LeadingAge Need to Know - 9.3.21

Members | September 08, 2021

LeadingAge Need to Know: Friday, September 3, 2021

We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email and live online updates. There will be no email or online update on Monday due to Labor Day.

Following are the latest news and resources.

LeadingAge Policy Vision
Today, LeadingAge released our Policy Vision: An Aging Services System for the 21st Century that is Bold, Equitable, Sustainable, and Transformative. The paper includes six interdependent elements to meet the needs of the aging population. For each, we outline action steps that Congress, the Executive Branch, or the private sector could take to achieve the reform vision— with a focus on policy actions that will be required at the federal/ national level. Additional state and local policy actions may complement these proposals. Read the vision now.

Last Chance! Register for Next Week’s Global Ageing Network Virtual Summit
Time is running out to register for the 2021 Global Ageing Network Summit, happening virtually September 7-8. Join LeadingAge and aged care colleagues from across the globe to explore innovative new approaches to care and discuss the future of aging in a post-pandemic world. Registration is affordable and for one low fee, your entire staff can access the Summit’s full slate of content. Register today.

Next Week’s Online Coronavirus Policy Update
On Wednesday, September 8 at 3:30 PM ET, Richard Cho, Senior Advisor for Housing and Services in HUD’s Office of the Secretary, and Ethan Handelman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing, will talk about HUD efforts to expand the Section 202 program and integrate services into older adult housing. Register now.

Member Panel: Vaccine Mandates in Places with Low Rates of Vaccination.
Making the decision to mandate the COVID vaccine for staff is challenging, but how about when your region is resistant to mandates or vaccines altogether? This Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET, hear from members who operate in areas that are not friendly to vaccine mandates on how they have navigated the issue successfully. The panel discussion will include Jon Riewer, president and CEO of Eventide Senior Living Communities, Terry Barcroft, President and CEO of Wesley Woods Senior Living, and Pam Sullivan, VP of strategy and communication at Christian Living Communities, and will be followed by Q&A and updates on news from CMS. Register here.

Virtual Shared Learning Event: How Inclusive Is Your Community?
As we strive to increase diversity in our organizations, we need to be intentional about creating a sense of belonging. Join The LeadingAge Knowledge Center’s shared learning event later this month 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.

Affordable Housing and LTSS: Promising Practices from Three States
Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts are taking proactive steps to deliver home and community-based services to residents of subsidized housing. A new report examines how the states are linking affordable senior housing with services so older adults can remain in their own apartments and communities. The report was co-authored by Alisha Sanders and Robyn Stone of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, and is part of a collection of Promising Practices published in July 2021 in conjunction with the release of Advancing Action, 2020: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers. Read the full report, Affordable Housing as a Key Piece of Older Adults' Long-Term Services and Supports.

Home Health Discharge Research Opportunity
Villanova University researchers are inviting home health clinicians to participate in a research study in 2022. The Home Health Discharge Decision Support: Impact on Patient Outcomes (HEADS-UP) study, funded through a Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, will be the first step in creating a clinical decision support algorithm to support home health clinicians as they make the critical decision to discharge from services or recertify for additional care. We are recruiting physicians and nurses to review approximately 10 online home health case studies. Clinicians will be reimbursed $20 for each case reviewed. If you would like to serve as a clinical expert, please contact Rachel Borger (rborger@villanova.edu) and provide your name, email, work address, phone number, and number of years caring for older adults at home.

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.

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.