The Loneliest Room, for My Sister in a Nursing Home

By Susan Nusser, NY Times, February 26 2021 Lucy Jones The pandemic has stolen away the chance to surround the sister we are losing to dementia with our love, so that she does not have to face death alone. When I saw my sister Peggy in her nursing home last June, she was sitting up in bed, leaning forward slightly and staring into the corner of her room.

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Vaccination rates rise in nursing homes, but when will families be able to visit?

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, February 20 2021 Melissa Traub hasn’t hugged her 92-year-old mom since March. Like countless others locked out of a family member’s nursing home because of COVID-19, she has spent nearly a year listening helplessly on the phone as her aging mom struggles to comprehend her isolation. “I have to hear her crying when she’s having an anxiety attack, asking, ‘Why can’t I just come live with you?’” Traub said.

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Nursing-home advocates push for facilities to allow more visitors

By Erin Durkin, National Journal, February 10 2021 Groups representing residents and families claim some facilities are still enforcing restrictions on visits that don’t align with federal guidance—like prohibiting indoor visitations even when there haven’t been recent COVID-19 cases. When the pandemic started its spread across the U.S., taking a massive deadly toll on nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services immediately directed facilities to restrict almost all visitors.

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As more nursing homes receive COVID-19 vaccine, relatives demand greater access to residents

By Laura Romero, ABC News, February 9 2021 After a year of isolation, there’s a push to open doors at long-term care homes. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Marcella Goheen would visit her husband at a nursing home every day. As an essential care visitor, she would spend about 40 hours a week conducting neurotherapy and other assisted living tasks for her husband, who suffers from a neurodegenerative disability.

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Nursing Home Patients Are Dying of Loneliness

By The Editorial Board, NY Times, December 29 2020 When she had the routine of home, Angie Sinopoli was the talkative matriarch of a large Italian family who heaped praise on her children and grandchildren, even as her memory faded. Her youngest son, Steven, came by her house and cooked her dinner nearly every night. But after a couple of falls and bouts in rehabilitation centers, she ended up in a Syracuse nursing home on March 10.

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COVID has been devastating nursing homes. Can it change how the US thinks of end-of-life care?

Written by Amy Ta, produced by Bennett Purser, KCRW, Dec. 09, 2020 “What we have in the nursing home industry is decades of chronic understaffing for a variety of reasons. And during the pandemic, that’s just been exacerbated,” says R. Tamara Konetzka, a health economist at the University of Chicago who studies long-term care.Image by truthseeker08 from Pixabay Nearly 300,000 people in the U.S.

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Social isolation takes toll on Southern California nursing home residents during pandemic holidays

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Times, December 7 2020 In recent survey, more than three-quarters of nursing home residents who responded said they felt lonelier than usual during the pandemic, while nearly two-thirds said they did not leave their rooms to socialize. Melody Taylor Stark poses for a photo after visiting her husband, Dr. William Stark, who was a resident of Huntington Drive Health and Rehabilitation Center in Arcadia, Thursday, October 8, 2020.

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Voices from the Pandemic: Bruce MacGillis

As told to Eli Saslow, The Washington Post, December 5, 2020 Bruce MacGillis ‘Do people understand what’s happening here? Do they care?’Bruce MacGillis, on the excruciating wait for a vaccine inside a coronavirus-infected nursing home I’m happy they put us at the top of the list, but I doubt it’s going to make much of a difference in here.

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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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