In a New Mexico long-term care facility, residents rely on care providers for medical care and moments of connection.
Nursing homes, the center of the pandemic, are seeking tax breaks, federal cash infusions and protection against lawsuits.
The controversy over inadequate protective equipment has come to embody what critics describe as a haphazard federal effort to protect the 1.5 million Americans who live in nursing homes.
With more than 6,000 nursing home residents dying of the coronavirus, a fight over whether relatives should be allowed to sue has erupted in Albany.
We tracked the outbreak, the struggle to contain it and the fallout, interviewing residents’ families and listening to their conference calls as they sought answers from the facility’s leaders.
At the Home Farm nursing home on the Isle of Skye, more than a quarter of its residents died and nearly all were infected with coronavirus. Families are furious.
At a Los Angeles nursing home, families got their first chance to see mom since the lockdown began — as long as they stayed outside, and she stayed in.
Some with private equity owners, focused on making money, were particularly ill equipped and understaffed to handle Covid-19.
The country was an outlier in Europe, trusting its people to voluntarily follow the protocols. Many haven’t, but it does not seem to have hurt them.
The isolation of the countryside offers some protection against the outbreak, but once the illness strikes, it can reveal the unique vulnerabilities that smaller communities face.
The facilities knew that frail and aging residents were especially vulnerable to the outbreak, but they were unable to stop it.
After crippling New York City, the coronavirus outbreak is now enveloping New Jersey’s densely packed cities and suburbs.