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New York State Permits Limited Visitation in Nursing Homes

Senior citizens have spent months living in nursing homes without seeing loved ones since the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country early this year. But recently, Howard Zucker, Commissioner of the New York Department of Health, offered isolated seniors some good news. Long-term care and nursing facilities will once again be permitted to allow visitation, provided that they meet specific Read More >>

New York Lawmakers Want To Strip Nursing Homes of Coronavirus Lawsuit Immunity – New York Post

Two state legislators from New York City have announced a bill that would repeal the controversial law that shields nursing homes and hospitals from liability during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the New York Post. On April 3, Governor Cuomo signed the Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act, granting healthcare facilities and their employees “immunity from any liability, civil or Read More >>

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Underscores Nursing Home Residents’ Vulnerability During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has made World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today even more crucial. The current health crisis has made older Americans more vulnerable particularly in nursing homes, which have banned visitation by family and friends. According to John Dalli, a partner in the nursing home abuse law firm Dalli & Marino, LLP, frequent nursing home visits are one of the most important Read More >>

Companies Use Legal Loophole to Avoid Accountability

Cases Involving COVID-19 Also Derailed Lurking in millions of product, service and employment contracts is a legal landmine called forced arbitration, which allows corporations to bypass the courts and railroad Americans into privately run tribunals that almost always favor the company. And now, during the COVID-19 crisis, nursing homes, ride-sharing companies and many others are using forced Read More >>

John Dalli Warns That Immunity for Nursing Homes Will Cause More Resident Deaths – New York Daily News

By granting nursing homes immunity from liability for negligent care during the COVID-19 health emergency, Governor Cuomo has taken away from elderly residents the protections that the law provides to keep them safe in these facilities. The regulations that the Governor lifted have been in place for over 50 years and are the one thing that kept owners of nursing homes in check: laws with teeth Read More >>

NYC Councilman Says Bipartisan Pressure Mounting for Probe of Cuomo’s “Backward” Nursing Home Order – FOX News

New York City Councilman Joseph Borelli told FOX News there are now bipartisan calls for an investigation of Governor Cuomo’s controversial order on March 25 that required nursing homes to accept or re-admit all COVID-19 positive patients. Borelli said that elected officials should be given some “leeway” in making hard decisions during difficult circumstances, but he added: “You don’t have Read More >>

CMS Guidance on Coronavirus Raises Concerns About Unmet Care Needs and Poor Oversight – LTCCC

COVID-19 (more commonly known as coronavirus) is a pandemic, which means that the disease has spread worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While the virus may be fatal in all age groups, it poses a significant risk to older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions. The Read More >>

Residents Fear Nursing Home Legal Immunity Amid Crisis – Barron’s

Advocates and attorneys for nursing home residents warn that many states – including New York – have granted immunity to skilled nursing facilities for care they provide during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a story by Eleanor Laise in Barron’s. Advocates for the elderly fear that such blanket protection will make it easier for facilities to cover up negligence and the abuse of elderly Read More >>

John Dalli: Elderly Nursing Home Residents Still At Risk Despite Cuomo’s Revised Policies on Staff Testing and Reporting – New York Post

Governor Cuomo’s new executive order requiring staff testing and reporting at nursing homes during this pandemic does nothing to keep elderly residents from risk, according to John Dalli, a partner in the law firm Dalli & Marino LLP, in the May 13 edition of the New York Post. Dalli says these risks are compounded by the immunity these skilled nursing facilities now have in providing Read More >>

Tips for Those With Loved Ones In Care Facilities During Pandemic – Newsday

Families with loved ones in nursing homes have many questions about letting them remain in those facilities during the COVID-19 crisis. NEWSDAY’s Robert Brodsky has researched answers to some of these difficult questions, including: How can you determine if your loved one’s facility is safe? Should family members pull their loved ones from nursing homes or assisted living facilities and Read More >>