Save Our Seniors Urges Department of Health to Reject Sakura ICF ‘Transition Plan’

This article is related to AB 279 (Muratsuchi), sponsored by CANHR. By Rafu Shimpo, Los Angeles Japanese Daily News The following letter was sent on April 5 to Cassie Dunham, acting deputy director of the California Department of Public Health, by Taiji Miyagawa and David Emiliano Zapata Maldonado, Ph.D. on behalf of the Save Our Seniors Network Coordinating Committee.

Watchdog groups laud proposals to improve nursing home care and call for other changes

This article is related to SB 650 (Stern), sponsored by CANHR. By Rachel Baldauf, The Washington Post, March 9 2021 Legislative action targets infection control and financial transparency Patient advocacy groups are praising two proposals by state and federal lawmakers aimed at improving infection-control protocols and financial transparency in nursing homes, struck by a crushing stretch of deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Column: How did a home built for Japanese American seniors become the state’s deadliest nursing facility?

This article is related to AB 279 (Muratsuchi), sponsored by CANHR. By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, March 1 2021 A wave of coronavirus infections and deaths hit the Kei-Ai Los Angeles Healthcare Center over the holidays. It has recorded at least 97 COVID-19 deaths. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Tracy and her family agonized over moving her grandmother from the nursing facility in Boyle Heights where she had lived comfortably for four years, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

Sakura Gardens retirement home, a last vestige of Japanese American Boyle Heights, faces partial closure

This article is related to AB 279 (Muratsuchi), sponsored by CANHR. By Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2021 Laura Morita Bethel directs traffic during a protest at the Sakura Gardens intermediate care facility.(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times) Kotoko Toji has lived in Los Angeles since the 1950s but speaks little English. When it came time to move to a retirement home 15 years ago, she had a request: Sakura Gardens.

Dying Californians suffer harm and neglect from an industry meant to comfort them

This article is related to SB 664, Supported by CANHR. By Kim Christensen and Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times, March 9 2021 A well-worn office building on Victory Boulevard in Van Nuys is home to more than a dozen hospice providers. Los Angeles County hospices have multiplied sixfold in the last decade and now account for more than half of the state’s roughly 1,200 Medicare-certified providers.

End-of-life care has boomed in California. So has fraud targeting older Americans

This article is related to SB 664, Supported by CANHR. Ellie Craig Goldstein holds a pouch containing sentimental items from her brother, Peter Craig. Three years after Peter’s death, his sisters Ellie and Joyce Craig are haunted by the memory of his final hours. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times) By Kim Christensen, Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times, December 9 2020 Martin Huff was 67 when he fell off his bicycle, banged up his knee and spent a couple of hours in a Riverside County emergency room before walking out under his own power.

What you need to know if you or a loved one requires end-of-life care

This article is related to SB 664, Supported by CANHR. By Ben Poston, Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times, December 9 2020 An office building on Victory Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley is home to several hospice providers.(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times) Conceived as an end-of-life option for terminally ill patients, hospices provide palliative care, medications, nursing services and counseling for those diagnosed with six months or less to live.