The tragic toll in America’s nursing houses
By Debbie Cenziper, Alexa Mikhail, Cadence Quaranta, Daniel Konstantino and Alice Crites
Greater than 80,000 folks have died in nursing houses up to now throughout the pandemic, representing about 1 in 4 deaths from the virus in america.
Whereas a lot consideration has centered on how they died, outdoors of household and mates, little public consideration has been paid to how they lived.
The 51 residents whose tales are advised in The Washington Submit’s 51 Lives venture — one from each state and the District of Columbia — left behind at the least 129 kids, 230 grandchildren, 210 great-grandchildren and 41 great-great-grandchildren. They have been troopers, farmers, scientists, academics, grandmothers and grandfathers.
They usually suffered alone, in houses locked right down to guests, peering on the masked faces of weary nurses and aides who risked their very own lives to be there. Most of their family have postpone memorials for when it’s protected to assemble once more, facet by facet, and keep in mind the useless. We talked to their households about their lives and legacies.