DHSS to begin approving plans for indoor visitation at Delaware’s long-term care facilities

NEW CASTLE — The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced Thursday it will allow eligible long-term care facilities to resume indoor visitation at facilities with low rates of COVID-19 cases, pending approval of plans submitted to the DHSS. Visitation have not been permitted at Delaware’s 88 long-term care facilities since mid-March, when […]

Cuomo takes heat over NY nursing home study

NEW YORK – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes was “not a significant factor” in some of the nation’s deadliest nursing home outbreaks. Scientists, health care professionals and elected officials assailed the […]

Letter to the Editor: Where are safeguards for seniors?

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a copy of a letter sent to state Sen. John Walsh, D-Stanton. Sen. Walsh: My wife will be 83 in September. I will be 84 the same month. We both have underlying health conditions. Fortunately, we are blessed and can remain in our home. While we can presently remain at […]

Letter to the Editor: Delaware should do more to protect the most vulnerable

Delaware’s Division of Public Health recently announced an update to its coronavirus numbers, adding 67 newly counted deaths, most of which were in long-term care facilities. That’s about 64% of all COVID-19 deaths statewide. The national average is just 40%. The 10 largest long-term facilities in Delaware account for 45% of all Delaware COVID-19 deaths. […]

Disproportionate share of Delaware COVID deaths involve nursing homes

DOVER — Delaware’s latest weekly update on COVID-19 in the state’s long-term care facilities included 19 additional deaths and 303 new cases, although the large jump partially stems from a review of the data. Those statistics also do not count employees, information the state hopes to compile and share at some point. The Division of […]

Delaware way: no transparency, accountability

Nationwide, one-third of all deaths from COVID-19 are senior citizens in long-term care nursing homes, while in Delaware, they represent two-thirds of all deaths. Yet not one member of our General Assembly has written about this in our Delaware newspapers. Thankfully, the commentary written by AARP’s state director (“Steps needed to protect long-term care facilities,” […]

Letter to the Editor: Heartfelt thank you to Harvest Years

This pandemic has revealed heroes great and small.  All heroes, nevertheless.  The Harvest Years Senior Center of Camden plays the hero part very low key.  However, they are doing a great service to senior citizens who are now homebound.  The coronavirus has been life altering.  This is particularly so for those of us who are […]

Commentary: Steps needed to protect long-term care facilities

By Lucretia Young Thousands of nursing home and assisted-living facilities in the United States have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks, and Delaware’s own facilities are seeing more than their share. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, as of May 15, 65% of COVID-19 deaths in Delaware were related to the state’s long-term care facilities, among the highest […]

Carper, AARP Delaware to host Telephone Town Hall

WILMINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), will join AARP Delaware State Director Lucretia Young to host a Telephone Town Hall to hear from AARP Delaware members impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, answer their questions, and discuss the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The town hall is scheduled for on Friday, May 22 […]

Oasis Senior Advisors Del. distributes face shields

WILMINGTON — Plastic face shields were distributed to hospitals and nursing facilities across Delaware following the collaboration between Oasis Senior Center and Digital Color Concepts. Oasis Senior Advisors is a nationwide network of compassionate advisors who connect seniors and their families to the resources they need and help make the transition to a senior living […]