This curated news feed of stories related to nursing home and long-term care around the country includes articles and reports from media outlets and press releases from Families for Better Care.

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Feds Tell Nursing Homes to Open for Visitors

Andrew Soergel (PHOTO CREDIT: ZUMA PRESS, INC. / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO) - Sep 18, 2020

The federal government is urging nursing homes that aren't actively battling coronavirus outbreaks to welcome residents’ friends and loved ones for controlled reunions, with new guidelines released Thursday spelling out “reasonable ways a nursing home can safely facilitate in-person visitation.” Nursing homes in most states are already allowing scheduled visits, but...

Coronavirus Outbreak at 2 Flagler LTCFs; State Stops Testing

Nikki Ross - Sep 18, 2020

Two Flagler County long-term care facilities are now in the midst of coronavirus outbreaks, just as the state announced it is eliminating its support of every-other-week testing of workers in such facilities. The first outbreak includes 22 coronavirus positive residents and 13 positive staff members at Grand Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center, a 120-bed nursing located at...

Family Members Shocked Nursing Homes Taking COVID-Positive Patients

Tanya Eiserer and Mark Smith - Sep 17, 2020

Lori VanNess and her grandmother Doris Wiseley share a special bond. VanNess’ mother died when she was 6, and Wiseley raised her since the age of 9. Since March, they’ve been kept apart with the 98-year-old Wiseley confined to her room at Carrara, a Plano nursing home and rehabilitation center. “This is the longest I've been apart from my grandmother since I was...

Texas Will Allow Visitations at Nursing Homes with COVID Cases

Shawn Mulcahy (PHOTO CREDIT: Allie Goulding/The Texas Tribune) - Sep 17, 2020

Texas long-term care facilities — even those with active COVID-19 cases — can allow visitors beginning Sept. 24, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday. Eligible facilities include nursing homes and intermediate care centers that serve residents without COVID-19, but that also have an isolation wing reserved for those who test positive for the virus. Visitation will also be allowed...

FFBC Demands Trump Administration Release Nursing Home COVID Report

- Sep 15, 2020

Families for Better Care executive director Brian Lee published this statement on the Trump Administration’s delayed release of the Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes’ report:   Mr. President, families have waited more than five months since your administration announced the creation of a “new and independent Commission” that would...
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