LeadingAge Need to Know: Coronavirus 9.29.20

Members | September 29, 2020

Daily updates as of September 29.

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.

Movement in Congress on COVID-19 Relief

Yesterday, Democrats in the House of Representatives released a $2.2 trillion version of the Heroes Act. The bill is priced down from the original $3 trillion, but retains funds for states to enhance wages for essential workers, Paycheck Protection Program improvements, housing assistance, and funding for states to establish and implement strike teams to deploy to nursing homes. LeadingAge sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi outlining provisions that are critical to providing essential services to older adults and those who care for them. “This crisis is not over,” wrote president and CEO Katie Smith Sloan.

Read the press release about our outreach to Pelosi, as well as our questions for tonight’s presidential debate.

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 on COVID-29 and beyond, including slides from the Abbott BinaxNOW Webinar for Home Health and Hospice. A complete timeline of insights, tools, and useful links is available here, so you’ll never miss an update.

Today’s Live, Members-Only Event: Revised Regulation on COVID-19 Employee Leave

Don’t miss today’s virtual overview of workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act paid leave provisions. Register for this free, members-only event today at 2 p.m. ET. This is a live presentation and will not be recorded; no CEs are available.

Everyone Wins When Direct Care Workers Earn a Living Wage

LeadingAge recently released a new research report, Making Care Work Pay: How Paying at Least a Living Wage to Direct Care Workers Could Benefit Care Recipients, Workers, and Communities. We launched the report with a virtual panel discussion, at which Katie Smith Sloan and senior vice president of Research Robyn Stone joined aging services thought leaders, including experts from Harvard, Mount Sinai, the Domestic Workers Alliance, Community Catalyst, PHI, and more, as well as representatives from LeadingAge members. Visit the Making Care Work Pay webpage for more information, and read Robyn Stone's new blog on the impact and implications of the research.

Coronavirus Spotlight Podcasts

There was no live Online Policy Update yesterday, but you can always check out the podcast series, LeadingAge Coronavirus Spotlights, which features LeadingAge members and subject-matter experts who have been guests. Listen to these brief but informative podcasts to learn more about how your colleagues are coping with the pandemic. For the full-length audio of all the updates, visit the Online Policy Updates Archive.

Advance Care Planning and Serious Illness Communication

Aging services providers are no strangers to helping older people and their families navigate serious illness and end-of-life decisions. But in the face of COVID-19, advance care planning is more important than ever. We’ve gathered materials and resources to help you have conversations with residents and clients who are high risk for serious complications of COVID-19. On our Advance Care and Serious Illness Resources page, you’ll find trusted resources offering tools, tips, advice, and best practices focused on COVID-19.

Don’t Forget: the Aging Services Career Center Is Still Free!

Have you posted your open jobs on the LeadingAge Aging Services Career Center? Your fellow members have posted new jobs for FREE in recent months. Learn more about how to post your jobs 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.