Alzheimer’s Association releases guidance for assisted living, other providers amid coronavirus crisis

New guidance released Monday by the Alzheimer’s Association in collaboration with 34 long-term care industry associations and operators is designed to help ensure the delivery of high-quality care for people living with dementia in long-term care and community-based settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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AHCA / NCAL, AMDA blast ‘short-sighted’ plans to discharge people with COVID-19 from hospitals to long-term care facilities

“The question all state officials must consider is whether the risk of introducing a virus with an estimated 30% or higher mortality rate into a nursing home or assisted living community outweighs the risk of hospitals being overcrowded,” the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living and AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine said in a joint statement released Sunday.
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President signs CARES Act with $2.2 trillion in COVID-19 relief, extends national shutdown to April 30

President Trump on Sunday extended the voluntary national shutdown related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) until April 30. The move followed his signing of the the $2.2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or “CARES Act,” into law on Friday. Read other COVID-19-related updates here, too.

PPE hoarding, price gouging now a crime, attorney general says; CEO cites ‘misplaced hierarchy’ for equipment

It is now a crime to hoard or price-gouge personal protective equipment, drugs and certain other health and medical resources that are scarce or threatened and needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Thursday, while the CEO of a large senior living company lamented that hospitals seem to be getting PPE at the expense of senior living.
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House prepares to vote on $2 trillion stimulus bill as US ranks No. 1 in world for COVID-19 cases

As the House of Representatives prepared Thursday to vote on the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or “CARES Act” this morning, Johns Hopkins University ranked the U.S. in the unenviable position of No. 1 country in the world for confirmed cases of COVID-19, at 83,507 cases compared with China’s 81,782 and Italy’s 80,589.
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Reports: COVID-19 forces relocation of 94 residents from senior home, governor gives a ‘shoutout’ to facility that helps

Residents from St. Joseph’s Senior Home Assisted Living & Nursing Center in Woodbridge, NJ, were relocated to another long-term care community 30 miles away on Wednesday after several residents and caregivers tested positive for COVID-19 and several additional residents were “presumed positive.”
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Older Americans Act reauthorization signed into law

President Trump reauthorized the Older Americans Act for five years on Wednesday, signing into law H.R. 4334, the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 written by Sens. Susan Collins and Bob Casey. The OAA was last reauthorized in 2016 under President Obama.
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Operator survey: Coronavirus hasn’t scared families away from moving loved ones into senior living

The coronavirus has not negatively affected senior living community move-ins to date, according to the results of a newly released survey conducted by Activated Insights in conjunction with the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care. In fact, in some cases, occupancy has seen a recent improvement.
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Coronavirus-related costs could be $10B to $20B for senior living; industry deserves bailout, groups say

COVID-19-related costs could approach $10 billion to $20 billion for the senior living industry, so lawmakers should not forget such companies as they negotiate a bill potentially topping $2 trillion in aid for citizens and businesses in response to the pandemic, the presidents of Argentum and the American Seniors Housing Association told Senate and House leaders.

Affordable senior housing needs COVID-19 guidance, relief, LeadingAge says; CMS, DOJ announce news

LeadingAge has sent a second letter to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, asking the White House and Department of Housing and Urban Development to issue guidance and offer regulatory relief for the thousands of HUD-assisted communities primarily serving older adults. The CDC, CMS and the Department of Justice also announced developments over the weekend.
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