LeadingAge Need to Know - 8.27.21

Members | August 27, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know: Friday, August 27, 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.

Following are the latest news and resources.

Job Resignation in Nursing Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Quality of Employer Communication
LeadingAge’s Verena Cimarolli, Natasha Bryant, and Robyn Stone, contributed to a recent study in the Journal of Applied Gerontology. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the quality of employer communication related to COVID-19 and staff preparedness to care for residents can mediate the effects of COVID-19-relate stressors on a nursing home employee’s decision to resign. Read the abstract and learn more about the study.

What Can YOU Do to Resolve the LTSS Workforce Crisis?
In her latest blog, LeadingAge Senior Vice President of Research Robyn Stone says success in the LTSS workforce arena depends on a variety of stakeholders—providers, policymakers, consumers and their families, professional caregivers and their associations, local businesses, educational institutions, and others. Each of us must do our part while working together toward shared goals. The blog talks about LeadingAge’s plan to address our workforce challenges, Feeling Valued Because They ARE Valued: A Vision for Professionalizing the Caregiving Workforce in the Field of Long-Term Services and Supports.

Nursing Home Vaccine Mandate FAQs
Last week the White House announced an initiative to require staff in nursing homes to be vaccinated against COVID-19. CMS followed with an announcement of pending regulation, due in September. Due to the rulemaking process, little is known at this time about the pending requirements. The Frequently Asked Questions curated here are based on feedback from members and will be updated as new information becomes available. Read LeadingAge’s recent statement on vaccine mandates.

Opening Doors Research Finds Americans View the Aging Services Sector Favorably
Americans view the aging services sector favorably by a two-to-one margin. To learn more about Americans’ perceptions of our field, please review the foundational research conducted for LeadingAge’s new initiative, Opening Doors to Aging Services. This long-term initiative will help members better understand public views and perceptions of the aging services sector—and to communicate about them.

How to Create a Culture of Belonging in Your Community
As we strive to increase diversity in our organizations, we need to be intentional about creating a sense of belonging. Be part of our September 22 shared learning event that’s devoted to exploring ways provider organizations are creating inclusive cultures—where everyone is welcomed, valued, and respected. We’ll hear stories and examples that represent a range of approaches you can use to foster inclusion. Register today.

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, including:

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

Life Plan Community Advisory Group
On Monday, August 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET, join us for the next Life Plan Community Advisory Group focused on market opportunities and growth. To discuss this evolving and ever-relevant topic, we have a dynamic panel of experts: Nicole Fallon, LeadingAge; Dan Hermann and Lisa McCracken, Ziegler; Rich Navarro and Brad Paulis, Continuing Care Actuaries; and Joann Handy, strategic consultant. To register for the call and receive the Zoom link, email Dee Pekruhn.

Next Week’s Online Coronavirus Policy Updates
Join us next Monday and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. ET for our online policy updates. On Monday, Barbara Thomas, CEO of LeadingAge member Kendal at Oberlin, will talk about her recent experience with breakthrough COVID-19 cases and the lessons learned from the experience. On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Dr. Monica Gandhi will outline her thinking and rationale about whether boosters are needed and provide candid advice on what is happening with COVID-19. Register now to join us.

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.