Posted on October 9, 2020 by iwano@_84
When Karen Brown went searching for a property in Petaluma where she and a longtime friend might co-invest and coexist, there was nothing on the market that fit the bill. It was 2013, the nation was coming out of a deep recession and the pickings were slim, especially for affordable properties with two units or enough area to build an accessory dwelling. So Brown walked the streets of the old west side and ended up beating the bushes — literally — to find her dream home hidden among an overgrowth of acacias.
The house was so concealed she almost missed it. A “no trespassing“ sign did not encourage exploration. But she was intrigued. There, set back on a third of an acre, was an abandoned shack with plywood nailed over the doors. It had no foundation and perched on piers in the ground. It hadn’t been occupied in at least
Posted on October 4, 2020 by iwano@_84
Key failings included decisions to discharge thousands of untested hospital patients into care homes and imposition of blanket DNARs
Care home managers and staff say they were left without guidance, PPE or access to testing
Amnesty calls for a full independent public inquiry to commence immediately, and for the revision of current restrictive visiting guidelines
A series of “shockingly irresponsible” Government decisions put tens of thousands of older people’s lives at risk and led to multiple violations of care home residents’ human rights, said Amnesty International today, following an investigation by the human rights group’s Crisis Response team.
Amnesty’s 50-page report – As If Expendable: The UK Government’s Failure to Protect Older People in Care Homes during the COVID-19 Pandemic – shows that care home residents in England were effectively abandoned in the early stages of the pandemic.
Between 2 March and 12 June this year 28,186 “excess deaths” were