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After Debate Over Hugs, Florida Task Force Recommends Limited Nursing Home Visits

Mary Ellen Klas and Bailey LeFever - Aug 26, 2020

After five months of keeping Florida’s most vulnerable elders isolated from visitors, state regulators on Wednesday recommended that Gov. Ron DeSantis allow nursing homes and assisted living facilities to start allowing socially-distanced visits from family members — but people given special designation will be allowed to hug. It is just one piece of a two-part recommendation of...

6,500 Dead Yet State Finds Few Problems in N.J. Nursing Homes

Susan Livio and Ted Sherman (PHOTO CREDIT: Ed Murray) - Jul 2, 2020

For weeks, the death toll mounted at the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, where nearly every resident was hit by COVID-19. But when the state-run nursing facility was inspected on May 14 by a special team from Department of Health, surveyors found nothing wrong. In a short, single-page report, they said the facility was in compliance with infection control regulations and had...

PA: Nursing, Personal Care Homes to Resume Visitations Under State Plan

Jo Ciavaglia (PHOTO: File Photo, The Intelligencer)

Even a single new case of COVID-19 would shut down visitation at a facility for at least 28 days, under the three-step reopening process released on Saturday. Advocates say the plan is too restrictive. Pennsylvania health officials have a plan for lifting unprecedented visitor restrictions in nursing and personal care homes, but some advocates say the guidelines appear almost impossible to...

FFBC Statement on Governor Abbott’s Latest Nursing Home Action

- Jul 1, 2020

Families for Better Care executive director Brian Lee released this statement on Governor Abbott’s decision to use $9 million in federally collected nursing home fines to implement infection control projects for nursing homes: “Governor Abbott’s latest attempt to protect nursing home residents from COVID19 is a total backfire.  His decision to unlock $9 million of...

FFBC: Trump Administration’s Rejection of COVID-19 Testing Proposal for Nursing Homes Is “Catastrophic Failure"

- Jun 18, 2020

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has rejected Families for Better Care’s proposal to acquire rapid testing machines for every nursing home using the hundreds of millions of dollars in collected nursing home fines languishing in state and federal coffers.  The rejection of this coronavirus testing solution is a catastrophic healthcare and fiscal failure by...
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