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Nursing home ‘prisons’ open to visitors in Europe. Here’s why California won’t do the same

in People

Marilee Flannery has only seen her husband, Steve, twice in the past two months. Both times were fleeting conversations over video on her phone.

He’s at a locked-down Citrus Heights memory care facility for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The facility has banned visitors in hopes of keeping out the new coronavirus, which has disproportionately killed tens of thousands of residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care centers.

Because of the disease, Steve, who turned 68 on Sunday, struggles to learn the steps necessary to stay on the line with her.

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Agency setting coronavirus standards for nursing homes is moving too slow, lawmaker says

in Health

The federal office that sets standards for most nursing homes is moving much too slowly to address rising coronavirus deaths in facilities that treat the elderly, a California congressman argues in a new letter to the Health and Human Services Agency.

The oversight agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on April 30 announced it was setting up a commission to “inform efforts to safeguard the health and quality of life of vulnerable Americans as CMS continues to battle COVID-19 as well as preparing for future threats to resident safety and public health.”

There is no set date for the commission to meet, but the agency said in a press release the commission is “expected to meet in late May.”

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