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Nursing Home Residents Moved Out To Make Way For COVID-19 Patients

Added 08-04-20 09:07:02am EST - “Some nursing homes have switched to treating only COVID-19 patients, who bring in more government money. But to make room for them, the original residents are forced out of places they've called home.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Nursing Home Residents Moved Out To Make Way For COVID-19 Patients”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Hundreds of nursing home residents have been transferred as a result of their facilities treating COVID-19 patients only. Joelle Sedlmeyer/Getty Images hide caption

Hundreds of nursing home residents have been transferred as a result of their facilities treating COVID-19 patients only.

In some nursing homes, 100% of the residents are positive for the coronavirus. That's by design. These facilities have volunteered to devote part or all of their buildings exclusively to treating COVID-19 patients, who bring in more government money. But to make room for them, the original residents can be forced out of the places they've called home.

Ruby Hamilton was one of them. She was in her 90s by the time she needed full-time nursing care. Being an independent woman, she chose the nursing home she wanted: Westpark in Indianapolis. Her daughter, Carolyn Oliver, says Hamilton was happy there for five years.

"We knew the people. We knew the facility. They knew us," Oliver says. "So we were very comfortable with where she was."

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