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For big R.I. firms, Biden mandate doesn’t change vaccine plans

Many Rhode Island companies that have already committed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates say they’re sticking with their deadlines rather than waiting for President Joe...
RHODE ISLAND companies in sectors that include retail, hospitality and nursing homes say they are concerned that implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate could make it difficult to recruit and retain workers. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

Many companies say they can’t afford to enact vaccine mandate

Rhode Island companies in sectors spanning retail, hospitality and even nursing homes say they worry that implementing a strict employee COVID-19 vaccine requirement could...
FINANCIAL WOES: Jennifer Romagnolo, administrator at Village House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Newport, says she is concerned about the effects of a new minimum-staffing mandate state officials are drafting. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Staffing mandate worries nursing home operators

Jennifer Romagnolo is used to paying her bills on time – both in her personal life and in her role as administrator for the...
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Jamie Sanford is one of the youngest nursing home administrators in the state. She’s 37. Most other administrators are nearing retirement age, and the industry is concerned about finding future staffers.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nursing homes struggle to fill staffing positions

While attending a nursing home industry event more than a year ago, Jamie Sanford came to a startling realization: Sanford, 37, was the youngest...
ON DUTY: Dawn Auclair, a certified nursing assistant at Hopkins Manor in North Providence, says her family asks her not to go work because of the dangers surrounding COVID-19, but she’s passionate about her job and the residents who live there.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Survival mode: Nursing homes under growing pressure as COVID-19 cases climb...

Tonya Landry was able to keep COVID-19 out of her nursing home in the spring. She hasn’t been as lucky this fall. Landry is the...
CHALLENGED: 
Nursing homes across the state are losing money amid the pandemic, as they fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Pictured, from left, are Bethany Home of Rhode Island employees David Briggs, director of therapy; Linda Wilson, office manager; and Elizabeth Sarro, administrator.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. nursing homes need help in daily fight for survival

COVID-19’s economic effects will last well beyond the widespread availability of vaccines for many Rhode Island businesses, with nursing homes at the top of...
DESIGNATED SITE: Oak Hill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Pawtucket was designated in late April by the state as a site capable of admitting and treating COVID-19 patients after they are discharged from hospitals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

The battle within: Pandemic fight at nursing homes proves costly on...

When Rhode Island nursing homes banned visitors in early March as their first defensive move against COVID-19, Susan McGovern and her co-workers at Linn...

Battle looms over R.I. nursing home bill

State legislation that would hike pay rates for certified nursing assistants, would require nursing home caregivers to spend more time with each resident and...
BUSY CARETAKER: Victoria Mitchell, a certified nursing assistant at Hopkins Manor in North Providence, says she and her co-workers care for up to 11 patients per shift, bathing, dressing and feeding each one in turn. It is an increase from the eight patients Mitchell used to care for during her morning shift when she began working as a CNA 22 years ago.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Nursing homes care more with less

When she started working as a certified nursing assistant 22 years ago, Victoria Mitchell was assigned about eight patients during her morning shifts. Now, Mitchell...

Nursing homes eye temporary relief

Nursing homes have been trying for several years to get their state funding restored, eventually suing to regain two consecutive years of 2 percent...

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