April 14, 2021
A once-in-a-century pandemic yielded a once-in-a-generation chance for reform. The California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) recently introduced the 2021 Nursing Home Protect Plan to state legislators and agencies to improve long-term care. For the first time in years, nursing home residents have multiple champions in the state legislature fighting for better care. (more…)
April 13, 2021
New visitation guidelines for Nursing Homes were released on March 10th by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These changes have been effective immediately and will allow residents to have less regulated visits. (more…)
April 12, 2021
Long-Term Care: How the industry is structured, how that structure creates wrong incentives and what we can do going forward
Nursing homes and long-term care, in general, are something that we tend to avoid thinking about. But the truth is, whether due to old age or disability, many of us do or will require help with daily living. The number of Americans from 65 and older is projected to nearly double over the next 40 years, and one study estimates that more than two-thirds of Americans who reach age 65 will need long-term care at some point in their lives.
January 26, 2021
It has been almost a year since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) put in place lockdown measures that prohibited everyone, except essential staff, from entering long-term care facilities. Since March 13, 2020 the residents of these facilities began a period of complete isolation that lasted more than six months. Totally disconnected from the outside world for more than half of the year.
October 28, 2020
Most of us have no problem voicing our concern when we believe our rights are being infringed. But have you thought about the rights of residents living in assisted living facilities? What happens when a person is no longer fully independent? Do their rights change, or is it easier for the people around them to violate their rights? (more…)
October 2, 2020
The elderly are the most vulnerable part of the population to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the U.S. alone, thousands of people living in nursing homes have died from the novel coronavirus, and some approximations say a quarter of all infections in the country have some link to nursing homes — whether it’s visitors, patients or healthcare workers in these long-term care facilities.
September 29, 2020
Elder abuse is a taboo yet on the rise problem in America, with major health and social repercussions. It’s a calamity that affects elderly people of all races, cultures, sexual orientations, social classes, geographic areas, faith communities, mental capacities, and physical abilities.
September 24, 2020
Last Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a federal memo officially restoring visitation in U.S. nursing homes. The CMS is commanding these elder care facilities to allow visitation when a facility has had no new COVID-19 outbreaks for at least 14 days, and the community positivity rate is below 10%.
August 19, 2020
COVID-Related Strikes Threatens
A possible strike by teamsters over a company’s coronavirus security protocols could affect dozens of Senior Living communities in Arizona. More than 200 warehouse employees and US Foods deliverers who are members of Teamsters Local 104 in Phoenix have voted “crushingly” for what they claim is the non-adherence of US Food to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
June 16, 2020
As the country continues at home to curb the spread of COVID-19, there are some sections of the population that aren’t able to achieve this level of social isolation. Over 4 million elder Americans currently reside in Nursing Homes, and even though these facilities provide vital services to residents, they also add inherent risks in the event of a global health pandemic.