LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus - 7.8.20

Members | July 08, 2020

Daily updates as of July 8.

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. Register now. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest coronavirus news and resources.

Message From Katie
LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan wrote a new message to members about the home health aides and CNAs who work in nursing homes, assisted living communities, and in the homes of older adults.

The pandemic offers LeadingAge, its state partners, and its members an unprecedented opportunity to go to bat for the caregivers who are essential workers in every aging services organization. We need to continue doing what we can, at the organization level, to provide the compensation, training, and support aides and CNAs need to provide high-quality services and supports to vulnerable older Americans. But we also need to work tirelessly at the state and federal levels to make sure policymakers understand the need to support these essential workers with more than empty accolades.

Read Katie’s entire message on three courageous care workers.

Join Us Today to Remember the Elders of Coronavirus
Today is the Global Ageing Network’s special day of remembrance. Remember the Elders of Coronavirus pays tribute to the elders who we have lost worldwide during the coronavirus pandemic. We encourage you to join people around the world in lighting a candle to honor loved ones. Learn how to share an organization-wide Zoom candle lighting. And watch LeadingAge's staff remembrance and remarks from Katie on the importance of this day.

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.

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

Oral Care As Pneumonia Prevention
The recently released “Mouth Care Without a Battle” implementation study is the first to examine whether a pragmatic program of mouth care (tooth brushing, flossing and gum care) provided by nursing home staff reduces pneumonia. Robyn Stone of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston called the study “an exciting step forward in translating evidence into daily care practice.” The paper is available on the JAMA Network Open website now.

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.