One hundred and forty days have passed since Denitra Pearson lost her job caring for the elderly in their homes. Forty-two days have passed since she, her husband, and children lost all their belongings after a fire engulfed their house on a snowy winter night. They’re now living in a hotel. Fast food and non-perishables
Op-Ed from the Hartford Courant: ‘When COVID-19 hit Connecticut’s nursing homes, we cared for your loved ones, but we got no love back’
I’m not an old person. I’m 48 years old. But there are days when I get up and I just can’t move. My joints are so stiff. All because of COVID-19. I feel angry. I am among the forgotten casualties of this pandemic. A year ago, on March 23, I had to leave work because
The clouds are starting to open:’ Residents and staff remember hardship, contemplate future one year after COVID hit Connecticut’s nursing homes
Grace Davis was born during the Spanish flu and outlived two husbands. At 101 years old, she was still going strong when COVID-19 began its lethal spread through Connecticut’s nursing homes. Then in May, she caught the disease. “At first my symptoms were like what the flu would have been,” she said in a Zoom
More than 100 long-term care workers blocked traffic in Hartford at the Department of Social Services to draw attention to the treatment of caregivers providing services in home care, group homes and nursing homes. Workers gathered at the corner of Farmington Avenue and Flowers Street in demand of living wages and basic benefits like access
So far, tens of thousands of Connecticut residents have already received the COVID-19 vaccine. Yet nationally, vaccine rollout has been going slower than experts had hoped. This hour, we hear from reporters about how policies have shaped vaccine availability. And we get answers from a doctor about the science behind the shot. What questions do
Caregivers encouraged to take new vaccines in the ongoing fight to curb virus spread HARTFORD – The New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU, fully supports the implementation of safe COVID-19 vaccination for frontline caregivers. The Union recommends that all District 1199 members working in hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, home care and
We are extremely disappointed that the Department of Public Health was not able to step in earlier and do better to fix the problems observed at Three Rivers in Norwich. After nearly six months working with COVID-19 in Connecticut’s nursing homes, and after thousands of residents have passed away, Three Rivers is another example of
NORWICH — The state Department of Public Health announced Wednesday it has ordered all patients to be removed from the Three Rivers Healthcare nursing home following an investigation into a deadly COVID-19 outbreak. Since July 24, DPH officials said, at least 21 residents and six staff members at the Norwich nursing home were infected with
Nursing homes issued a dire warning Wednesday, with owners saying many of them could close without more help from Hartford. State leaders heard desperate pleas from facilities and the people who live there during a virtual hearing. At nursing homes, COVID-19 cases may be down, but the suffering continues for the people who live there.
Last year, I came up from Florida to visit my 85-year-old mother in Middletown and decided it was time to stay. Mom had several strokes a number of years ago. Her right side is paralyzed and she suffers from dementia, which when I visited was getting worse. She kept saying how much she missed me.