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NYC, Albany fails to fund nursing home supervisors: report



NYC, Albany fails to fund nursing home supervisors: report

The city and state are severely lacking in the federal government’s mandate program designed to protect nursing home residents, which leads to disproportionate death from elderly New Yorkers from coronavirus, a new report by City Comptroller, Scott Stringer.

The investigation found that New York City only had one full-time ombudsman for every 8,650 long-term care residents when national guidelines determined one supervisor for every 2,000 people.

There are only six guard dogs assigned to visit 50,000 city dwellers in 244 facilities. In Queens, a single ombudsman assisted by nine volunteers is responsible for overseeing more than 17,000 residents in 84 facilities.

More than 20,000 residents in 80 long-term care facilities in five regions do not have an assigned ombudsman.

The state ranks 40th nationally in full-time ombudsmen per bed in 2018.

Mayor de Blasio donated zero dollars to five years of funds for this program in 2017, and Governor Cuomo contributed only $ 600,000 to the city. The low ball count managed to be $ 7.34 per population bed while the entire nation spent more than double on the program, according to the report.

“This investigation is heartbreaking, especially as New York City continues to fight the global pandemic COVID-19 which has destroyed our parents and grandparents in long-term care facilities,” Stringer said.

“Tragically our failure to support long-term care can be measured in human suffering in the midst of a pandemic. The very high number of COVID-19 deaths among our residents of long-term care facilities should be a wake-up call, “he added.

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The Ombudsman identifies harassment and neglect in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities but has been banned along with other visitors from checking on residents during a coronavirus pandemic.

State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) has asked the governor to connect residents with ombudsmen via telephone and email during the crisis.

“Scott Stringer is right on target about the underfunding of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program,” Gottfried told The Post.

“This program is important for nursing home residents and their families, and is very dependent on volunteers. Our nursing home is chronically understaffed, and the country’s quality enforcement is understaffed, “he said.

Of the nearly 25,000 deaths from the corona virus in the state, 6,208 are residents of nursing homes, about half of those deaths are in New York City facilities.

Stringer recommends increasing city and state funding to at least $ 2.5 million per year to provide full-time ombudsmen to every 2,000 residents of nursing homes.

A spokesman for de Blasio claimed funding for the program was the responsibility of the state.

A representative for Cuomo said visitors were banned from facilities during the pandemic to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“This report’s thesis is completely wrong,” said Cuomo’s spokesman Richard Azzopardi.

He added that the state Department of Health has inspected 1,000 nursing homes since March 1, and last year the Ombudsmen investigated 4,880 complaints.

“We are currently working to rediscover programs to expand the volunteer base and provide increased options for communication between residents and ombudsmen who are less dependent on direct visits,” Azzopardi said.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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