Brenda Gazzar, LB Press-Telegram

Brenda Gazzar

LB Press-Telegram

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Brenda:

LA County’s nursing home complaint backlog won’t end soon

About a quarter of “significantly backlogged complaints” that involve these facilities and are about three years old are expected to still be pending in October, according to the Los Angeles County… → Read More

L.A. County’s nursing home oversight division under scrutiny

Advocates hope that attention evoked by the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in more than 3,930 COVID-19 related deaths of nursing home residents and staff in the county, will help strength… → Read More

After year of coronavirus, long-term care homes finally see the light – though risks remain

Long-term care industry is “very strongly positioned” to deal with the pandemic going forward. → Read More

Q&A: LA Public Health’s Dr. Prabhu Goudner optimistic about nursing homes, 1 year into pandemic

With coronavirus rates in decline and with the assertive push to get vaccines into skilled nursing facilities considered a success, Goudner is optimistic that skilled nursing facility residents are… → Read More

Why some independent senior communities are struggling to get COVID vaccines for their residents

Some independent senior communities during this pandemic have fallen through the cracks, forced to reach out to hospitals, pharmacies and county public health officials on their own in an effort to… → Read More

Watchdog calls for LA County nursing home crisis plan in light of ‘serious’ deficiencies, gaps

Evacuations at two Pasadena nursing homes last year revealed deficiencies that threatened the safety of residents and gaps in state and county procedures for triggering an “effective, timely and co… → Read More

Southern California nursing homes ready for their own coronavirus vaccine rollout

Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in other Southern California counties were readying to receive their first doses as early as Dec. 28. → Read More

New laws aim to better protect nursing home residents, essential workers from infectious outbreaks

And as the unfamiliar virus ravaged nursing homes, it became clear these facilities needed all the infection control guidance that they could get. → Read More

Can California nursing homes avoid the next ‘humanitarian crisis?’

As the state battles a new coronavirus surge, and its aging baby boom generation increasingly needs nursing home care, industry experts, advocates, public health officials and lawmakers are grappli… → Read More

Social isolation takes toll on Southern California nursing home residents during pandemic holidays

Some facilities are doing what they can to allow more in-person interaction between families and residents, believing it is essential to their health. → Read More

Los Angeles County settles civil suit involving deputy public defender

County officials declined to comment on the settlement or the internal probe that the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s office previously conducted, citing personnel matters. → Read More

A tale of two Southern California nursing homes in the era of coronavirus

A higher rated facility was hit hard — 55 COVID cases and more than a dozen deaths — while a lower rated home endured only three cases and just one patient death. Why? → Read More

‘Behind the 8-ball:’ Many Southern California nursing homes hit hard by coronavirus had prior issues

Many factors can contribute to how severely the virus strikes a home, including its location and size. But having enough staff is vital, especially during a pandemic, experts say. New research back… → Read More

Governors urged to help curb further outbreaks in nursing home, assisted living centers

States asked to help expedite lab test processing times as well as on-site testing, to secure more N-95 masks and gowns and to coordinate closely with long-term care providers in reopening faciliti… → Read More

‘Pandemic within a pandemic:’ What’s fueling LA County’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes?

While L.A. County is not unique in having close to half of its total COVID-19 deaths from nursing home residents, certain traits may be helping to fuel the problem in the most populous county in th… → Read More

Known and loved: These six residents of LA’s Motion Picture home died of coronavirus

They stockpiled surgical gowns, N95 masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. They sheltered in place before orders were given. Still, 17 skilled nursing residents and 17 staff members tested positive. Si… → Read More

‘This isn’t a drill’: How LA’s Motion Picture home battled coronavirus

They stockpiled surgical gowns, N95 masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. They sheltered in place before orders were given. Still, 17 skilled nursing residents and 16 staff members tested positive. Si… → Read More

State calls for broad coronavirus tests for all residents and staff at skilled nursing homes

State health officials recently called for every resident and staff member at roughly 1,200 skilled nursing facilities in California be tested for the novel coronavirus. So why wasn’t this do… → Read More

Los Angeles activists call for stronger tenant, worker protections amid coronavirus crisis

The Healthy LA Coalition is a network that includes more than 200 advocacy organizations, workers centers, labor unions and parent groups that have united to propose solutions to the many hardships… → Read More

With no in-person service, LA-area Catholics will rely on media for their Mass

The celebration of public Masses will be suspended at least through the end of the month → Read More