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Assisted Living

Business briefs for Monday, April 6

Regional Health Properties revenue down nearly 9% in 2019, according to year-end earnings report … Resort Lifestyle Communities opens Arkansas senior living community … Senwell facilitates two skilled nursing license sales … Dwight Capital closes two senior care refinances

Staffing

Labor Department excludes senior living from COVID-19 relief bill’s paid leave requirement

The Department of Labor released updated questions and answers regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Saturday, and provided guidance categorizing senior living providers as “health care providers” under the act. The move means operators will be excluded from requirements that certain companies with fewer than 500 workers provide up to 12 days of paid leave for employees who need to care for children due to school closures.

Marketing

Dementia / Alzheimer's

LTSS / HCBS / PACE

Sen Cory Booker speaks.

HCBS, caregivers focus of presidential hopeful Cory Booker’s long-term care plan

Changing eligibility for long-term services and supports, expanding access to home- and community-based services, increasing compensation for paid caregivers and finding a way to compensate family caregivers — all are elements of a plan for long-term care unveiled by Sen. Cory Booker, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in the 2020 election.

CCRCs / Life Plan Communities

Sick elderly person

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.

Argentum

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COVID-19 could have $57 billion impact on senior living; Argentum, ASHA request $20 billion from HHS

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a $40 billion to $57 billion financial impact on the U.S. senior living industry over the next year, American Seniors Housing Association and Argentum leaders said in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Citing the forecast from a third-party analysis, ASHA and Argentum asked Azar to allocate $20 billion from the CARES Act to companies operating independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities.
concerned worker

Frontline workers must be priority for COVID-19 resources, groups say; Juniper to test all residents, staff

The safety and well-being of frontline workers in senior living and skilled nursing must be prioritized in order to ensure that older adults receive the care they need and that the spread of COVID-19 is minimized, leaders of professional organizations serving the industry said in a unified message released Thursday. Meanwhile, also on Thursday, Bloomfield, NJ-based Juniper Communities said it had begun testing all residents and employees for COVID-19 at the communities it owns.

NCAL

LeadingAge

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.

NIC

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