LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 4.29.20

Members | April 29, 2020

Daily updates as of April 29. 

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We are sharing the very latest with members twice each weekday. Morning updates go out via email, and we’re hosting daily online updates each weekday afternoon. Starting this week, our live online updates will happen five days a week on Monday-Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET. You can visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Message From Katie: Remember, This Isolation Is Temporary

It’s important that we don’t lose wisdom as the weeks unfold and our days run together and become a blur. This is a devastating time, no doubt about it. But it is also a time rich in possibilities for growth and change.

In a message to members, LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Sloan encourages us all to keep track of growth and change during the pandemic.

Following are the latest coronavirus news and resources.

Don’t Forget: Aging Services Career Center Workforce Partnerships
LeadingAge has established partnerships with organizations like Marriott, Hilton, the Peace Corps, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, to reach displaced workers to fill open jobs in aging services. Members are taking advantage of those relationships by posting jobs of all kinds (including temporary positions and those that do not require certification) on the LeadingAge Aging Services Career Center. As of this week, nearly 1,500 jobs are listed. Learn more about how to post your jobs for free now.

Practical Ideas From Members
We're gathering examples of the innovative solutions members are deploying to better serve older people and support their staff, including this approach to workforce challenges:

Christian Horizons, which operates communities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri, is seeking displaced workers to help support frontline caregivers and to keep residents engaged.

They created a “helping hands” position: a non-certified worker who can be brought through a fast-tracked onboarding process, and trained using Relias. These workers perform non-nursing activities such as making beds, light housekeeping, labeling, answering call lights for simple tasks, passing trays from the dining room, or participating in activities to keep isolated residents engaged. They’ve hired 31 “helping hands” across the organization so far.

Read this and other stories of Member Ideas & Inspiration here.

Hot Topics for Life Plan Communities
Life Plan Communities are dealing with unique challenges and changes during the pandemic. We’ve added four new pieces to our series of COVID-19 Hot Topics in Independent Living:

Find these and the entire series on the Life Plan Communities COVID-19 landing page.

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.

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.