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Josef Fritzl, Now 88, Is Up for Parole

Lawyer for Fritzl, who imprisoned and raped daughter, wants him in nursing home

(Newser) - Josef Fritzl , the Austrian man who kept his daughter Elisabeth prisoner for nearly a quarter century, raping her repeatedly and fathering seven children with her, was sentenced to life in prison for his crimes, which also included manslaughter for one of those children he fathered. In Austria, however, prisoners...

Man With Schizophrenia Found After Leaving Nursing Home

Frederick Caruthers wandered off when Missouri nursing home closed

(Newser) - A 61-year-old man with schizophrenia—who had been missing for more than three weeks since the St. Louis nursing home where he lived abruptly closed—was found Tuesday about a mile away, authorities said. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Tuesday that Frederick Caruthers was found at a local restaurant,...

City's Biggest Nursing Home Abruptly Shuts Down

Some people still can't find their relatives after sudden closure of St. Louis facility

(Newser) - "Are you angry? Because I'm mad as hell," St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones said at a rally Tuesday protesting the abrupt closure of the city's largest nursing home. Employees and relatives of Northview Village's 170 residents say the long-term care facility shut down without warning...

Determined Dog Escapes Shelter 3 Times, Picks Odd Forever Home

Now, 6 years later, Scout is a joyous part of the daily lives of seniors at Michigan nursing home

(Newser) - Nothing too exciting happens at the relatively calm Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility, a nursing home in Bellaire, Michigan, that cares for seniors with terminal illnesses and dementia—but despite that (or maybe because of it), a stray dog decided that was the place he wanted to make his forever...

Nikki Haley: Senate Is Just a 'Privileged Nursing Home'

After McConnell freeze-up, presidential contender says aging politicians need to know when to retire

(Newser) - As whispers continue to circulate over the future of Mitch McConnell's leadership following his second public freeze-up , Nikki Haley is saying out loud what she thinks about aging lawmakers, and when they should realize it might be time to pack it up on Capitol Hill. Appearing on Fox News'...

Days After 'Dead' Woman Was Found Alive, a New Incident

Last time it happened in Iowa; this time, a 'deceased' woman was found breathing on Long Island

(Newser) - It's not a trend we wanted to see in 2023, but it's one that's emerging. Last month, a senior citizen in Iowa was pronounced dead at a continuing care home, only to be found alive shortly thereafter at a funeral home (she then died two days later,...

One Explanation for Why Things Get Worse at Nursing Homes

The 'New Yorker' looks at the role private equity plays

(Newser) - American society is in the early stages of a "silver tsunami," with adults over 65 expected to outnumber children by 2035. Demand for nursing homes will surge, as will revenues for those who operate such facilities, writes Yasmin Rafiei for the New Yorker. It’s an irresistible business...

Owner Held After Sending Elderly to Warehouse in Storm

More than 800 nursing home residents were found in squalor after hurricane struck

(Newser) - The owner of seven Louisiana nursing homes who sent more than 800 of his elderly residents to a crowded, ill-equipped warehouse to ride out Hurricane Ida last year was arrested Wednesday on fraud and cruelty charges arising from the squalid conditions. Bob Glynn Dean Jr., 68, was already facing state...

Biden to Require Vaccinations for Nursing Home Staffs

Medicaid, Medicare funding could be pulled for noncompliance

(Newser) - President Biden announced Wednesday that his administration will require that nursing home staffs be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for those facilities to continue receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. Biden unveiled the policy in a White House address as the administration looks for ways to use mandates to...

Feds: Go Ahead, Hug Loved Ones in Nursing Homes

Residents now permitted to have physical contact again, as long as they're vaccinated, wear a mask

(Newser) - Nursing home residents vaccinated against COVID can get hugs again from loved ones, and all residents may enjoy more indoor visits, the government said Wednesday, in a step toward pre-pandemic normalcy. The policy guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services moves back in the pre-COVID-19 direction, saying that...

Cuomo in Hot Seat After Leaked Call on Nursing Home Stats

Aide Melissa DeRosa admitted to Dem lawmakers 'we froze' on divulging accurate numbers

(Newser) - A leaked call has put New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's team in the hot seat, after one of his top aides told Democratic lawmakers that stats for nursing home deaths from COVID were held back to avoid political attacks from the Trump administration. The New York Post first reported...

New York COVID Stats May Be Way Off on Nursing Homes

State attorney general Letitia James says death toll might be undercounted by more than 50%

(Newser) - New York may have undercounted COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents by as much as 50%, the state’s attorney general said Thursday, per the AP . Attorney General Letitia James has, for months, been examining discrepancies between the number of deaths being reported by the state's Department of Health,...

27 Dead After 'Completely Irresponsible' Santa Visit

Residents at Belgian nursing home were seen in pics not wearing masks during holiday event

(Newser) - Authorities in Belgium say a 27th elderly person has died in an outbreak at a nursing home from a superspreading St. Nick party last month, but they hope the situation is now under control. The Hemelrijck home in the northern Belgium city of Mol had organized an early December visit...

Death Toll Is at Least 7 After Rule-Breaking Wedding

Employees of nursing homes were among the 300 celebrating

(Newser) - An investigation—and contact tracing—began immediately after positive tests started to show up among the 300 people who attended a wedding last month in Washington state. The toll is starting to become clear. Seven residents of three nursing homes who had COVID-19 have died since employees at the homes...

Daughter Removes Mom From Care Home, Gets Arrested

Controversy leads to a change in pandemic laws in the UK

(Newser) - A retired nurse blocked from meeting her 97-year-old mother in person since March was arrested after removing her mom from a care home in England on Tuesday, days before new coronavirus lockdown rules went into effect. Humberside Police have since released without penalty 73-year-old Ylenia Angeli, whose "drastic action”...

Trump Team: New COVID-19 Report Is 'Resounding Vindication'

But the report highlights 27 unmet needs

(Newser) - The Trump administration is claiming "resounding vindication" from an independent commission's report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes, but some panel members say that's a misinterpretation of their conclusion that much remains to be done to safeguard vulnerable residents, the AP reports. People in long-term care...

Lawsuit: Nursing Home Staff Were Ordered Not to Wear PPE

Virus killed 19 at Michigan facility

(Newser) - Former employees of a Michigan nursing home say it had a strict mask policy in the weeks after the pandemic hit the state: No masks allowed. Three ex-employees are suing the the Villages of Lapeer Nursing and Rehabilitation in Lapeer, along with relatives of Wanda Parker, one of 19 residents...

US Nursing Homes Refused to Plan for This
'River of Grief' Was
Totally Avoidable: Report
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'River of Grief' Was Totally Avoidable: Report

US nursing homes ducked rules for pandemic preparation

(Newser) - America's nursing homes—where over 16,000 workers and residents have died from the coronavirus—have resisted federal pandemic guidelines for years, ProPublica reports. "It's just a river of grief," says a nursing-home reform advocate, "and it could have been prevented." Back in 2016,...

CDC: Nursing Homes Have Been 'Devastated' by COVID

Virus has killed more than 26K in homes across US

(Newser) - Federal health authorities have received reports of nearly 26,000 nursing home residents dying from COVID-19, according to materials prepared for the nation's governors. That number—a quarter of US coronavirus deaths—is partial and likely to go higher. A letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

America's 'Virus Hero' Is Suddenly Taking Heat

Gov. Cuomo's has pretty much dismissed one aspect of the pandemic

(Newser) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has won bipartisan praise for rallying supplies for his ravaged hospitals and helping slow the coronavirus, is coming under increasing criticism for not bringing that same level of commitment to a problem that has so far stymied him: nursing homes, the AP reports. In...

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