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Covid: Care homes policies violated human rights, says Amnesty

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Sending thousands of older untested patients into care homes in England at the start of the coronavirus lockdown was a violation of their human rights, Amnesty International has said.

A report says government decisions were “inexplicable” and “disastrous”, affecting mental and physical health.

More than 18,000 people living in care homes died with Covid-19 and Amnesty says the public inquiry promised by the government must begin immediately.

Ministers say they protected residents.

According to Amnesty’s report, a “number of poor decisions at both the national and local levels had serious negative consequences for the health and lives of older people in care homes and resulted in the infringement of their human rights” as enshrined in law.

Researchers for the organisation interviewed relatives of older people who either died in care homes or are currently living in one; care home owners and staff, and legal and medical professionals.

Amnesty said it received reports of residents being denied GP and hospital NHS services during the pandemic, “violating their right to health and potentially their right to life, as well as their right to non-discrimination”.

It adds that care home managers reported to its researchers that they were “pressured in different ways” to accept patients discharged from hospital who had not been tested or had Covid-19.

Amnesty says the public inquiry into the pandemic should begin with an “interim phase”.

“The pandemic is not over,” it added. “Lessons must be learned; remedial action must be taken without delay to ensure that mistakes are not repeated.”

In July, care homes in England were allowed to reopen again for family visits – as long as local authorities and public health teams said it was safe. That was followed by a similar reopening of homes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Otay Mesa detainees say shift of health services to private contractor complicates care

After spending the first part of the pandemic in the public spotlight for a large COVID-19 outbreak at Otay Mesa Detention Center, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has contracted out medical care at the facility to the private prison company that owns and operates it.



a close up of a door: Detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in south San Diego wait in one of the secure areas of the medical section. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)


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Detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in south San Diego wait in one of the secure areas of the medical section. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Detainees interviewed by the San Diego Union-Tribune say the medical care, which had already been criticized by them and their advocates, has grown even worse than it was under ICE.

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Detainees complained of missed and late medications, multiple-day waits for medical attention and a lack of transfer of records that left staff in the dark about what treatment individual detainees were supposed to be receiving. It has also meant that those who had been approved for specialty care, such as oncology and orthopedics, would have to begin the lengthy process anew.

“The first couple of days, it was chaos,” said Guillermo Alvarez Mendonza, a detainee with diabetes, hypertension and chronic back pain. “If you were getting your blood sugar checked two or three times a day, it was midnight before they came for the first blood-sugar check.”

Both CoreCivic and ICE denied the detainees’ allegations.

“Our clinic is staffed with licensed, credentialed doctors, nurses and mental health professionals who contractually meet the highest standards of care,” said Amanda Gilchrist, spokeswoman for CoreCivic. “CoreCivic also maintains several accreditations from nationally recognized industry leaders such as the American Correctional Association, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, which ensures we meet the highest standards for health care delivery.”

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Mr. Cabinet Care Awarded Orange County Register’s 2020 “Best Kitchen & Bath Company”

Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

Oct 2, 2020 – Anaheim, CA – Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

The annual Best of Orange County readers’ choice award celebrates the area’s most popular attractions, restaurants, and businesses. The Orange County Register asks readers to cast votes for their favorite local businesses who continuously excel in service and quality. A 14-time winner, Mr. Cabinet Care was again named the winner and voted #1 in the “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” category at the 27th Best of Orange County Awards, which reaffirms its commitment to local clients and acknowledges its leadership and exceptional quality and service.

Mr. Cabinet Care Awarded Orange County Register’s  2020 “Best Kitchen & Bath Company”

“We want to thank all of Orange County for voting us the winner of this competitive category,” remarked Sid Jaridly, CEO of Mr. Cabinet Care. “It’s truly an honor to be named the best in our industry, particularly during such challenging and unprecedented times. We continue to maintain our commitment to exceptional quality and service, and it is a privilege to have that commitment recognized 14 Times. Each day, we continue to find new ways to get our clients the best value in kitchen and bathroom renovations.”

Hardworking businesses, including winners like Mr. Cabinet Care, continue to come out on top among Orange County Register readers despite such trying times. Each day, Mr. Cabinet Care reins as a leader in kitchen remodeling, kitchen renovation, kitchen design, and quartz and granite countertop installations. Using only the highest quality products and services to give clients the overall best value, Mr. Cabinet Care builds to custom specifications and maintains

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Mr. Cabinet Care Awarded Orange County Register’s 2020 “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” – Press Release

Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

Oct 2, 2020 – Anaheim, CA – Mr. Cabinet Care, a family-owned and operated kitchen and bathroom renovation company, was recently announced the Orange County Register’s “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” for 2020.

 

The annual Best of Orange County readers’ choice award celebrates the area’s most popular attractions, restaurants, and businesses. The Orange County Register asks readers to cast votes for their favorite local businesses who continuously excel in service and quality. A 14-time winner, Mr. Cabinet Care was again named the winner and voted #1 in the “Best Kitchen & Bath Company” category at the 27th Best of Orange County Awards, which reaffirms its commitment to local clients and acknowledges its leadership and exceptional quality and service.

Mr. Cabinet Care Awarded Orange County Register’s  2020 “Best Kitchen & Bath Company”

“We want to thank all of Orange County for voting us the winner of this competitive category,” remarked Sid Jaridly, CEO of Mr. Cabinet Care. “It’s truly an honor to be named the best in our industry, particularly during such challenging and unprecedented times. We continue to maintain our commitment to exceptional quality and service, and it is a privilege to have that commitment recognized 14 Times. Each day, we continue to find new ways to get our clients the best value in kitchen and bathroom renovations.”

Hardworking businesses, including winners like Mr. Cabinet Care, continue to come out on top among Orange County Register readers despite such trying times. Each day, Mr. Cabinet Care reins as a leader in kitchen remodeling, kitchen renovation, kitchen design, and quartz and granite countertop installations. Using only the highest quality products and services to give clients the overall best value, Mr. Cabinet Care builds to custom specifications and maintains

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Georgia steers virus aid to care homes as rapid tests arrive

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday that $113 million in federal coronavirus relief funds will be made available to nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

The funding will be used to bolster staffing and staff testing in facilities across the state, according to news release from Kemp’s office.

Georgia received approximately $4.1 billion in federal funding as part of the CARES Act, passed by Congress in March to provide economic assistance to address the pandemic. The state had approximately $2.1 billion of that left before Friday’s announcement, Kemp spokesman Cody Hall said. Funding can be used to cover costs incurred up until Dec. 30.

Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

As of Thursday, over 2,530 residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities with 25 beds or more had died after contracting the coronavirus, according to data from the state Department of Community Health, out of roughly 7,060 total virus deaths across Georgia. Over 14,400 facility residents have tested positive for the virus, along with over 7,650 staff members.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

“The $113 million in Coronavirus relief funds we are announcing today will make $78 million available to nursing homes to meet current federal testing requirements,” Kemp said in a statement. “In addition to the $36 million the state has provided to nursing homes and long term care facilities in staff augmentation since April, the state is also committing up to an additional $35 million in staffing support through the end of 2020 to ensure facilities have the personnel necessary to safely provide care to their residents.”

In mid-September,

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