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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Florida Announces It Will Lift Ban on Nursing Home Visits

Kelli Kennedy and Bobby Caina Calvan (PHOTO CREDIT: Wilfredo Lee/AP) - Sep 1, 2020

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that he will lift the state’s ban on visiting nursing homes that has cut off vulnerable seniors from family since mid-March over fears of spreading the new coronavirus. With his voice cracking at times, he wondered aloud if his actions might have contributed to suffering in his state as he made his announcement during a round table in...

Families for Better Care Asks Governor DeSantis to Include Molecular Rapid Testing in His Nursing Home Visitation Plan

- Sep 1, 2020

Families for Better Care announced today that it has formally asked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to include at-the-door, molecular rapid testing in any nursing home reopening plan, a crucial piece missing from the Task Force on Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities' recommendations.   In a letter to Governor DeSantis, FFBC executive director Brian Lee argued that...

Five Takeaways On Nursing Home Visitations

Christine Sexton - Aug 30, 2020

A ban on visitation at Florida’s 4,000 long-term care facilities expires in early September, and Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to reopen doors to residents’ family members and friends who have been unable to visit because of the coronavirus pandemic.  DeSantis will consider recommendations finalized Wednesday by the Task Force on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long Term...

After Debate Over Hugs, Florida Task Force Recommends Limited Nursing Home Visits

Mary Ellen Klas and Bailey LeFever - Aug 26, 2020

After five months of keeping Florida’s most vulnerable elders isolated from visitors, state regulators on Wednesday recommended that Gov. Ron DeSantis allow nursing homes and assisted living facilities to start allowing socially-distanced visits from family members — but people given special designation will be allowed to hug. It is just one piece of a two-part recommendation of...

6,500 Dead Yet State Finds Few Problems in N.J. Nursing Homes

Susan Livio and Ted Sherman (PHOTO CREDIT: Ed Murray) - Jul 2, 2020

For weeks, the death toll mounted at the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, where nearly every resident was hit by COVID-19. But when the state-run nursing facility was inspected on May 14 by a special team from Department of Health, surveyors found nothing wrong. In a short, single-page report, they said the facility was in compliance with infection control regulations and had...
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