Column: How did a home built for Japanese American seniors become the state’s deadliest nursing facility?

By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, March 1 2021 A wave of coronavirus infections and deaths hit the Kei-Ai Los Angeles Healthcare Center over the holidays. It has recorded at least 97 COVID-19 deaths. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Tracy and her family agonized over moving her grandmother from the nursing facility in Boyle Heights where she had lived comfortably for four years, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

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The Loneliest Room, for My Sister in a Nursing Home

By Susan Nusser, NY Times, February 26 2021 Lucy Jones The pandemic has stolen away the chance to surround the sister we are losing to dementia with our love, so that she does not have to face death alone. When I saw my sister Peggy in her nursing home last June, she was sitting up in bed, leaning forward slightly and staring into the corner of her room.

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Nursing Homes, Once Hotspots, Far Outpace U.S. in Covid Declines

By Matthew Conlen, Sarah Mervosh and Danielle Ivory, New York Times, February 25 2021 Throughout the pandemic, there has been perhaps nowhere more dangerous than a nursing home. The coronavirus has raced through some 31,000 long-term care facilities in the United States, killing more than 163,000 residents and employees and accounting for more than a third of all virus deaths since the late spring.

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Watchdog calls for LA County nursing home crisis plan in light of ‘serious’ deficiencies, gaps

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News, February 20 2021 The Golden Cross Heath Care facility in Pasadena as it was evacuated on Friday, June 12, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) A reform advocate says the county Health Facilities Inspection Division ‘has not been up to the job of overseeing and monitoring nursing homes in L.A.’ A Los Angeles County watchdog is calling for the Public Health Department to create a nursing home crisis and response plan in light of major safety problems that surfaced during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vaccination rates rise in nursing homes, but when will families be able to visit?

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, February 20 2021 Melissa Traub hasn’t hugged her 92-year-old mom since March. Like countless others locked out of a family member’s nursing home because of COVID-19, she has spent nearly a year listening helplessly on the phone as her aging mom struggles to comprehend her isolation. “I have to hear her crying when she’s having an anxiety attack, asking, ‘Why can’t I just come live with you?’” Traub said.

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NURSING HOME INDUSTRY AVOIDS SCRUTINY FOR COVID-19 DEATHS AS POWERFUL LOBBY GOES TO WORK

By Matthew Cunningham-Cook, The Intercept, February 20 2021 The family of Hortensia Sosa, who died from Covid-19 while at Redwood Springs Health Center’s nursing home, stands at her grave at Smith Mountain Cemetery in Dinuba, Calif., on May 3, 2020. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images Just two nursing home executives have been indicted for Covid-19 deaths, while the industry showered millions on candidates, PACs, and lobbying.

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At least 436 people in Alameda County’s long-term care centers died from COVID-19, records show

By Annie Sciacca, Bay Area News Group, February 19 2021 Medical personnel bring a person from an ambulance into the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hayward, Calif., on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The Alameda County District Attorney’s office is now investigating after thirteen patients have died and a total of 66 people have contracted the coronavirus at the facility.

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The Toll Of COVID-19 In Assisted Living Homes Is A ‘Black Hole’

By Molly Redden, Huffington Post, February 17 2021 “I don’t think we’ve really understood the suffering of our elders yet,” said a former longtime operator of elder care facilities. ILLUSTRATION:REBECCA ZISSER/HUFFPOST; PHOTOS:GETTY Uneven rules and loopholes mean dangerous health situations are falling through the cracks. When Tony Chicotel walks his dog around downtown Berkeley, he passes a nursing home and an assisted living facility.

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California nursing home workers died of COVID. The industry failed to tell state watchdogs

By Jason Pohl, Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow, The Sacramento Bee, February 18 2021 A year into the pandemic, California’s workplace safety watchdog still doesn’t know how many nursing home workers have contracted COVID-19 on the job and died, a Sacramento Bee review of state records shows. California’s health department regularly updates a list of COVID-19 infections and deaths at nursing homes.

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Some retirement communities lure new residents with promise of Covid-19 vaccines

By Sarah Kwon, Kaiser Health News, February 18 2021 Some assisted living facilities, pharmacy chains and health care providers are luring new customers with Covid-19 shots. For a decade, Jennifer Crow has taken care of her elderly parents, who have multiple sclerosis. After her father had a stroke in December, the family got serious in its conversations with a retirement community — and learned that one service it offered was Covid-19 vaccination.

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