Health Editor’s Note: Residents and employees of long term care facilities and nursing homes make up 40% of the coronavirus death toll for the U.S. Admittedly, the residents of these two types of facilities will have coexisting conditions that will make them more vulnerable to coronavirus, so the infection and death rates would be projected to be higher than found in other subsets of population. Early on visitors were forbidden admittance to these facilities but what was not taken into equally important account was that the workers would be leaving and returning after being out in the coronavirus laden world. This is a national tragedy in itself, but we find that greed has caused some residents of some of these facilities to be ejected and placed into unsafe environments as it is more profitable to house COVID-19 patients. Some of these patients were kicked out without their families knowing.
A “society” that jettisons/abandons its elderly and infirmed to unsafe and deadly situations in order to profit cannot claim to be a society……Carol
‘They Just Dumped Him Like Trash’: Nursing Homes Evict Vulnerable Residents
by Jessica Silver-Greenberg and
On a chilly afternoon in April, Los Angeles police found an old, disoriented man crumpled on a Koreatown sidewalk.
Several days earlier, RC Kendrick, an 88-year-old with dementia, was living at Lakeview Terrace, a nursing home with a history of regulatory problems. His family had placed him there to make sure he got round-the-clock care after his condition deteriorated and he began disappearing for days at a time.
But on April 6, the nursing home deposited Mr. Kendrick at an unregulated boardinghouse — without bothering to inform his family. Less than 24 hours later, Mr. Kendrick was wandering the city alone.
According to three Lakeview employees, Mr. Kendrick’s ouster came as the nursing home was telling staff members to try to clear out less-profitable residents to make room for a new class of customers who would generate more revenue: patients with Covid-19.
More than any other institution in America, nursing homes have come to symbolize the deadly destruction of the coronavirus crisis. More than 51,000 residents and employees of nursing homes and long-term care facilities have died, representing more than 40 percent of the total death toll in the United States.