Tag: Elder Care

‘The City Fumbled It’: How 4 Families Took On the Virus

A walk along 138th Street in Mott Haven offers a blunt diagnosis of a South Bronx community troubled by chronic, and preventable, illnesses. Asthma, obesity and diabetes — which has spawned its own economy, reflected in signs on lampposts offering cash for test strips — have put the Bronx at the bottom of New York’s […]

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‘They Just Dumped Him Like Trash’: Nursing Homes Evict Vulnerable Residents

On a chilly afternoon in April, Los Angeles police found an old, disoriented man crumpled on a Koreatown sidewalk. Several days earlier, RC Kendrick, an 88-year-old with dementia, was living at Lakeview Terrace, a nursing home with a history of regulatory problems. His family had placed him there to make sure he got round-the-clock care […]

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For Older People, Despair, as Well as Covid-19, Is Costing Lives

Earlier this month, a colleague who heads the geriatrics service at a prominent San Francisco hospital told me they had begun seeing startling numbers of suicide attempts by older adults. These were not cry-for-help gestures, but true efforts to die by people using guns, knives, and repurposed household items. Such so-called “failed suicides” turn out […]

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A Nursing Home’s 64-Day Covid Siege: ‘They’re All Going to Die’

Betty LaBombard, a longtime waitress at Woolworth’s, celebrated her 95th birthday on March 1 at the Vermont nursing home where she had been a fixture for eight years, often perched in her wheelchair near the fourth-floor nurses’ station. Her niece brought her a chocolate cupcake. Down the hall, Frances McKenna, a social force on their […]

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Navigating Home Care During the Pandemic

In March, Amy Carrier asked one of the two women who provided home care for her mother to stop coming to work. Her mother, 74, has Alzheimer’s disease and lives with her in Corvallis, Ore. To protect her from the coronavirus, “it was clear that I needed to lock down my house,” said Ms. Carrier, […]

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Did Mom Take Her Medicine? Keeping Eyes on Elders in Quarantine

Norman Potter’s mother, Dorothy, who suffers from a chronic pulmonary illness, lives alone in the mountain town of Newland, N.C., two hours from his home in Winston-Salem. For a year, Mr. Potter had been looking for technology that would enable him to monitor her health from afar. Mrs. Potter, 90, refuses to move closer to […]

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10 Weeks Into New York Area’s Lockdown, Who Is Still Getting Sick?

New York City has been locked down and shut off for more than two months. On sidewalks and in stores, masked New Yorkers stand on pieces of tape six feet apart as they wait to enter, shop, and check out. The person who delivers your mail, your food and your industrial sized box of bleach […]

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The Intolerable Cruelty of Our Eldercare System

Residents and employees of nursing homes have emerged as one of the hardest-hit groups of the coronavirus pandemic, with a third of overall deaths taking place within nursing home walls. The facilities that mostly care for black and Latino people are even harder hit than those that mostly house white people. The terrible loss of […]

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On a Scottish Isle, Nursing Home Deaths Expose a Covid-19 Scandal

On the Isle of Skye off the western coast of Scotland, residents thought they had sealed themselves off from the coronavirus. They shuttered hotels. Officials warned of police checks. Traffic emptied on the only bridge from the mainland. But the frailest spot on the island remained catastrophically exposed: Home Farm, a 40-bed nursing home for […]

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The Coronavirus Crisis at My Husband’s Nursing Home

For the last three and a half years, my husband has lived at the Isabella Geriatric Center, a two-tower high-rise nursing home in the heart of Washington Heights. In a period of six weeks, as many as 98 people living there died from Covid-19. Though I fear for my husband, I haven’t been allowed to […]

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Detroit Police Arrest Man in Connection With Nursing Home Assault

The Detroit police on Thursday arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with a viral video that showed an assault on a patient at a nursing home, the authorities said. The 90-second video, which circulated widely on social media this week, shows a young man punching a much older man dozens of times, leaving him battered […]

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How to Improve and Protect Nursing Homes From Outbreaks

The doctors, researchers and advocates who have been paying close attention for years are appalled at the way the coronavirus has devastated the nation’s nursing homes — but they’re not shocked. “Every geriatrician knew what was coming,” said Dr. Mike Wasserman, a geriatrician and president of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine. Robyn […]

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The Striking Racial Divide in How Covid-19 Has Hit Nursing Homes

In the suburbs of Baltimore, workers at one nursing home said they were given rain ponchos to protect from infection. Twenty-seven employees at the facility, where most residents are African-American, tested positive for the coronavirus. One of the many black residents of a nursing home in Belleville, Ill., died in April amid a coronavirus outbreak. […]

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Long Before the Coronavirus, Immigrant Workers Were Essential

BOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Recently, as I drove home from a long day of work as a home health aide, a police cruiser appeared behind me with lights flashing. It was 10 p.m. and the roads were nearly empty. As I pulled to the side of the road, my heart was pounding. As a black man […]

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Coronavirus Is Hitting Nursing Homes Hard. How We Treat the Elderly Made It Inevitable.

We knew it from the beginning. A nursing home in Washington State was the center of the first known coronavirus outbreak in the United States. We knew that institutions caring for the elderly and disabled in close quarters would be particularly vulnerable during the pandemic. But we did not act. Personal protective equipment, special training […]

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Top Conn. Health Aide Disappears From Virus Briefings, Then Is Fired

Several weeks ago, Connecticut’s public health commissioner suddenly stopped appearing with Gov. Ned Lamont at his daily briefings on the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. This week, the governor fired the commissioner. It was a highly unusual shake-up, given that the state has been one of the hardest hit by the crisis. But Mr. […]

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Report Paints Scathing Picture of Nursing Home Where 17 Bodies Piled Up

One patient at a troubled nursing home in northern New Jersey was found dead in bed, 12 hours after falling on a wet floor and suffering a head injury. Rigor mortis had set in. The patient had suffered from a high fever for days, but a doctor was never told. Sick residents who were awaiting […]

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The Coronavirus Is Killing Too Many Nursing Home Residents

BRISTOL, Conn. — My family has owned an assisted living home in this town for over 44 years. Both of my grandmothers have lived in it, and my mother might soon need its care. As much as I admired my parents, I did not think I would someday lead it. I went to Yale, served […]

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Nursing Homes Were a Coronavirus Disaster Waiting to Happen

It was clear almost from the outset that the elderly and frail were in the greatest danger from Covid-19. And it was clear to anyone familiar with American nursing homes that these facilities would not be up to the task of protecting their older and infirm residents. The weaknesses in patient care and oversight at […]

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‘Playing Russian Roulette’: Nursing Homes Told to Take the Infected

Neal Nibur has lived in a nursing home for about a year, ever since he had a bad bout of pneumonia. Now, the 80-year-old man has not only his own health to worry about but that of his neighbors at the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., residence. Four new patients recently arrived from the hospital with Covid-19. They […]

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Dementia Patients Aren’t in Their ‘Perfect Mind.’ Then Again, Who Is?

In her 70s, Iris Murdoch began documenting the fraying of her memory in her journals. “Find difficulty in thinking and writing,” she noted. “Be brave.” She would write one more novel, “Jackson’s Dilemma,” before receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 1997. Drafts of a letter from that year were later discovered among her papers. “My […]

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Pandemic’s Costs Stagger the Nursing Home Industry

Even before they became deadly petri dishes for the worst pandemic in generations, many nursing homes were struggling to stay afloat and provide quality care. But since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, nursing home operators have had to spend more money on protective equipment for staff and technology to connect residents with relatives who […]

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Inside the Troubled Nursing Home Where 70 Died and Body Bags Piled Up

When the coronavirus outbreak hit one of the largest and most troubled nursing homes in the Northeast, coughing and feverish residents were segregated into a wing known as South 2. The sick quickly filled the beds there, so another wing, West 3, was also turned into a quarantine ward. But the virus kept finding frail […]

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At Least 14 N.Y. Nursing Homes Have Had More Than 25 Virus Deaths

At least 14 nursing homes in New York City and its suburbs have recorded more than 25 coronavirus-related deaths, according to new data from the state Health Department that shows the virus’s impact on individual facilities. The homes that have been hit hardest are the Cobble Hill Health Center, a 364-bed nonprofit facility in Brooklyn, […]

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‘They’re Death Pits’: Virus Claims at Least 6,900 Lives in U.S. Nursing Homes

The first warning of the devastation that the coronavirus could wreak inside American nursing homes came in late February, when residents of a facility in suburban Seattle perished, one by one, as families waited helplessly outside. In the ensuing six weeks, large and shockingly lethal outbreaks have continued to ravage nursing homes across the nation, […]

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My Father Didn’t Have Covid-19, but He Almost Died Because of It

HAIFA, Israel — The E.R. doctor gave me an accusing look: “Clearly the deterioration did not begin today. Why did you bring him in only now? Without medical care, he would not have lasted the night.” It was close to midnight on March 24, at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, the biggest hospital in the biggest […]

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Nearly 2,000 Dead as Coronavirus Ravages Nursing Homes in N.Y. Region

At Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Brooklyn, workers said they had to convert a room into a makeshift morgue after more than 15 residents died of the coronavirus, and funeral homes could not handle all the bodies. At Elizabeth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey, 19 deaths have been linked to […]

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