States Allow In-Person Nursing Home Visits As Families Charge Residents Die ‘Of Broken Hearts’

By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News, July 13 2020 (Rosa Garcia/Getty Images) States across the country are beginning to roll back heart-wrenching policies instituted when the coronavirus pandemic began and allow in-person visits at nursing homes and assisted living centers, offering relief to frustrated families. For the most part, visitors are required to stay outside and meet relatives in gardens or on patios where they stay at least 6 feet apart, supervised by a staff member.

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Visits to nursing homes resume in half of US states to the relief of families

By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News, July 13 2020 (From left) Ina Barbosa, of Attleboro, Mass., and Kimberley Vann-Lites, of Norton, Mass., visit with their mother, Mary Vann, age 85, in person for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down visits to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston’s Roslindale, on June 11, 2020. (Kaiser Health News)States across the country are beginning to roll back heart-wrenching policies instituted when the coronavirus pandemic began and allow in-person visits at nursing homes and assisted living centers, offering relief to frustrated families.

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California now allows nursing home visits, but few happen

By Amy Taxin, Associated Press, July 12 2020 A sign is seen at the entrance to Life Care Center of Kirkland on February 29, 2020 in Kirkland, Washington. Dozens of staff and residents at Life Care Center of Kirkland are reportedly exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms, with two confirmed cases of (COVID-19) associated with the nursing facility reported so far.

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Years of staffing cutbacks left San Diego nursing homes in peril during pandemic

By Jill Castelano, inewsource, July 6 2020 Rosa Montiel sits outside of her sister Lilly’s window at San Diego Post-Acute, an El Cajon nursing home, June 10, 2020. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource) Esther Hernandez was supposed to come home. When she had trouble walking in September, Hernandez’s family placed her in Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center, a National City nursing home, to help her regain mobility.

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Hayward nursing home’s large COVID-19 outbreak preceded by long history of neglect and abuse, lawsuit claims

By Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, July 2 2020 SAN LORENZO, CA – JUNE 28: Nancy Sanchez holds a picture of her parents Jose and Alma Sanchez on Sunday, June 28, 2020, in San Lorenzo, Calif. Jose Sanchez has joined a lawsuit against Parkview Healthcare Center alleging neglect and elder abuse. Jose Sanchez is currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

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Contra Costa DA alleges elder abuse, sexual assault at troubled Orinda nursing home

By Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, July 3 2020 A health care worker from John Muir Medical Center prepares to enter Orinda Care Center, where nearly 50 residents and staff members have tested positive for coronavirus, on Monday, April 6, 2020, in Orinda, Calif. Photo: Noah Berger / Special to The Chronicle The Contra Costa County district attorney’s office has found evidence of elder abuse, including a suspected sexual assault, at a 47-bed Orinda nursing home where nearly every resident and many workers became infected with the coronavirus in April, records reveal.

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California nursing homes got insider access to Newsom’s health care regulators. Here’s how

By Jason Pohl and Ryan Sabalow, The Sacramento Bee, July 2 2020 On April 9, California nursing homes were already in a state of crisis. Employees were staying home, fearing for their safety without proper protection. Facilities reported deaths daily. At 12:30 p.m. that day, the chief advocate for California’s nursing home industry dispatched an email to officials at the California Department of Public Health. The email listed seven urgent concerns facing nursing homes, including child care and housing for workers.

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Advocates Call On State To Mandate One ‘Support Person Visitor’ For Each Senior Home Resident

By Amita Sharma, KPBS, July 1 2020 Above: A sign posted outside of Belmont Village Senior Living in Sabre Springs explains the facility’s new visitation rules in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Amita Sharma Advocates are asking the state to end what they call the trauma of “solitary confinement” of residents at senior care facilities by allowing them at least one designated visitor.

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Most Californians live in areas with troubling virus numbers

By Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press, June 29 2020 A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officer wears a protective mask as he stands guard at the front gate of San Quentin State Prison on June 29, 2020 in San Quentin, California. San Quentin State Prison is continuing to experience an outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 cases with over 1,000 confirmed cases amongst the staff and inmate population.

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As coronavirus raged through nursing homes, inspectors found nothing wrong

By Jack Dolan and Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, June 28 2020 Residents of Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center are evacuated in April after staff refused to show for work amid a COVID-19 outbreak. A day earlier, state health inspectors found no problems at the facility in Riverside. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times) In early April, state inspectors completed a survey of Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside as part of a federal effort to make sure nursing homes were protecting elderly residents from the coronavirus.

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