LeadingAge Need to Know - 3.31.21

Members | March 31, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know, March 31, 2021

We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates and live online updates three days a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest news and resources.

A Message From Katie

LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan shares a video from a colleague that’s leaving her smiling and determined.

Bring your thing to a career in aged care. Those nine words come at the end of an upbeat, one-minute video sent to me last week by a colleague in Australia. The video, created by the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council, is the centerpiece of a new campaign to encourage Australians to bring their skills, talents, and passions to a rewarding career in the field of long-term services and supports.

Read Katie’s entire message on the value international exchange of ideas for addressing our shared workforce challenges.

Make Your Voice Heard on Capitol Hill

If you’re a LeadingAge member, there’s still time to be part of 2021 Lobby Day—happening virtually April 21. This is your chance to meet with your elected officials, advocate for issues that are important to aging services, and let them know about your organization’s critically important work. Learn more and register today.

Nursing Home Toolkit Updates for COVID Resources

In December 2020, we launched a new toolkit series for nursing homes. This series of toolkits, developed with Pathway Health, is available exclusively to members of LeadingAge and addresses many of the critical issues related to COVID-19 and nursing homes. Recently, we updated existing toolkits and added three additional ones in response to changing COVID needs. These include: Visitation, Local Hospital Capacity, and Optimizing PPE. Email Janine Finck-Boyle if you have questions.

This Week’s Coronavirus Policy Updates

Join us today and tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. ET for our online policy updates. Today, Dave Wilkinson, head of Yale’s Tobin Center for Economic Policy and former WH appointee, will discuss a new tool for understanding a nursing home’s risk level based on staff movement across multiple providers. Tomorrow, Ashvin Gandhi, lead author of “High Nursing Staff Turnover in Nursing Homes Offers Important Quality Information,” in Health Affairs this month, will join us. Register now.

Are You Ready to Go on a Journey?

Join the Dialog Health virtual study tour in April 2021 to discover four innovative models of care to support older people fighting social isolation. Participate in our pre-recorded virtual study visits and in an international online roundtable to share insights and best practices with your peers at the end of the tour. Visit the Global Ageing Network for more information.

New Insights and Tools From LeadingAge

LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential advocacy, guidance and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers on COVID-19 and beyond, including:

A complete timeline of insights, tools, and useful COVID-19 links is available here, so you’ll never miss an update.

Our Strength Lies in Partnerships

In case you missed it: Last month, LeadingAge officially welcomed Visiting Nurse Associations of America/ElevatingHOME (VNAA) members into our membership. We’re united by a commitment to providing quality care—with innovation, integrity, and accountability to our workforce, our community, and the people we serve. In this recent blog post, LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan explains how partnerships among LeadingAge members are vital to our service and shared growth.

Questions? Ask LeadingAge National, Your State Association, or Each Other

There are many ways to get help during this crisis. Contact LeadingAge’s national team directly or email us at covid@leadingage.org. If you have questions about local and state issues, contact your state association. Join the MyLeadingAge Member Community COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.

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