LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 4.1.20

Members | April 01, 2020

Daily updates as of April 1. 

We are sharing the very latest with members twice daily. Morning updates go out via email, and we’re hosting daily online updates each afternoon. And you can always visit the main coronavirus page.

Yesterday’s Coronavirus Daily Member Update recording is available now. Over 3,000 people are signed up for our live updates. You can register to join us 7 days/week at 3:30 p.m. ET through April 26.

Message From Katie: You Are Our Future
The “rolling apex” of COVID-19 cases spreading in distinct waves across the country... is creating a palpable sense of dread in states waiting for their inevitable spike in cases. But there’s also a very small glimmer of hope: as the virus spreads geographically, so do the lessons that early hotspots can teach us about battling this scourge.

In a message to members, LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Sloan passes on an important question from a member whose organization is anticipating a spike in COVID-19 cases.

LeadingAge COVID-19 Workforce Partnerships
LeadingAge is establishing partnerships with major national employers to reach displaced workers from fields such as dining, retail, and hospitality. Through these partnerships—with organizations like Marriott, Hilton, the Peace Corps, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association—we will help you fill available jobs in aging services.

To participate, members should post jobs of all kinds (including temporary positions and those that do not require certification) on the LeadingAge Aging Services Career Center. We’re making all job postings FREE to members starting this week to make it easier for you to fill staff roles during this unprecedented time of need. Learn more about how to post your jobs now.

From LeadingAge Centers
The LeadingAge Knowledge Center continues to add new content to help you navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Members can access these resources for free on the Learning Hub Coronavirus page. The newest resource is Creating Calm: Simple Activities for Stressful Times. This 12-minute QuickCast outlines several calming exercises staff can use to help reduce worry and anxiety among older adults and themselves.

Robyn Stone of LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston offers advice to people with loved ones in long-term care. She and co-authors answer the question Should You Consider Taking a Loved One Out of a Long-Term-Care Facility Now? in this article on Next Avenue.

Advocating for the Health of Older People
LeadingAge joined with 36 national and state organizations in health care and aging to send this letter urging Administration and Congressional Leadership to develop a comprehensive plan to promote the health of older adults during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The letter calls for unified, cross-sector efforts that can scale to help hospitals, nursing homes, public health systems, aging services organizations, and home care providers protect the health of older people.

New Insights and Tools From LeadingAge
LeadingAge staff experts are developing essential guidance and tools, and curating the most relevant resources for aging services providers.

Be sure to review the updated CARES Act Expands Federal Small Business Loans, Can Support Aging Services with new Department of Treasury guidance.

Questions? Ask LeadingAge National, Your State Association, or Each Other
There are many ways to get help during this crisis. Staff at LeadingAge’s national office are always here for you. Contact our 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.