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.
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...
Local Nursing Homes Cited for Infection Control Deficiencies Ahead of Coronavirus Outbreak
Kelly Wiley - Mar 9, 2020
Federal officials are suspending non-emergency inspections across the country in nursing homes and hospitals, instead of focusing on complaints alleging infection control concerns. This comes as a nursing care facility in Seattle, Life Care Center, is dealing with more than 50 residents and staff experiencing symptoms from coronavirus, according to CNN. As of Monday, a total of 16 people...
Florida Nursing Homes Ramp Up Coronavirus Precautions
Naseem Miller and Kate Santich - Mar 2, 2020
The outbreak of coronavirus infection and at least four deaths in a nursing home near Seattle have put long-term facilities in Florida on high alert, as they care for one of the most vulnerable populations. "Nursing homes and senior care homes in general are just rife for this type of an outbreak." -- Brian Lee, FFBC Executive Director “Nursing homes and senior care homes in...
In Miami, Coronavirus Worries Turn to Senior Centers
Douglas Hanks and Ben Conarck - Mar 2, 2020
More than two dozen executives from senior centers, nursing homes and eldercare providers from across Miami-Dade gathered at the county mayor’s office Monday to address how they plan to handle the coronavirus threat in Miami. The closed-door gathering highlighted the main risk from coronavirus, a flu-like ailment that experts say is most dangerous for the elderly and people...
WA: Three More Deaths in Washington State Nursing Care Center, Site of Coronavirus Outbreak
Mike Baker (PHOTO CREDIT): Grant Hindsley for The New York Times - Mar 2, 2020
Three more residents of a Washington State nursing care facility have died from coronavirus, officials announced on Monday, bringing to six the death toll in the United States and intensifying the crisis in this state, where the nursing facility in Kirkland has become a focus of illness and fear. All of the deaths in the country have occurred in Washington State in the last few days, and...