LeadingAge Need to Know - 7.1.21

Members | July 01, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know: Friday, July 2, 2021

We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and live online updates on Monday and Wednesday. Please note: in observance of Independence Day, there will be no morning email or online update on Monday, July 5.

Following are the latest news and resources.

Feeling Valued Because They Are Valued: A Vision for Direct Care Professionals
Professional caregivers—including nursing assistants, personal care aides, and home health aides—have always played an important role in the field of long-term services and supports (LTSS). And the coronavirus pandemic shed new—and much-needed—light on the valuable role these professionals play in nursing homes, assisted living communities, and home and community-based settings across our nation.

Today, LeadingAge released a new paper, Feeling Valued Because They Are Valued, laying out our vision for professionalizing the direct caregiving workforce. Along with researchers at the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, we developed six strategies for reimagining the professional direct care workforce across long-term care settings: 1) expand the caregiver pipeline, 2) strengthen education and training, 3) facilitate career advancement, 4) increase compensation, 5) prepare universal workers, and 6) reform the LTSS financing system.

This vision is part of our long-standing efforts to encourage policymakers and consumers to reexamine how they view direct care professionals and the work they do. We’re calling on all Americans to reimagine the role direct care professionals can play within our health and LTSS systems—for the good of older adults, their families, and their professional caregivers.

Read the full report, the two-page executive summary, or check out the infographic now. And stay tuned for more in coming weeks. This is not just an academic exercise for LeadingAge. We’re working across our organization and with key partners to advance progress.

From the LeadingAge Story Collector: A Technology Workaround to Streamline Testing
The new LeadingAge Story Collector, powered by Gold Partner Greystone, makes it easy to tell your story with two submission options: You can make a brief audio recording or write your story into the collector. Friendly Senior Living used the collector to explain how it created a workaround within its electronic medical record to enable frequent COVID-19 testing for staff and residents while keeping up with strict state reporting requirements. The combination of low-cost rapid tests and creative use of its EMR led to more frequent testing, a tremendous reduction in costs, and easy compliance with regulations. Read the whole story, and then use the Story Collector to tell us yours! Submissions don’t have to be perfect; LeadingAge staff will contact you to gather more details and information.

Are You Ready for OSHA’s New ETS Requirements?
Employers subject to OSHA’s jurisdiction have a short timeframe to become compliant with most of the new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requirements related to preventing the spread of COVID-19. The rules apply to all settings where employees provide health care or support services and include guidance related to physical barriers, ventilation, staff training, and paid leave requirements. We have a new on-demand update to give you all the important information you need to act quickly and ensure employees are being provided a safe workplace free from recognized hazards. Free for all LeadingAge members.

July 27 Webinar: Complying with New Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements
Beginning July 1 you have 90 days to report on Provider Relief Funds if you received them this past year. Join this 90-minute webinar to gain expert guidance as the September 30 reporting deadline approaches. Participants will learn what they should be paying attention to, share how HHS reporting guidelines will impact your lost revenue calculations, and discuss how this reporting will intersect with other assistance you may have received during the pandemic.

Next Week’s Online Coronavirus Policy Update
There will be no policy update on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. Join us next Wednesday, July 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Laurie Goodman from the Urban Institute will talk about the latest projections for senior households, as outlined in the recent report, “The Future of Headship and Homeownership.”

The Latest from LeadingAge’s LTSS Center @UMass Boston
Read LeadingAge’s Senior Vice President of Research Robyn Stone’s latest blog, The ROI of Workforce Development, where she talks about how workforce development is a business investment, not a business expense. And, in a recent article in Generations, “On the Edge of Eviction: Emergency Rental Assistance is a Lifeline,” Alisha Sanders, senior director of Housing and Services Research at LeadingAge, writes about the need for continued rental assistance for older adults facing eviction.

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

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. If you have questions about local and state issues, contact your state association. Join the MyLeadingAge Member Community to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for issues facing members.