-95 masks and gowns and to coordinate closely with long-term care providers in reopening facilities to visitors.

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The gathering storm: How the state seized control of two troubled nursing homes as coronavirus crisis loomed

By Barbara Feder Ostrov, Cal Matters, July 15 2020 State health officials took control of the Legacy and Rose Garden Healthcare nursing homes in Pasadena after learning that the home’s operator couldn’t pay rent or staff, as the coronavirus pandemic loomed. Photo by Karlene Goller for CalMatters Once a rarity, state takeovers of on-the-edge nursing homes are expected to become more common as the pandemic tips facilities further into chaos.

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States Allow In-Person Nursing Home Visits As Families Charge Residents Die ‘Of Broken Hearts’

By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News, July 13 2020 (Rosa Garcia/Getty Images) States across the country are beginning to roll back heart-wrenching policies instituted when the coronavirus pandemic began and allow in-person visits at nursing homes and assisted living centers, offering relief to frustrated families. For the most part, visitors are required to stay outside and meet relatives in gardens or on patios where they stay at least 6 feet apart, supervised by a staff member.

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