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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.