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January 2020

In this Issue

LA Nursing Home Makes Habit of Dumping Residents

The residents of Vernon Healthcare Center may be happy to say goodbye to 2019 after the facility spent much of the year getting citations for illegally dumping residents into inappropriate settings unfit to meet their care needs. At least three residents were sent to board and care homes while one was dumped into a hospital. At least two of the discharges were done without the resident’s physician’s approval. These citations are more evidence of the nursing home discharge crisis recently highlighted by NBC News.
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LTCCC Re-Caps Important 2019 Federal Nursing Home Developments

The Long Term Care Community Coalition out of New York has written up a useful re-cap of all the major federal nursing home developments in 2019. The re-cap can be viewed on the LTCCC website HERE.

Master Plan on Aging Long Term Services and Supports Subcommittee Meeting held on January 13

The Long-Term Services and Supports Subcommittee of the Master Plan for Aging held meeting #6 Monday, January 13, 2020. The meeting explored “Group Living Settings” including assisted living and nursing homes. Pat McGinnis, CANHR’s Executive Director, presented CANHR’s recommendations regarding nursing homes, assisted living, home and community based services, and elder abuse and neglect. Representatives of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program also presented. The California Department of Aging posted a recording of the meeting to YouTube. THIS LINK will take you directly to Pat McGinnis’ remarks.

Federal Court Says California Must Answer to Abandoned Nursing Home Residents

Plaintiff and nursing home resident
Bruce Anderson

On January 15th, a federal judge rebuffed the State’s attempt to avoid a lawsuit alleging the State abandons residents who have been illegally dumped from their nursing homes into hospitals. The case, filed in 2015, has meandered through the federal court system but is finally gaining momentum and it appears the State is going to have to answer to the three residents who were dumped into hospitals, won their appeal hearings, and then were forsaken by the state agencies charged with enforcing nursing home laws.

To read more about the court’s decision, click HERE.

You can read Courthouse News Service’s story HERE.

2020 Benefits Adjustments Guide

CANHR’s updated 2020 fact sheet regarding the latest benefits increases and cost of living adjustments is available now from our website.

CANHR on the Move!

January 21 – Julie Pollock Julie Pollock made a presentation to the Association of Geriatric Care Managers. to the Association of Geriatric Care Managers.

January 21 – Tony Chicotel presented “Deciding Who Decides Ain’t Easy,” a review of ethical concerns when advocating for people with impaired cognition, to the Council on Aging in Santa Ana.