LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 5.1.20

Members | May 01, 2020

Daily updates as of May 1. 

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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. You can visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Live online updates are held five days a week: Monday-Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET. If you’re already registered, you received an event update email this week, which you can use to update your personal calendar appointment. If you have not yet registered, join over 4.200 of your colleagues and sign up now.

Following are the latest coronavirus news and resources.

LeadingAge’s Response to Yesterday’s White House Event
Our president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan attended yesterday’s “Protecting America’s Seniors” White House event. Remarks at the event focused on:

Our assessment is that the announcements of intended actions are wholly insufficient. For weeks and weeks, our members and the vulnerable older adults you serve have been living in fear as infections and death tolls climbed, not knowing whether the equipment, testing, and support they need to protect their lives would arrive in time. Yesterday’s announcements fell far short of what's needed. Read our media response now and look for analysis from LeadingAge on all of this soon.

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.

CDC Webinar Training for LTCF COVID-19 Module
The second of two webinar trainings for the new LTCF COVID-19 Module of CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) will be held today. CMS released the final rule yesterday, and the module is open to enroll. Please sign in early to be able to be on the webinar: COVID-19 Enrollment Guidance for Long-term Care Facilities, Friday, May 1, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET. Email questions to the CDC at NHSN@cdc.gov (include LTCF COVID-19 in the subject line).

Practical Ideas From Members
LeadingAge members face new challenges every day as a result of coronavirus. We're gathering examples of the innovative solutions you're deploying to better serve older people and support your staff. Read new stories about how organizations around the country are addressing a range of issues, including:

Look for more Member Ideas & Inspiration in coming days and weeks.

Trusted Business Resources: Last Day of Discounted COVID-19 Training
NextStep’s informal COVID-Ready Caregiver online course is still available at a steep discount to members. The course is designed to improve the safety of caregivers working with COVID-19 patients in all settings. Through May 2, staff at LeadingAge members can use code LEADINGAGE5 at check-out to access the program for $5.

Don’t forget that LeadingAge is curating many offers from businesses wanting to help members get through the coronavirus crisis. New offers for communication services & systems, telehealth or telemedicine support, and disaster planning tools are posted on our website, and more are added each week.

Share Your Stories During Older Americans Month 2020
May is for Older Americans Month (OAM), an opportunity to celebrate aging. From older adult stories, photos, and videos to caregiver appreciation, we encourage you to share about the lives of the people we serve and those that care for them. Our social media toolkit includes sample posts, infocards, and activity ideas.

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 the MyLeadingAge Member Community COVID-19 group to ask questions, access resources, and share best practices for dealing with the coronavirus.