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Nursing Homes - COVID-19

Understandably, we are receiving a high number of calls from clients, friends and potential new clients who are worried about their loved ones in Massachusetts nursing homes, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, and assisted living facilities. A number of these facilities throughout the state have recently been reported to exhibit troubling rates of COVID-19 infection, and possible violations of state and federally imposed health, safety and infection control protocols.

The average age of people who have died of COVID-19 in these facilities reported is 81, the state Department of Public Health/DPH revealed as of Monday April 10. The death rate of those 80 and older is 393 per 100,000, more than four times as high as the next highest age group.

As a law firm that specializes in nursing home neglect and abuse, these numbers, unfortunately, do not surprise us. The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke accelerated this news, after media reported that this facility is under federal investigation following the deaths of more than 62 people there, most of whom tested positive for COVID-19. The Massachusetts DPH has now published a list of Massachusetts nursing homes, rest homes and skilled nursing facilities that have reported a minimum of two confirmed cases of COVID-19, including staff and residents. As of Monday April 20, however, assisted-living facilities were unfortunately not included in that information

Importantly, these DPH numbers only described these cases in very general, non-specific terms: Less than 10, 10-30 and greater than 30. More than one-third of these facilities were in the highest range, but in my professional opinion as a Massachusetts nursing hone neglect lawyer, the actual number is likely to be higher.

Below are the facilities that have reported more than 30 cases of COVID-19, as of April 20 2020.

  • 16 Acres Healthcare Center
  • Advinia Care
  • Adviniacare at Wilmington
  • Alliance Health at Baldwinville
  • Alliance Health at Braintree
  • Alliance Health at Rosewood
  • Bear Hill Rehabilitation And Nursing Center
  • Beaumont Rehabilitation And Skilled Nursing Center
  • Belmont Manor Nursing Home
  • Blue Hills Health And Rehab Stoughton
  • Briarwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center
  • Cambridge Rehab
  • Care One At Weymouth
  • Care One Peabody
  • Careone At Essex Park
  • Careone At Lexington
  • Care-One At Lowell
  • Careone At Newton
  • Careone At Randolph
  • Careone At Wilmington
  • Careone Brookline
  • Care-One Millbury
  • Cedar View Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center
  • Charlwell House
  • Courtyard Nursing Care Center
  • East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center
  • Eastpointe Rehabilitation
  • Fairhaven Healthcare Center Of Lowell
  • Genesis, Wakefield Center
  • Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center
  • Hebrew Senior Life In Roslindale
  • Hellenic Home Nursing And Rehab
  • Heritage Hall West Building
  • Holy Trinity Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
  • Holyoke Soldiers' Home
  • Hunt Nursing And Rehab
  • Jeffrey And Susan Brudnick Center For Living
  • Jewish Healthcare Center - Worcester
  • JGS Jewish Nursing Home - Longmeadow
  • Katzman Family Center
  • Life Care Center Of Merrimack Valley
  • Life Care Center Of Raynham
  • Life Care Center Of The North Shore
  • Life Care Center Of Littleton
  • Lighthouse Nursing Care Center
  • Marist Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center
  • Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services
  • Neville Center
  • Northwood Rehabilitation And Healthcare Center
  • Palm Center Nursing Home
  • Parkway Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • Pine Knoll Nursing
  • Pleasant Bay Nursing
  • Presentation Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center
  • Quincy Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • Royal Cape Cod Nursing Center
  • Royal Rehab And Nursing - Braintree
  • Sachem Center For Health & Rehabilitation
  • Sancta Maria Nursing Facility
  • Sherrill House
  • Soldiers' Home Chelsea
  • Southeast Rehab
  • St Mary Health Care Center
  • St. Joseph Rehabilitation And Nursing
  • St. Joseph'S Manor
  • Stone Rehabilitation & Senior Living
  • Stonehedge Rehab
  • The Chapin Center
  • The Ellis Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
  • The German Center
  • The Guardian Center
  • Vero @ Wilbraham Nursing And Rehab
  • West Acres
  • Westford House
  • Williamstown Commons
  • Wood Mill Center
  • Worcester Rehabilitation

The worries that families with loved ones in nursing homes are experiencing is made even worse due to the fact that visitors to nursing homes and long-term care facilities, are restricted during the current stay-at-home orders - including family members (absent an emergency). Stress doesn't begin to describe what many families and loved ones have been experiencing as result of all this.

In response, the state has set up a dedicated Nursing Home Family Resource line, available 7 days a week from 9am-5pm. That number is: (617) 660-5399. Regulations recently enacted make it mandatory that nursing homes report COVID-19 cases to residents, families of residents, and to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you call the above Nursing Home Family Resource line and don't get the answers or results that you feel you need, and you want to speak with a law firm that specializes in nursing home neglect or abuse, please feel free to call us at either phone number on this page or send us a contact form. We’ll be glad to speak with you, without any charge, and will help you any way that we can.

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