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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Hopes, fears and tears: Staff, relatives of residents at Pacific Coast Manor tell their stories

By Melissa Hartman, Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 6 2021 Two families stand (and lay) right outside of Pacific Coast Manor in Capitola. Eddie, Vanessa and Karina Martinez (back center) hold photographs of their late mother, former facility resident Maria Martinez. Elizabeth Hidalgo (left, holding her dog) and Osa “Bear” Hidalgo de la Riva (far right) pose near their mother Angela “Lola” dela Riva, who they wheeled through the property and down to the sidewalk so she could be included in the photoshoot.

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Nursing home deaths rose by 32% in 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press, June 22 2021 Emergency medical workers load a patient into an ambulance in Brooklyn, N.Y., in April 2020.(John Minchillo / Associated Press) WASHINGTON —  Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year, with two devastating spikes eight months apart, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most comprehensive look yet at the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims.

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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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Elderly Japanese Americans Must Find New Housing After State Approves Closure Of Their Senior Home

By Josie Huang, LAist, May 20 2021 Ida Kawasaki’s aunt lives at the Sakura Gardens facility slated to close. Kawasaki has joined a group fighting the closure. (JOSIE HUANG/LAIST) This week, dozens of residents at a senior living campus established decades ago for L.A.’s Japanese American elders got the news they’ve been dreading: The state of California has given the owner permission to close part of the Sakura Gardens facility in Boyle Heights.

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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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Doing ‘The Washing Machine’ With My 84-Year-Old Mother

How a ridiculous dance — several, actually — kept us connected through Covid. Essay by Erika Shimahara, New York Times, May 7 2021 Brian Rea When I see my mother on the screen holding her hot-pink, one-pound dumbbells, I start playing “Circle of Life” by the singer she calls “Elton Johns.” We begin with shoulder rolls followed by arm circles, basic side steps and — her favorite — forward punches.

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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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