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High staff vaccination rates helps nursing homes beat COVID

Sep. 18, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nursing homes in Missouri with the vast majority of staff vaccinated tend to have strikingly lower rates of COVID-19 cases among residents, according to federal records, a trend that may offer broader lessons about the virus and how it can be slowed. ...

Mid-Michigan city clears way to house teens from US border

Sep. 15, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ALMA, Mich. (AP) — Officials in a mid-Michigan city granted a request to house migrant boys in a former nursing home, rejecting the recommendation of the planning commission and upsetting opponents who had criticized the proposal during tense summer meetings. The Alma...

Parents against 'prison-like' facility for autistic clients

Sep. 12, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Parents of adults with severe autism and other disabilities say New York officials are threatening to revoke funding for their children's long-term care at out-of-state care centers unless they agree to send their children to a secure, in-state facility. ...

Indianapolis elder abuse victims have resource to turn to

Sep. 12, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Adult protective services workers often face a conundrum: Although they fear it will not be safe for elderly victims of abuse to remain in their homes, there’s no other safe place for them to go. Now in Indianapolis, these seniors who cannot remain...

Police: Man in 80s fatally shot nursing home resident, self

Sep. 11, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A man in his 80s is believed to have fatally shot an elderly woman inside a nursing home Saturday before killing himself, a Rochester police official said. Capt. Frank Umbrino described the woman as the man’s lifelong partner and in declining...

State health council approves expanded vaccine requirement

Sep. 08, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Public Health Council on Wednesday approved a plan to require coronavirus vaccination for all employees at rest homes, assisted living residences and hospice programs, along with workers who provide in-home direct care services. The...

Maryland OKs boosters for 65 and older in congregate care

Sep. 08, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is authorizing COVID-19 booster shots for all residents 65 and older who live in congregate care settings, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday. Residents in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, residential drug treatment centers and...

UK lawmakers back tax hike to pay for health, long-term care

Sep. 08, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won Parliament's support on Wednesday for a big tax hike to pay for short-term health requirements arising from the coronavirus pandemic, as well as for long-term care needed by Britain’s growing older population. ...

4 ways to manage retirement health care costs

Sep. 08, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

Health care in retirement is a big-ticket item. Experts estimate that an average 65-year-old retired couple in 2021 would need about $300,000 in after-tax savings earmarked for health care costs in their post-work life, even with Medicare, according to Fidelity. The...

After Ida-related deaths of evacuated seniors, Louisiana officials say they'll revoke licenses of 7 nursing homes

Sep. 07, 2021 16:44 PM EDT
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After Ida-related deaths of evacuated seniors, Louisiana officials say they'll revoke licenses of 7 nursing homes.