Caregivers demand a role in fixing nursing homes

Capital Weekly | April 15, 2022

Numbers tell one story of COVID-19’s toll on California nursing homes: Some 9,716 nursing home residents and staff died from the virus, amounting to one in eight COVID deaths statewide.

But there’s another story that can’t be told in numbers. It’s the story of what it was like to work in the pandemic’s most dangerous conditions: the stress, the fear, the heartbreak. It’s a chapter in California’s history that nursing home workers like me are determined to never repeat — and why we are demanding transformation of the industry that puts us at the table.

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