After lawmakers scaled back a California nursing homes licensing bill, critics said it would let the worst operators thrive, but other advocates insisted it was still a step in the right direction.
COVID-infected nurses working at short-staffed nursing homes
About 11,500 long-term care center workers are now sick with COVID. “It’s been like one coworker after another, after another, everyone getting sick,” one nursing assistant said.
No way out: How the poor get stranded in California nursing homes
In a parallel problem to patient ‘dumping,’ many poor nursing home residents find themselves stuck inside facilities and unable to return home.
How poor Californians languish in nursing homes
A CalMatters investigation unpacks the factors that result in thousands staying in California nursing homes against their will.
From maggots to sex abuse, nursing homes sue California to overturn citations, fines
California nursing homes have filed more than 400 lawsuits since 2016 to appeal state citations and fines alleging poor patient care. Regulators downgraded nearly a third of sanctions involving a death. Advocates say the appeals system favors nursing homes.
Licensing by clerical error: How the state’s mistake decided the course of two nursing homes
California Department of Public Health officials say they cannot fix their mistake, amid cries the licensing system for nursing homes is “broken and ineffective.”
When will nursing homes reopen to visitors? State officials won’t say
COVID-19 cases at California’s nursing homes have plummeted 98% since December. But long-term care facilities say they are waiting for state guidance before reopening to family visits. “The sacrifice our seniors have made has been very, very difficult and caused a lot of harm. Now is the time to stop sacrificing them,” one doctor said.
State to allow visitors inside nursing homes in most California counties
The pandemic had limited loved ones to window or patio visits – if at all – but new guidance lifts restrictions in those 46 counties with better virus control.
Feds to send COVID tests to nursing homes, but can California really use them?
State health officials were caught off guard by the federal government’s plan, as the tests are less accurate and may be of limited use in California’s nursing homes.
The gathering storm: How the state seized control of two troubled nursing homes as coronavirus crisis loomed
Once a rarity, state takeovers of on-the-edge nursing homes are expected to become more common as the pandemic tips facilities further into chaos.