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New COVID-19 Resources

On May 19, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

In this week’s COVID-19 Resource Round-Up, we share new materials on guidance on compassionate care visits, resident transfers, recommendations for admissions, and employment law FAQS related to PPE and workplace accommodations.  

Protecting Mental Health & Wellbeing During COVID-19

On May 19, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

The impact of the coronavirus goes beyond physical health. The mental health and wellbeing of residents, clients, leadership, and staff are also at risk. We are sharing free, on-demand, short-form learning opportunities to help you address these aspects of this pandemic. 

New CMS Toolkit Helps Advance Telehealth

On May 19, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

In response to the COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries and nursing home residents. A new toolkit from CMS can help states identify which aspects of their statutory and regulatory infrastructure may impede the rapid deployment of telehealth capabilities in their Medicaid program.  

DHS Releases Bulletin on Add-On Payments for Customized Living

On May 19, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) this week released a bulletin that describes the process for providing add-on payments to customized living providers who have confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving residents or staff. 

Resource Roundup: Sample Checklist and Policies

On May 12, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

This week’s Resource Round-Up is all about sample policies and survey checklists. 

Now Available: COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Webinar Recording & Handouts

On May 12, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

As reported last week, HUD and the CDC delivered presentations on their interim guidance on facility cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19. The recorded webinar and handouts, which are helpful to any housing setting and staff, is now available.  

President Trump Calls for Testing of All Nursing Home Residents and Staff

On May 12, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

President Trump yesterday called upon states to universally test all nursing home residents and staff within the next two weeks. The announcement, however, did not provide details or support for how states would complete this widespread testing. 

Rate Increase for Elderly Waiver

On May 12, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently announced the imminent launch of a new program to pay enhanced rates to Customized Living providers who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 (residents or staff) in their setting.  

Walz Announces 5-Point Battle Plan

On May 12, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

Governor Walz last week announced a 5-Point Battle Plan to Protect the Most Vulnerable, which is targeted at seniors and their caregivers in nursing homes and assisted living.  

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Project ECHO Series on Emergency Preparedness

On May 12, 2020 by Lori Meyer

In response to COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Association has developed a special topic Project ECHO series based on their guidance Emergency Preparedness: Caring for persons living with dementia in a long-term or community-based care setting. 

Finding Hope – May 7 Webinar Explores Role of Spirituality in Building Resilience

On May 5, 2020 by Heidi Simpson

Join our free webinar, Finding Hope in the Time of COVID-19 – Building Resilience Through Spirituality, on May 7 and explore the role of spirituality in building resilience. 

Take Action: Contract Congress for Affordable Senior Housing Relief

On May 5, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

Congress is working on its next COVID-19 funding package and now is the time to raise our voices to support affordable senior housing. Join us to urge Congress to provide funding and support for affordable senior housing, including a $1.012 billion package of relief funds for affordable senior housing:   

HUD COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Webinar

On May 5, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

The U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) this week delivered presentations on their interim guidance on facility cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19.  

State Budget Update Shows Huge Deficit Due to COVID-19 Impact

On May 5, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

The State of Minnesota yesterday released an unusual budget update to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state budget. As anticipated, the economic slowdown tied to the COVID-19 response is projected to have an enormous impact with the state now anticipating a deficit of $2.4 billion for the biennium.  

CMS Asks Stratis Health to Provide Targeted COVID-19 Infection Control Assistance

On May 5, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

During its April 22 COVID-19 call, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) noted that Stratis Health would be working with selected nursing homes to assess COVID-19 readiness – as a supplement to the infection control focused surveys MDH is doing around the state. 

May 20 Webinar: Sales & Marketing During Social Distancing

On April 28, 2020 by Barbara Landeen

Even when you can’t give live tours of your building, there are a lot of things you can still do to keep your prospects engaged and promote the positive stories happening within your senior living community.  

COVID-19: This Week’s Resource Round-Up

On April 28, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

This week we share three links to resources we shared in the past week: Basic Care Aide, a Cohorting Messaging Toolkit, and Responding to Negative Views in a Pandemic.  

From Travel to Concerts to Museums - Virtual Adventures During COVID-19

On April 28, 2020 by Terri Foley

As the weeks of required social isolation and physical distancing wear on, residents and staff may be in search of new virtual activities. We have compiled a Virtual Adventures guide that contains: 

Looking Ahead: Long Term Care Week Resources

On April 28, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

We are taking over a week traditionally dedicated to skilled nursing and focusing it on all senior care settings! A new resource will help you celebrate caregivers, and support residents and families during Long Term Care Week that takes place May 10-16.  

House Task Force Presses for $100 Million in Long Term Care Funding

On April 28, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

A newly-formed Democratic task force in the U.S. House is pushing Congress to immediately distribute $100 million in funding to aid infection control efforts in senior care settings. Among the priorities:  

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