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30 percent of senior living members still report PPE challenges, Argentum, ASHA say

Almost one-third (30%) of senior living companies that are members of Argentum or the American Seniors Housing Association still face challenges in securing adequate personal protective equipment in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the organizations told the Senate Special Committee on Aging in a statement submitted for the record of the committee’s May 21 hearing, titled “Caring for Seniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis.” AHCA / NCAL also submitted comments.

More COVID-19 testing needed for assisted living and skilled nursing, groups say as CMS issues guidance for reopening

Two associations representing long-term care providers on Monday called for more funding for COVID-19 testing for assisted living communities as well as skilled nursing facilities after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a plan for the relaxing of the restrictions put in place in the nation’s nursing homes due to the pandemic.

White House announcements do nothing to help non-nursing home settings, LeadingAge says; AARP opposes litigation immunity for providers

The White House’s recommendation that all states test nursing home residents and staff members for the novel coronavirus over the next two weeks, and President Trump’s comment that “we have prevailed” on COVID-19 testing — both made Monday — leaves unanswered the question, “What help does this provide to millions of vulnerable adults cared for in non-nursing home settings?” LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan said. Meanwhile, the AARP on Monday sent a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asking them to reject proposals to grant immunity from COVID-19-related lawsuits to assisted living, skilled nursing and other long-term care providers.
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Industry repeats call for resources as Congress members ask for assisted living COVID-19 case details

Industry associations are supporting the transparency requested by three members of Congress who have asked 11 assisted living companies to detail their case counts and strategies related to COVID-19 — including use of personal protective equipment and testing, but the associations also continue to call on the federal government to prioritize assisted living operators for PPE and other resources to battle the disease.
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Federal effort ‘important first step’ but ‘far short’ of what’s needed to protect seniors against COVID-19, leaders say

President Trump’s remark Thursday that seniors are being taken “very special care of” is “false,” and federal government efforts “far short of what’s needed to protect the most vulnerable Americans from the coronavirus,” LeadingAge CEO Katie Smith Sloan said. AHCA / NCAL CEO Mark Parkinson said the announcement was “an important first step,” and Argentum CEO James Balda said “there is much more that needs to be done for senior living communities.”
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COVID-19 fight in long-term care not limited to nursing homes or for-profits, LeadingAge tells federal officials

LeadingAge is urging the federal government to ensure that all aging services providers — not just nursing homes, and not just for-profit providers — receive “meaningful” amounts of personal protective equipment, “effective and efficient” testing, and a “comprehensive approach to supporting older adults and the workers who care for them” as providers fight to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19.