LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus 9.16.20

Members | September 16, 2020

Daily updates as of September 16.

We are sharing the very latest with members with weekday morning email updates and live online updates Mondays and Wednesdays. Visit the main coronavirus page anytime.

Following are the latest news and resources.

Did You Miss Day 1 of the Summit?

Did you miss day 1 of the Collaborative Care HIT Summit? Don’t worry! All sessions are recorded and will be available to all registered attendees. Register today to access on-demand content throughout the summit and view yesterday’s sessions.

A Message From Katie

LeadingAge president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan wrote a message to members describing new research that will help LeadingAge professionalize the role of direct care workers.

“Frontline workers may be receiving kudos on the evening news, but they still lack financial and professional support in the workplace. Frankly, I wonder how we as a nation can deem direct care workers “essential” when so many still view these workers as low-skilled people doing a job we don’t really value and in which we are unwilling to invest.”

Read Katie’s entire message on helping essential workers become valued professionals.

Today’s Online Coronavirus Policy Update

Join us today at 3:30 p.m. ET to hear special guest Lisa McCracken, director of senior living research and development for Ziegler, give an insider’s view of the just-released CFO Hotline Report. She has kept her fingers on the financial pulse of senior living providers throughout the pandemic and this special report reviews data submitted by the CFOs of over 230 nonprofit providers. It focuses on current trends in occupancy, revenue shortfalls due to COVID-19, staff turnover, and marketing techniques to boost sales in a post-COVID world. If you’re not already registered for the Online Coronavirus Policy Update calls, you can register here.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Department of Labor has revised the types of employees who are exempt as “health care providers” for purposes of eligibility for the paid sick leave and Family & Medical Leave Act authorized by Congress in the Families First legislation. While long-term care providers are still able to exclude employees who provide health care and personal care services to residents of nursing homes, assisted living, retirement communities, and to home health patients, other employees who are not directly involved in “patient” (resident) care may not be excluded and are eligible for COVID-19 related leave. We have updated our FAQs and you can also view the updated Labor Department FAQs. This change goes into effect today, September 16.

LeadingAge Continues to Act For Older Adults

LeadingAge will continue advocating for a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package. Yesterday, we sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging action on a relief package that includes real assistance for older Americans and the care providers working to keep them safe in this pandemic. Along with the letter, we delivered an updated national Situation Report on Aging Services & COVID-19 that reveals an alarming picture of the impact of the virus on older adults across the country, and how nursing homes and other aging services providers are struggling to cope with the worst pandemic in a century. Read the entire press release and visit our Driving the Coronavirus Conversation page for the latest releases, statements, and media coverage.

New QuickCast on Dementia in Daily Living

The LeadingAge Knowledge Center continues to add new content to help you navigate the COVID-19 crisis. In Dementia in Daily Living: A Review of Post-COVID Practices, Dee Pekruhn provides an overview of post-COVID considerations for supporting people with dementia in assisted living and other settings, including infection control, meals, and visitors. Access this and other related content on the Learning Hub.

Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker Brene Brown on the Today Show

Dr. Brene Brown, researcher, best-selling author, and keynote speaker at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting Virtual Experience, appeared on the Today Show. She talked about the massive changes the country is facing as the pandemic continues and gives advice on having difficult conversations with children about feeling uncertain vs. unsafe. Register today so you don’t miss Dr. Brown’s keynote Finding Courage and Hope. Check out the entire lineup of keynote speakers.

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.

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.