Tag: Elder Care

Can Long-Term Care Employers Require Staff Members to Be Vaccinated?

She endorses reimbursing staff members for time and expenses. But, she noted: “There’s good evidence from behavioral economics that offering money signals taking risks. These vaccines really are safe and effective, so we don’t want to solidify people’s fears.” Although Covid-19 cases and deaths are falling in long-term facilities, even those with high vaccination rates […]

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Cuomo Aides Rewrote Nursing Home Report to Hide Higher Death Toll

Top aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo were alarmed: A report written by state health officials had just landed, and it included a count of how many nursing home residents in New York had died in the pandemic. The number — more than 9,000 by that point in June — was not public, and the […]

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‘It Should Not Be This Hard’: When Family Members Provide the Care

Medicare currently pays for 100 days but only after a three-day stay in a hospital. Medicaid pays for unlimited care in nursing homes as an entitlement but provides home-care reimbursement only to a limited number of people after they are on a waiting list. There is a relatively simple remedy: Amend Medicaid to provide the […]

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China’s Retirement Home Industry is Plagued by Ponzi Schemes

“It may have been a scam from the beginning,” she added. Seniors in rural areas could be especially vulnerable. They often live alone because their children have moved to big cities for jobs. About 16 million elderly people had been left behind in rural areas, according to a 2016 survey by the Ministry of Civil […]

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Dad, a Death Sentence and the Planner Who Set Us Straight

My siblings and I had always gotten on quite well, but we feared a breakdown in overall family dynamics if we weren’t careful, even as we were desperate to act fast to protect our dad and his wife as best we could. The living needed at least as much help as the client who was […]

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When Covid Hit Nursing Homes, Part 2: ‘They’re Not Giving Us an Ending’

Amy Julia Harris contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Theo Balcomb, Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Annie Brown, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Wendy Dorr, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, Sindhu Gnanasambandan, M.J. Davis […]

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When Covid Hit Nursing Homes, Part 1: ‘My Mother Died Alone’

Amy Julia Harris contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Theo Balcomb, Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Annie Brown, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Wendy Dorr, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, Sindhu Gnanasambandan, M.J. Davis […]

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50 Million Americans Are Unpaid Caregivers. We Need Help.

Insurance does not cover home attendants even when medically necessary. Our benefits did pay for skilled nursing visits and home health aides for assistance with showering twice a week, but for the 24-hour care the doctor prescribed, we had to pay out of pocket. The summer after Brad came home, we spent more than $21,000 […]

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The Lockdown Showed How the Economy Exploits Women. She Already Knew.

In December, 156,000 women lost jobs; men gained 16,000, according to an analysis by the National Women’s Law Center. But, as is usually the case, evaluating “women” as a general category hides something important: A further dissection of the data revealed that it was Black, Latina and Asian-American women who suffered job losses — white […]

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A Year of Unraveling

At first, Bruce Wood, 62, didn’t mind the restrictions brought on by the pandemic. Maybe he even liked them. When Covid-19 arrived, his wife, Lisa Raitt, a former member of Parliament in Canada, stopped commuting to Toronto for work and started spending days with him, at their suburban home. They would go on long drives […]

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Inside a Nursing Home After the Covid-19 Vaccine: Joy, Relief and Game Night

A nursing home where vaccinations have finished offers a glimpse at what the other side of the pandemic might look like. Feb. 12, 2021 WHEELING, W.Va. — The day had finally arrived. After nearly a year in lockdown for the residents of Good Shepherd Nursing Home — eating meals in their rooms, playing bingo over […]

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French Nun Sister Andre, Close to Turning 117, Knocks Down Covid-19

Sister André has lived through the 1918 flu pandemic, two World Wars and “many sad events,” she once said. As Europe’s oldest known person, she turns 117 on Thursday, and has now accomplished another feat: defeating the coronavirus, with barely any complication. “She’s recovered, along with all the residents here,” said David Tavella, the spokesman […]

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In Line for Vaccination, and Not Getting Younger

With a swifter response, “we could have had more nursing home residents vaccinated more effectively four to six weeks earlier,” said Dr. Michael Wasserman, a geriatrician and past president of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine. “That’s a lot of deaths that could have been prevented.” Future business students may scrutinize this plan […]

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Elder care, wireless AI, and the Internet of Medical Things

This article is part of a VB special issue. Read the full series: AI and the future of health care As we age, we gradually agree to medical exams and medications that would have been unthinkable in our youth, until we become senior citizens — the point at which we frequently engage with doctors, and […]

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With All Eyes on Covid-19, Drug-Resistant Infections Crept In

“We saw a blooming in Candida auris,” said Dr. Rubin, who attributed the change to a handful of factors, notably the challenges in testing for the germ when so many testing resources went toward Covid-19. Noxious drug-resistant bacteria are surfacing too, including Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, which is considered an “urgent health threat” by the Centers […]

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Eli Lilly Claims Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes

An unusual experiment to prevent nursing home staff members and residents from infection with the coronavirus has succeeded, the drug maker Eli Lilly announced on Thursday. A drug containing monoclonal antibodies — laboratory-grown virus-fighters — prevented symptomatic infections in residents who were exposed to the virus, even the frail older people who are most vulnerable, […]

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Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes, Maker Claims

An unusual experiment to prevent nursing home staff members and residents from infection with the coronavirus has succeeded, the drug maker Eli Lilly announced on Thursday. A drug containing monoclonal antibodies — laboratory-grown virus-fighters — prevented symptomatic infections in residents who were exposed to the virus, even the frail older people who are most vulnerable, […]

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Cash, Breakfasts and Firings: An All-Out Push to Vaccinate Wary Medical Workers

“If that doesn’t get you in line, I don’t know what will,” Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, said last month. At Houston Methodist, a hospital system in Texas with 26,000 employees, workers who take the vaccine will be eligible for a $500 bonus. “Vaccination is not mandatory for our employees yet (but will be eventually),” Dr. […]

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Vaccine Skepticism Helped Put Them in Power. Can They Inoculate Italy?

ROME — Over a decade ago, an activist in Italy’s Five Star Movement wrote to the nascent party’s leaders to tell them that his law firm, after years of seeking “damages from vaccination,” had convinced a judge that a vaccine was a potential source of autism. “We’re dealing with a historic legal precedent,” he wrote […]

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120,000 Have Died. The Nursing Home Disaster Continues.

Then private-equity firms might have less incentive to enter this field, and patients and workers would know, once and for all, whether businesses are telling the truth when they say they’re operating on “a razor-thin margin.” To improve residents’ quality of life, the government should mandate that long-term-care facilities have appropriate staffing. We can do […]

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Nursing Home Patients Are Dying of Loneliness

When she had the routine of home, Angie Sinopoli was the talkative matriarch of a large Italian family who heaped praise on her children and grandchildren, even as her memory faded. Her youngest son, Steven, came by her house and cooked her dinner nearly every night. But after a couple of falls and bouts in […]

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Shopping for a Nursing Home in a Pandemic

My sister’s comfort with this transition has made the situation more bearable. She says repeatedly, “I think I want to stay a while.” She cannot leave the building because of Covid restrictions but keeps “very busy” with her art, physical therapy and friendly chats with other residents and staff. I smile at her newfound sociability, […]

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Now That Grandma Has Been Vaccinated, May I Visit Her?

A watershed moment has arrived for many families: This week health care workers from CVS and Walgreens, under contract from the federal government, will fan out to nursing homes across the country to begin vaccinating residents against the coronavirus. The shots not only will help protect the nation’s elderly and infirm — and the staff […]

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First Nursing Home Vaccines Arrive With Fist Bumps and Applause

The last time he set foot outside the property was last Christmas, when his daughter took him home for a holiday dinner. He misses his favorite Italian restaurant and the Wheeling symphony orchestra he used to attend monthly. Despite having Parkinson’s disease, Mr. Gerrero, an accomplished organist who ran his family’s music stores for decades, […]

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The Next Covid Vaccine Challenge: Reassuring Older Americans

Dr. Timothy Farrell, a geriatrician at the University of Utah, said he was surprised but thrilled by the vaccines’ effectiveness in this group. “It’s going to be very important to see the subgroup analysis,” he said — that is, to learn whether there are significant differences after age 85. Even so, he has been recommending […]

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Nursing Homes, Racked by the Virus, Face a New Crisis: Isolation

KIRKLAND, Wash. — After months of near-isolation inside his senior care facility, Charlie no longer recognizes his wife of almost 50 years. In another nursing home, Susan’s toenails grew so long that she could not squeeze into her shoes. Ida lost 37 pounds and stopped speaking. Minnie cried and asked God to just take her. […]

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40 Dead, Now 40 Laid Off: Inside a Nursing Home in Crisis

On a recent morning in Staten Island, the quiet at Clove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation Center was unsettling. Employees in sanitary gowns and face masks moved through a brightly decorated front area devoid of residents or chatter. Six months ago, the nursing home was one of the deadliest places in the city, with 40 […]

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Senior Housing Towers Open in Manhattan and Brooklyn

For decades, 70-year-olds in search of age-focused housing in New York were often out of luck. A lack of supply sent them to the suburbs. But now as land prices dip and demand ticks up, developers are adding buildings in prime New York neighborhoods for the post-retirement set. They’re arriving at a difficult time, as […]

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Pandemic Exposes Holes in Sweden’s Generous Social Welfare State

In the popular imagination, Sweden does not seem like the sort of country prone to accepting the mass death of grandparents to conserve resources in a pandemic. Swedes pay some of the highest taxes on earth in exchange for extensive government services, including state-furnished health care and education, plus generous cash assistance for those who […]

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Nevada Halts Use of Rapid Coronavirus Tests in Nursing Homes

Nevada has ordered its nursing facilities to immediately suspend the use of two rapid tests for the coronavirus, manufactured by companies Quidel and Becton, Dickinson and Company, after the tests’ performance was found to be lacking, according to a directive issued on Friday by the state’s department of health. Both tests are portable, simple and […]

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