By James M. Berklan, McKnight’s Long Term Care News, June 25 2020 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services excited the provider community and brought clarity to numerous aspects of restarting visits at nursing homes Wednesday.
By Robert Garrison, ABC7 Denver, June 25 2020 Photo by: Google DENVER — The COVID-19 outbreak has struck nursing homes in Colorado especially hard. More than 40% of all deaths related to the virus in the state have come from non-hospital residential facilities, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
KCBS Radio, June 24 2020 KCBS Radio Anchors Patti Reising and Jeff Bell and KCBS Radio Political Reporter Doug Sovern speak with Mike Dark, a staff attorney at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a non-profit advocacy group that’s been at the forefront of nursing home issues in the state for almost 40 years.
The ban on long term care visitation has caused incalculable suffering for residents and their families. Here are some of the stories of that suffering told by residents and their families. To contribute your story and (optional) photograph, please send it to email@example.com.
By Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News, June 24 2020 Pixabay | CC0 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday released an updated set of frequently asked questions designed to encourage safe visitation of residents in nursing homes.
Hello, unfortunately my mother passed away on May 22 almost 3 full months in isolation. At least I got to be with her in the ER twice the week before she passed and then the day she passed. I’m not sure she knew I was there but I’m hoping so.
By Anne McCloy, CBS6 WRGB Albany, June 23 2020 ALBANY NY (WRGB) – As each day passes, families continue to wait on the state government to determine when nursing home visitation can resume across New York State.
Mom’s 103rd “zoom” birthday party at nursing home with 3 generations. At my 103 year old Mom’s nursing home, despite No Covid cases and good staffing/PPE, absolutely no personal visits of any kind are allowed. She has cognitively declined thinks we are coming to see her.
From the time of my beautiful son’s injury I had been with him daily, and to speak for him in his sub-acute state. To show nursing correct way to suction w/o traumatizing him; Inform of the correct way to test shower water temperature so as not to semi-scald him.
Every resident has the right to have at least one support person visitor permitted to visit in-person until the time when full visitation rights can be restored. Visitation is one of the most important and cherished rights of persons in long term care facilities. Visitation enhances the quality of life and the quality of care for all residents who receive it. Visitors provide crucial psychological and decision making support, direct care, and monitoring and supervision of care. Most importantly, visitors provide a loving familiarity that offsets the often traumatic impersonal nature of long term care facilities.
By Kati Weis, CBS4 Denver, June 23 2020 DENVER (CBS4) – Since March, nursing home residents have been isolated from their loved ones, and other fellow residents in their facilities. But Tuesday, state health officials announced those residents can begin seeing visitors face-to-face, with restrictions.
I am a Legal Guardian for my mother, a disabled 88 year old nursing home resident. My mother is aphasic, meaning she has lost the ability to formulate words due to a massive stroke she experienced during minor surgery in 1973 and is primarily limited to verbalizing the term “Oh Boy, Oh Boy” in varying articulations to express herself.
I am an RN, working for Mayo Clinic in Arizona for years. My mother is in a nursing home in Turlock, California. She was much happier before the Ban due to my brother’s every day visit.
My mom currently resides in a memory care facility in Santa Cruz, CA. My mom has five daughters. 3 of us live nearby and were able to visit daily and were very much a part of her care.
My mother died, not because of the Covid but because I couldn’t be there and help her. The isolation was a direct cause of her loss and I feel I could be a valuable advocate in this cause.
By Susan Christian Goulding, Orange County Register, June 22 2020 Tom Rezvan, left, of Huntington Beach, pushes his father, Perry Rezvan, 77, in a wheelchair as they leave Sea Cliff Healthcare Center in Huntington Beach, on Friday, May 1, 2020.
By Nathan Gray, Los Angeles Times, June 22 2020 (Nathan Gray / For The Times) Gray is an assistant professor of medicine and palliative care at Duke University School of Medicine and an artist who draws comics on medical topics.
By Eleanor Laise, Barron’s, June 21, 2020 Jackson Mitzner, right, and his sisters. Courtesy Crystal Ton Crystal Ton won’t take no for an answer. For three months, the Virginia Beach, Va., mother of four has been fighting to see her 13-year-old son, Jackson Mitzner.
By Elizabeth Janney, Patch Staff, June 20 2020 Some Maryland nursing home residents will be allowed to eat meals together and have visitors outside, the Maryland Health Department said. (Elizabeth Janney/Patch) MARYLAND — This weekend residents at Maryland nursing homes may have visitors for the first time in more than three months.
By Flora Charner, Rodrigo Pedroso and Sara Spary, CNN, June 19, 2020 A son hugs his father at Três Figueiras via the “hug tunnel,” which staff developed to enable loved ones to embrace. (CNN)A care home for elderly people in southern Brazil has come up with a creative way to bring some love to its residents amid the coronavirus pandemic, by creating a “hug tunnel” that allows relatives to safely embrace them.
By Christina Favuzzi, KSBY 6 News, June 17 2020
KMSP Fox 9, June 11 2020 Chester Peske, a WWII veteran, died on June 2nd, four months short of reaching 100th birthday. (FOX 9) FOX 9 – The state of Minnesota is making plans to ease visitor restrictions in long-term care facilities after senior citizens spent the last three months in isolation, one of them dying in part to loneliness.
By Michael Sol Warren and Rodrigo Torrejon | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, June 10 2020 Elderly patients arrive at CareOne at Hanover in Whippany during coronavirus pandemic.George McNish | For NJ Advance Media It was a nightmare scenario, a last-ditch effort to save dozens of lives in immediate danger.
By Ina Jaffe, NPR, June 9 2020 Luann Thibodeau recently celebrated her 40th anniversary with her husband, Jeff. They ate dinner from Olive Garden while she remained on the other side of his nursing room window.
Opinion by Tom Elias, California Focus, June 8 2020 Nothing has contributed more to substandard treatment of older adults in nursing homes than a futile, failed rule imposed by state and federal governments at the advent of the COVID-19 crisis: Virtually no visits for anyone in any nursing home or skilled nursing facility.
By Mara Hoplamazian, The Sacramento Bee, June 8 2020 Denise Plank visits her father, Ed, 84, through his nursing home window at Fresno’s California Armenian Home nearly everyday. It’s her only way of connecting with her father due to the coronavirus lockdown at the facility. BY CRAIG KOHLRUSS Deaths in California nursing homes from COVID-19 more than doubled during the month of May, as skilled-care facilities for the elderly continue to disproportionately bear the brunt of the pandemic across the United States.
By Colin A. Young, State House News Service, June 2 2020 Charwell Nursing Home Massachusetts SOURCE: WCVB BOSTON — Starting Wednesday, Massachusetts state officials will allow residents of nursing homes, rest homes and assisted living facilities to receive guests during pre-scheduled outdoor visits.
By Ryan Sabalow and Jason Pohl, The Sacramento Bee, May 26 2020 In this April 21, 2020, photo, Marguerite Mouille, 94, gestures while her visiting daughter takes a photo at the Kaisesberg nursing home, eastern France.
CANHR staff, family members of nursing home residents and representatives from other advocacy organizations including Disability Rights California, Justice in Aging, Western Center on Law and Poverty and the Institute on Aging announced their opposition to proposed cuts in home and community based services, and the reinstitution of draconian Medi-Cal recovery policies.
On May 18, 2020, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new guidance seeking to perpetuate the extreme isolation of nursing home residents throughout the nation, perhaps for months or years to come.
CONTACTS: Patricia McGinnis, Executive Director, CANHR (415) 974-5171 firstname.lastname@example.org Pauline Shatara, Deputy Director, CANHR (415) 974-5171 email@example.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2020 San Francisco, CA – California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform will hold a press conference at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 via Zoom to announce their opposition to proposed cuts in home and community based services, the reinstitution of draconian Medi-Cal recovery policies and will call for reinstating visitation rights for family members of nursing home and assisted living residents who have not seen their family members for over two months.
Visitation is one of the most important and meaningful rights of long term care facility residents. Both U.S. and California law guarantee very broad access for residents to visit with friends, families, and others who provide critical support.
As part of the state government’s continuing efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable people, the Community Care Licensing Division of the State Department of Social Services (CCLD) has issued new, even stricter guidelines regarding visitor access to assisted living facilities housing California elders.