In a show of “disappointment” over the latest coronavirus relief package introduced Monday by Senate Republicans, senior living leaders said the proposed legislation does not yet acknowledge the “fundamental truth” that “older lives are not expendable.”
Costs related to coronavirus testing forced Maryland state leaders to peg August 15 as the date the state will no longer be able to pick up the tab for mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing of nursing home staff. Instead, the facilities themselves will be forced to cover the cost, which can range from $100 to $125 per employee each week.
A new Task Force on Long-Term Care in Arizona, announced Tuesday, will develop recommendations and metrics for how and when visitation within assisted living communities and nursing homes can resume safely and what steps facilities can take before then to help residents and their loved ones maintain contact.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said the state is making progress toward slowing the spread of COVID-19 cases in assisted living, skilled nursing and nursing homes.
Connecticut legislative leaders are pressing Gov. Ned Lamont for answers after the state health department announced this week that 90 individuals, including some assisted living residents, were inaccurately classified as COVID-19-positive, placing them at risk for the illness.
California has restored the names of assisted living communities where COVID-19-related deaths have occurred to a state website shortly after resident advocates questioned the move and blamed the long-term care industry. An industry group, however, said it did not ask the state to stop publishing the data.
As Florida has become the “epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic” and the Trump administration seeks to block COVID-19 funding for states, national and state aging services organizations on Monday released a Florida COVID-19 situation report and a call for federal leadership and legislation to protect older adults.
California has mirrored the country in double-digit growth in the number of assisted living beds and residents in recent years, with need expected to increase further with the aging population, according to a new report from the California Health Care Foundation.
A Missouri law set to take effect in August allows assisted living community residents to install visible electronic monitoring devices in their rooms, allowing families a window into their loved ones’ care. The law applies to other facility types as well.
Calling Arizona’s June 50% increase in COVID-19 cases “brutal,” Gov. Doug Ducey for the first time has pulled assisted living communities into the mix of potentially accepting transfers from hospitals of COVID-19 patients.
Elder care advocates and some lawmakers are supporting a “far-reaching” bill introduced in the Minnesota legislature that would increase state oversight of assisted living communities. But industry representatives say the proposed legislation runs counter to groundbreaking licensure laws achieved through a collaborative process involving many layers of stakeholders.
All assisted living communities and nursing homes in Montana will be required to participate in surveillance testing of staff members and residents as a condition of allowing visitors, Gov. Steve Bullock announced this week, saying he would ask the state Department of Public Health and Human Services issue an emergency order with the stipulation.
As New York’s assisted living communities prepare for the next phase of reopening, they are adopting a “new normal” for operating that will include new best practices in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state of Connecticut will pay a research firm $450,000 to conduct an independent review of the state’s COVID-19 response in assisted living communities and nursing homes, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday.
As a coronavirus-caused recession continues to take hold, state and local governments are being forced to cut back support to schools, health programs and other support services, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The implication for senior living and care operators: Medicaid and other funding support might get squeezed.
The federal government should extend the public health emergency declaration beyond July 26 and prioritize assisted living communities and nursing homes when a COVID-19 vaccination becomes available, American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living said Monday in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar.
Florida jumped nine places from 2019 to claim the top spot as best U.S. state for retirement in 2020, according to a new report.
Regulatory reforms are coming for assisted living community and personal care home operators in Georgia after Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill imposing staffing, training and financial reporting requirements.
Some of the fastest-growing occupations in New York between 2016 and 2026 are expected to be positions found in senior living communities and other healthcare settings, according to an annual report on trends in the healthcare workforce in New York.
Assisted living communities in Virginia will receive $20 million from the state to support their responses to COVID-19, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday. The state also has begun naming facilities where cases and deaths due to COVID-19 have occurred, he said.