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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Continued bans on nursing home visitors are unhealthy and unethical

Opinion by Jason Karlawish, David C. Grabowski and Allison K. Hoffman, The Washington Post, July 13 2020 Agustina Cañamero, 81, and Pascual Pérez, 84, hug and kiss through a plastic sheet at a nursing home in Barcelona, Spain, on June 22. (Emilio Morenatti/AP) Jason Karlawish is a professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and co-director of the Penn Memory Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

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An assisted-living facility isn’t allowing visitors. This woman became a dishwasher there to see her husband.

By Sydney Page, The Washington Post, July 13, 2020 Mary Daniel is the chief executive of a small company that helps patients with health-care bills. She just took a part-time job on the cleaning crew at an assisted-living facility — but not because she needed the money. She did it because it was the only way she could have a few stolen hours a week with her husband, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and is a resident there.

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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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Amid pandemic, Californians can now visit loved ones in nursing homes, but few are going

By The Associated Press, July 12 2020 Chaparral House executive director KJ Page, left, hands a mask to Larry Yabroff as he sits with his wife, Mary, while visiting her at the Berkeley skilled nursing facility Friday. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press) For months, families have pined to see their loved ones who live in California’s skilled nursing facilities, which have been shut down to outside visitors to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

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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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Strict Rules Apply, But Visitors Will Be Allowed Back In New York Nursing Homes

By Scott Neuman, NPR, July 10 2020 Gloria DeSoto, 92, right, visits with her family, in their car, from a window of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, in New York, last month. Seth Wenig/AP After months of prohibiting in-person visits to relatives in nursing homes amid COVID-19 fears, New York says it will begin easing those restrictions for facilities that are certified as virus-free.

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City attorney accuses L.A. nursing home of dumping patients to profit from coronavirus

By Jack Dolan and Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, July 9 2020 L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer filed a lawsuit this week accusing Lakeview Terrace nursing home in Westlake of dumping patients and other wrongdoing.(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times) As the coronavirus continues its deadly march through Southern California nursing homes, the Lakeview Terrace skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles has been illegally “dumping” old and disabled residents onto the street and into homes that are not equipped to care for them, according to the city attorney.

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