Families struggle to get COVID tests to visit loved ones in nursing and senior homes

Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, January 12 2022 Karen Klink sits next to a sign she used in a protest when it was hard to visit her mother in a memory care facility during a lockdown due to COVID-19 in late 2020. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times) If Karen Klink wants to see her mother at the Redondo Beach memory care facility where she lives, she needs to hand over a negative test for the virus.

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2021 CHAPTERED LEGISLATION AFFECTING ADULT AND SENIOR CARE FACILITIES: SUMMARY AND IMPLEMENTATION

California Department of Social Services PIN 21-52-ASC December 28, 2021 PIN 21-52-ASC TO: ALL ADULT AND SENIOR CARE PROGRAM LICENSEES Original signed by Kevin Gaines FROM: KEVIN GAINESDeputy DirectorCommunity Care Licensing Division SUBJECT: 2021 CHAPTERED LEGISLATION AFFECTING ADULT AND SENIOR CARE FACILITIES: SUMMARY AND IMPLEMENTATION Provider Information Notice (PIN) Summary PIN 21-52-ASC provides a summary of and implementation information for legislation chaptered in 2021 affecting licensed Adult and Senior Care facilities.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Push Pack Distribution

AFL 21-13 From the California Department of Public Health April 30, 2021 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) SUBJECT: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Push Pack Distribution All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL informs SNFs that the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) will be distributing PPE push packs to SNFs beginning May 3, 2021.  PPE push pack distribution is part of California’s continued effort to provide necessary supplies, prevent the spread of COVID-19, and help ensure the health and safety of SNF residents and staff.

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Largest Hospice Care Company Accused of Putting Healthy Profits Over Public Health

By Alexis Rivas, Dorian Hargrove and Tom Jones, NBC7 San Diego, July 9 2020 Employees of Vitas Healthcare say the company pushed them to gain access into nursing homes despite COVID-19 restrictions Workers for the nation’s largest for-profit hospice care provider say the company has put their health and safety, and the lives of thousands of nursing home residents and employees, at risk of catching COVID-19, all to make an extra buck.

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‘They Just Dumped Him Like Trash’: Nursing Homes Evict Vulnerable Residents

By Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Amy Julia Harris, New York Times, June 22 2020 Nursing homes across the country are kicking out old and disabled residents and sending them to homeless shelters and rundown motels. Lakeview Terrace, a nursing home in Los Angeles, evicted RC Kendrick, an 88-year-old man with dementia.Credit…Andrew Cullen for The New York Times On a chilly afternoon in April, Los Angeles police found an old, disoriented man crumpled on a Koreatown sidewalk.

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At least 30 Riverside nursing facility patients test positive for coronavirus; county cases jump to 799

By JENNIFER IYER | jiyer@scng.com | Redlands Daily Facts | April 5, 2020 at 6:21 p.m. Officials are waiting for results from other employees and patients. About 30 patients and some staff members at Extended Care Hospital of Riverside tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Riverside County Public Health officials said Sunday, April 5, 2020. (Photo courtesy Google Maps) Thirty patients and some staff members at a skilled nursing facility in Riverside have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as Riverside County officials announced a triple digit jump in the number of confirmed cases on Sunday, April 5.

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California orders skilled nursing facilities to accept coronavirus patients

By Jack Dolan Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2020 California has ordered all homes licensed as skilled nursing facilities to accept residents with COVID-19. Above, workers at at Reseda nursing home. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times) As fears escalate about the toll the coronavirus will take on the sick and elderly in nursing homes — who are among the most vulnerable to the deadly virus — California regulators have told skilled nursing facility operators that they must accept patients even if they have the disease.

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