COVID-19 data on Medicare’s nursing home site is incomplete

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press, July 7 2020 This image from a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services web page to obtain COVID-19 nursing home data. When the Trump administration required nursing homes to report data on COVID-19 cases, it promised to make user-friendly results available online for consumers searching for a particular facility. The result has been a far cry from that.

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Years of staffing cutbacks left San Diego nursing homes in peril during pandemic

By Jill Castelano, inewsource, July 6 2020 Rosa Montiel sits outside of her sister Lilly’s window at San Diego Post-Acute, an El Cajon nursing home, June 10, 2020. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource) Esther Hernandez was supposed to come home. When she had trouble walking in September, Hernandez’s family placed her in Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center, a National City nursing home, to help her regain mobility.

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Hayward nursing home’s large COVID-19 outbreak preceded by long history of neglect and abuse, lawsuit claims

By Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, July 2 2020 SAN LORENZO, CA – JUNE 28: Nancy Sanchez holds a picture of her parents Jose and Alma Sanchez on Sunday, June 28, 2020, in San Lorenzo, Calif. Jose Sanchez has joined a lawsuit against Parkview Healthcare Center alleging neglect and elder abuse. Jose Sanchez is currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

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Contra Costa DA alleges elder abuse, sexual assault at troubled Orinda nursing home

By Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, July 3 2020 A health care worker from John Muir Medical Center prepares to enter Orinda Care Center, where nearly 50 residents and staff members have tested positive for coronavirus, on Monday, April 6, 2020, in Orinda, Calif. Photo: Noah Berger / Special to The Chronicle The Contra Costa County district attorney’s office has found evidence of elder abuse, including a suspected sexual assault, at a 47-bed Orinda nursing home where nearly every resident and many workers became infected with the coronavirus in April, records reveal.

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California nursing homes got insider access to Newsom’s health care regulators. Here’s how

By Jason Pohl and Ryan Sabalow, The Sacramento Bee, July 2 2020 On April 9, California nursing homes were already in a state of crisis. Employees were staying home, fearing for their safety without proper protection. Facilities reported deaths daily. At 12:30 p.m. that day, the chief advocate for California’s nursing home industry dispatched an email to officials at the California Department of Public Health. The email listed seven urgent concerns facing nursing homes, including child care and housing for workers.

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Chronic understaffing, face masks locked away, sexual assault: Shocking allegations against Orinda care home with COVID-19 outbreak

By Nate Gartrell and Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, July 2 2020  ORINDA, CA – APRIL 3: A doctor walks to the Orinda Care Center nursing facility, where at least 27 people have tested positive for COVID-19, in Orinda, Calif., on Friday, April 3, 2020. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group) ORINDA — In an ongoing investigation into Orinda Care Center authorities have found evidence of “chronic” understaffing, “insufficient” amounts of personal protective equipment, like face masks, and a sexual assault against a patient with dementia that was never reported to police, according to the investigator’s reports.

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Advocates Call On State To Mandate One ‘Support Person Visitor’ For Each Senior Home Resident

By Amita Sharma, KPBS, July 1 2020 Above: A sign posted outside of Belmont Village Senior Living in Sabre Springs explains the facility’s new visitation rules in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Amita Sharma Advocates are asking the state to end what they call the trauma of “solitary confinement” of residents at senior care facilities by allowing them at least one designated visitor.

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Some nursing homes, assisted living facilities open for visitation

By Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard, July 1 2020 Noralee Driscoll, a resident of The Springs at Butte, and her son Brian Driscoll, the plant operations director, demonstrate the use of the looking glass — a Plexiglas partition used for family meetings with residents of the Butte nursing home. The facility has used the partition along with a health screening, temperature checks and masks since Montana entered phase two of reopening guidelines.

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Visitation Resumes at Care Facilities

By Allison Shepherd, The LaRue County Herald News, July 1 2020 The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander announced Thursday that starting Monday, June 29, the state will resume visitation at assisted living and personal care homes, group activities (10 or fewer) in facilities, communal dining and off-site appointments. “Kentuckians have patiently waited since March 6 for the opportunity to see loved ones in long-term care facilities again – in person.

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North Dakota revises ‘compassionate care’ definition to allow visitation for some declining nursing home residents

By Hannah Shirley, Grand Forks Herald, Jul 1 2020  Photo by Matthias Zomer from Pexels Residents of North Dakota’s long-term care facilities who have experienced dramatic physical or mental decline due to isolation during the pandemic will be allowed in-person visits with family and loved ones. Previously, residents of locked-down nursing homes and long-term care facilities were only allowed such visits as part of compassionate end-of-life care.

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