‘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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As COVID-19 Numbers Improve, Florida Considers Nursing Home Visits

By Greg Allen, NPR, August 4 2020 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference Monday along with Dr. Joshua Lenchus, chief medical officer of Broward Health Medical Center. DeSantis says he’s exploring ways to open nursing homes for family member visits. Wilfredo Lee/AP Officials in Florida say cases of the coronavirus are continuing to decline, an indication that efforts to halt the spread of the disease are working.

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Nursing home companies accused of misusing federal money received hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic relief

By Debbie Cenziper, Joel Jacobs and Shawn Mulcahy, The Washington Post, August 4 2020 Nursing home companies sued for Medicare fraud in recent years received more than $300 million in coronavirus relief payments. The allegations include putting elderly residents into unnecessary therapy services and delaying patients’ release to reap higher Medicare payments. (N/A/Getty Images) For-profit nursing home providers that have faced accusations of Medicare fraud and kickbacks, labor violations or widespread failures in patient care received hundreds of millions of dollars in “no strings attached” coronavirus relief aid meant to cover shortfalls and expenses during the pandemic, a Washington Post analysis of federal spending found.

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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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Family sues Visalia nursing home after 87-year-old man dies from COVID-19

By Robert Rodriguez, The Fresno Bee, July 30 2020 Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia has had six patients die due to coronavirus. GOOGLE EARTH The family of Santiago Gonzalez, an 87-year-old former resident of Redwood Springs Healthcare Center in Visalia, is suing the nursing home for wrongful death after he contracted COVID-19 and died. The family alleges in the lawsuit, filed by their attorney Warren Paboojian, that the healthcare center failed to protect its staff, employees and residents — even as COVID-19 was gaining a foothold in Tulare County.

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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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As coronavirus ravaged nursing homes, inspectors were not being tested

By Jack Dolan and Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, July 24 2020 California health officials have required COVID-19 testing of residents and employees at nursing homes, such as this one in Reseda, but have not provided comprehensive testing to their own inspectors who regularly visit the facilities.(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times) Since early in the COVID-19 pandemic, California health officials have required nursing homes to bar entry to outsiders who might bring the coronavirus in with them and trigger a deadly outbreak among the elderly, vulnerable residents.

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Through the looking-glass: Family members fight restricted access to loved ones in long-term care

By Barbara Feder Ostrov and Jocelyn Wiener, Cal Matters, July 23 2020 Caroline Harrison, left, Jackson Harrison Shirk, 11, right, and his mother, Virginia Harrison, far right, visit with Jackson’s grandmother, Debbie, center, at The Chaparral House, the Berkeley skilled nursing facility where Debbie has lived for the past three years. Debbie, who family members refer to as mama bear, suffers from dementia and is largely unresponsive during her family’s near-daily socially distant visits.

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