Save Our Seniors Urges Department of Health to Reject Sakura ICF ‘Transition Plan’

By Rafu Shimpo, Los Angeles Japanese Daily News The following letter was sent on April 5 to Cassie Dunham, acting deputy director of the California Department of Public Health, by Taiji Miyagawa and David Emiliano Zapata Maldonado, Ph.D. on behalf of the Save Our Seniors Network Coordinating Committee. =*= Save Our Seniors (SOS) Network writes in the strongest terms possible to object to the so-called “Transition Plan” (“Plan”) submitted Monday, March 29, 2021 by Sakura ICF Administrator Beverly Ito on behalf of its owners, the San Diego-based Pacifica Companies.

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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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‘Mom Is Really Different’: Nursing Homes Reopen to Joy and Grief

By Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, March 31 2021 The Biden administration this month published sweeping guidelines allowing nursing homes to hold indoor visits again in most cases.Credit…Kristian Thacker for The New York Times Nursing homes, one of the most restricted settings in America during the pandemic, are allowing visitors again. But opening the doors has brought new complications.

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Getting to Yes: A Nursing Home’s Mission to Vaccinate Its Hesitant Staff

By Abby Goodnough, photographs by Kenny Holston, New York Times, March 29 2021 Deborah Childs, a staff member of the Forest Hills nursing home in Washington, D.C., receiving a Covid-19 vaccine last month. She was hesitant at first, she said, but later, “I took the opportunity to just read everything I could.” WASHINGTON — The Covid-19 vaccine had finally come to Forest Hills of D.C., a nursing home in a prosperous neighborhood of the nation’s capital, but there was a problem.

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Lawmakers: Require nursing homes to disclose vaccine data

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP News, March 25 2021 FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2021, file photo, CVS Pharmacists prepare the COVID-19 vaccine for the nursing home residents at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility in Harlem neighborhood of New York. Nursing homes have to publicly disclose their vaccination rates for flu and pneumonia, but there’s no similar mandate for COVID-19 shots.

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House Hearing Scrutinizes ‘Horror’ of Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes

By Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News, March 25, 2021 For the second time in as many weeks, federal lawmakers scrutinized private equity investment in nursing homes as the probes into the COVID-19 disaster in long-term care continue to intensify. “How many grandmothers and grandfathers died because profits were prized above lives, with our taxpayer dollars funding this?” Rep.

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Advocates for the elderly call on Biden administration to do more to vaccinate seniors against Covid-19

By Jen Christensen, CNN, March 24 2021 In early April, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program that delivered Covid-19 vaccines to long-term care facilities should be complete. With cases dropping faster than among the general public, the CDC calls the program a real success, but advocates are concerned about what happens when it ends. As of Tuesday, more than 43% ofAmericans 65 and older are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the CDC.

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