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Phoenix nursing home fire
On Sept. 10, the Phoenix Fire Department responded to a fire at a nursing home. Crews evacuated 27 residents. But with COVID-19 being so rampant at long term care facilities, how do first responders stay safe?
Sep. 13, 2020
N95 respirator masks
Roughly 80% of coronavirus deaths are among older adults. Now some nursing home executives were calling on lawmakers to provide some financial relief. But some providers, including one from Arizona, may have to wait even longer for a lifeline.
Sep. 13, 2020
Person with walker
Last week, Maricopa County reached a grim milestone: More than 1,000 residents in long-term care have now died from the coronavirus. For more about what’s happening in these types of congregate settings, The Show spoke with KJZZ's Kathy Ritchie.
Sep. 8, 2020
Coronavirus
More than 5,000 Arizonans have died from COVID-19. And that number will likely increase, meaning the coronavirus could be on track to be the No. 3 cause of death in Arizona for 2020.
Aug. 31, 2020
caregiver
Arizona families with loved ones in long-term care facilities will soon be allowed to visit them — possibly as early as next week. The Task Force on Long-Term Care met Tuesday and moved ahead with several recommendations that would allow visitors inside.
Aug. 26, 2020
Senior hands
Many long-term care facilities are struggling to stay afloat financially due to the coronavirus pandemic. A new survey from two long term care industry groups found that roughly half are operating at a loss, and many facilities are worried they won’t be around in another year if things stay the same.
Aug. 25, 2020
Painting of "Justa Center Expect Miracles"
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
Hacienda HealthCare facility
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
social security cards
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
A press conference on March 11, 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
Woman and caregiver holding hands
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
Maricopa County seal
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
grandparent holding hands
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
A press conference on March 11, 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
Person with walker
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
Person with walker
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
caregiver
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
Dana Marie Kennedy
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
Woman and caregiver holding hands
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
Person with walker
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

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