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Senior support volunteer group ends work in New Hampshire

Jul. 25, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A volunteer organization that advocated for residents of long-term care facilities during the pandemic has ended its work now that most have been vaccinated and infections are low. For 14 months, members of the Senior Support Team of New Hampshire...

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Jul. 24, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds to help pay for the roughly $600 billion in new spending sought for the public works buildout. ...

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Jul. 23, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds to help pay for the roughly $600 billion in new spending sought for the public works buildout. ...

DOJ won't investigate how Pennsylvania handled nursing homes

Jul. 22, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Justice Department told Gov. Tom Wolf's office on Thursday that it has decided not to open an investigation into whether Pennsylvania violated federal law by ordering nursing homes to accept residents who had been treated for COVID-19 in a hospital. ...

Missing Pueblo man with Alzheimer's found dead near his home

Jul. 22, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — An elderly Pueblo man who was reported missing after wandering away from his independent assisted living home was found dead in a nearby ravine. The Pueblo Chieftain reports 81-year-old Daniel Otero was reported missing July 17 and was found dead...

'Superbug' fungus spread in two cities, health officials say

Jul. 22, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials said Thursday they now have evidence of an untreatable fungus spreading in two hospitals and a nursing home. The “superbug” outbreaks were reported in a Washington, D.C, nursing home and at two Dallas-area hospitals, the Centers...

Proposed rule would require nursing homes to boost staffing

Jul. 21, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration on Wednesday said it wants to require nursing homes to boost staffing levels, announcing the first in what officials describe as a series of updates to outdated long-term care regulations that have been in place for more than 20 years....

Kansas debate heats up over nursing homes' visitor rules

Jul. 20, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Families and advocates for the elderly in Kansas argue that with most nursing home residents vaccinated against COVID-19, some facilities' visiting rules need to be relaxed, though the delta variant's spread is making operators nervous. A state...

The Latest: Belgium govt raises flood death toll to 20

Jul. 16, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

The Latest on deadly flooding in Europe: BRUSSELS — Belgium’s government says the death toll from unprecedented flooding in parts of the country has risen to 20. Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden said Friday that emergency workers were trying...

Lawmakers urge NY to lift limits on nursing home visits

Jul. 15, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers are demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo lift remaining restrictions for visits at nursing homes, according to a letter two dozen Democratic lawmakers sent to the governor this week. The coronavirus pandemic has had a heavy toll on nursing...