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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 >>

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 >>

New York State Health Department Not Disclosing Which Nursing Homes Have Coronavirus – Spectrum Local News

The New York State Health Department will not release information about the number of positive COVID-19 cases in nursing homes and related deaths in specific facilities across the state because of privacy issues, according to Spectrum Local News. “The nursing home is in many ways where they live,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “It’s not like when you go into a hospital and then Read More >>

New Report Illustrates Inhumane Conditions in Nursing Homes – LTCCC

January 21, 2020 – For far too many nursing home residents, adequate care and treatment with dignity are out of reach. Though nursing home standards are strong, the promise of those standards is frequently broken. Last year, a resident’s daughter testified at a U.S. Senate hearing, “[m]y final memories of my mother's life now include watching her bang uncontrollably on her private parts for days Read More >>

Poorly Performing Nursing Homes in New York – LTCCC Alert

Nursing homes must ensure that residents are receiving quality care and are protected from harm at all times. However, too many nursing homes fail to comply with the federal standards of care. For example, federal studies and data, as well as our own reports over the years, have indicated that most nursing homes do not have the levels of staffing necessary to meet the needs of typical nursing home Read More >>

New Study: Alarming Staffing Gaps For Registered Nurses at Nursing Homes Increases Potential for Neglect and Medication Errors for Residents

A new study has found that an astounding 75% of the nation’s nursing homes fall short on registered nurse (RN) staffing, making residents more vulnerable to neglectful and potentially harmful situations such as medication errors. According to McKnight’s Long Term Care News, researchers from Harvard and Vanderbilt medical schools examined payroll records from 15,399 skilled nursing facilities. Read More >>