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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Josie Huang, LAist, August 30, 2021 Tomiko Nakayama, 93, had hoped to stay at her senior home in Boyle Heights for the rest of her life.(Josie Huang/LAist) Tomiko Nakayama watched anxiously as the lunch crowd at her senior care facility for Japanese Americans rapidly thinned over the summer. “Why are so many people disappearing?” Nakayama would ask family members in Japanese, her unease heightened by worsening dementia.
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.
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.