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    More than 100 people filled the dining room at Ararat Nursing Facility to celebrate Thanksgiving. Children and grandchildren embraced their loved ones. Friends in wheelchairs sat beside one another chatting in Armenian. Residents rose from their seats to dance to “Hey Jan Ghapama,” an Armenian song written about a stuffed pumpkin dish. At one of the tables in the Mission Hills nursing home, 82-year-old Anahit Papiryan danced as best she could from her wheelchair, throwing her hands up in the air and turning them from side to side. At times, she kissed her granddaughter Ruzanna Grigoryan’s hand. “You’re the light of my life,” Papiryan told the 34-year-old in Armenian. Papiryan, originally from Yerevan, immigrated to the United States more than 30 years ago. “You’re my heart,” responded Grigoryan, who wore a blue surgical mask to keep her grandmother safe. The Thanksgiving scene was a far cry from last year, which consisted of limited outdoor visits and calls from behind windows to protect vulnerable nursing home residents amid a surge of COVID-19 cases. Gone was the COVID unit...
    Footage shows Grey, the 'gentle giant' therapy dog, bringing joy to people at several nursing homes and care facilities around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In a video posted on Monday, November 22, the huge Great Dane can be seen visiting nursing homes and care facilities, providing a much-needed boost for the residents living there. His owner Charlene Potts said two-year-old Grey has already clocked up nearly 130 visits across the Pittsburgh region after becoming a therapy dog during the Covid-19 pandemic. 'After this gentle giant captures everyone’s attention with his size — 165 pounds — it’s his sweet and personable disposition that earns him fast friendships', she told Storyful. Footage shows Grey, a 165-pound therapy dog, bringing joy to people at several nursing homes and care facilities around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Wearing a harness with the words 'Hi, I'm Grey. Please pet me' printed on it, the Great Dane is taken around the care facilities and introduced to residents living there Grey brings joy to an elderly man in a wheelchair and is also seen enjoying the attention of staff at the homes...
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Nine people have died after a fire swept through a nursing home Monday in eastern Bulgaria, officials said. An old school building in the eastern village of Royak that was transformed into a nursing home caught fire at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT), while dozens of residents were preparing for dinner. “Unfortunately, nine people passed away out of the 58 who were in the home at the time,” fire inspector Tihomir Totev told reporters. Most of the residents had to be evacuated from the building and some received medical treatment for smoke inhalation, he added. The Interior Ministry said the blaze “started from the roof of the building” and has been extinguished. The cause of the fire is not yet known but officials say an investigation will be launched. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Committee report confirms reporting that Cuomo ordered state Department of Health officials to prepare a report combatting criticism of his March 25 executive order to place COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. Investigators also found that Cuomo personally reviewed and edited the draft report multiple times and used misleading data to strengthen its defense of his actions. NEW: The NY Assembly Judiciary Committee has released its report on former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.\n\nIts conclusions:pic.twitter.com/lpwq4KUSUU — Jon Campbell (@Jon Campbell) 1637590525 "As noted, we are mindful of the ongoing law enforcement interests into several of the matters covered in this report. We have prepared this report with those interests in mind and we are cooperating with any such investigations," the investigators wrote. They also noted that Cuomo and his lawyers "refus[ed] to comply in any meaningful way with the Committee's requests and subpoenas, despite public pledges of his cooperation on numerous occasions." The report was completed by lawyers from Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP, who were contracted by the Assembly to investigate the multiple corruption allegations made against the Democratic...
    Gifts that keep on giving Your time and attention during nursing home visits are wonderful gifts in themselves. But when there’s a holiday or birthday on the way, or you just want to pamper someone you care about, you have plenty of gift-giving options. Just keep a few guidelines in mind: — Space is limited in most nursing home rooms. — Valuables can get mislaid or go missing — receiving expensive electronics or other pricey presents may actually make residents feel anxious. — Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be restrictions on how gifts can be delivered or brought in. Please call your nursing home facility to determine its procedures. The best gifts for elderly nursing home residents leave them with a bit of extra comfort and enjoyment. Here are some tips from long-term care experts and a family caregiver/author with insight on what residents really like to receive. Blankets and outerwear Extra blankets are always welcome. Blankets brighten a room, while helping residents keep warm and cozy. “Residents in nursing homes are always cold, even if it’s 97...
    (CNN)Eight residents of a nursing home in northwestern Connecticut have died since late September following a Covid-19 outbreak, the nursing home said in a statement.A total of 89 residents and staff -- many of whom were fully vaccinated -- have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last seven weeks, Geer Village Senior Community in North Canaan said Friday, and 11 residents and one staff member remain in isolation. "Sadly, we have lost 8 residents with serious underlying health issues to Covid," the statement said. Read MoreThe center first released information about the outbreak on October 3, stating that there were three positive cases among residents and a staff member who were all fully vaccinated against Covid-19.Source: FDA will likely make booster decision without outside advisory committee weighing inThe outbreak began close to when Covid-19 boosters were given emergency use authorization by the FDA. Geer Village Senior Community CEO Kevin O'Connell told ABC News that nursing home officials had been working to schedule boosters since they were notified they were available to residents, but the logistics of vaccinating all staff and...
    NORTH CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A Connecticut nursing home says it is a cautionary tale about the need for booster shots. It blames waning immunity for complicating an outbreak of the Delta variant, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Monday. READ MORE: TIMELINE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Resigns In Wake Of Sexual Harassment, Nursing Home Scandals“We’re still grieving with the families, and the staff,” Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center administrator Kevin O’Connell said. The facility in Litchfield County is fighting a COVID-19 outbreak. Infection swept through after virtually all residents and staff were vaccinated. “We were really proud of the fact that our employees stepped up, they took the vaccine, accepted it. All of our residents did early on. We thought we were ahead of this,” O’Connell said. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here Only two of the 89 residents and staff were unvaccinated...
    Eight residents of a Connecticut nursing home have died during a COVID-19 outbreak that has lasted nearly six weeks. A total of 89 employees and residents have tested positive since the outbreak began at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Litchfield County, in the Town of Canaan, on Thursday, Sept. 30. "Despite seeing significant numbers of residents recovering from Covid," the facility's chief executive Kevin O’Connell and nursing director Cady Bloodgood said in a statement. "testing has resulted in one additional positive case among fully vaccinated residents and staff members. Sadly, we have lost eight residents with serious underlying health issues to Covid." The statement, released on Friday, Nov. 12, said 48 residents and 69 staff members have recovered after being diagnosed with COVID-19. "We want to assure everyone we are doing our best to keep residents and staff safe," the statement said. "We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates for residents, staff, families, and community stakeholders as the situation changes."
    Eight residents of a Connecticut nursing home died during a COVID-19 outbreak. A total of 89 employees and residents have tested positive since the outbreak began at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Litchfield County, in the Town of Canaan, on Thursday, Sept. 30. "Despite seeing significant numbers of residents recovering from Covid," the facility's chief executive Kevin O’Connell and nursing director Cady Bloodgood said in a statement. "testing has resulted in one additional positive case among fully vaccinated residents and staff members. Sadly, we have lost eight residents with serious underlying health issues to Covid." The statement, released on Friday, Nov. 12, said 48 residents and 69 staff members have recovered after being diagnosed with COVID-19. "We want to assure everyone we are doing our best to keep residents and staff safe," the statement said. "We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates for residents, staff, families, and community stakeholders as the situation changes."
    CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — Eight residents of a nursing home in Connecticut have died during a coronavirus outbreak while 89 residents and employees have tested positive for the disease, nursing home officials say. The outbreak at the Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canaan began Sept. 30, chief executive Kevin O’Connell and nursing director Cady Bloodgood said in a statement Friday. The eight residents who died had serious health problems, according to the officials. Those who tested positive included 67 residents and 22 staff members. The officials said 48 residents and 21 employees have recovered. O’Connell told the Republican-American there were no infections at the nearby Geer Lodge, an independent and assisted living center on the campus. He and Bloodgood said virus testing continues biweekly. “While we must continue with COVID-19 prevention protocols, we want to assure everyone we are doing our best to keep residents and staff safe,” they said. The nursing home, which houses 82 residents, has suspended in-person visitation, but virtual and window visits can be arranged. The latest state report on coronavirus infections in nursing homes...
    Nationwide, nursing home deaths have increased more than six-fold from July through September, according to the AAPR's dashboard. Although the numbers are still nowhere near where they were at the beginning of the pandemic, that is likely because a large percentage of them already got the virus and acquired more robust natural immunity, which the injection worshipers dogmatically deny. But among those who have not acquired immunity, they face a likely harrowing winter wave. What's the solution from the medical establishment? Continued endless boosters that come at a great risk to seniors, while still locking them down. The CDC is now recommending a fourth shot for anyone above 18 if they are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and regardless of whether they initially got the vaccine series from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. This raises the following questions: If the vaccines are not working for those who need them the most, why are we continuing them, especially as the virus keeps changing, possibly because of the immune pressure placed on them by suboptimal antibodies from the shots? Why...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —The Minnesota Department of Health has taken control over of a metro area nursing home on Monday, they say, to ensure residents’ safety. The MDH has filed for receivership for control over Twin Cities Garden Nursing Home while operations and management issues at a facility are addressed, according to the MDH news release. READ MORE: COVID In MN: MDH Reports 22 More Deaths As Latest Positivity Rate Drops Below 8%Twin City Gardens Nursing Home has 31 residents and 61 employees.  The MDH was granted receivership on Oct. 22 by a Ramsey County judge. The MDH has arranged for Pathway Health, a professional management organization, to serve as the facility’s managing agent during the receivership. During this year, the MDH has been on-site to conduct complaint investigations several times. During their most recent on-site visits between Oct. 12 and Oct. 21,  the MDH surveyors documented multiple findings regarding patient care and services, said the news release. In addition, last week the MDH staff found evidence of staff payroll checks being returned with insufficient funds, and unpaid bills for oxygen,...
                        CINCINNATI, Ohio – Two nurses and an activity aide at a Cincinnati nursing home claim poll workers employed by the Hamilton County Board of Elections prompted choices on absentee ballots for patients, including those in a dementia/Alzheimer’s/memory care unit. The claims bring into sharp focus whether Ohio election law makes it too difficult to have voters disqualified for lack of mental competency to choose candidates and chime in on tax levies. Registered nurse Gabrielle Daignault contacted The Ohio Star after poll workers visited the early afternoon of October 20 to assist residents of the Brookwood Retirement Community who had asked for absentee ballots and assistance to mark them. She said she observed poll workers helping fill out ballots of some residents who are dementia/Alzheimer’s patients on her duty roster. “They are sitting there, unable to tell us their name or the date,” Daignault told The Star in a telephone interview. “It’s like having children vote.” The November 2 ballot includes a race for the Princeton City School District...
    Denise King, a staff member at Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Walgreens Pharmacist Annette Marshall, in Brooklyn, New York, December 22, 2020.Yuki Iwamura | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that an average of 60% of nursing home personnel in the U.S. are vaccinated against Covid, a rate officials say leaves the care facilities at higher risk for outbreaks among residents and staff. Vaccinating more employees is one of the most important steps nursing homes can take to keep residents safe, CDC epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Slayton said at a meeting of the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday. Though administering booster doses to residents can help limit cases, Slayton said nursing homes remain vulnerable to outbreaks when staff members choose not to vaccinate. "Even with highly effective boosters, the community transmission is high in our model," Slayton said. "That suggests that there will still be Covid-19 cases in nursing homes, highlighting the need for continued infection prevention and control strategies."...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Families and patients have a new online tool to compare COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing homes, Medicare announced Tuesday, addressing complaints from consumer groups and lawmakers that the critical data had been too difficult to find. The information is now being made available through the “Care Compare” feature at Medicare.gov, the online tool for basic research on quality and safety issues at nursing homes. Consumers will be able to compare up to three nursing homes at the same time, and the webpage shows vaccination rates for residents and staff, as well as national and state averages. “We want to give people a new tool to visualize this data to help them make informed decisions,” Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a statement. Nursing home residents are a tiny proportion of the U.S. population, but they have borne a crushing burden from the COVID-19 pandemic, accounting for more than 150,000 deaths, or roughly 1 in 5. Nationally, about 84% of residents are now vaccinated, which has slowed – but not...
    Florida led the nation in nursing home resident and staff deaths in the four weeks ending Aug. 22, the American Association of Retired People (AARP) reported Wednesday in a “four-week snapshot” analysis. According to the Florida Fact Sheet webpage accessible via AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard , 237 residents and 13 staff in state nursing homes died from the disease during the span, accounting for 21% of all nursing home resident deaths and 17% of all staff deaths due to the virus nationwide. Meanwhile, Florida’s 73.6% vaccination rate of 160,000 residents in 700-plus nursing homes is third-worst among all states except Nevada and Arizona, and its 48.5% vaccination rate among nursing home employees – up 3% from July – is still the nation’s lowest percentage other than Louisiana’s 47.9% rate. “It is a frightening, tragic time in our state. The new data released in today’s dashboard is a heartbreaking reminder that the pandemic is not over,” AARP Florida Director Jeff Johnson said in a Wednesday statement. “As vaccination rates have stalled, COVID cases have risen, and Florida...
    Nursing assistants in long term care facilities - who work closest with vulnerable residents - are the least likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 than any other staff position, a new study finds.  An analysis was performed by researchers from the University of Rochester, in New York, and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They found that less than half, only 49.2 percent, of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are vaccinated are fully vaccinated. By comparison, 61 percent of practical nurses, 70.9 percent of therapists and 77.3 percent of physicians who work at U.S. nursing homes are vaccinated. In total, 60 percent of total nursing home staff nationwide has received the shots.  Low vaccination rates among staff that work closely with nursing home residents can be worrisome, as they could spread the virus to the vulnerable people in their care.  Less than half of certified nursing assistants who work at U.S. nursing homes are vaccinated for COVID-19, the lowest of any group of employees, a new study finds  In total, 60% of health care staffers at nursing homes are vaccinated...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — As the delta variant of the coronavirus caused Florida to become a hotspot for COVID-19 in late July and August, the state’s nursing homes also felt the brunt. Using federal data, the senior-advocacy group AARP released a report Wednesday that said 237 Florida nursing-home residents died of COVID-19 during a four-week period that ended Aug. 22 — tied for the highest death rate in the nation. READ MORE: Hialeah Using American Rescue Plan Act Funds To Give $2,000 Bonuses To City Employees, Essential Workers Also, the report pointed to other indications of continuing struggles with COVID-19 in the state’s nursing homes, including lagging vaccination rates of workers and residents. AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson said in a prepared statement that the numbers are a “heartbreaking reminder that the pandemic is not over” and urged people to get vaccinated. “These sadly predictable data trends are also preventable,” Johnson said. “Our most vulnerable residents deserve to be protected from this devastating disease. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated.” With COVID-19...
    A nursing home where almost every resident was fully vaccinated suffered a COVID-19 outbreak, though damage from the virus was limited due to the shots, a new study finds. A French research team, led by scientists from Hôpital Charles Foix in Ivry-sur-Seine, investigated a 17-case outbreak at a nursing home in Biscarrosse, France - 167 miles west of Toulouse -  from January and February 2021. The facility houses 74 seniors, of which 70 were fully vaccinated - or 95 percent of residents - and two were at least partially vaccinated. Only two of those living at the nursing home were unvaccinated, and one of them was the only person to die from the virus.  There were also only two hospitalizations out of all who contracted COVID-19. The researchers believe their investigation shows that fully vaccinated people can contract Covid, but even the elderly - who are among the most vulnerable to the virus - can recover with little complications if they are vaccinated. Seventeen cases of COVID-19 were tied to an outbreak at a nursing home in France that had fully...
    Researchers at Brown University will study waning COVID-19 effectiveness among nursing home residents to further inform the country’s booster shot rollout. The two-year study, aimed to inform real-time policy decisions, was awarded $4.9 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The team is set to study the duration of protective immunity among 800-1,200 nursing home residents following vaccination or when administered a booster shot, when federally recommended to do so, given emerging COVID-19 variants, according to a news release. Researchers plan to share interim data with the CDC as it becomes available. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE "Given rising case counts of the Delta variant, we need to know as soon as possible who needs a vaccine booster shot and when they need it," Stefan Gravenstein, co-lead investigator on the project and a professor of geriatric medicine at Brown University, said in a statement. "This information on how specific immunity to SARS-CoV-2 infection declines with aging, disease and in long-term care residents is critically important for developing a booster strategy based on real-time data in this...
    LOWELL (CBS) — A nursing assistant from Lowell is charged with sexually assaulting two nursing home residents while working overnight shifts. Charles Wachira, 40, was arraigned in Worcester Superior Court on Tuesday. According to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, the assaults happened at Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wakefield and Knollwood Nursing Center in Worcester. READ MORE: 9/11 Widow Determined To Continue Working With Afghan Women Through Foundation As a CNA, Wachira was responsible for changing, bathing, feeding, toileting, and help incontinent nursing facility residents. Investigators say in February 2020, Wachira went into a woman’s room and washed her even though she could do it on her own, and allegedly sexually assaulted her. READ MORE: Michelle Wu Holds Big Lead In New Poll In Boston Mayors Race One year later, Wachira allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at Bear Hill while saying he needed to “measure” her. Wachira pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of annoying and accosting a person and two counts of indecent assault and battery upon an elder. A judge released him on personal recognizance...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana health officials announced Tuesday that they are revoking the licenses of seven nursing homes that were evacuated to a warehouse where seven residents died after Hurricane Ida amid conditions deemed squalid. Department of Health Secretary Dr. Courtney N. Phillips said in a statement that the homes “clearly failed to execute their emergency preparedness plans to provide essential care and services to their residents.” State health officials have launched an investigation into the deaths at a warehouse facility in Tangipahoa Parish where 843 residents from seven nursing facilities operated were sent before Ida roared ashore in southeast Louisiana on Aug. 29 Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)Louisiana's lieutenant governor is promising changes after seven nursing home residents died after being evacuated before Hurricane Ida to a warehouse with hundreds of other people.The temporary shelter, a warehouse in Independence, Louisiana, was overwhelmed after receiving more than 840 people on August 27 ahead of the Category 4 hurricane, officials said, as power and sanitary conditions were failing."To pack that many people into one warehouse is just unthinkable. And how can this happen after we've gone through Katrina, and had those deaths in the nursing homes in, and set things in place, so this would never happen again?" Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser told CNN. "It's just unthinkable, it's embarrassing."It could be weeks before some parts of Louisiana have power restoredIn addition to the warehouse deaths, the New Orleans Health Department said Monday it found five people dead during its post-Ida checks at multiple senior apartment complexes in the city. Ten of the complexes were deemed unfit for occupancy and evacuated, the department said.Nungesser, a Republican who has been in the office since January 2016, said "there's going to be...
    The owner of seven Louisiana nursing homes insisted he 'did really good' when it came to protecting the 843 senior residents under his care from Hurricane Ida despite the death of five residents and hospitalization of 14 others.  Bob Dean made the remarks after he crammed all his residents into a single warehouse facility in Independence, Louisiana, amid claims some seniors went without being fed or changed. He explained: ' 'We only had five deaths within the six days... normally with 850 people you'll have a couple a day,' Dean told local WAFB. 'So, we did really good on taking care of people.' But Dean's words did little to reassure Louisiana State officials, who opened an investigation into the warehouse incident on Friday.   Senior residents lying on air mattresses on the floor inside Waterbury warehouse, while other reports included that measures weren't put in place for social distancing Fourteen nursing home residents needed hospitalization after staying in a poorly-conditioned warehouse during Hurricane Ida  The conditions of the warehouse where more than 800 senior residents stayed during Hurricane...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The owner of seven Louisiana nursing homes that were evacuated to a warehouse where four residents died after Hurricane Ida amid conditions deemed squalid faced criticism after a prior evacuation-related death two decades ago. He faces new calls for his nursing home licenses to be revoked. State health officials have launched an investigation into the deaths at a warehouse facility in Tangipahoa Parish where 843 residents from seven nursing facilities operated by Bob Dean were sent before Ida roared ashore in southeast Louisiana. Attorney General Jeff Landry said Friday that his office has started its own review of the evacuation decisions. AARP Louisiana pushed for the nursing homes involved to lose their licenses, calling the deaths of the residents “the result of a complete failure of oversight, enforcement and planning.” “It’s a privilege to hold a nursing home license. It’s time to take it away from the facilities involved in this tragedy,” Denise Bottcher, Louisiana state director for AARP, said in a statement. The hundreds of nursing home evacuees who survived...
    "It was intense," the worker said. "We didn't have privacy to take care of them. We were changing everybody right by everybody and with the COVID there just wasn't enough space. It was awful."What else?After being tipped off about the poor living conditions at the shelter, Louisiana Department of Health investigators reportedly attempted to investigate but initially were turned away by staff at the door. The department, along with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), has since taken control of the situation and moved all 843 of the residents to other nursing homes or special needs shelters, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said Thursday. The governor vowed an investigation into the owner of the seven nursing homes from which residents were evacuated. That individual is also the owner of the warehouse where they were moved. 4 nursing home residents die after Ida evacuation www.youtube.com "At a minimum, when the situation degrades to the point that happened fairly quickly starting on Monday, then the owner, the homes, have an obligation to either move those residents themselves...
    Four nursing home residents in Louisiana died after being evacuated during Hurricane Ida to a warehouse where conditions were later determined to be unhealthy and unsafe, according to state health officials who said Thursday that they had launched an investigation into the facility. A total of 843 residents from seven nursing facilities — all operated by one owner — were moved to the Waterbury Companies, Inc. warehouse in the town of Independence before Ida made landfall, Louisiana Department of Health spokesperson Aly Neel said. When the hurricane hit, conditions quickly deteriorated, she said. "We know that water did enter the building," Neel told The Associated Press, adding that there were also problems with electricity generators. Paramedics evacuate people at a mass shelter on Thursday, in Independence, La. Multiple nursing home residents died after Hurricane Ida, but full details of their deaths are unknown because state health inspectors said Thursday that they were turned away from examining conditions at the facility to which they had been evacuated. (The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP) BIDEN TO VISIT LOUISIANA TO...
    (CNN)Four nursing home patients in Louisiana died after being evacuated to a temporary facility on August 27 ahead of Hurricane Ida, officials said, in a situation they described as deteriorating and overwhelmed. "I would not have wanted my mother or grandmother to be in those conditions," Independence Police Chief Frank Edwards told CNN affiliate WVUE of the evacuation shelter in Tangipahoa Parish.Edwards was initially told that 300 to 350 people from multiple nursing homes were being taken there, he said to WVUE. But he notified state officials when he discovered more than 800 people inside. Kevin Litten, communications strategist with the Louisiana Department of Health, described the building as a warehouse.Before-and-after aerial images show devastation left by Ida in LouisianaFollowing Ida's landfall on August 29, the Health Department said it heard reports about "deteriorating conditions." Inspectors were sent Tuesday -- four days after the residents were taken there -- but were expelled and kept from doing a full assessment, according to the state Health Department.Read MoreCiting "significant concerns about conditions," the department moved each person out of the building by...
    New Orleans — Louisiana officials launched an investigation into the deaths of four nursing home residents who had been evacuated to a warehouse ahead of Hurricane Ida, as state residents struggling in the wake of the storm sought financial relief and other help amid small signs of recovery. The nursing home residents who died were among what CBS New Orleans affiliate WWLL-TV says were more than 800 people from seven nursing homes taken to the warehouse in Independence. Conditions in the warehouse became unhealthy and unsafe after the hurricane struck on Sunday, state health officials said. A coroner classified three of the deaths as storm-related. WWL said 14 of the residents were hospitalized. Health officials received reports of people lying on mattresses on the floor, not being fed or changed and not being socially distanced to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which is currently ravaging the state, Louisiana Department of Health spokesperson Aly Neel said. When a large team of state health inspectors showed up on Tuesday to investigate the warehouse, the owner of the nursing homes...
    Four nursing home residents in Louisiana died and 14 were hospitalized after being evacuated during Hurricane Ida to a warehouse where conditions were later determined to be unhealthy and unsafe, state officials have said. A total of 843 residents from seven nursing facilities - all operated by one owner - were moved to the Waterbury Companies warehouse in the town of Independence before Ida made landfall, Louisiana Department of Health spokesperson Aly Neel said.  Police said the warehouse had been set up to receive 300 to 350 people.  Neel said the health department received reports of people lying on mattresses on the floor, not being fed or changed and not being socially distanced to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which is currently ravaging the state.  When the hurricane hit, conditions quickly deteriorated, Neel said. 'We know that water did enter the building,' she said, adding that there were also problems with electricity generators. Health officials said Thursday that they had launched an investigation into the facility.  Fourteen nursing home residents needed hospitalization after staying in a poorly-conditioned warehouse...
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana officials launched an investigation into the deaths of four nursing home residents who had been evacuated to a warehouse ahead of Hurricane Ida, as state residents struggling in the wake of the storm sought financial relief and other help amid small signs of recovery. The nursing home residents who died were among hundreds of people from seven nursing homes taken to the warehouse in Independence, where conditions became unhealthy and unsafe after the hurricane struck on Sunday, state health officials said. A coroner classified three of the deaths as storm-related. Health officials received reports of people lying on mattresses on the floor, not being fed or changed and not being socially distanced to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which is currently ravaging the state, Louisiana Department of Health spokesperson Aly Neel said. When a large team of state health inspectors showed up on Tuesday to investigate the warehouse, the owner of the nursing homes demanded that they leave immediately, Neel said. Neel identified the owner as Bob Dean. Dean did not immediately respond Thursday...
    (CNN)The Louisiana Department of Health on Thursday reported the deaths of four nursing home residents who had been evacuated to a facility in Tangipahoa Parish ahead of Hurricane Ida on August 27. Three of the deaths were classified as storm-related by the coroner, the health department said in a news release. After Ida made landfall, the health department said it heard reports about "deteriorating conditions" at the facility the residents had been transferred to. Inspectors were sent to visit the site on Tuesday but were expelled from the property and kept from doing a full assessment, according to the state's health department. "We have significant concerns about conditions in this facility," the release added. Emergency personnel evacuate people at a mass shelter Thursday in Independence, LouisianaLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to address the incident in a Thursday afternoon news conference, according to Kevin Litten, communications strategist with the Louisiana Department of Health. Read MoreThe facility in Tangipahoa Parish is a warehouse in Independence, Louisiana, called Waterbury Companies Inc., according to Litten. CNN is reaching out to Waterbury Companies...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four nursing home residents died after Hurricane Ida, but full details of their deaths are unknown because state health inspectors said Thursday that they were turned away from examining conditions at the facility to which they had been evacuated. Three of the deaths are considered storm-related, the Louisiana Department of Health said in a news release. The agency said its investigators were “expelled” from the private property on Tuesday, preventing them from fully investigating. “We have significant concerns about conditions in this facility,” the department said, adding that it is working to find safe places for all 843 residents, beginning with the most vulnerable. The nursing home residents were evacuated from seven facilities around Louisiana. Few other details were immediately available. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Louisiana's health department is raising the prospect of legal action as it investigates a facility where four nursing home residents died after being evacuated ahead of Hurricane Ida.  The department said in a statement that it was alerted to four deaths among nursing home residents who were evacuated to the facility in Tangipahoa Parish. Three of the deaths are classified as storm related.  The agency said inspectors visited the site after hearing of “deteriorating conditions” after Ida made landfall, but were “expelled from the property and prevented from conducting a full assessment on Tuesday.” “We have significant concerns about conditions in this facility,” the department said. “This is a serious and active investigation. We will be taking action against these nursing facilities, and will be making appropriate referrals to law enforcement." The agency said it was working to relocate all 843 patients who were evacuated to the facility from seven different nursing homes. As of 9:46 a.m. local time Thursday, 721 residents had been moved from the facility, 12 of which were found to be in “condition that required hospitalization.” Hurricane Ida made...
    08/23/2021 at 09:32 CEST SPORT.es The British media BBC has reported great news. In a nursing home in the United Kingdom it has been delivered a large tablet is helping people living with dementia improve their healthsaid a nursing home. The 40-inch (102 cm) tablet allows those at Down Hall in Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex, to engage in activities that they would struggle with on smaller touchscreen devices. Activities organizer Louise Simon said: “The positive effect it has generated is brilliant. Bring a lot of joy“.” The touch table stimulates physical and mental activity and helps improve mood, “he said.” It encourages our residents to engage their brains, experience new sensations and interact. “ The devices cost between 4,000 and 5,000 pounds, this being was donated to the house by the NHS. Games include dominoes and word search puzzles, but can also feature relaxing scenes like fish swimming in the ocean, which according to the house can be very calming for residents living with advanced dementia.
    President Joe Biden’s effort to get more healthcare workers vaccinated could devastate nursing homes and even cause some to shut down, according to state and national trade associations. The American Health Care Association (AHCA), the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), and state affiliates reacted strongly to news on Wednesday that the White House will direct the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) to craft regulations forcing nursing homes to require staffers to be vaccinated in order to qualify to receive funds from Medicare and Medicaid. The move would affect 1.3 million individuals who are employed by nursing homes across the nation receiving federal funds. According to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data, roughly 40 percent of those workers are unvaccinated. “After seventeen months of providing tireless care at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, long-term care continues to face a troubling trend of federal and state governments threatening and punishing the same healthcare heroes they once supported and rallied behind,” President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association Zach Shamberg said in a statement on Wednesday. In this April...
    SUDBURY (CBS) – A Sudbury nursing home is being evacuated on Wednesday due to flooding. Work is being done on the roof of the Bear Mountain Nursing Home, and water during Wednesday’s storms began flooding in through that area. About 70 patients are being moved, with critical patients being evacuated first. There is no information on whether any of the patients have tested positive for COVID-19. In #Sudbury Rt. 20 eastbound is closed.  Local officials have incident at area nursing home impacted by weather inc flood waters. — Jacquelyn Goddard (@JacqueGoddard) August 19, 2021 First responders are trying to evacuate the building before dark, primarily concerned with the electrical system and structural integrity of the building. Route 20 Eastbound is closed while first responders evacuate the building.
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Wednesday shows the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have become less effective in keeping nursing-home residents safe as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus has spread and that booster shots might be needed. The report came as the White House announced that booster shots will be made available to the public Sept. 20. READ MORE: Regeneron Monoclonal Antibody Clinic Opens At Broward Healths Salah Foundation Childrens Hospital The latest edition of the CDC publication “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly” shows that from March 1 to May 9, two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines were nearly 75 percent effective in keeping nursing home residents safe from COVID-19 infections. For the period from June 21 to Aug. 1, as the delta variant spread, the effectiveness of two doses of the vaccines dropped to 53.1 percent. “Because nursing home residents might remain at some risk for (COVID-19) infection despite vaccination, multiple COVID-19 prevention strategies, including infection control, testing and vaccination of nursing home staff members,...
    The Biden administration is telling nursing homes to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for all staff or it will pull federal funding. In a news conference on Wednesday, the President announced he is directing the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) s to draw up vaccine requirements for nursing home workers. Any facility that does not enforced the mandate will not be eligible for funding through Medicare or Medicaid. The directive comes as the federal government exhausts the tools at its disposal to get more Americans vaccinated and cases in nursing homes rise - especially in facilities with lower vaccination rates among staff.   President Joe Biden is requiring all nursing homes that receive federal funds to require staff to get vaccinated. Pictured: Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response and the vaccination program in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday Nursing homes have been hotspots for COVID-19 deaths, with 133,000 deaths being recorded in the facilities since the pandemic began in March 2020 'Vaccination rates among nursing home staff significantly trailed the rest of the country,' Biden told reporters...
    Pennsylvania this week set an Oct. 1 target for 80% of nursing home staff to become fully vaccinated. It’s a goal that just 12.5% of the state’s skilled nursing facilities have reached, so far, said Department of Health Executive Deputy Secretary Keara Klinepeter. “As COVID-19 cases rise, we are committed to helping prevent outbreaks by stopping COVID-19 from entering a nursing home in the first place, and one of the best ways we can do this is through vaccinating staff in skilled nursing facilities,” she said. “Getting 80% of nursing home staff vaccinated is aggressive, but achievable.” Those unable to meet the target must submit their employees to more frequent testing, the department said. “Appropriate regulatory action” will follow if facilities don’t comply. About 72,000 residents live in 692 state-run nursing homes. Anne Henry, LeadingAgePA’s senior vice president and chief government affairs officer, said all members are “strongly encouraged” to mandate vaccinations for staff. The organization represents more than 380 nonprofit long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania. “The safety and care of all residents and staff in member communities remains LeadingAge...
    Nursing homes and long-term care facilities house a tiny proportion of the U.S. population, but they're estimated to account for about three in 10 deaths from COVID-19. Responding to the ravages of COVID-19 in nursing homes, senior Democratic senators Tuesday introduced legislation to increase nurse staffing, improve infection control and bolster inspections. The bill, from a group led by Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, is part of a broader overhaul of long-term care just getting started. Separately, President Joe Biden is seeking $400 billion to expand home- and community-based care as an alternative to nursing homes in the giant domestic agenda bill Democrats are pushing in Congress. His COVID relief law already provided a down payment. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities house a tiny proportion of the U.S. population, but they're estimated to account for about three in 10 deaths from COVID-19. Vaccines have finally brought relief, dramatically reducing cases and deaths, but concerns remain. Some of the main provisions of the Senate bill...
    CAROL STREAM, Ill. (CBS) — Dozens of COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed at a sprawling north suburban nursing home – despite 90 percent of the residents there being vaccinated. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar went looking for answers Tuesday. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Severe Thunderstorms Pound Area With Strong Winds, Heavy Rain, Lightning Covenant Living at Windsor Park in Carol Stream sits on 60 acres of what they describe as country club-like living — filled with trees, flowers, and five lakes stocked with fish. “She has basically stayed in her room because she’s being very cautious,” said Gina Osterkorn, who was there visiting her mother. But Osterkorn’s 94-year-old mom is back on high alert after a recent spike in COVID cases at Covenant Living at Windsor Park has led to mask mandates, a ban on group meals, and limited activities. Visits to skilled nursing and assisted living patients have been put on hold – all in precautions to limit the spread. “Recently, they started having us wear masks inside at all times – and they quit serving food...
    Many Missouri nursing home workers are resisting being vaccinated against COVID-19 despite one-third of the deaths attributed to the disease in the state occurring among their patients and co-workers. According to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Data webpage, only Florida and Louisiana have a lower percentage of nursing home workers vaccinated against COVID-19 than Missouri does. The vaccination rate for nursing home staff in Missouri is 46.8%. According to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS), there are 369 residential care and 268 assisted living facilities (ALFs) in the state. The CMS collects reports from 522 federally subsidized residential care centers, or nursing homes, in Missouri. The data is documented in a massive spread sheet that lists vaccination rates for residents and staff of more than 15,000 nursing homes across the nation. According to the CMS, as of July 25, 81.8% of nursing home residents and 59.3% of staff in the 15,000 nursing homes nationwide had been vaccinated. Since the pandemic began last March, the agency reports 662,495 confirmed cases of COVID-19...
    VIDEO3:3903:39Brookdale Senior Living CEO on why it's mandating vaccines for employeesPower Lunch Brookdale Senior Living, a large operator of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in the U.S., will require its staff to get vaccinated against Covid, CEO Cindy Baier told CNBC on Friday. The move comes as the highly transmissible delta variant leads to an increase in coronavirus cases in the country, including in nursing homes. Between July 25 and Aug. 1, coronavirus cases among nursing home residents rose 38%, although levels remain far below previous peaks, according to the CDC. Vaccines are providing vulnerable residents with immunity protection that was not afforded at earlier stages in the pandemic, when long-term care facilities were epicenters for devastating outbreaks. Across Brookdale Senior Living's facilities, which are located in 41 states, 93% of residents are vaccinated, Baier told CNBC. "Given the widespread access of the vaccine, we're in a much better position to handle the pandemic," she said in an interview on "Power Lunch." Nevertheless, the rise in coronavirus infection levels across the nation still heightens the risk to nursing home...
    NEW YORK -- The U.S. nursing home industry's resistance to forcing workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for fear that too many of them might quit began to crack this week when its biggest player announced its employees must get the shot to keep their jobs.The new requirement at Genesis Healthcare, which has 70,000 employees at nearly 400 nursing homes and senior communities, is the clearest sign yet that owners may be willing to risk an exodus at already dangerously understaffed facilities to quickly vaccinate the 40% of workers still resisting shots and fend off the surging delta variant.Some experts are calling for mandatory vaccinations at nursing homes, warning that unprotected staff members are endangering residents. Even residents who have been inoculated are vulnerable because many are elderly and frail, with weak immune systems.More than 1,250 nursing home residents across the U.S. were infected with COVID-19 in the week ending July 25, double the number from the week earlier, and 202 died, according to federal data."It's so easy now to say, 'Well, Genesis is doing it. Now we'll do it,'"...
    All nursing home workers in Massachusetts will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced Wednesday. The move is an escalation of Baker's efforts to increase the state's vaccination rate, and marks the first statewide mandate. Nearly every hospital in Massachusetts will require their employees to be vaccinated.    All unvaccinated staff at the 378 skilled nursing facilities, as well as the two soldiers' homes in the state, will have to receive a first dose of a two-dose series by September 1. Enforcement will begin October 10. Baker's administration cited a five-fold increase in COVID-19 infections among staff and residents in Massachusetts nursing homes in the past month.  The mandate will apply to “all individuals employed directly or by contract” at long-term care facilities.  The requirement will provide exemptions for those with medical restrictions or "sincerely held religious beliefs" that prevent them from receiving vaccination. “COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective method for preventing infection and serious illness from the virus, and staff at long-term care facilities and other health care providers serving vulnerable populations are critical...
    By Bernard Condon and Matt Sedensky | Associated Press NEW YORK — The nation’s largest nursing home operator told its workers this week they will have to get COVID-19 vaccinations to keep their jobs — a possible shift in an industry that has largely rejected compulsory measures for fear of triggering an employee exodus that could worsen already dangerous staffing shortages. The new requirement at Genesis Healthcare, which has 70,000 employees at nearly 400 nursing homes and senior communities, is the clearest sign yet that such places may be willing to take that risk amid the surging delta variant and the fact that more than 40% of U.S. nursing home workers still have not gotten the shot. Some experts are calling for mandatory vaccinations at nursing homes, warning that unprotected staff members are endangering residents. Even residents who have been inoculated are vulnerable because many are elderly and frail, with weak immune systems. More than 1,250 nursing home residents across the U.S. were infected with COVID-19 in the week ending July 25, double the number from the week earlier, and...