In an email to Bridge, Salli Pung, Michigan’s long-term care ombudsman, said that the size of a facility, chain or non-profit ownership, previous Medicare ratings and payment sources for care did not distinguish nursing homes with COVID-19 from those without it. In other words, broadly speaking, big facilities with large Medicaid populations, 5-star ratings from Medicare and chain ownership fared roughly the same against the virus as others.
Many nursing homes have had more difficulty than usual finding and retaining staff members during the COVID-19 crisis, according to State Long Term Care Ombudsman Salli Pung, who hears many concerns from residents, family, and staff statewide.
Sally Pung, the state ombudsman for long term care, fears the isolation is literally killing people, saying she’s hearing from some of the state’s larger guardianship organizations that nursing-home deaths are up, not just from COVID-19 but because “some of the residents have just given up.” Read article
The task force will be comprised Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon or his designee, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Orlene Hawks, the state long-term care Ombudsman Salli Pung or her designee, two Whitmer appointees each from the state House and Senate and 13 more Whitmer appointees with “personal or professional interest in the health, safety, and welfare
“They lose their caregivers, their roommate, everything that’s familiar to them in their facility. And all the sudden they’re in a different home,” said Alison Hirschel, managing attorney for the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative. Read more here.
But Salli Pung, the Michigan state long-term care ombudsman, said Friday she believes the creation of the regional hubs in existing facilities was the "appropriate choice" for "meeting the unique care needs of people requiring nursing facility level of care." Read the article