LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 4.16.20

Members | April 16, 2020

Daily updates as of April 20. 

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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. The recording from yesterday's Coronavirus Daily Member Update is available now. Register for live online updates 7 days/week at 3:30 p.m. ET through April 26. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest coronavirus news and resources.

Have You Contacted Congress Yet?
Congress is developing the next pandemic relief package. Click below to contact your representatives now—and look for new Advocacy Action Alerts coming soon.

Contact Congress for Aging Services Relief in the Next Coronavirus Legislation
Contact Congress for Senior Affordable Housing Relief in the Next Coronavirus Legislation

Special Guest on TODAY’S Online Update
Don’t miss Toby Halliday, HUD’s Director of Asset Management and Portfolio Oversight within the Office of Multifamily Housing, on today’s live update. Halliday will speak directly to LeadingAge members—offering updates on agency activities and answering member questions. Register for the live online update today and 7 days/week at 3:30 p.m. ET through April 26.

Communicating About COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, it is crucial that members maintain transparent communication about positive cases with staff, residents, and families. We've created templates you can use to share important information.

Meanwhile, LeadingAge is speaking out in the media every day to carry forward the truth about the incredible work you are doing in the face of this global pandemic. We’re fielding a record number of inquiries from national and trade press, and have created crisis communications materials to help you do the same. Here is a guide you can use to prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak in your community.

Beautiful Question Postcards
LeadingAge is partnering with TimeSlips and Harper Collins to offer Beautiful Question postcards to aging services providers for free. Postcards prompt residents and clients to consider questions like “What makes you laugh?” or “What gift would you give the next generation?” Cards can be delivered with meals, mailed to family, or even displayed in your community. See samples and order your cards here.

Marking National Health Care Decisions Day
Do your clients and residents have the advance directives or MOLSTs they need? In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever for older people to have a plan about their health care decisions. In a new video conversation, Dr. Eric Bush, Chief Medical Officer for Hospice of the Chesapeake and Chesapeake Supportive Care answers questions making these critical health care decisions.

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

Don’t Forget to Post Your Open Jobs
The LeadingAge Aging Services Career Center is helping you fill your open positions. LeadingAge is partnering with major national employers to connect displaced workers from fields such as dining, retail, and hospitality with available jobs in aging services. Learn more about how to post your jobs for FREE now.

LeadingAge on Social Media
Even in this challenging time, you can find LeadingAge on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We’re posting coronavirus-related updates and resources—and also sharing inspirational member stories using #LeadingAgeMembersInspire. Use this hashtag when you share your own stories, photos, and videos on social media.

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 nearly 750 of your fellow members in the MyLeadingAge Member Community COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.