To be sure, lawmakers and experts are relieved to see the funding make its way to nursing homes. But the initial amount distributed by HHS—and the way it’s being distributed—doesn’t seem to square with the scale of the basic tasks that these facilities will have to accomplish if they’re to contain outbreaks and save lives. Industry groups have laid out $10 billion as a sum that could meet basic benchmarks on testing, for example. … [Read more...] about Rage Builds as Feds Slow-Walk COVID Nursing Home Cash
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If you encounter a a wild animal that is injured or you think needs help, contact a local wildlife rescue organization. To find a licensed rehabber in your area, you can go to the nonprofit Animal Help Now. They will give you guidance on whether to leave the animal alone or safely bring them in for care. … [Read more...] about Millions of wild animals are killed or injured unintentionally each year in the US. Here’s how you can help
One CNA told me she regularly has to choose between making sure a resident gets fed, another gets cleaned up, and getting to a serious “fall risk” who’s wandered into the hallway. So she goes to help the fall risk, who is trying to get to the bathroom by herself because she couldn’t wait. She mashes food together into one paste so she can speed-feed the resident who hasn’t eaten, and she puts a chuck pad under the resident who needs a bath so he doesn’t leak onto the furniture. Then she goes home crying, riddled with guilt. Another worker returned from a weekend off to find there had been two broken hips and a broken neck in their facility. … [Read more...] about Nursing Home Workers Were Underpaid, Overworked, and Denied PPE. And Then COVID Hit.