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Local woman asks Gov. Newsom to allow designated family visits at nursing homes

By Christina Favuzzi, KSBY 6 News, June 17 2020

Heartbreak in nursing homes, dying from loneliness amid COVID-19 visiting restrictions

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.

N.J. evacuated only one nursing home during coronavirus. This is the tragic story.

By Michael Sol Warren and Rodrigo Torrejon | NJ Advance Media for, 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.

Banned From Nursing Homes, Families See Shocking Decline In Their Loved Ones

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.

No visitors in nursing homes a disastrous policy

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.

California nursing home deaths from COVID-19 doubled last month, as state pushes more testing

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.

State outlines rules for pre-scheduled outdoor visits at long-term care facilities

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.

Nursing homes open to visitors in Europe. Here’s why California won’t do the same

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 May 20 2020 Press Conference

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.

Trump Administration Issues Guidance Prolonging Extreme Isolation of Nursing Home Residents

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 Pauline Shatara, Deputy Director, CANHR (415) 974-5171 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.

It Is Time to Ease the Visitation Ban in Long Term Care Facilities

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.

Visitation Guidelines for Residential Care, Assisted Living, and Board and Care Facilities for the Elderly as of March 16, 2020

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.

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