NY state Senate set to pass package of nursing home reforms

State Senate Democrats are poised to approve a package of nursing home accountability bills on Monday — taking matters into their own hands with Gov. Andrew Cuomo under fire for the coronavirus’ deadly toll in the facilities under his watch.

Expected to clear the upper chamber Monday, the 10 bills were introduced earlier this month with the goal of reforming nursing home protocols on matters including fatality reporting, patient-to-staff ratio and visitation standards.

“The tragic situation in our nursing homes remains a heartbreaking reminder of the toll this pandemic has taken and has made it clear that real reforms are needed,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

“The Senate Majority is taking action to deliver meaningful results by increasing transparency and raising the standard of care provided at these facilities,” continued the Yonkers Democrat. “I commend the bill sponsors for their work and I am proud that we are passing

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Rise of ‘Zoom-scaping’ sees sales of picture frames and wall art soar

Home workers are snapping up picture frames, art and plants to “Zoom-scape” their houses for work meetings.

John Lewis said sales of items popular with those looking for an attractive backdrop for calls on video-messaging service Zoom have soared compared to last year.

Since March, large numbers have been working from home because of the pandemic meaning that meetings have had to be conducted online on Zoom or Skype.

Sales of picture frames are 80 per cent higher than last year, art is up 113 per cent and mirrors have risen by 65 per cent, John Lewis said. Shoppers have also splashed out on attractive desk lamps, pushing sales up by 27 per cent, and plants.

Katherine Lemin, a wall decor buyer at the retailer, said: “With meetings happening mostly on video calls our walls have become our first impression. They are the way we ‘dress to impress’ now

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