Frustrations Boil at Pace of Vaccinations at Long-Term Care Facilities – The New York Times

Advertisement Continue reading the main story The Trump administration raised hopes of a speedy process for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Patience is wearing thin. CVS has pledged to make at least initial vaccination visits by Jan. 25 to all the nursing homes it is working with.Credit…John Taggart for The New York Times Jan. 16, 2021Updated 2:54 p.m. ET In mid-December, a top Trump administration official floated an enticing possibility: All nursing home residents in the United States could be vaccinated against the coronavirus by Christmas. “It’s really a remarkable, remarkable prospect,” Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services, declared.…
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Despite vaccine, CT nursing homes, assisted living facilities don’t plan to relax restrictions yet – CT Insider

After residents and staff are vaccinated against the coronavirus, long-term care facilities do not anticipate immediately relaxing restrictions and precautions. These facilities said they’ll take their cues from federal, state, and local guidelines on visitation rules and other measures. But strategies like masks, social distancing, temperature checks and COVID-19 testing are likely to continue for some time. “The best guess I have is that everything would just stay the same,” said Timothy Brown, the spokesman for Athena Health Care Systems, which owns 27 facilities in Connecticut. “I don’t think we’ll see a significant change in vision in the nursing homes probably until the spring or maybe early summer, when we start seeing vaccinations across the state.”…
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COVID vaccine slow to reach California nursing home residents – Los Angeles Times

As public health officials scramble to clear a backlog of unused COVID-19 vaccine by opening the process to anyone 65 or older, new data show they failed to quickly deliver shots to the vast majority of California’s most vulnerable residents, who were supposed to be the priority. As of Sunday, only about 5% of long-term care facility residents in the statewide vaccination program — including people in skilled nursing homes and assisted living centers — had been vaccinated, according to California Department of Public Health data obtained by The Times. And while the vaccines became available in the U.S. in mid-December, only 3% of California facilities in the program had been scheduled for their first visit from a vaccination team as of Sunday, the data show.…
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Luxury senior living platform seeks to hire 1 lucky ‘undercover grandma’ – Inman

To see whether luxury housing for seniors truly lives up to the hype, one assisted living search platform is looking for a “glamorous grandma” to go undercover as a tester. CaringAdvisor.com, a search platform for various assisted living options across the country, is planning to release a repository of senior facilities that call themselves “luxe” — they will typically start at $6,000 a month (an average senior home in the U.S. commands $3,000 a month) and climb much higher. It is offering $500 a month, as well as covering all living and travel expenses, to a senior interested in testing the living arrangements themselves as well as the different amenities (pool, gyms, senior activities) typically offered at these types of luxury facilities.…
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‘Defining Who We Are’: Top Senior Living Concerns, Goals as Biden Takes Office – Senior Housing News

For the senior living industry, the incoming Biden administration and Democratic control of Congress means new opportunities for advocacy and education — and potentially some pitfalls in the form of new and tighter regulations. The presidential election and the Georgia Senate races have resulted in the Democrats taking the White House and narrow control of Congress. That election “sea change” means the senior living industry has a newfound chance to impact relevant legislation and regulations, according to Maggie Elehwany, senior vice president of public affairs at Argentum. The opportunity is underscored by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has in just a year’s time upended senior living operations and resulted in the deaths of more than 380,000 Americans, many of them older adults.…
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Benchmark Senior Living becomes part owner and the operator of Meadow Ridge – HamletHub

Benchmark Senior Living has become part owner and the operator of Meadow Ridge, an award-winning continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Redding, Conn. Affiliates of Senior Care Development, LLC, the community’s original developers, will retain majority ownership. Set on 136 acres, Meadow Ridge is Connecticut’s largest retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation on one campus. It opened in 2001 and features 415 apartment homes and employs more than 300 associates. Benchmark owns and operates 63 independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities throughout the Northeast, including two new communities in Fairfield County: Sturges Ridge of Fairfield and Benchmark Senior Living at Split Rock in Shelton.…
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Vaccination Rollout At San Diego Senior Care Facilities Lags Far Behind Plan – KPBS

Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Above: In this undated frame from video provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a scientist returns a novel coronavirus vaccine sample to a freezer in Bethesda, Md. As new COVID-19 cases again surge through senior care facilities in San Diego and throughout the state, getting vaccines into the arms of residents and caregivers has been spotty and slow, according to doctors and advocates. We know they’ve been set aside for us. We’ve not even heard from our facility what the plan is on actually getting them to us.’”…
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COVID-19 vaccination in nursing homes is a tale of bumpy logistics, fear and uncertainty about the future – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Joshua Uy, a Penn Medicine geriatrician, could have gotten a COVID-19 shot a week ago through his hospital. But Uy, who is also medical director of Renaissance Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, decided to wait until Tuesday when vaccinators are coming to the West Philadelphia nursing home. He wants to send a message to his wary staff that the shot is safe. Federal authorities made nursing homes a top priority for vaccines because they have been hot spots for deadly infections. After two vaccines were approved last month, officials have focused on logistics, like shipping and deep-freezing. After 12 years at Renaissance, Uy foresaw an emotional problem. “I knew that the real issue ultimately is going to be vaccine hesitancy,” he said.…
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COVID-19 vaccination in nursing homes is a tale of bumpy logistics, fear and uncertainty about the future – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Joshua Uy, a Penn Medicine geriatrician, could have gotten a COVID-19 shot a week ago through his hospital. But Uy, who is also medical director of Renaissance Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, decided to wait until Tuesday when vaccinators are coming to the West Philadelphia nursing home. He wants to send a message to his wary staff that the shot is safe. Federal authorities made nursing homes a top priority for vaccines because they have been hot spots for deadly infections. After two vaccines were approved last month, officials have focused on logistics, like shipping and deep-freezing. After 12 years at Renaissance, Uy foresaw an emotional problem. “I knew that the real issue ultimately is going to be vaccine hesitancy,” he said.…
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COVID-19 vaccination in nursing homes is a tale of bumpy logistics, fear and uncertainty about the future – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Joshua Uy, a Penn Medicine geriatrician, could have gotten a COVID-19 shot a week ago through his hospital. But Uy, who is also medical director of Renaissance Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, decided to wait until Tuesday when vaccinators are coming to the West Philadelphia nursing home. He wants to send a message to his wary staff that the shot is safe. Federal authorities made nursing homes a top priority for vaccines because they have been hot spots for deadly infections. After two vaccines were approved last month, officials have focused on logistics, like shipping and deep-freezing. After 12 years at Renaissance, Uy foresaw an emotional problem. “I knew that the real issue ultimately is going to be vaccine hesitancy,” he said.…
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