LeadingAge Need to Know: COVID 19 - 5.15.20

Members | May 15, 2020

Daily updates as of May 15. 

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.

Following are the latest coronavirus news and resources.

Virtual News Conference: Older Lives Are Not Expendable
Yesterday, LeadingAge held another press conference to sound alarms that aging services providers still desperately need PPE and testing—and to question why the nation has still not prioritized our most vulnerable older Americans. The media event was the latest part of our aggressive media and messaging campaign to demand more from leaders.

Our own Katie Smith Sloan, was joined by Adam Marles from LeadingAge PA, and Jim Bernard from Presbyterian Senior Living, who offered the media a glimpse into what this pandemic is really like for members like you. Adam echoed one of the most important messages of the day, saying “I am outraged by talk of how lives are expendable. Older Americans’ lives are not expendable—they’re precious, just like yours or mine.”

Participating press including reporters from NBC, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, Barron’s, and others, including McKnight’s, which ran stories this morning that reflect our core messages well:

Materials from the media event are available now, including the recording; remarks from Katie, Adam, and Jim; and a final media statement offering key quotes from the event. As always, make use of these to cull messages for your local media outreach. And share this Facebook post or post the image below to help spread the word: Older lives are not expendable!

NEW! Free Basic Care Aide Skill Competency Training Tool
In response to COVID-19, CMS issued blanket waivers expanding the Nursing Assistant four-month rule, and several states lifted training and competency requirements for staff in skilled nursing or similar settings. Expedited training is a critical tool to assure you can take advantage of these waivers.

Now, you can 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 of skills for a variety of settings. The curriculum provides information on how to perform tasks, with the goal of ensuring that staff are well prepared to deliver person-centered care.

The program features an online training curriculum, with an additional two hours competency-based testing in the following content areas:

  • Resident Rights, Abuse Prevention and HIPAA
  • Emergency Procedures/ Site and Natural Hazards
  • Emergency Preparedness/Human Hazards
  • Infection Control Techniques
  • Coronavirus COVID-19
  • Personal Cares
  • Exercise and Ambulation
  • Lifting and Safe Transfers
  • Bedmaking and Positioning
  • Temperature and Treatment
  • Skin Care and Pressure Ulcer Prevention
  • Dining, Nutrition and Food Safety
  • Dementia Management and Abuse Prevention
  • Behavioral Health

The training tool is FREE to members and is available now on the Learning Hub.

Fighting For the HEROES in Aging Services
On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi released ‘‘Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act.’’ The appropriately named HEROES Act takes several steps toward addressing 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 LeadingAge’s article on what the bill covers and our media statement supporting the legislation and calling for even more support for the full continuum of aging services.

Residents and Clients Can Share Their Stories This Weekend
Join us in encouraging families to participate in StoryCorps Connect this weekend! Together, we are helping older adults across the country stay connected with family and friends, and preserve their stories for future generations. Use these sample social media posts and graphics to help spread the word to your residents, clients, families, and staff.

LeadingAge and StoryCorps have collaborated on a NEW story collection project, StoryCorps Connect. We invite all residents, clients, & staff to record, share, & preserve their stories. https://leadingage.org/storycorps-connect #LeadingAgeVoice

We want your stories! Record and preserve a meaningful conversation this weekend with a loved one using StoryCorps Connect. To get the most out of the experience, check out the LeadingAge & StoryCorps interview materials. https://leadingage.org/storycorps-connect #LeadingAgeVoice

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.