‘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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Members of Congress React To LAist Nursing Home Investigation: ‘Appalled,’ ‘Horrified,’ ‘Gravest Of Crimes’

By Aaron Mendelson and Elly Yu, LAist, April 28 2021 Since last spring, at least 23 residents at Villa Mesa Care Center in Upland have died from COVID-19, according to federal data.(CHAVA SANCHEZ/LAIST ) California nursing home chain ReNew Health has been responsible for repeated failures in patient care — so many that the state health department moved to block its CEO, Crystal Solorzano, from taking over nine nursing facilities last year.

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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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Her Son Says She Was a Victim of Nursing Home Dumping. A Court Agrees

By Jessica Ravitz, AARP, April 19, 2021  Gloria Single and her husband Bill at Pioneer House a year or two before she was kicked out of the nursing home. COURTESY AUBREY JONES The case of Gloria Single could help the battle against a growing problem in long-term care Gloria Single was 82 and had dementia when the Sacramento nursing facility where she lived with her husband, Bill, sent her to the hospital after she grew upset and allegedly threw utensils at residents in the dining room.

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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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