Tag: Nursing Homes

Cuomo Discovers #MeToo Means #HimToo

WASHINGTON — First, he married a Kennedy. Then he behaved like one. Like his idol Bill Clinton — he still cherishes the cigar humidor Clinton gave him — Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not seem to realize times had changed. Back in 1998, when the story broke about the affair with Monica Lewinsky, Clinton aides whined […]

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Cuomo Is Told to Preserve Records at Issue in Sexual Harassment Inquiry

“This allowed the governor to sexually harass Ms. Bennett, a subordinate employee who is almost 40 years his junior, with impunity,” Ms. Katz said. “We are confident that a thorough investigation of the workplace environment in Governor Cuomo’s office will conclude that the governor and his senior staff fostered a culture of abuse, harassment and […]

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How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The numbers began ticking up in September. After a quiet summer, doctors at Rhode Island Hospital began seeing one or two patients with Covid-19 on each shift — and soon three. Then four. Cases climbed steadily until early December, when Rhode Island earned the dubious distinction of having more cases and deaths […]

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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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High Turnover at Nursing Homes Threatens Residents’ Care

Extraordinarily high turnover among staffs at nursing homes likely contributed to the shocking number of deaths at the facilities during the pandemic, the authors of a new study suggested. The study, which was published Monday in Health Affairs, a health policy journal, represents a comprehensive look at the turnover rates in 15,645 nursing homes across […]

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What We Know About Gov. Cuomo’s Sexual Harassment Claims

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is confronting one of the most tumultuous moments of his three terms in office after two women who once worked for his administration accused him of sexually harassing them. Under immense public and political pressure, the governor’s office asked the state attorney general to appoint someone to conduct an outside investigation […]

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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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How Pandemic Isolation Affected an Alzheimer’s Patient in a Nursing Home

While the nursing assistants came to change Peggy’s bedding, I talked to her treatment nurse in the hallway. When Peggy had arrived at this facility about two weeks earlier, she had bedsores on her heels and on her lower back. In Peggy’s room, her nurse changed her bandages, pointing out the wounds on her heels, […]

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Romance Blossoms for Seniors During Quarantine

For the Gallos, they found each other before the coronavirus hit, but it wasn’t until February 2020 when they spent time together at St. James’s Mardi Gras party that things changed. “After that party, it was as if it had to be that we were together,” said Ms. Gallo, who took her husband’s name. Also […]

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Former Aide Says Cuomo ‘Kissed Me on the Lips’

Weather: Sunny and blustery. High in the mid- to upper 40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect today, suspended tomorrow for Purim. A former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo published an essay on Wednesday accusing the governor of sexual harassment, saying he jokingly suggested a strip poker game and gave her an unwanted kiss, among other […]

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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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The Andrew Cuomo Show Has Lost the Plot

Longtime New York politics hands like former Bloomberg spokesperson Stu Loeser still explain Cuomo’s sticky approval by arguing that his voters “KNOW he’s super-aggressive & tough,” and describe his temperament as “a feature not a bug.” I find it hard to square that interpretation with what we actually watched TV Cuomo do, as his popularity […]

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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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105-Year Old Woman Survived Spanish Flu, and Now, Coronavirus

Ask Lucia DeClerck how she has lived to be 105, and she is quick with an answer. “Prayer. Prayer. Prayer,” she offers. “One step at a time. No junk food.” But surviving the coronavirus, she said, also may have had something to do with another staple: the nine gin-soaked golden raisins she has eaten each […]

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Can Andrew Cuomo’s ‘Bullying’ Style Still Work in Politics?

“That’s classic Andrew Cuomo,” said Mr. de Blasio on Thursday. “A lot of people in New York State have received those phone calls.” Mr. Cuomo’s image was burnished by a series of nationally televised news conferences during the early days of the pandemic, in which the governor mixed just-the-facts presentations with dad jokes and appearances […]

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Cuomo Lashes Out at Critics As Outcry Over Nursing Homes Grows

“Look, I believe Ron Kim when he talks about what he experienced,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on “The Brian Lehrer Show” on WNYC. “And I believe that there has to be a really full investigation here because something happened that potentially means folks who lost their lives, family members were lost who could have […]

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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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Coronavirus Vaccines Are Reaching American Arms

President Biden is pressing for speedier inoculations as well — a case he is expected to make on Friday, when he travels to Kalamazoo, Mich., to visit the manufacturing plant of Pfizer, one of the two manufacturers of federally authorized vaccine. Federal officials estimate that as many as six million vaccine doses are still being […]

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Cuomo at a Crossroads: What Comes Next?

It was the office of Letitia James, the state’s attorney general, whose politics are significantly to the left of Cuomo’s, that outlined the discrepancies. What is the status of Cuomo’s relationship with James, and is this just one example of a broader power struggle? Hard to tell, but knowing the governor’s general us-versus-them approach to […]

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The Fallout for Cuomo Over Nursing Home Deaths

And finally: Saying it with flowers Carly Lewis writes: Three weeks ago, Julia Gray, a florist, delivered a bright bouquet of flowers to a customer in Queens. Judging by the accompanying card, which the sender had carefully dictated to Ms. Gray by telephone, a familial falling-out had taken place. The flowers were sent as an […]

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Cuomo Faces Revolt as Legislators Move to Strip Him of Pandemic Powers

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Democratic leaders of the New York State Senate are moving to strip Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of unilateral emergency powers granted during the pandemic, setting up a remarkable rebuke for the governor from members of his own party. The Senate’s measures, which could be voted on as soon as next week, […]

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Cuomo Vowed to ‘Destroy’ a Fellow Democrat Over Nursing Home Criticism

For months, Assemblyman Ron Kim has been one of the few Democratic lawmakers willing to criticize Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for his handling of the state’s nursing homes during the pandemic, pressing for investigations into the matter. So when a top aide to Mr. Cuomo recently admitted that his administration had withheld nursing home data […]

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Cuomo Accepts Some Blame in Nursing Home Scandal but Denies Cover-Up

ALBANY, N.Y. — Admitting a degree of fault for the first time, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Monday that his administration’s lack of transparency about the scope of coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes in New York was a mistake. By failing to answer questions from state lawmakers, the public and the news media, Mr. […]

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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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New Allegations of Cover-Up by Cuomo Over Nursing Home Virus Toll

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his top aides were facing new allegations on Friday that they covered up the scope of the death toll in the state’s nursing homes from the coronavirus, after admissions that they withheld data in an effort to forestall potential investigations into state misconduct. The latest revelations came […]

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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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The Ageism and Ableism Driving the Vaccine Rollout Is Deadly

On Facebook, I recently saw a photo of a non-disabled physician friend getting the vaccine with a look of relief on her face. Her status update read: “Ready to get back to normal.” For the most affected populations in this country, “normal” never was. It was a crisis waiting to happen. The same lack of […]

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Health Care Workers Hit Hard by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Thousands of health care workers have already paid the ultimate price for their workaday devotion. Since March, more than 3,300 nurses, doctors, social workers and physical therapists have died from Covid-19, according to a tally by Kaiser Health News and the Guardian. Experts say the death toll is most likely far higher. The Centers for […]

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