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The Trump Administration’s COVID-19 Non-Guidance About Reopening Nursing Homes to Family Visitors

“When will I be allowed to visit my mother again?” That’s been the question on the minds of the families of millions of residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other senior communities who effectively have been locked down since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold two months ago. Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) put out [...]

By |2020-05-19T14:23:54-04:00May 19th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

The Trump Administration May Reopen Nursing Homes To Visitors. It Must Be Very Careful

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) appears to be preparing to allow nursing homes to open their doors to families and other visitors, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. If not done carefully, this would be folly, and could put residents, staff, and families at risk. The new rules, which still are under consideration, would reverse March 16 CMS guidance [...]

By |2020-05-11T16:31:09-04:00May 11th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

Five Ways To Reduce COVID-19 Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities

Could all those COVID-19 nursing home deaths have been prevented?  No. Could some of them have been prevented? Certainly.  And many more can be prevented in the future. How? With more testing, with better testing that produces rapid results, with more personal protective equipment (PPE) and better staff training in how to use it, with far better management of staff [...]

By |2020-05-08T13:59:37-04:00May 8th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

 The Grim Post-COVID-19 Future For Nursing Homes

Someday, most of us will return to life before COVID-19. Nursing homes will not. The deaths of more than 16,000 of their residents from COVID-19 has profoundly disrupted senior living facilities--especially nursing homes-- and will drive historic change in the industry. Robert Kramer, president of the consulting firm Nexus Insights and a long-time observer of nursing home finances, told me, [...]

By |2020-05-04T11:22:15-04:00May 4th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

Sorry President Trump, But A Few Masks and A Commission Won’t Help Senior Living Facilities And Their Residents

With great fanfare, President Trump announced yesterday that his administration would deliver about two weeks’ worth of masks to nursing homes by the Fourth of July . And he’d stand up a commission to study quality and safety in nursing homes. All just in time to celebrate May as “Older Americans Month.” The masks apparently are going only to nursing [...]

By |2020-05-01T15:34:17-04:00May 1st, 2020|long-term care|0 Comments

Why Are We So Shocked By COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths? We Have Been Failing Our Frail Older Adults For Decades

The headlines are eye-opening: On Friday, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that, as of as of April 23, there were more than 10,000 reported deaths from COVID-19 in long-term care facilities—in just the 23 states that publicly report this information. That may be shocking. But it should not be surprising. COVID-19 has exposed and amplified our profoundly flawed system of [...]

By |2020-04-27T13:58:33-04:00April 27th, 2020|Aging|1 Comment

The Trump Administration Finally Is Requiring Nursing Homes To Report COVID-19 Cases. It Is Not Nearly Enough.

The Trump Administration has finally said it would require nursing homes to report cases of COVID-19 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, eventually, to families of residents. The move is welcome, but it is far too little and, for many families, far too late. On Friday, The New York Times reported that more than 36,500 residents [...]

By |2020-04-20T11:13:10-04:00April 20th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

Home Care Agencies And Workers Are The Next Ground Zero For COVID-19

Nursing homes and other senior living facilities are not the only places where COVID-19 is creating a health care crisis for frail older adults and their care providers. The other setting at risk: private homes, where the vast majority of older adults get both personal and post-acute care.  And the pandemic is creating enormous challenges for those seniors, their families, [...]

By |2020-04-16T14:04:43-04:00April 16th, 2020|aging in place|0 Comments

The COVID-19 Nursing Home Nightmare

The coronavirus pandemic is a nightmare for nursing homes, their staffs, residents, and their families. While we know much less about them, the situation is likely similar for Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) and other residential care for older adults. As of March 30, more than 400 of 15,000 US nursing facilities had an outbreak of coronavirus—among residents, staff or both-- [...]

By |2020-04-06T10:04:31-04:00April 6th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments