By Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post, August 27 2021 Judie Shape, center, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., visited last year through the window of her room with her daughter Lori Spencer, left, and son-in-law Michael Spencer. (Ted S. Warren/AP) The Biden administration does not plan to rely on national pharmacy chains to give booster doses of coronavirus vaccines to millions of nursing home residents this fall, as officials did last winter, federal health officials said.
By Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters, August 19 2021 Illustration by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters; iStock California Department of Public Health officials say they cannot fix their mistake, amid cries the licensing system for nursing homes is “broken and ineffective.” The state’s nursing home licensing system has long raised the ire of elder-care advocates. Now, another misstep has sparked new frustration among both nursing home watchdogs and state lawmakers. By its own admission, the California Department of Public Health incorrectly listed a controversial nursing home operator as holding permanent licenses for two Los Angeles-area nursing homes.
Aaron Mendelson, LAist, July 19 2021 Solorzano photographed in 2018 with Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose campaign ReNew supported with $20,000. Newsom donated $10,000 of that to charity after our investigation was published in April.(Screenshot from ReNew’s Instagram account/California Secretary of State) The letters from the state’s public health department to nursing home mogul Crystal Solorzano were blunt: “You have not provided evidence satisfactory to be licensed.” Solorzano, whose Southern California-based ReNew Health is connected to nursing homes throughout the state, had applied to acquire nine additional facilities in April 2020.
By Aaron Mendelson and Elly Yu, NPR, May 26 2021 In December 2019, Cynthia Carrillo placed her older brother David at Villa Mesa Care Center, a nursing home in Upland, Calif. After the shutdown in March of 2020, Cynthia Carrillo couldn’t visit David inside Villa Mesa. One month later, David, 65, who had Down syndrome, died from COVID-19.
By Amita Sharma, KPBS, May 18 2021 Above: In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo, a woman walks to her room at a senior care home in Calistoga, Calif. PHOTO BY ERIC RISBERG / ASSOCIATED PRESS Annual inspections of California’s 1,100 nursing homes have resumed after a pandemic-induced, year-long hiatus. And anecdotal evidence suggests the inspectors have much work to do as they re-enter facilities.
By Jesse Bedayn, The Sacramento Bee, May 09 2021 Loretta McNamara moved from a nursing home to this assisted living facility in Pasadena with the help of PACE, a program that allows participants to leave their homes a few times a month for recreation, checkups, treatments, and physical or occupational therapy. JESSE BEDAYN The coronavirus pandemic and an infusion of new federal money could accelerate California’s expansion of programs that help people age at home.
By Reed Abelson, New York Times, May 6 2021 Even with vaccines, many older people and their relatives are weighing how to manage at-home care for those who can no longer live independently. Diane Nixon, 86, lives in an efficiency apartment in her daughter Heidi Dolan’s house in suburban Pittsburgh. Kristian Thacker for The New York Times At 86, Diane Nixon, living in an apartment at the back of a daughter’s house, no longer drives and has trouble getting around.
By KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco Besides the Cal-OSHA fines, a total of 14 people have died of COVID-19 at the Parkview Healthcare Center in Hayward. KTVU’s Rob Roth reports.
By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News, May 3 2021 About a quarter of “significantly backlogged complaints” that involve these facilities and are about three years old are expected to still be pending in October, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. A rise in complaints and the coronavirus pandemic are delaying resolution of a backlog of complaints involving nursing homes and other health care facilities in L.A.
By KPCC 89.3 Many residents of nursing homes died during the pandemic, but reports of neglect and lack of oversight happened well before the pandemic hit RESOLUTION PRODUCTIONS/GETTY IMAGES/TETRA IMAGES RF Click to listen to entire episode. IMMEDIATE JEOPARDY: DEATH AND NEGLECT IN CALIFORNIA NURSING HOMES In this special edition of Take Two we’ll take a deep dive into the way some nursing homes are failing the most vulnerable Californians.