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Elder Justice Newsletter Highlights “No Harm” Deficiencies – LTCCC

Below is a link to our latest Elder Justice Newsletter, published jointly with the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Substandard care and insufficient staffing are widespread and serious problems that have been in the news all too often lately. The nursing home industry has complained for decades that facilities don’t get enough money to hire more staff and that basic safety standards are too Read More >>

Frontline Workers in NYC Face Uphill Battle for Workers Comp After Contracting COVID-19 – amNY

Many New York healthcare workers have gotten COVID-19 from patients in their care, yet some employers are discouraging them from seeking workers compensation benefits, according to amNY. The recent story says the employees’ benefits would come from insurance companies many of whom have stashed billions in profits from the private workers comp system over the years. The story adds that many 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Nursing Home COVID-19 Reporting Rules To Be Strengthened – NPR

The federal government will now require all U.S. nursing homes to disclose to residents and their families if staff or any other residents have contracted the coronavirus according to NPR. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says notification must come within the first 12 hours of a confirmed coronavirus case in a skilled nursing facility. Residents and families must be told Read More >>

Protecting Vulnerable Residents From Coronavirus – LTCCC News Alert

March 3, 2020 — Concern over coronavirus is growing as a significant outbreak in the United States becomes increasingly likely. According to researchers, residents in nursing homes and other adult care facilities are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus due to their age, pre-existing medical conditions, and frequent exposure to facility staff, other residents, and visitors to their facility. In Read More >>

How Do I Find A Good Nursing Home For My Elderly Parent?

Below is the first part in a series on some of the questions to ask when you’re choosing a nursing home for your loved ones in the five New York City boroughs, in Long Island and in Westchester and Rockland counties. An estimated 1.3 million residents live in nursing homes in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number is only bound to grow as our elderly Read More >>