Two-Part podcast by Broken Healthcare
You have probably heard the headlines: The coronavirus is hitting our nursing homes and long-term care facilities hard. By late April, more than 11,000 people have died from the disease in US nursing homes. But those people are more than numbers. They’re our loved ones and friends. On the first half of this two-part episode of Broken Healthcare, we follow along as Scott Akrie struggles to find out how his father is feeling, as he is in a facility that has the potential for grave danger with the pandemic running wild.
On the second half of this two-part episode on Broken Healthcare, we follow along as the Akrie family struggles to find answers after they learn their father, a resident of a long-term care facility, has fallen ill with Covid-19. How did this happen? Could it have been prevented? As the coronavirus pandemic claims victim after victim in American nursing homes, thousands of grief-stricken families are beginning to feel that the loved ones they’ve lost are victims of a fundamentally flawed corner of our broken healthcare system.
Correction: In this episode, we said that nearly 15 million Americans are out of work. We should have said nearly 15 percent are unemployed. Experts expect the number to rise to 35 million Americans. We regret the error.