Luz Morales was working as a certified nursing assistant at RegalCare at Waterbury, a nursing home, when she fell ill with COVID-19. At home, her 70-year-old mother, Nicia, looked in on her. “I could see the concern in her soft brown eyes,” Morales recalls. “‘Como te sientes?’ she asked me. ‘Un poquito mejor,’ I answer.
HARTFORD, CT – Health care workers kept a safe distance from each other as they gathered on the north steps of the state Capitol Tuesday night to call on lawmakers to increase their pay and their rights in the workplace. “Nine months of sacrifice. Nine months of suffering. Nine months of fear. Nine months of
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
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.
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 Department of Public Health continues to investigate a COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing home in Norwich. According to DPH, as of last Thursday 13 residents and two staff members at Three Rivers Healthcare tested positive for the virus. Several people remain hospitalized and one person has since died. “I know that the infection is
Frank Lalli the Health Care Detective™ : Mathematica Interim Report on COVID-19 Outbreak in Connecticut Nursing Homes
Bipartisan lawmakers yesterday slammed Gov. Ned Lamont’s $450,000 interim report on how his administration has failed to stop Covid-19 from killing 3,000 senior living residents so far – more than 10% of that vulnerable population – and what it needs to do to prepare nursing homes for a second wave. Leading Democrats and Republicans alike