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What The Divorce Of The Nation’s Biggest Nursing Home Operator And Owner Means

In a bombshell announcement, the real estate investment trust (REIT) Welltower—the biggest owner of nursing homes in the US-- is divorcing from Genesis Healthcare—the nation’s biggest operator of nursing facilities. At same the same, Genesis, whose share price has plummeted in recent years, announced it is delisting from the New York Stock Exchange. It is common for REITs to own [...]

By |2021-03-03T17:52:02-05:00March 3rd, 2021|nursing homes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How To Get Long-Term Care Workers To Take The Covid-19 Vaccine

As of Monday, only about 22 percent of the covid-19 vaccine doses that have been distributed for use in long-term care facilities have made their way into the arms of residents and staff.  As has been well documented, these residents—nearly all with pre-existing medical conditions and functional and cognitive impairment-- are the most vulnerable to serious illness and death from [...]

By |2021-01-13T14:57:02-05:00January 13th, 2021|nursing homes|0 Comments

Covid-19 Cases Explode Again in Nursing Homes, But Some States Are Far Worse Than Others

As the Covid-19 pandemic explodes around the country, cases and deaths among nursing home residents increasing rapidly as well. A new analysis by AARP finds that the rate of facility-based cases doubled from mid-October to mid-November, from 2.8 cases per hundred residents to 5.7. Deaths also rose sharply--though at a lower rate than cases—from  0.48 deaths per 100 residents to [...]

By |2020-12-11T12:16:55-05:00December 11th, 2020|nursing homes|5 Comments

Covid-19 Has Killed 100,000 Long-term Care Residents, And Thousands More Will Die By Year-End

The statistics simply are staggering. More than 728,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have contracted covid-19 over the past nine months.  More than 100,000 have died—a number that has doubled since June. That is equal to roughly the entire population of San Mateo CA, or Green Bay WI. Four of every 10 covid-19 deaths in the US have [...]

By |2020-12-01T13:40:07-05:00December 1st, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

An Inside Look At How Covid-19 Is Driving An Epidemic of Loneliness in Nursing Homes

What has it been like to live in a nursing home during the covid-19 pandemic? Because access to facilities is so limited, it is hard to know. But, for the first time, a survey of residents tells a grim story of loneliness and isolation: 90 percent said they never left their campus, 60 percent said they never even went outside [...]

By |2020-10-08T12:01:49-04:00October 8th, 2020|nursing homes|5 Comments

A Stakeholder Commission Correctly Diagnoses The Problems With Nursing Homes and Covid-19, But Soft-Peddles The Solutions

A national Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes has identified more than two dozen major flaws in the response of government and the nursing home industry to the covid-19 pandemic. However, the panel, created by the Trump Administration, was relatively passive in its recommendations for how to fix those shortcomings. It feels a bit like reading the [...]

By |2020-09-18T14:36:49-04:00September 18th, 2020|nursing homes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hundreds of Thousands Of Nursing Home Residents Don’t Need To Be There

Hundreds of thousands of older adults and younger people with disabilities are living in nursing homes only because that is where Medicaid drives them. They have no clinical need for skilled nursing care, and, if better options were available, many could be living in other settings, including their own homes. Medicaid—the joint state/federal health care program for the very poor—sends [...]

By |2020-08-28T12:42:22-04:00August 28th, 2020|nursing homes|0 Comments

As Covid-19 Batters The Sunbelt, Have We Learned Anything About Protecting Long-Term Care Residents?

What have we learned from the 50,000+ covid-19 deaths of residents and staff in long-term care facilities? As the pandemic spreads aggressively in states such as California, Texas, Arizona, and Florida, we are about to find out. Multiple studies found that facility-based covid-19 cases and deaths from March-May closely tracked the experience in surrounding communities: If a facility was located [...]

By |2020-07-10T12:41:12-04:00July 10th, 2020|nursing homes|10 Comments

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|2 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|9 Comments