As coronavirus cases continue to increase throughout the country, senior living communities and other long-term care settings, and organizations that represent them, are wrestling with the implications of “holiday leave” for residents eager to see loved ones and the toll another lockdown could have on older adults in their care.
As COVID-19 cases spike across the country, states are taking varying approaches to help senior living providers deal with staffing shortages.
All employees working in West Virginia assisted living communities and nursing homes will be required to undergo twice weekly COVID-19 testing under a new state executive order.
Assisted living communities and other long-term care facilities in Colorado will be required to use polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests for ongoing weekly surveillance testing of all staff members and residents who leave a facility, effective Nov. 20, according to an updated public health order issued by the state Department of Public Health and Environment.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is asking the federal government for staffing and supply help for assisted living communities and other long-term care facilities, as well as hospitals, in the state that are struggling with shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assisted living is recognized as one of the fastest-growing components of the long-term care industry, with an increasing proportion of residents having diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, according to presenters at the Gerontological Society of America 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online. Little is known, however, about assisted living quality, due to a lack of measures, they said.
Nebraska is looking to provide $40 million to help operators of assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities with their coronavirus pandemic-related expenses.
New rapid response teams rolled out by state health officials in Michigan are meant to help assisted living communities and other long-term care facilities in Michigan hit by staffing shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Oregon Department of Human Services began allowing limited indoor visitation at assisted living communities, residential care facilities and nursing homes in the state on Monday.
Connecticut is launching a bipartisan working group to evaluate and address challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and to make recommendations on changes needed in assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities.
Health officials in Connecticut have ordered assisted living communities and nursing homes to resume mandatory weekly testing of employees in an effort to contain coronavirus outbreaks.
Despite an average daily increase in COVID-19 cases in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that the state will begin allowing outdoor visitation at assisted living communities and nursing homes, regardless of whether those facilities have coronavirus cases.
A bill requiring long-term care facilities, including assisted living communities, to prevent social isolation in residents was signed into law Friday in New Jersey.
The Connecticut state government should have worked more closely with assisted living communities and nursing homes in the early days of the pandemic to “prevent the tragic loss of life,” according to the results of a new study of the state’s preparedness and response.
As the warm weather of summer slips away, Pennsylvania long-term care providers see the same happening with their opportunities for outdoor visitation.
A new national study funded by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care will reveal how the effects of COVID-19 on residents differ between various senior housing and care settings to identify best practices in preventing future outbreaks.
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Realizing Florida’s continuing care retirement communities would be placed in an untenable position due to a proposed federal rule affecting the Medicaid program, LeadingAge Florida knew it had to act.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a legislative package meant to address issues in the long-term care industry, including wages for frontline workers and response coordination for infectious disease outbreaks. One industry association, however, maintains that the minimum wage increase that is part of the package amounts to an “unfunded mandate.”
A survey of long-term care providers in Pennsylvania provides a “sobering” look at how the pandemic is affecting operations and should be cause for “immediate alarm,” according to an association representative.