L.A. County’s nursing home oversight division under scrutiny

By Brenda Gazzar | Daily Bulletin| April 19 2021 Advocates hope that attention evoked by the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in more than 3,930 COVID-19 related deaths of nursing home residents and staff in the county, will help strengthen oversight of troubled nursing homes in the region. Resident advocates have long called for reform of the Los Angeles County public health division largely in charge of regulating and overseeing local nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

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‘People are dying as we wait’: Bid to tighten California nursing home oversight sputters

By Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters, April 16 2021 Image via iStock Lawmakers say they’ll take no action this year on a bill requiring nursing home owners and operators to get state approval before they acquire, operate or manage a nursing home. An effort to fix problems with the oversight of California’s nursing homes has stalled, sparking fears that the bill is doomed — and prompting elder care advocates to warn that even a delay jeopardizes residents’ safety.

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State Authorities Allowed Alleged Sexual Predator To Job-Hop Among San Diego Area Nursing Homes

By Amita Sharma, KPBS, April 14 2021 Certified nursing assistant Matthew Fluckiger left Gayle a warning — right after she says he raped her twice in one hour at a La Mesa nursing home in January 2020 — that terrified the 62-year-old almost as much as the alleged attacks. “He said, ‘I know where you and your family live, so trust me, I know you’re not going to say anything,’” said Gayle, who did not want her full name used.

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Latest Reports Show Mistreatment Of California Nursing Homes Residents And Staff

By Manny Valladares | AirTalk | April 13, 2021 At Griffith Park Healthcare Center in Glendale, a certified nursing assistant was charged with raping a patient. The nursing home received an “immediate jeopardy” for the incident. CHAVA SANCHEZ/LAIST At a nursing home in Glendale, a certified nursing assistant was charged with raping a mentally ill patient in her room.

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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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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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