Stories tagged: "nursing homes"

Bern Township, PA - January 29: A photo of the Berks County Heim. At the Berks Heim Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bern Township Friday morning January 29, 2021 where residents of the home, and staff are being vaccinated against COVID-19 / Coronavirus with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
COVID-Era Nursing Home Staff Crunch Hurting Hospitals, Too

The workforce crunch at skilled nursing homes and personal care facilities in Pennsylvania is having a spillover effect on hospitals, which are under strain from a 55% increase in COVID-19 patients since mid-November.

The Bayada Home Health Care office on North Wyomissing Blvd. in Wyomissing. (Getty Images)
Advocates Protest Over Pennsylvania’s Problematic Home Care Program

Low pay and high turnover have long been the reality for the ranks of direct care workers in home care settings and nursing homes. The pandemic has made it worse.

Corey Cappelloni and his girlfriend, Susan Kamenar, talk to his grandmother Ruth Andres, 98, who is isolated in her fourth-floor bedroom at Allied Services Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in Scranton, Pa., on Friday, June 19, 2020. Cappelloni raised more than $24,000 for older adults in isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic by running roughly 218 miles from Washington, D.C., to Scranton in seven days. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)
He Wanted to See His Grandma After She Got COVID. So He Ran 218 Miles to Her.

“She was no longer able to have family, visitors, friends visit her,” he said. “And she became a little depressed, so I knew that I had to do something to try to uplift her spirits.”

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Wolf Releases Plan to Test All Residents and Workers at Long-Term Care Facilities

A state Health Department spokesperson acknowledged the goal is ambitious, since that likely involves testing more than 135,000 people every week.

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Pennsylvania Nursing Homes Account for Shocking Number of State’s Coronavirus Deaths

Residents of nursing homes and personal care homes account for more than two-thirds of the state’s overall death toll of 4,624 — a higher proportion than in most other states.