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 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...
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...