“By CANDICE CHOI -Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy. But with many long-term care facilities under lockdown to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, what are the rules around how the money is handled?
The situation underscores the vulnerability of many elderly residents and potential confusion about what homes can and can’t do with residents’ money.
One worry is that nursing homes could pressure residents to use the checks to pay outstanding balances. Another is that relatives who aren’t legal representatives could demand to be in charge of the money, putting staff in difficult situations.
Visitor bans put in place months ago are making it difficult to tell whether such problems are widespread, since residents may be reluctant to express concerns by phone, said Lindsay Heckler of the Center for Elder Law and Justice.
“We just don’t know,” she said.
Residents can have personal accounts at nursing homes that are subject to federal regulations, a common setup that can be convenient for both parties.
For those on Medicaid, income such as Social Security checks may have to go to the nursing home to cover the cost of care. But residents are entitled to keep about $50 a month of income for personal spending, which is often deposited in those personal accounts at the home — and is in many cases where stimulus money would be deposited.”
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“Across the U.S., hospital systems are bleeding money. The coronavirus is largely to blame, with most of the country suspending elective procedures and non-essential hospital services for the majority of spring.
The American Hospital Association (AHA), for example, estimates that COVID-19’s financial impact to hospitals and health systems over the four-month period from March 1 to June 30 will total $202.6 billion, with losses averaging over $50 billion per month.
In May, the chairman of the Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco, Dr. Bob Wachter, told CNBC that his hospitals were losing more than $5 million per day in April.
Meanwhile, admissions, surgeries and emergency department visits of HCA Healthcare, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Community Health Systems Inc. and Universal Health Services Inc. all dropped 20% to 40% during the last two weeks of March, according to a Commonwealth Fund study released Friday. The situation for those large for-profit hospital systems was even bleaker in April, contributing to first-quarter aggregate operating profits dropping 13.5%.”
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“CARMICHAEL (CBS13) — The National Guard is now a part of COVID-19 testing across Sacramento County.
Guardsmen will be rolling into one facility on Thursday, Aegis Living Carmichael to perform tests on residents.
Carrie Blythe’s mother Jane has been at the facility for two years. It’s been three months since she has seen her mother in person.
“I know it’s really hard on her not having the hugs and the physical touch,” Blythe said. “It’s been challenging because she doesn’t have any visitors, so we see her through the window.”
This window has been a blessing for her family. Since the pandemic began, Carrie’s been worried about her mom, who could be at risk inside, with little social interaction.
“She forgets that we are in a pandemic,” said Blythe.”
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From that same window, her mom will see National Guardsmen rolling up to help the county administer coronavirus testing.
“The military does make it one step more intense,” said Blythe.
It will be part of the county’s mandatory testing efforts for all long-term care communities, as part of a baseline testing effort.
“When I read it, I was kind of caught off-guard, I don’t understand why,” she said.
“Home health agencies have always had to prioritize infection control as part of Medicare’s Conditions of Participation (CoPs). But that hasn’t always been the case for non-medical home care providers.
That quickly changed after the coronavirus began spreading across the country in March and April. Now, infection control is likely something non-medical home care providers will have to think about for the foreseeable future.
Broadly, infection-control protocols are aimed at halting the spread of germs and infectious diseases in health care settings, including the home.
When it comes to the COVID-19 emergency and infection control, most of the nation’s attention has been directed to hospitals and long-term care facilities. That’s not surprising, as nursing home residents account for nearly one in 10 of all the coronavirus cases in the U.S. and more than one-quarter of coronavirus-related deaths, according to a recent Associated Press analysis.”
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“Countries all over the world are hit by the unprecedented crisis COVID-19. To slow down the spread of the infection is just as important as stopping the spread of the infection, in order to prevent overwhelming, the healthcare system. Hence, countries have taken careful measures to flatten the curve. Some of the measures include implementing safe distancing measures, practicing good washing hygiene and most importantly staying or self-isolating at home.
Elderly must adhere to these measures strictly because they are more susceptible to this virus due to their aging immunity system. Their aging immunity system also means that their recovery period is slower, when they contracted this virus. In addition, for elderly who have other chronic diseases, contracting this virus will be more complicated.
Though these self-isolation and social distancing measures protects the elderly’s physical well-being and lower their risk of contracting this virus, their emotional and mental well-being could be affected. They will feel lonelier, especially for those elderly who are in self-isolation. These measures also disrupt some of their routine activities, such as catching up with friends, going for routine check-ups, shopping for groceries, making them feel more helpless and frustrated…”
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