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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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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An Inside Look At How Covid-19 Is Driving An Epidemic Of Loneliness In Nursing Homes

By Howard Gleckman, Forbes, October 8 2020 MARLBOROUGH, MA – AUGUST 19: Sr. Jeanne Fregeau, 93, waits for her morning medication at St. Chretienne Retirement Residence. Since COVID-19 spread through the facility in April the chapel has been closed, leaving the residents to watch Mass on television. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) What has it been like to live in a nursing home during the covid-19 pandemic?

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‘Quality of Life is Medically Necessary’: What Nursing Home Residents’ Families Want in a Post-COVID World

By Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News, September 20, 2020 For Melody Taylor Stark, navigating life after her husband Bill required long-term nursing care hasn’t always been easy, but with the help of some caring staffers and a little bit of creativity, the couple was able to settle into something like normalcy. Friday nights out at a restaurant became takeout shared over a table that the facility’s staff reserved just for them, off in a private room with a tablecloth and flowers.

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More visitors needed to stem COVID-19 in nursing homes

Commentary by Thomas D. Elias, Napa Valley Register, September 17 2020 FILE – In this April 8, 2020 file photo, a patient at the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside, Calif., is evacuated to a waiting ambulance. Officials in Riverside County have filed a complaint over conditions at the skilled nursing facility that was evacuated after staff failed to show up for work during a coronavirus outbreak.

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