State to allow visitors inside nursing homes in most California counties

By Barbara Feder Ostrov, CALmatters, October 26 2020 After months of being unable to have in-person visits amid the pandemic, families across California will now be permitted indoor visits with loved ones in many nursing facilities after new guidance was released by the California Department of Public Health on Friday. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters The pandemic had limited loved ones to window or patio visits – if at all – but new guidance lifts restrictions in those 46 counties with better virus control.

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Dying of loneliness: How COVID-19 is killing dementia patients

By Allison Griner, Al Jazeera, October 22 2020 [All illustrations by Jawahir Al-Naimi/Al Jazeera] Elderly people living in care homes are not just dying from coronavirus; they are dying because of the response to it. Teresa Palmer is sitting on the back porch of her home in San Francisco when the mobile phone in her hand starts to buzz.

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For-Profit Nursing Homes’ Pleas For Government Money Brings Scrutiny

By Ina Jaffe, NPR, October 22 2020 Researchers say 70% of nursing homes are for-profit, and low staffing is common.Jackyenjoyphotography/Getty Images Nursing homes have been overwhelmed by the coronavirus. Residents account for more than a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths nationwide. The industry says that facilities have also been overwhelmed by costs, and they’re asking for billions in aid from the federal government.

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After a college town’s coronavirus outbreak, deaths at nursing homes mount

By Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, October 21 2020 ‘The very thing we worried about’: In La Crosse, Wis., students partied in September. Then infections and deaths among the elderly began to rise. Mayor Tim Kabat was already on edge as thousands of students returned to La Crosse, Wis., to resume classes this fall at the city’s three colleges.

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Why The ‘Kevin Bacon’ Factor Is Key To Understanding How COVID Spread In Nursing Homes

By Jackie Fortiér, LAist, October 21 2020 Adrina Rodriguez talks with a nurse through a window in April as she visits her father at the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward where 19 residents have died of COVID-19. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) To make ends meet, Martha Tapia works 64 hours a week at two different Orange County nursing homes.

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The Corporatization of Nursing Homes

By Maureen Tkacik, The American Prospect, October 20 2020 A tragic history of how we’ve treated elderly citizens, for profit Maureen Dittmar of Rochester, New Hampshire, was sifting through junk mail one Saturday in early August when she found an envelope obviously sent by a human being. It began: “The content of this letter may be hard to hear … But you deserve to know the truth.” The anonymous author was a staffer at her mother’s nursing home.

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ISOLATED: States begin to allow nursing home visitors but face PPE shortages, logistical questions

By Daniela Molina, Jill Riepenhoff, and Lee Zurik, WBTV 3, October 16 2020 (InvestigateTV) – For seven months, sisters Jill Starke and Carla Helmig repeated to their mother by phone or through a window at her nursing home, “We’ll see you soon.” They knew it was a lie. But they wanted their mother, Betty Virginia Starke, to stay strong as COVID-19 locked them out of the Missouri nursing home where she lived.

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COVID-19 patients moved to nursing home, 12 resident deaths reported

By Brooks Jarosz, KTVU FOX 2, October 15 2020 GILROY, Calif. – A dozen residents have died and at least 75 have become infected at a Gilroy nursing home, following the transfer of hospital patients sick with the coronavirus. A separate, isolated section of the Gilroy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center opened its doors in August as a COVID-19 recovery unit.

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Deadly outbreak at a Santa Cruz County nursing home shows risk still runs high

By Mallory Moench and Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, October 9 2020 An empty wheelchair can be seen in the alley between the Watsonville Nursing Home and the Post Acute Center on Oct. 8, 2020. Photo: Sara Gobets / Special to The Chronicle WATSONVILLE — Information was scarce and access to loved ones restricted Thursday as the worst possible scenario played out for family members of residents of the Watsonville Post-Acute Center — a coronavirus outbreak that has killed nine people and infected 61.

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Pandemic Erects Barriers for Prized Bloc of Voters in Nursing Homes, Senior Facilities

By Rachel Bluth, CaliforniaHealthline, October 9 2020 Voting booths in a polling place set up in a retirement home in Carmichael, California on Nov. 4, 2014. (Mardis Coers/Contributor via Getty Images) The convergence of the coronavirus pandemic and election season has complicated this year’s voting for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care centers.

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