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Nursing Home Reaped Big Profits While Shortchanging Resident Care

Amita Sharma - Oct 8, 2020

Your browser does not support the audio element. When paramedics tried to revive 66-year-old Irma Easton in her room at Avocado Post Acute nursing home on June 8, they found several powdered doughnuts blocking her airway. A nurse at the El Cajon facility had given Easton a pack of the doughnuts from a vending machine, then left her alone to eat them. But Easton was a diabetic with a...

Nevada Halts Use of Rapid Coronavirus Tests in Nursing Homes

Katherine J. Wu (PHOTO CREDIT: Julie Rendleman, NY Times) - Oct 7, 2020

Nevada has ordered its nursing facilities to immediately suspend the use of two rapid tests for the coronavirus, manufactured by companies Quidel and Becton, Dickinson and Company, after the tests’ performance was found to be lacking, according to a directiveissued on Friday by the state’s department of health. Both tests are portable, simple and speedy, producing results in as...

State Cites 45 Long-Term Care Facilities for Violations During Pandemic

Kassie McClung (PHOTO CREDIT: BEN FELDER/The Frontier) - Oct 1, 2020

Health inspectors have cited about one in seven Oklahoma nursing homes and assisted-living facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19 for violations that could lead to viral spread, but have issued no monetary penalties.  State inspectors conducting surveys focused on infection control because of the pandemic have cited nursing homes and assisted-living facilities for bad practices...

COVID-19 Didn’t Kill Rita Thomas at 95, Isolation Did

Mary Ellen Klas (PHOTO CREDIT: Tampa Bay Times/Courtesy of Nan Thomas) - Oct 1, 2020

Rita Thomas was a victim of COVID-19, but she never had the disease. The vivacious and outgoing 95-year-old, who lived independently until last year and celebrated her most recent birthday in February with friends at a Pasco County diner, willed herself to die two weeks ago because she could no longer handle the pandemic-imposed isolation. "She said to me: ‘Linda. I’ve had a...

State Admits to ‘Data Entry Errors’ in Reporting COVID-19 Deaths

Avery Travis - Sep 30, 2020

More than 4,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Texas nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but a data error by the state has raised new concerns that perhaps more deaths haven’t been counted. In July, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission began releasing daily public reports about which homes had cases and deaths. As of Monday, state data showed 4,465...
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