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Occupancy Recovery Difficult to Predict for SNFs with Delta Variant, Staffing Shortage

Skilled Nursing News (10/19/2021) – Some skilled nursing operators and industry advocates expected occupancy recovery from COVID-19 to occur by the end of 2021, but with the onset of the delta variant and staffing shortages worsening, the newest data shows that occupancy recovery won’t occur until early 2022 at the earliest. Full story »

Opinion: Iowans with disabilities, and caregivers, deserve better

Des Moines Register (10/18/2021) – Gov. Kim Reynolds has said that the state’s $1.2 billion budget surplus “proves we have accomplished exactly what we set out to do — overcome the financial challenges caused by the global pandemic” and invested in (among other claims) the workforce and health care. Full story »

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies from Covid complications

NBC News (10/18/2021) – His family said that the former secretary of state died after suffering from Covid-19 complications. He was fully vaccinated against the disease. Full story »

Proof of Vaccination Now Required for Visitors of Long-Term Care Facilities

FNHA (10/13/2021) – As of Tuesday, Oct. 12, all visitors to long-term care and assisted living homes will be required to show proof of vaccination with their BC Vaccine Card.

Until Nov. 30, visitors are permitted to be only partially vaccinated with their BC Vaccine Card (two weeks past the date of their vaccination appointment). After Nov. 30, visitors are required to be fully immunized (both doses). Full story »

A Breath of Fresh Air: Pure Oxygen Therapy Tested For Alzheimer’s

being patient (10/11/2021) – A recent study of mice and humans indicates that breathing pure oxygen in highly pressurized chambers may improve cognitive impairment and reduce Alzheimer’s pathology. But, the jury is still out about the treatment’s benefits for treating disease. Full story »

CRCCs Not Looking to Exit, But Reinvest in Skilled Nursing

Skilled Nursing News (10/07/2021) – Continuing care retirement communities are designed to offer a wide range of senior care services across multiple settings at their campuses, including skilled nursing. But, with occupancy recovery slowed and consumer trends changing the look of nursing homes and senior care nationwide, some CCRCs are forced to ask what the future of their skilled nursing wings should be. Full story »

Long-term care CEOs: Pandemic pushing staff shortages to crisis levels

MPR (10/08/2021) – Minnesota’s long-term care industry says it is facing its worst-ever workforce shortage.

Leaders from several long-term care organizations in the state say care facilities are struggling to hire for some 23,000 open positions now — about 20 percent of the full-strength workforce — but that resignations continue to outpace new hires, making the situation increasingly dire. Full story »

Nursing home staffing falls as patients plead for help

News 4 JAX (10/07/2021) – NEW YORK – One in three U.S. nursing homes has fewer nurses and aides than before the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the truth of a profit-driven industry with too few caring for society’s most vulnerable. Full story »

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