I'm a reporter for SF Public Press. Previously, I've reported on housing, health, immigration and homelessness for local news site Mission Local and worked as a producer for "Your Call," a live current affairs program on KALW public radio. I was a 2019 Center for Health Journalism California Fellow.
Reporting this story really opened my eyes to how important it is to collectively think about how we ought to care for seniors — and how little we actually do that.
Stories of abuse or serious neglect in nursing homes make headlines, but patients and consumer advocates are trying to bring attention to overarching issues and push for a better system.
This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Laura Wenus, a participant in the 2019 California Fellowship, a program of USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism.
Other stories in this series include:
Nursing Care Expected To Worsen As California Ages
Nursing Care Crunch Puts The On
Advocates warn that people who need nursing care may increasingly be sent far away from San Francisco in a developing shortage of affordable nursing home beds.
It can be very difficult to find long-term care in California, and it’s even harder for families without a nest egg to pay for it. That spells trouble, because California is getting older.