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Family Members Shocked Nursing Homes Taking COVID-Positive Patients

Tanya Eiserer and Mark Smith - Sep 17, 2020

Lori VanNess and her grandmother Doris Wiseley share a special bond. VanNess’ mother died when she was 6, and Wiseley raised her since the age of 9. Since March, they’ve been kept apart with the 98-year-old Wiseley confined to her room at Carrara, a Plano nursing home and rehabilitation center. “This is the longest I've been apart from my grandmother since I was...

Texas Will Allow Visitations at Nursing Homes with COVID Cases

Shawn Mulcahy (PHOTO CREDIT: Allie Goulding/The Texas Tribune) - Sep 17, 2020

Texas long-term care facilities — even those with active COVID-19 cases — can allow visitors beginning Sept. 24, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday. Eligible facilities include nursing homes and intermediate care centers that serve residents without COVID-19, but that also have an isolation wing reserved for those who test positive for the virus. Visitation will also be allowed...

FFBC Demands Trump Administration Release Nursing Home COVID Report

- Sep 15, 2020

Families for Better Care executive director Brian Lee published this statement on the Trump Administration’s delayed release of the Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes’ report:   Mr. President, families have waited more than five months since your administration announced the creation of a “new and independent Commission” that would...

Florida Announces It Will Lift Ban on Nursing Home Visits

Kelli Kennedy and Bobby Caina Calvan (PHOTO CREDIT: Wilfredo Lee/AP) - Sep 1, 2020

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that he will lift the state’s ban on visiting nursing homes that has cut off vulnerable seniors from family since mid-March over fears of spreading the new coronavirus. With his voice cracking at times, he wondered aloud if his actions might have contributed to suffering in his state as he made his announcement during a round table in...

Families for Better Care Asks Governor DeSantis to Include Molecular Rapid Testing in His Nursing Home Visitation Plan

- Sep 1, 2020

Families for Better Care announced today that it has formally asked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to include at-the-door, molecular rapid testing in any nursing home reopening plan, a crucial piece missing from the Task Force on Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities' recommendations.   In a letter to Governor DeSantis, FFBC executive director Brian Lee argued that...
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