Spaulding Brighton Nursing and Therapy Center named Best Nursing Home – News – Allston/Brighton TAB

For the third straight year U.S. News & World Report named Spaulding Brighton Nursing and Therapy Center a Best Nursing Home in the 2020-21 survey.

Selected each year since opening in 2017, this recognition places Spaulding Brighton among the 21% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities that have been recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report.

Spaulding Brighton earned Best Nursing Homes status by achieving a rating of “High Performing,” the highest possible rating, for both short and long-term rehabilitation. U.S. News gives the designation of Best Nursing Home only to those facilities that satisfy U.S. News’s assessment of the appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures.

“This past year the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the entire health care spectrum but nowhere

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Osborn Pavilion Recognized as a ‘Best Nursing Home’ by U.S. News

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The Osborn Pavilion in Rye was named “Best Nursing Home” for Short-Term Rehab and Long-Term Care by U.S. News & World Report
The Osborn Pavilion in Rye was named “Best Nursing Home” for Short-Term Rehab and Long-Term Care by U.S. News & World Report (Courtesy of The Osborn)

The Osborn Pavilion in Rye, NY, is one of only 20 skilled nursing facilities (out of 617) in New York State to be recognized as a “Best Nursing Home” for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report. The Osborn Pavilion earned “Best Nursing Home” status by achieving a rating of “High Performing” (the highest possible rating) for both Short-Term Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care. The Osborn Pavilion is the only skilled nursing facility in Westchester County to achieve this “Best Nursing Home” rating.

U.S. News gives the designation of “Best Nursing Home” only to those organizations that satisfy its assessment of the appropriate use of key services and

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Wealthier hospitals stockpiling N95 masks leave nursing homes scrambling

Nursing homes, small physician offices and rural clinics are being left behind in the rush for N95 masks and other protective gear, exposing some of the country’s most vulnerable populations and their caregivers to COVID-19 while larger, wealthier health care facilities build equipment stockpiles.



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Take Rhonda Bergeron, who owns three health clinics in rural southern Louisiana. She said she’s been desperate for personal protective equipment since her clinics became COVID testing sites. Her plight didn’t impress national suppliers puzzled by her lack of buying history when she asked for 500 gowns. And one supply company allows her only one box of 200 gloves per 30 days for her three clinics. Right now, she doesn’t have any large gloves on-site.

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“So in the midst of the whole world shutting down, you can’t

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Hundreds of Texas nursing homes violated infection control standards during COVID-19

According to state records, 556 Texas long-term care facilities violated infection control standards at least 1,435 times between early March and mid-August.

AUSTIN, Texas — Hundreds of Texas nursing homes violated standards for controlling infectious diseases since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, according to records from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  

What the KVUE Defenders uncovered leaves family members like Cissy Sanders wondering if their loved ones died because nursing homes failed to follow protocol.

“I had so many sleepless nights in the month of months of April and May because I was anticipating getting a call from Riverside saying that my mom had spiked a fever in the middle of the night,” Sanders said.

Sanders’ mom is a resident at Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in South Austin. Records show 63 residents there have tested positive for COVID-19 and 12 have died. Sanders’ mom hasn’t caught the

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As pandemic raged and thousands died, government regulators cleared most nursing homes of infection-control violations

At the outset of a looming pandemic, just weeks after the first known coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil, the woman responsible for helping to protect 1.3 million residents in America’s nursing homes laid out an urgent strategy to slow the spread of infection.

The coronavirus ravaged a Kirkland nursing home – leaving families to pick up the pieces

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In the suburbs of Seattle, federal inspectors had found the Life Care Center of Kirkland failed to properly care for ailing patients or alert authorities to a growing number of respiratory infections. At least 146 other nursing homes across the country had confirmed coronavirus cases in late March when Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, vowed to help “keep what happened in Kirkland from happening again.”

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The federal agency and its state partners, Verma said, would conduct a series

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CMS imposed few penalties at nursing homes despite promises of tough enforcement

The federal agency and its state partners, Verma said, would conduct a series of newly strengthened inspections to ensure 15,400 Medicare-certified nursing homes were heeding long-standing regulations meant to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. It was another key component of a national effort, launched in early March, to shore up safety protocols for the country’s most fragile residents during an unprecedented health emergency.

But the government inspectors deployed by CMS during the first six months of the crisis cleared nearly 8 in 10 nursing homes of any infection-control violations even as the deadliest pandemic to strike the United States in a century sickened and killed thousands, a Washington Post investigation found.

Those cleared included homes with mounting coronavirus outbreaks before or during the inspections, as well as those that saw cases and deaths spiral upward after inspectors reported no violations had been found, in some cases multiple times. All

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Nursing home residents get help voting despite COVID-19 concerns

Each time Beverly Tucker visited a nursing home or long-term care facility this fall, she brought along a rolling tote bag packed with supplies from the Durham County Board of Elections.

Boxes of face masks and face shields. Latex gloves and cleaning wipes. Hand sanitizer from Mystic Farm & Distillery, a local facility that was among the first to switch from producing liquor to hand sanitizer in the early days of the pandemic. And most important — even if they were dwarfed by the cleaning supplies — the absentee ballots and ballot request forms that Tucker would help residents complete in time for the election.

“The equipment is clearly different this year,” Tucker said. “But I’m doing whatever is possible to help people vote.”

Seniors in such facilities across the country have struggled to find safe ways to vote amid the pandemic. In North Carolina, it’s a particular challenge.

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Lessons learned about COVID-19 and nursing homes

AnnMarie LeBoeuf
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The past six months have been difficult for everyone, including the health care workers, residents of nursing homes, and their families. The challenges we face at Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center are affecting skilled nursing and assisted living communities across the world. Residents often must be quarantined, facing their solitude with only TV, books, phone calls, Zoom visits, and the presence of nursing staff. Life as we knew it at Holy Trinity has changed.

Our hearts go out to the nursing home communities that have endured high rates of COVID-19 and resulted in the tragic deaths of residents. We mourn the loss of life, we miss the unrestricted family visits, the usual buzz of activities, communal meals, and the friendly conversation that filled our rooms. We are passionate about caring for the elderly, and in these uncertain times, it has been heartbreaking, challenging,

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More than 1,300 Indiana National Guard members will be deployed to nursing homes next week

Corrections & Clarifications: This story has been updated to reflect more recent rankings by AARP.

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More than 1,300 members of the Indiana National Guard will be deployed to help the 133 hardest hit nursing homes on Nov. 3 to combat the coronavirus, state officials announced during a weekly press briefing on the pandemic.

The National Guard will then expand support to all 534 nursing homes over the next three weeks, Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles said. The extra help will be available until Dec. 31.

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said that, while not all of the deaths in the past week have been in nursing homes, a large number are, and acknowledged that was one of

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Houston to test sewage from 60 schools, 15 nursing homes for COVID-19

Researchers with Houston’s Health Department will monitor the wastewater flushed from 60 schools and 15 senior living homes in the city for COVID-19 in hopes of catching outbreaks before they arise in clinical testing.



a person standing in front of a building: A file photo from 2018 shows a worker at Houston’s 69th Street Wastewater Treatment Plant. The city is testing samples from the plants for COVID-19.


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A file photo from 2018 shows a worker at Houston’s 69th Street Wastewater Treatment Plant. The city is testing samples from the plants for COVID-19.


City council on Wednesday unanimously approved $11.5 million in federal COVID-19 spending. Included in that was $221,000 to buy the sampling equipment needed to expand the city’s existing wastewater testing program into K-12 schools in areas with high positivity rates.

People shed the novel coronavirus through feces, regardless of whether they experience symptoms. The samplers will be installed in manholes outside the schools, and researchers will analyze them, looking for the virus.

“It’s very granular,” said Dr. Loren Hopkins, the health department’s

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