Warren, Markey Report Finds ‘Crisis’ In Nation’s Assisted Living Facilities – WBUR

Support the news July 03, 2020 Miriam Wasser Kimberly Atkins U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks with U.S. Sen. Ed Markey. (Winslow Townson/AP) Nursing homes have been in the spotlight during the pandemic, but assisted living facilities, whose residents are also older and likely to have underlying health issues, have received far less attention from the federal government. For that reason, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York, launched an investigation in late April into COVID-19 outbreaks at these facilities. The lawmakers surveyed the top 11 assisted living operators in the country — which collectively house over 153,000 older adults, or about a sixth of the nation’s assisted living population — and found, in the words of Markey, that “we are simply not doing enough to protect our seniors or workers in assisted living homes from this deadly virus.”…
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Coronavirus reported in more than 200 Arizona assisted living facilities – ABC15 Arizona

A mother living in an assisted living facility taken out by son. PHOENIX — As more than 200 assisted living facilities in Arizona have reported coronavirus cases, families question where their parents and grandparents will be safest during the pandemic. At the Springs of Scottsdale, which offers both independent and assisted living, management said 14 residents contracted the virus. Five of those residents died. Paul Fennell’s mom, Margaret, just turned 100 and lived at the facility. She tested positive in May. “I assumed she was going to be dead in two weeks,” Paul said. “To me, it’s unbelievable. We know about hotspots, but people generally don’t know about this.”…
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7,000 killed in assisted living due to COVID-19, report finds – ABC News

A new survey of assisted living facilities found that close to 7,000 seniors residing in these types of communities may have died from the novel coronavirus. Because deaths in assisted living are not counted in federal records of nursing home deaths, the actual number is unknown. The survey, conducted as part of an investigation led by Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, as well as Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., asked the nation’s 11 largest assisted living facility operators about their experiences dealing with COVID-19, and discovered that 31% of seniors who contracted the in an assisted living facility died from it.…
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7,000 killed in assisted living due to COVID-19, report finds – Yahoo! Voices

A new survey of assisted living facilities found that close to 7,000 seniors residing in these types of communities may have died from the novel coronavirus. Because deaths in assisted living are not counted in federal records of nursing home deaths, the actual number is unknown. The survey, conducted as part of an investigation led by Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, as well as Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., asked the nation’s 11 largest assisted living facility operators about their experiences dealing with COVID-19, and discovered that 31% of seniors who contracted the in an assisted living facility died from it.…
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Assisted living home residents are in need of pen pals in this time of isolation – CNN

To curb the spread of the virus, Victorian Senior Care, which manages 14 facilities in North Carolina, has implemented strict protocols to protect their residents, with one being a ban on visitors. “It has been mentally straining on them not to see family members and loved ones,” Meredith Seals, the chief operating officer of Victorian Senior Care, told CNN on Wednesday. “When you are used to having family there every day and then you can’t, it’s very lonely for them.” Edna is looking for a pen pal to chat about her favorite show. Isolation isn’t impacting only those at senior homes but many people around the world as the pandemic continues to change the way we are able to connect with each other.…
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Advocates Call On State To Mandate One ‘Support Person Visitor’ For Each Senior Home Resident – KPBS

Photo by Amita Sharma Above: A sign posted outside of Belmont Village Senior Living in Sabre Springs explains the facility’s new visitation rules in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Advocates are asking the state to end what they call the trauma of “solitary confinement” of residents at senior care facilities by allowing them at least one designated visitor. The request comes nearly four months after California’s long-term care communities banned all visitors at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a move that has exacted a deep toll on residents. Caregivers report that some people living in senior homes have grown despondent after going months without seeing family and friends.…
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These Wisconsin nursing homes avoided coronavirus outbreaks. Here’s how they say they did it. – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

John Diedrich and Sarah Volpenhein Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 9:10 AM EDT Jul 1, 2020 On a recent Sunday afternoon, Lorri Weber went to see her husband at Lasata Senior Living Campus in Cedarburg, as she has done nearly every day for three years. Because of COVID-19, most facilities like Lasata are closed to visitors, the exception being if a resident is nearing death. But that hasn’t stopped Lorri from seeing husband, Tom Weber, 65, who has dementia and lives in Lasata’s memory unit. On that afternoon, Lorri parked her bike and looked up at her husband on a second-floor balcony.…
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Kemp signs bill to bring sweeping reforms to senior care in Georgia – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgians living in senior care homes won a slate of new protections Tuesday when Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill to reform an industry that too often failed to provide adequate care, even as it enticed families with resort-like amenities and gourmet menus. Under the new law, administrators of assisted living and large personal care homes for the first time will be required to pass a test and be licensed. Memory care units will now have to be certified. Nurses will be required in assisted living and memory care, and overall staffing and training requirements will increase. Homes will also have to prove they have the financial means to operate before they get a license and will have to disclose any financial problems that come up after they open.…
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“It’s a need, not a want” for many residents: Investors eye long-term gains in senior housing – The Real Deal

Investors are still bullish on senior housing, despite headline struggles in nursing care facilities throughout the pandemic. (Getty) The Orbach Group — a real estate firm better known for flipping rent-stabilized apartments before Albany’s rent law overhaul last summer — recently nabbed a portfolio of 700 age-restricted senior housing units in New York and Pennsylvania. In a sign of the times, the $75 million deal closed via Zoom in May, according to the buyer. Meyer Orbach, the company’s CEO, pointed out that the five residential complexes are not nursing homes, which require around the clock care and led to headline news in recent months due to coronavirus outbreaks in many facilities around the country.…
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Operators’ reopening strategies balance residents’ physical, mental health needs: ASHA brief – News – McKnight’s Senior Living

Senior living operators are using a balanced, data-driven approach to reopening communities during the COVID-19 pandemic by continuously assessing risk, mitigating transmission and monitoring progress while considering their unique markets and communities, according to a new special issue brief issued by the American Seniors Housing Association. Anne Tumlinson “Balancing Seniors Housing Residents’ Safety As Communities Reopen: A Strategic Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” prepared by Washington, DC-based research and advisory services firm ATI Advisory and its CEO, Anne Tumlinson, presents the results of case studies and interviews across the industry. The brief reveals how seniors housing operators are gradually restoring resident engagement, reintroducing visitation and enabling new move-ins while taking a strategic public health approach to balance multiple competing priorities and risks.…
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