Louisiana Nursing Home Owner Faces Cruelty Charges in Deadly Hurricane Evacuation

Bob Glynn Dean Jr. faces Medicaid fraud and other criminal charges after sending more than 800 residents to a squalid warehouse in August 2021, when Hurricane Ida pummeled the state, the authorities said.

#baton-rouge-la, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #health-and-human-services-department, #hurricane-ida-2021, #louisiana, #nursing-homes

During the Omicron Wave, Death Rates Soared for Older People

Last year, people 65 and older died from Covid at lower rates than in previous waves. But with Omicron and waning immunity, death rates rose again.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elderly, #nursing-homes, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Massachusetts to Pay $56 Million After Deadly Covid Outbreak at Veterans’ Home

At least 84 veterans died after the outbreak at the state-run Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in March 2020. Massachusetts will pay their families a minimum of $400,000 each under the settlement.

#baker-charles-d-jr, #clinton-david-1949, #compensation-for-damages-law, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #holyoke-soldiershome-holyoke-mass, #nursing-homes, #stern-donald-k, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #veterans, #walsh-bennett

Dementia Is a Place Where My Mother Lives. It Is Not Who She Is.

Thinking of it this way creates a boundary between me and the treacherous drop of despair.

#alzheimers-disease, #dementia, #elder-care, #nursing-homes

What We Lose Communicating Through Text in a Pandemic

When my mother got Covid in April 2020, I learned what we lose over text.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #nursing-homes, #parenting, #text-messaging

Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

The pandemic has given a new urgency to the development of robots and ‘virtual assisted living’ that can help care for aging adults, physically and emotionally.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #nursing-homes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #robots-and-robotics, #university-of-minnesota-duluth

Nursing Homes Are in Crisis. We Can’t Look Away Any Longer.

The for-profit industry is not providing adequate care for the vulnerable.

#elder-care, #ferrell-betty, #for-profit-industry, #internal-sub-only-nl, #national-academies-of-sciences-engineering-and-medicine, #nursing-homes, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states

Two Years Later, New York City’s Lessons from the Pandemic

The city was slow to react, and the vaccine rollout was flawed. Poor neighborhoods still need help. But shutdowns and mandates saved lives.

#barbot-oxiris, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chokshi-dave-a, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #greater-new-york-hospital-assn, #health-department-nys, #hospitals, #new-york-city, #northwell-health, #nursing-homes, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical

Health Agency Under Cuomo ‘Misled the Public’ on Nursing Home Deaths

The New York State Health Department presented nursing home data that concealed the deaths of 4,100 people, according to an audit by the state comptroller.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #health-department-nys, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes

Meet the Underdog of Senior Care

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, funded by Medicare and Medicaid, has quietly succeeded in enabling some older Americans to age in place.

#archcare, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #jersey-city-nj, #medicaid, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

For Older Americans, Some Positive Health News

Three recent developments — incremental and undramatic but encouraging — are likely to improve the lives and health of seniors.

#california, #coronavirus-reopenings, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicaid, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #social-security-us, #social-security-administration, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

‘I Don’t Dare Get the Shot’: Virus Ravages Unvaccinated Older Hong Kongers

Covid has surged through nursing homes in Hong Kong, but older residents are still among the city’s least vaccinated and the most skeptical.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #hong-kong, #nursing-homes, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

These Memory Care Workers Went on Strike to Save Lives

After a spate of deaths, a group of health care workers in Oregon decided that to save lives, they needed a union.

#elder-care, #national-labor-relations-board, #nursing-homes, #oregon, #organized-labor, #service-employees-international-union, #strikes

Families of Veterans Who Died of Covid Win $53 Million Legal Settlement

The New Jersey nursing home settlement is believed to be the first of its kind nationwide.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #elder-care, #holyoke-soldiershome-holyoke-mass, #menlo-park-veterans-memorial-home, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-veterans-home-at-paramus, #nursing-homes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #veterans

A Nursing Home’s First Day Out of Lockdown: An Update

Residents in West Virginia shared their feelings about being allowed to mix again after months of isolation.

#audio-positive-happy, #elder-care, #nursing-homes, #west-virginia

How to Improve Nursing Home Care

Readers discuss problems such as underpaid and overworked staff and suggest remedies. Also: Inspired by bell hooks; Trump in the shadows.

#elder-care, #elderly, #hooks-bell, #nursing-homes, #presidential-election-of-2024, #trump-donald-j

As Omicron Spreads, Some Nursing Homes Struggle to Boost Residents

Medical experts say the government should do more to get booster shots into long-term care residents in New York.

#balboni-michael-a-l, #chokshi-dave-a, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #elderly, #health-department-nys, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes, #vaccination-and-immunization

National Guard Takes on New Roles in Understaffed Nursing Homes

In Minnesota, an ambitious initiative is training hundreds of Guard members to become certified nursing assistants and relieve burned out nursing home workers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #minnesota, #national-guard, #nursing-homes, #reserves-military, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #walz-tim

A Harvard Scam and the Best Podcasts of 2021: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #ham, #harvard-university, #immigration-and-emigration, #meat, #nursing-homes, #podcasts, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Tornado Hits Nursing Home in Arkansas, Killing at Least 2

The tornado, which hit Monette Manor, also seriously injured at least five others.

#arkansas, #deaths-fatalities, #hutchinson-asa, #nursing-homes, #tornadoes

What Happened When Philadelphia Mandated Covid Vaccines for Health Workers

Federal officials point to the city’s mandate as a success story and a shield against new Covid outbreaks at hospitals and nursing homes.

#centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #nursing-homes, #philadelphia-pa, #vaccination-and-immunization

How Nursing Homes’ Worst Offenses Are Hidden From the Public

Thousands of problems identified by state inspectors were never publicly disclosed because of a secretive appeals process, a New York Times investigation found.

#centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Omicron Threatens the Old. Nursing Homes Must Act Now.

Whatever the variant may mean for the young, it’s already clear that it can be deadly for the old.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #elder-care, #elderly, #immune-system, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #vaccination-and-immunization

Families Cheer, Some Doctors Worry as Nursing Homes Open Doors Wide to Visitors

The federal government recently lifted most visitation restrictions at nursing homes. But concerns linger that a full reopening could leave residents vulnerable to another coronavirus surge.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #nursing-homes, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Booster Rollout for Nursing Homes Is Sluggish

Thousands of new cases have been reported among vulnerable elderly residents in the last several months, as the virulent Delta variant fuels outbreaks.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugstores, #elderly, #nursing-homes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

Luxury Senior Homes Cater to Rich Baby Boomers

A new crop of luxury senior housing is turning retirement into a five-star resort stay.

#nursing-homes, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living

Cuomo Assembly Report Contains Grounds for Impeachment, Lawmaker Says

A report set to be made public next week sheds new light on the Cuomo administration’s manipulation of nursing home death data and the former governor’s $5.1 million book deal.

#american-crisis-leadership-lessons-from-the-covid-19-pandemic-book, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #impeachment, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes, #sexual-harassment, #state-legislatures, #steck-phil

The Challenges Faced by the Democrats

Readers discuss Maureen Dowd’s criticisms of President Biden and the Democrats. Also: A new university; investing in people; unvaccinated home aides.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #home-health-care, #nursing-homes, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-austin

What Do I Owe My Difficult Mother-in-Law?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist and why offering regular help creates sometimes unwelcome obligations of its own — and more.

#dementia, #ethics-personal, #nursing-homes, #parenting, #shakespeare-william

Covid Deaths Are On the Rise Again in Nursing Homes

Covid deaths are again on the rise in elder-care facilities. Does anyone care?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #internal-sub-only-nl, #kim-ronald-1979, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes, #politics-and-government, #privatization, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Biden Promised to Fix Home Care for Seniors. Much More Help May Be Needed.

The latest Democratic proposal would funnel $150 billion toward subsidized home and community-based care. Experts worry that may not be enough to ease the severe shortage of workers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #medicaid, #nursing-homes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #your-feed-healthcare

Home Care Is Broken. Can Congress Fix It?

The latest Democratic proposal would funnel $150 billion toward subsidized home and community-based care. Experts worry that may not be enough to ease the severe shortage of workers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #medicaid, #nursing-homes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #your-feed-healthcare

Waiting on U.S. Mandate, Some Nursing Homes Are Slow to Vaccinate Staff

Less than half of workers are still not immunized at facilities in several states. “I just feel like a sitting duck,” one resident said.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #nursing-homes, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

A Racial Disparity in Schizophrenia Diagnoses in Nursing Homes

Diagnoses for the disorder have soared in the past decade, driven in part by a loophole in regulations. A new study shows the impact has been more severe for Black Americans.

#black-people, #dementia, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elder-care, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nursing-homes, #schizophrenia

Tallying the Cost of Growing Older

Researchers have been studying how much care American adults will require as they age, and for how long.

#center-for-retirement-research-at-boston-college, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #long-term-care-insurance, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Vaccine Mandate Leads Thousands of New York Health Workers to Get Vaccinated

Though many hospital and nursing home employees remain unvaccinated, officials say worst-case staffing shortages seem less likely.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hochul-kathleen-c, #hospitals, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes, #st-barnabas-hospital, #vaccination-and-immunization

States Begin a Complex Booster Shot Rollout for Pfizer Recipients

Health officials were preparing on Friday to start giving booster shots to older and at-risk Americans, trying to make sense of new and broad eligibility guidelines.

#biontech-se, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #nursing-homes, #pfizer-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

New York Hospitals Face Possible Mass Firings as Workers Spurn Vaccines

With a Monday deadline looming, thousands of health care workers in the state are risking their jobs by not getting a coronavirus vaccine.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #greater-new-york-hospital-assn, #health-department-nys, #hochul-kathleen-c, #hospitals, #new-york-state, #new-york-presbyterian-hospital, #northwell-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #vaccination-and-immunization

Federal Panel Recommends Booster Shots, Opening New Campaign Against the Virus

Scientific advisers to the C.D.C. endorsed additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for older Americans but not for health care workers, in a possible rift with regulators.

#advisory-committee-on-immunization-practices, #biontech-se, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #elderly, #nursing-homes, #pfizer-inc, #preventive-medicine, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-science

The Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes

A professor, a psychiatrist and a nurse react to a Times investigation. Also: A modern Civil War; a more confident child.

#american-psychiatric-assn, #children-and-childhood, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elder-care, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #pain-relieving-drugs, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #vaccination-and-immunization

A Hidden Shame in Nursing Homes

A Times investigation suggests that strict rules on the use of antipsychotic drugs in elder care have a gaping loophole.

#audio-negative-sad, #bed-sores, #dementia, #elder-care, #nursing-homes, #south-carolina

Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes

At least 21 percent of nursing home residents are on antipsychotic drugs, a Times investigation found.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-and-human-services-department, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nursing-homes, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #schizophrenia, #sedatives, #your-feed-healthcare

Why Federal Research Bolsters the Case for Coronavirus Vaccine Mandates

Scientists believe the administration’s new measures may tamp down the pandemic, although the effects will not immediately be obvious.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #elderly, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #nursing-homes, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-science

Why Everyone Should Care About Workers’ Rights

The impact of rotten jobs radiates far beyond the workplace.

#assn-of-flight-attendants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #mcdonalds-corporation, #minimum-wage, #nursing-homes, #organized-labor, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wages-and-salaries, #working-hours, #workplace-environment

Louisiana Nursing Home Residents Describe Squalor at Evacuation Center

Hundreds of residents were sent to a warehouse ahead of Hurricane Ida. Sanitation was poor, and they slept on mattresses on the floor.

#elder-care, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nursing-homes

More Than 80 Percent of Seniors Are Vaccinated. That’s ‘Not Safe Enough.’

The older cohort had a head start on getting immunized against Covid-19, but too many remain unprotected, experts say.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #home-health-care, #nursing-homes, #research, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Nursing Homes Face Dilemma: Vaccinate Staff or Don’t Get Paid.

A new policy from President Biden will require all nursing home workers to be vaccinated against Covid. Facilities that fall short could be penalized or lose federal funding.

#american-health-care-assn, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #nursing-homes, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Biden Ramps Up Virus Strategy for Nursing Homes, Schools

The new strategies — including encouraging booster shots for most vaccinated Americans — reflect concerns that the Delta variant is erasing progress against the pandemic.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cardona-miguel-a-1975, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #masks, #nursing-homes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

Vaccine Effectiveness Against Infection May Wane, C.D.C. Studies Find

Federal health officials said the new data justified a campaign of booster shots. But some scientists disagreed, saying not every American needs another dose.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #disease-rates, #immune-system, #moderna-inc, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes, #pfizer-inc, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

What I’ve Learned Over a Lifetime of Caring for the Dying

As a doctor who cares for the dying, I know that direct-care aides are invaluable to patients and their families. We need to honor the work they do.

#death-and-dying, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #hospice-care, #nursing-homes