To contain the spread of COVID, hospitals and nursing homes barred visits, but the separation and isolation took a toll on patients and families. Now, some states are trying to ensure access.
Nearly 30 states temporarily shielded nursing homes from COVID-19 lawsuits. But resident advocates say that protection means they can't sue for things that have nothing to do with the coronavirus.
COVID-19 vaccines are reaching more long-term facilities, but many worry they won't come soon enough to stave off more deaths.
One of my patients in this devastating year stands out — a veteran who'd survived PTSD, cancer and family estrangement. Assisted living raised his COVID-19 risk, but also brought him community.
More than one-third of all COVID-19 deaths in America have been elderly residents and workers at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Assisted living-type facilities often are subject to less scrutiny than nursing homes. Investigations in Vermont and elsewhere have revealed patterns of poor care and deaths.
At least 132 people were evacuated from the facility as the blaze spread quickly to multiple buildings. The fire seems to have started in a unit for residents with memory problems.
According to the federal government, the top complaint about nursing homes is wrongful eviction. Advocates say nursing homes want residents who pay more but require less care.
Novelist Mat Johnson's mother spent decades trying to escape her MS diagnosis. Johnson looks back on her journey — and what it meant when the disease finally caught up with her.
Elderly hospital patients often arrive sick and leave worse off. But some hospitals are preventing these sharp declines by treating the elderly in units that minimize bedrest and spur mobility.