This curated news feed of stories related to nursing home and long-term care around the country includes articles and reports from media outlets and press releases from Families for Better Care.
FL: Three Deaths at One Fort Lauderdale ALF Stoke Coronavirus Fears
Carol Marbin Miller (PHOTO CREDIT: Matias J. Ocner) - Mar 17, 2020
Three residents of a large Fort Lauderdale assisted living facility have died in recent days, and leaders fear their deaths may be linked to the spread of the coronavirus, a pandemic that is proving to be particularly lethal among elders. On Tuesday morning, the Florida Department of Health announced one death at an unidentified ALF in Broward County at the agency’s...
FL: ALF Reports 4th Confirmed Coronavirus Case
Kelly Wiley - Mar 17, 2020
At 7:41 a.m. Tuesday, families got another email from Jacksonville assisted living facility Camellia at Deerwood . The facility that houses seniors already had the very first case of the new coronavirus in Duval County. Less than a week after confirming an 83-year-old resident tested positive for COVID-19 , the facility told families about the third resident and fourth resident...
Nursing Home Residents in Indiana Suffer as County Hospitals Rake in Millions
Tony Cook, Tim Evans, and Emily Hopkins (PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Scheer/IndyStar) - Mar 15, 2020
Indiana received $679 million last year in extra Medicaid payments to care for vulnerable nursing home residents. That’s more than any other state. More than California. More than New York. With all that money, one advocate said, Indiana should have the best nursing homes in America. It doesn’t. An IndyStar investigation found at least $1 billion in supplemental Medicaid...
Nursing Home Residents Are Especially Vulnerable. Feds Are Cutting Back on Inspections
Carol Marbin Miller and Daniel Chang - Mar 10, 2020
At a time when older Americans are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, federal health administrators have halted most inspections of nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The stated reason: This will enable them to zero in on institutions where residents are at greatest risk of contracting the virus — as opposed to focusing on more typical problems such as...
Nursing Homes Face Catastrophic Mix of Virus and Lax Oversight
Ben Elgin and Peter Waldman - Mar 10, 2020
In 2017, a flare-up of scabies in a Downey, California, nursing home persisted for more than six months and left at least seven patients covered in rashes from the skin-boring mites before staff members corralled the problem. A year later, norovirus swept through a Lakeview, Oregon, facility after staff members failed to contain the gastrointestinal illness that eventually sickened at least...