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Hospice staff, volunteers make 'an indelible difference'

Oct. 24, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — It’s National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to give thanks to the people who bring dignity to our final days. In Winchester, the nonprofit Blue Ridge Hospice has 250 staff members and 160 active volunteers who work every day to help...

Powerful South Carolina lawmaker Leatherman in hospice care

Oct. 21, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State Sen. Hugh Leatherman, South Carolina's oldest and most powerful state lawmaker, is currently receiving hospice care after the discovery of what colleagues described as an inoperable cancer. Leatherman's staff notified a handful of lawmakers...

Vermont to add beds to relieve pressure on hospitals

Oct. 20, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — To relieve some of the pressure on Vermont hospitals caused by a combination of factors, including COVID-19, the state is opening 80 beds at long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, said Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith. ...

Report: 89% of Conn. long-term care workers fully vaccinated

Oct. 15, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Data released Friday show 89% of the more than 61,000 long-term care workers in Connecticut required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 under Gov. Ned Lamont's executive order were fully vaccinated as of Oct. 8. The Department of Public Health said 7%...

Walz to deploy National Guard to help ease COVID-19 surge

Oct. 15, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Friday he'll use the Minnesota National Guard to help alleviate staffing shortages at care facilities that are struggling to cope with the surge in COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated Minnesotans. “These folks need respite...

Coming soon: Payroll tax to fund long-term care program

Oct. 11, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A mandatory payroll tax to fund Washington state’s new long-term care program will start coming out of most workers’ paychecks across the state in January. The insurance benefit, dubbed the WA Cares Fund, is a first-in-nation public insurance...

Minnesota long-term care facilities have 23,000 job openings

Oct. 09, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — While much has been made about the stress that COVID-19 has placed on Minnesota hospitals, the state's long-term care industry says it is facing its worst-ever workforce shortage. Leaders from senior living organizations throughout the state say...

Minnesota care homes struggle with record staff shortages

Oct. 08, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's senior care homes are struggling with record staff shortages as people leave the industry faster than they can replaced. There are 23,000 unfilled senior caregiver positions across Minnesota, according to a survey of 300 providers...

Ghost towns: Nursing home staffing falls amid pandemic

Oct. 07, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — When Natalie Walters arrived at her father’s nursing home, the parking lot was nearly empty and, inside, the elevator made no stops. On the 13th floor, the lights were off and the TVs silent. The last time she was allowed inside, nine months earlier, aides passed in...

Another NC health care visitation measure headed to governor

Oct. 06, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hospitals, nursing homes and adult care and hospice care facilities in North Carolina would be required to allow patient visits in a measure given final legislative approval on Wednesday. The bill is the result of constituent complaints last year...