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.
Florida Nursing Home Fined $67,000 After COVID Deaths, but “Dodged a Bullet”
Families for Better Care - Oct 22, 2020
Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration fined the Fair Havens Center in Miami after dozens of residents died earlier this year when they became infected with the Coronavirus. The $67,000 fine was part of a larger settlement agreement that permitted the nursing home to stay open. In June, state officials sought to revoke Fair Havens Center's license, but...
Hundreds of Florida Nursing Home Residents Likely Died Indirectly from Hurricane Irma
Bailey LeFever (PHOTO CREDIT: Carline Jean, South Florida Sun-Sentinel) - Oct 12, 2020
Hurricane Irma caused the deaths of 134 Floridians in 2017, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But the indirect death count likely was much higher, according to a study released last week that examined the deaths of 695 seniors living in nursing homes in the 90 days after the storm. Researchers at the University of South Florida and Brown University used data from the...
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...