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The Painful Choice to Reopen Long-Term Care Facilities To Visitors In The Time Of Covid-19

Nothing I have written lately has generated more heartfelt response than my articles about family members who, due to the covid-19 pandemic, are unable to visit their loved ones in long-term care facilities. And the writers are consistent: They want to visit, no matter the risk. Here are just some of the emails I’ve received in the past few weeks: [...]

By |2020-06-18T09:44:28-04:00June 18th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

Two Strong Signals That A Nursing Home Is Likely To Have COVID-19: Its Location And The Race Of Its Residents

We are beginning to learn which nursing homes are most likely to be hit with COVID-19.  And while studies are preliminary and based on very limited data, they tell a troubling story: Location and the race of residents matter a lot. But they also tell a surprising story: Quality (at least as measured by Medicare),   the share of Medicaid residents, [...]

By |2020-06-01T11:22:30-04:00June 1st, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

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|2 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|1 Comment

 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

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

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|4 Comments

States Are Beginning To Move COVID-19 Patients From Hospitals To Nursing Facilities

Last week, I suggested that in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, nursing homes may need to take patients from over-burdened hospitals. At the same time, care settings such as assisted living facilities (ALFs) might have to accept nursing home residents who must be relocated to make room for those post-acute patients. Now, it looks like that is beginning to [...]

By |2020-03-31T11:49:05-04:00March 31st, 2020|nursing homes|1 Comment

In Response To Coronavirus, Mom’s Nursing Home Asks You To Not Visit. What Should You Do?

As the coronavirus spreads, many nursing homes and assisted living facilities are discouraging family members from visiting loved ones, and they are screening those who do come. President Trump created additional confusion last night when he urged facilities to “suspend all non-essential visits.” What should you do? There is good reason for concern. While there is no evidence that older [...]

By |2020-03-12T13:55:07-04:00March 12th, 2020|nursing homes|2 Comments