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Two NY Hospitals Start Virtual Nursing Home Care Due to Bed and Staffing Shortages

Due to the effects of COVID-19, nursing homes struggle to keep up with the increasing demand for long-term care and treatments. These facilities are becoming overpopulated and lacking sufficient resources to help all of their residents. Not only are nursing homes unable to combat the number of patients, but now hospitals are also finding it difficult to care for the elderly due to bed and staffing Read More >>

Staffing Shortages in Hospitals Driven by Profits over People

As the COVID-19 pandemic has stretched into its third year, many healthcare professionals have felt the burnout so acutely that they have begun considering other career options. Even as nurses have spent the better part of these three years pleading for more resources and staffing, many facilities have continued to prioritize profits over people, resulting in an unparalleled level of burnout among Read More >>

Nursing Home Visitors Required to Undergo COVID-19 Testing in New York

COVID-19 continues to be a challenge for nursing homes around the country as staff shortages and resident vulnerabilities prove to be no match for the virus’ spread. On January 7, New York announced new testing requirements aimed at keeping nursing home residents and staff safe amid the spread of the highly-contagious Omicron variant. The move has worried family members who are again concerned Read More >>

Nursing Home Residents with COVID-19 Boosters Less Likely to Get COVID

Recently, the CDC released data showing that nursing home residents who are vaccinated with a booster dose are 10 times less likely to contract COVID-19 than vaccinated residents who lack a booster. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, also said the data shows that cases have been rising in long-term care facilities. However, the residents most affected are those who are unvaccinated or Read More >>

John Dalli a Member of the New York Task Force on Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which sparked a devastating economic and social disruption across the globe, members of the New York State Bar Association and the larger legal community put together a task force to help ensure laws and policies sufficiently protect vulnerable populations and guarantee equitable access to high-quality care. After all, the pandemic not only led to an Read More >>

Financial Abuse of Elders May Be on the Rise During COVID-19

Many nursing homes put their facilities on lockdown when COVID-19 became a credible threat to the United States in March 2020, prohibiting family members from visiting their loved ones. Unfortunately, this made nursing home residents more vulnerable to neglect and abuse from the people who are supposed to be caring for them. What’s more troubling is that financial abuse may also be on the rise in Read More >>

Task Force of New York Lawyers Released a Report on the State’s Handlings of Nursing Homes During the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a devastating public health crisis. To date, 593,000 Americans have lost their lives from the virus, including over 50,000 New Yorkers. While the pandemic has been an unnerving experience for all New Yorkers, some have been disproportionately affected. Specifically, older people and individuals living with disabilities have been hit the hardest. As more information Read More >>

An Unvaccinated Worker in a Kentucky Nursing Home Set Off a Significant COVID Outbreak

In Kentucky, an unvaccinated worker at a nursing home facility recently set off a COVID-19 outbreak. Although the majority of the nursing home’s residents had been vaccinated, there were still 22 cases of COVID reported among residents and employees who were fully vaccinated. While many of the infected individuals who were vaccinated were not symptomatic or hospitalized, one vaccinated resident Read More >>

Senate Democrats Block GOP’s Second Attempt at Subpoenas for NY’s Handling of Nursing Homes During the Pandemic 

On April 19th, New York State Senators Tom O’Mara and Anthony Palumbo advanced a motion to send multiple subpoenas related to the state’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic along with potential inaccuracies in death toll reporting. Some subpoenas were sent to officials at the New York State Department of Health (DOH) for testimonies and others were sent for records of the Cuomo Read More >>

Nursing Home Residents with Dementia Are Disproportionately Affected by the Pandemic

In the midst of the pandemic, Katie Engelhart, a New York Times Journalist who reports on aging, set out to understand how COVID-19 was affecting nursing home residents with dementia. In her work, she talked to doctors, caretakers, scientists, psychologists, and individuals with dementia to gain insight into what it was like to live through a disorienting time inside a mind that is already Read More >>