LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 5.18.20

Members | May 18, 2020

Daily updates as of May 18. 

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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 at 3:30 p.m. ET. You can visit the main coronavirus page anytime.


The impact of the coronavirus pandemic goes beyond physical health. The mental health and wellbeing of residents, clients, leadership, and staff are also at risk. LeadingAge is offering resources to help you address these aspects of the public health crisis.

The LeadingAge Knowledge Center continues to add new content, including learning tools for the wellness and mental health challenges. The third of our new Virtual Sessions will be held June 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET:

Free QuickCasts offer on-demand, short-form learning opportunities:

Access these and other resources for free on the Learning Hub page.

Every weekday on live online updates at 3:30 pm ET, LeadingAge policy experts share updates on the pandemic and talk with a range of guests. Guest presentations are captured in the podcast series, LeadingAge Coronavirus Spotlights, including a May 13 discussion on grief with Karen Hatfield from Hospice of the Western Reserve.

And the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston is publishing brief summaries of the latest data and analysis on topics including Protecting the Mental Health of Workers.


Advocacy Advancements on the Hill
The recently introduced HEROES Act addresses key needs of aging services providers across the continuum of care—which we laid out in our Five Essential Actions to protect older adults. Read more about what the bill means for members:

In an exciting step forward, the “Emergency Housing Assistance for Older Adults Act of 2020,” which incorporates key LeadingAge requests for affordable housing relief, was introduced. Read our media statement and more about how Congress Proposed Bill to Fund Internet, Service Coordination in Senior Housing.

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 this article: CMS Announces Additional Blanket Waivers for Nursing Homes. A complete timeline of insights, tools, and useful links is available here, so you’ll never miss an update.

Free Basic Care Aide Skill Competency Training Tool
Maximize your workforce and maintain quality standards with LeadingAge’s new Basic Care Aide Skill Competency Training Tool. The new, free, 9-hour training will help you redeploy current staff, and train displaced workers and others new to our field. Developed by EduCare©, this new program is designed specifically for the Basic Care Aide role and provides a foundation for the skills for a variety of settings. The training tool is FREE to members and is available now on the Learning Hub.

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.