California Rethinks Funding for Nursing Homes After Death Toll

In California 1 in 8 people have died from COVID-19 in a nursing home. The pandemic has certainly posed some risks for those that depend on a caretaker. According to The Daily Press, approximately 9,400 mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles are among the frailest residents affected. In addition to the deaths, there were over 56,000 confirmed cases as well.

Because of the recent concerns, there has been conversation of increasing funding for multiple nursing homes across the state. At the end of 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom drafted a proposal that would revamp the entire system. The proposal would provide qualifying nursing facilities a larger portion of funding.

This is one the biggest debates of 2022 within the Golden State. It has yet to be determined how they will disperse the $5.45 billion annually. At The Law Offices of Nigel Burns, our family law attorney has handled many wrongful death cases in response to the COVID death tolls.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults are at a higher risk of sustaining severe injury after an accident or infection from the coronavirus. That’s why it’s crucial that the staff have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and take the right safety measures. Vaccines are also a requirement among staff members.

Nursing homes are asking for more staff support and higher pay. While training is mandatory, that doesn’t always mean that abuse of the elderly won’t happen. Having additional income will also provide the resources needed to run the facility safely. A few benefits that come to mind include support for medical supplies, real estate, administrative services, and other costs.

This is an integral plan that can help keep your loved one safe. If you, or your family member is suffering from nursing home abuse, report it immediately. An attorney can help you file a claim, and hold negligence staff accountable.

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