Controversial Nursing Home Mogul Faces Hearing Over Disputed Facilities

Aaron Mendelson, LAist, July 19 2021 Solorzano photographed in 2018 with Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose campaign ReNew supported with $20,000. Newsom donated $10,000 of that to charity after our investigation was published in April.(Screenshot from ReNew’s Instagram account/California Secretary of State) The letters from the state’s public health department to nursing home mogul Crystal Solorzano were blunt: “You have not provided evidence satisfactory to be licensed.” Solorzano, whose Southern California-based ReNew Health is connected to nursing homes throughout the state, had applied to acquire nine additional facilities in April 2020.

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In California, Nursing Home Owners Can Operate After They’re Denied A License

By Aaron Mendelson and Elly Yu, NPR, May 26 2021 In December 2019, Cynthia Carrillo placed her older brother David at Villa Mesa Care Center, a nursing home in Upland, Calif. After the shutdown in March of 2020, Cynthia Carrillo couldn’t visit David inside Villa Mesa. One month later, David, 65, who had Down syndrome, died from COVID-19.

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State Resumes Annual Inspections of California Nursing Homes

By Amita Sharma, KPBS, May 18 2021 Above: In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo, a woman walks to her room at a senior care home in Calistoga, Calif. PHOTO BY ERIC RISBERG / ASSOCIATED PRESS Annual inspections of California’s 1,100 nursing homes have resumed after a pandemic-induced, year-long hiatus. And anecdotal evidence suggests the inspectors have much work to do as they re-enter facilities.

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‘I feel freer.’ How California program helps seniors ‘age at home’ during pandemic

By Jesse Bedayn, The Sacramento Bee, May 09 2021 Loretta McNamara moved from a nursing home to this assisted living facility in Pasadena with the help of PACE, a program that allows participants to leave their homes a few times a month for recreation, checkups, treatments, and physical or occupational therapy. JESSE BEDAYN The coronavirus pandemic and an infusion of new federal money could accelerate California’s expansion of programs that help people age at home.

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Covid Forces Families to Rethink Nursing Home Care

By Reed Abelson, New York Times, May 6 2021 Even with vaccines, many older people and their relatives are weighing how to manage at-home care for those who can no longer live independently. Diane Nixon, 86, lives in an efficiency apartment in her daughter Heidi Dolan’s house in suburban Pittsburgh. Kristian Thacker for The New York Times At 86, Diane Nixon, living in an apartment at the back of a daughter’s house, no longer drives and has trouble getting around.

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LA County’s nursing home complaint backlog won’t end soon

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News, May 3 2021 About a quarter of “significantly backlogged complaints” that involve these facilities and are about three years old are expected to still be pending in October, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. A rise in complaints and the coronavirus pandemic are delaying resolution of a backlog of complaints involving nursing homes and other health care facilities in L.A.

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Unprotected: How Some Nursing Homes – and the State – Have Failed to Care for the Most Vulnerable.

By KPCC 89.3 Many residents of nursing homes died during the pandemic, but reports of neglect and lack of oversight happened well before the pandemic hit RESOLUTION PRODUCTIONS/GETTY IMAGES/TETRA IMAGES RF Click to listen to entire episode. IMMEDIATE JEOPARDY: DEATH AND NEGLECT IN CALIFORNIA NURSING HOMES  In this special edition of Take Two we’ll take a deep dive into the way some nursing homes are failing the most vulnerable Californians.

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L.A. County’s nursing home oversight division under scrutiny

By Brenda Gazzar | Daily Bulletin| April 19 2021 Advocates hope that attention evoked by the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in more than 3,930 COVID-19 related deaths of nursing home residents and staff in the county, will help strengthen oversight of troubled nursing homes in the region. Resident advocates have long called for reform of the Los Angeles County public health division largely in charge of regulating and overseeing local nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

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‘People are dying as we wait’: Bid to tighten California nursing home oversight sputters

By Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters, April 16 2021 Image via iStock Lawmakers say they’ll take no action this year on a bill requiring nursing home owners and operators to get state approval before they acquire, operate or manage a nursing home. An effort to fix problems with the oversight of California’s nursing homes has stalled, sparking fears that the bill is doomed — and prompting elder care advocates to warn that even a delay jeopardizes residents’ safety.

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