Months into lockdown, families seek to reopen Alabama nursing homes

You can tell a lot from a person’s hands. Every time Joan Dawson of Birmingham has a video call with her mother, she asks to see them.

“You look for marks or scratches,” Dawson said. “Are they clean? Is there dirt under the fingernails?”

Dawson’s mother lives in a nursing home, and these calls have provided the only contact between the two women since early March, when nursing homes in Alabama closed to all visitors. The calls have replaced daily visits by Dawson and her sister.

“For mother and for us, FaceTime has been a lifesaver,” Dawson said. “It has saved my sanity.”

Not every family is so lucky. Not all nursing homes have made video visits available to families, and some residents are too ill to participate. Even the best video call can’t replace an in-person visit, Dawson said.

She and other family members have come together as part

Read More

Continue Reading

Nursing homes in the Sun Belt had months to prepare for rising coronavirus cases. They still weren’t ready.

With three months to get ready, and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal emergency aid, the people who run nursing homes in the Sun Belt and officials who regulate them had a chance to limit the spread of covid-19 among their residents.



a car parked on the side of a building: A caravan of union members stops outside the Franco Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Miami to hand out masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and lunches to workers.


© Wilfredo Lee/AP
A caravan of union members stops outside the Franco Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Miami to hand out masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and lunches to workers.

But as the disease spiked throughout the South and Southwest beginning in June, their efforts came up short, according to figures compiled by state health agencies.

There are “significant deficiencies in infection control practices,” Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told nursing home operators in a call Thursday. Her own agency has been criticized for lax enforcement and flawed record-keeping.

In Texas, the seven-day average of new nursing

Read More

Continue Reading

Nursing homes in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Florida had months to prepare for coronavirus. They still weren’t ready when the pandemic came.

There are “significant deficiencies in infection control practices,” Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told nursing home operators in a call Thursday. Her own agency has been criticized over lax enforcement and flawed record-keeping.

In Texas, the seven-day average of new nursing home cases nearly tripled in July, from 148 per day to 413 as of Aug. 6. By the beginning of August, 60 percent of all Texas nursing homes had at least one active coronavirus-positive case among staffers or residents. Both those figures have since declined somewhat as cases have plateaued but are still well above earlier levels.

The number of Florida residents living in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities testing positive doubled between July 7 and July 27 and has remained steady since. The seven-day average of new cases in California nursing homes has risen nearly 40 percent since the first week of

Read More

Continue Reading

Months before trial, Dixon school shooter’s fitness again in question

DIXON – Two months until he is scheduled to appear before a jury, the fitness of the Dixon High School shooter to stand trial is again undetermined.

Matthew A. Milby Jr., 21, in custody since the shooting on May 16, 2018, was scheduled for a pretrial reassessment interview earlier this month with forensic psychologist James “Matthew” Finn, who has interviewed him four times in the last year.

But this time, Milby refused to cooperate with Finn, Milby’s attorney told Judge John Redington at a hearing Friday.

“Dr. Finn said he doesn’t have enough to form an opinion on the defendant’s fitness,” Thomas Murray, of Dixon, said during the hearing, which lasted less than 15 minutes.

Masked and wearing black latex gloves, Milby was present in the courtroom Friday, but did not testify.

Murray motioned for the court to appoint a second evaluator – Steven Gaskell, a forensic psychologist based in

Read More

Continue Reading

Routine health checkups at 18 months can effectively predict autism spectrum disorder

Research results

An early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, a type of developmental disorder was found to be effective from routine health checkups of infants at 18 months of age.

Overview

Health checkups are provided at no cost to all children at 18 months and 3 years of age in Japan. Doctors at Shinshu University School of Medicine designed a study to utilize the 18-month health checkup as an opportunity to screen for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), because early detection of ASD can lead to better prognosis for children with ASD.

Infants born between the year 2009 to 2012 in Okaya city, located in Nagano prefecture, participated in the study to investigate the incidence and risk factors of ASD organized by Shinshu University School of Medicine, Department of Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychiatry and Department of Psychiatry; Associate Professor Daimei Sasayama, Professor

Read More

Continue Reading

Months Later, I Still Think About the Before and After of My Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Remember that thing called a massage? Let me refresh your memory—you’re laid out in a dimly lit, well-scented room while a physical therapist or masseuse works their magic on tight limbs and achy muscles as you slowly, but surely doze off for the power nap of your dreams. Yea, those were the good ole days. Postpone the nail appointments and haircuts as long as you wish but I am literally pining for someone to work out the kinks of this year so far. (I know there are more important things to miss, like regularly scheduled time with friends and family, but come on: a woman needs her self-care moments, too.) It will probably be a long time before this happens again so for now, all I have is the unforgettable memory of my last lymphatic drainage massage (and the insane before and after) to hold me over.

In case you’re

Read More

Continue Reading

Retailers welcome back customers after three months

Shops across England selling non-essential goods can welcome back customers on Monday for the first time in almost three months.

Retailers have had to introduce strict safety measures and the High Street experience will be very different to what shoppers are used to.

Amid fears about the health of the UK economy, getting a key part of the service sector running again is vital.

But retail experts warned shops were unlikely to see any immediate relief.

The unlocking comes as face coverings become compulsory when travelling on public transport in England from Monday. Children under the age of 11 will be exempt, and the rules might be waived for people who have a legitimate health reason for not wearing one.

Face coverings in shops will not be mandatory, with retailers hoping their introduction of an array of other safety measures will be sufficient.

Although food shops, pharmacies, banks and other

Read More

Continue Reading

I have always had bad bad teeth…. Over the past few months I have had the Iv antibiotics twice due to my dentist

I have always had bad…

I have always had bad bad teeth…. Over the past few months I have had the Iv antibiotics twice due to my dentist saying it was many abscesses and infection that could become life threatening if not treated …. Went from I the hospital began the Iv antibiotics and symptom control but within 24-30 hrs they were like you don’t need antibiotics yes, you need all your teeth pulled and the chronic abscesses could make you I’ll but to basically buck up and deal!!! My dentist once again said it was bad and yes life threatening seeing how the abscesses and infection had gotten into some bone …. I felt completely in the middle …. I am petrified of the dentist and said if I need work done it needs to be under sedation…. Add to the fact that I do not have good vein
Read More

Continue Reading