Older adults experiencing homelessness right now are struggling. Because of the coronavirus, many public places like libraries are closed. And then, there is the heat. Many of those older adults go to Justa Center in downtown Phoenix to cool off and take a break.
Aug. 24, 2020
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at high risk of contracting the coronavirus. But some disability advocates worry the number of cases is being underreported, especially in intermediate care facilities that provide nursing care to people with disabilities.
Aug. 18, 2020
President Donald Trump said he could eliminate the payroll tax if he were re-elected, but was unclear about how he would fund Social Security benefits, other than to say economic growth would offset the revenue losses. That spurred AARP’s CEO to send the president a letter asking for clarity.
Aug. 17, 2020
The task force that will develop recommendations on how and when to allow visitors back inside Arizona’s long-term care facilities met for the first time on Friday. Participants talked about their goals and the many challenges they face dealing with the coronavirus.
Aug. 10, 2020
In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, we repeatedly heard that the virus primarily affects older adults — that older adults are more likely to die from it. But framing the coronavirus as something that impacts only “old people” exposed something else: rampant ageism.
Jul. 28, 2020
Earlier this month, Maricopa County Public Health announced it changed how it defines long-term care. This reclassification means the total number of coronavirus cases has also changed.
Jul. 28, 2020
Nearly 60,000 Arizona children are being raised by their grandparents, and many are worried about going back to school in the midst of a pandemic.
Jul. 24, 2020
Last week, the trade group that represents many nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country sent a letter to all U.S. governors sounding the alarm of impending outbreaks of COVID-19. One reason: testing. The lack of regular testing and rapid results has plagued Arizona’s long-term care facilities — and without that, it’s practically impossible to stop the virus in its tracks.
Jul. 20, 2020
We’ve been telling you a lot about the challenges facing Arizona’s long-term care facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps most heartbreaking is the isolation many residents have been forced to endure due to visitation restrictions. So what would it take to ease those restrictions?
Jul. 1, 2020
At a press conference Monday, Gov. Ducey announced the state would give long-term care facilities and skilled nursing homes $10,000 each to buy electronic devices, like iPads.
Jun. 30, 2020
While most Arizonans are free to go where they want, when they want, there are thousands of long-term-care residents who are living, mostly, in isolation, waiting for that day when they can be reunited with their family. While the intention is to protect this vulnerable population, it could be leading to another crisis.
Jun. 28, 2020
AARP is calling on Congress to improve conditions in long-term care facilities. On Thursday, the US House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Care held a hearing about the state of long-term care facilities. Lawmakers heard from a panel of aging experts including one from Arizona.
Jun. 26, 2020
Families with loved ones in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are still unable to visit due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it's unclear when that restriction will be lifted.
Jun. 18, 2020
On Wednesday, Arizona reported more than 1,800 new cases of COVID-19. The Department of Health Services has reported several record-breaking days since reopening in mid-May. And that could have consequences for those living in long-term care.
Jun. 17, 2020
The organization that represents nearly a million older adults has sent Gov. Doug Ducey another letter calling on his office to be more transparent about what’s happening inside Arizona’s long-term care facilities.
Jun. 16, 2020
Roughly three months have passed since Arizona families were restricted from visiting loved ones in long-term care facilities due to the coronavirus. But it’s not just families who are not allowed into these places — the people who are supposed to investigate and resolve complaints also have been barred.
Jun. 16, 2020
Nationwide, more than 34,000 nursing home staffers were infected with the coronavirus and nearly 450 died, according to newly released data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. And like a lot of Americans, caregivers have some of the same concerns — like worrying about whether they can afford to get sick.
Jun. 8, 2020
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have released the names of nursing homes that provided information about their coronavirus status. It turns out, some facilities reported zero cases, while others had dozens.
Jun. 4, 2020
Nearly 1,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona. Many of those deaths occurred in long-term care facilities. While some families might soon learn the names of facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases, many more will not.
Jun. 4, 2020
On Friday, a judge ruled that state health officials do not have to publicly reveal the number of coronavirus cases and deaths among residents living in long-term care facilities. But the fight for transparency is not over.
Jun. 1, 2020