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.
As a disabled person who is bedridden when not in her wheelchair, Sharon Thorstenson depends on two personal care aides to see to her daily needs while keeping her safe from COVID-19. Two months ago, she lost her father to the virus which has killed 4,468 state residents since March. Thorstenson, a 55-year-old Southington resident,
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.
The union that represents 10,000 home health care workers recently found out that the state will no longer be distributing PPE on a biweekly basis. That means regular shipment of gloves, gowns, surgical masks and face shields will be replaced with five cloth masks per quarter. “What I had to do yesterday was actually count
Good union home care jobs must be at the center of fixing our nation’s overstretched and underfunded long-term care system and addressing the systemic racism and sexism that devalues essential home care workers. SEIU home care workers and caregiving activists across the country are taking action on Home Care Day 2020 to call on elected
Nursing home workers ask Connecticut lawmakers for help as they prepare for a potential second wave of coronavirus infections
When Tanya Beckford was infected with COVID-19 while working at an assisted-living facility in Newington earlier this year, she told her children her last wishes. She did not know that people could survive the virus. Months later, she is alive — but ravaged by the physical effects of COVID-19 and the psychological toll of pushing
‘We were used’: Hundreds of nursing home workers are laid off as financial crisis hits the facilities
Last spring, as coronavirus swept through Connecticut and the state’s nursing homes became ground zero for deadly outbreaks, nursing aide Gloria Duquette pushed aside her fear and continued showing up for her shifts. Duquette was working upward of 80 hours many weeks between her two jobs at Kimberly Hall South in Windsor and Saint Mary
The downside to legislating during campaign season looks like the union-backed fliers asking why incumbent House members “turned their back” on nursing home residents during COVID-19 that hit doorsteps this month. In a normal year, interest groups can punish or reward lawmakers for action or inaction in the year gone by, but by the time