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CDC Revises COVID-19 Guidance

The CDC has issued revised COVID-19 guidance to include recommendations for testing, isolation, and other mitigation strategies.

 

The agency still recommends testing in high-risk settings, to include long-term care facilities, irrespective of vaccination status. Additionally, individuals who are symptomatic or have a known or suspected exposure should test.

 

Isolation Guidance

  • Anyone who is symptomatic or tests positive should isolate for five or more days, wear a mask, and avoid contact with high-risk individuals.
  • Individuals may stop isolating after five days if no symptoms develop or if symptoms are improving and have not had a fever for 24-hours.
  • In addition, the guidance also states that “Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11.”

 

It also recommends continuing to wear a mask through day 10 or after two sequential negative tests 48-hours apart.

The Kentucky Senior Living Association Announces the Promotion of Rebecca Pfalzgraf to Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Senior Living Association (KSLA) is excited to announce the promotion of Rebecca Pfalzgraf from Director of Communications and Member Services to Executive Director. Rebecca has been with KSLA for more than four years. In her time with KSLA, she has provided top-notch support to the KSLA leadership and members in several areas including organizational management, communications, event planning, and member advocacy.

 

Rebecca brings over 30 years of customer relations experience and 20 years of organizational management experience to her new position, the last 4+ years being with KSLA. Each year during her time at KSLA, she has taken on a larger role in the planning and execution of the KSLA annual conferences under the direction of Bob White, former Executive Director, now retired.

 

In her new role, and in addition to her current responsibilities, Rebecca will be responsible for the management of all KSLA daily operations; technical and advocacy support of KSLA members; providing educational opportunities to KSLA members; growing the KSLA membership; and collaborating with industry leaders and representatives from state agencies including working to promulgate regulations related to the recently passed SB-11 legislation.

 

Rebecca’s first day in her new position was July 1, 2022.

Welcome New Members!

KSLA is pleased to welcome these two new Associate members:

 

Mullaney's, a Guardian Pharmacy

Mullaney's, a Guardian Pharmacy

Mullaney’s Pharmacy is dedicated to delivering the highest possible level of care to residents of assisted living facilities. Their team includes pharmacists, licensed pharmacy consultants, certified pharmacy technicians, registered nurses, billing experts, and experienced medication couriers. Your contact is Tom Mullaney, President, 513-587-6201, 513-543-8285, TMullaney@Mullaneyrx.com.

 

Senior Benefits Alliance

Senior Benefits Alliance

Senior Benefits Alliance is committed to excellence. Since their beginning, they have been working hard to ensure their clients receive the best possible services in Kentucky and Indiana. Their team of professionals offer unparalleled support and expert advice. Learn more about what they do by contacting Paul Kraft, Owner, 866-990-8581, 502-939-483, PKraft@SeniorBA.org.

CDC Update: COVID-19 Vaccinations – When Are You Up-to-Date?

CDC Update: COVID-19 Vaccinations - When Are You Up-to-Date?

The CDC has updated its guidance for COVID-19 vaccinations to include their definition of "up-to-date."

According to the latest guidance, "You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible.

To read all of the updated information, as of June 19, 2022, Click Here.

Welcome Associate Members!

KSLA would like to introduce some recently joined Associate members. You may have learned about some of these companies at our recent Conference in April - a few of whom were Conference sponsors and/or facilitated a table at the "Idea Share" General Session. We're excited that they've joined our membership!

Graham Company (Commercial Insurance Provider)

Graham Company has the experience to develop specialized products that fit your needs. Whether you are looking for an alternative risk financing mechanism, insuring a large project, making a critical acquisition, structuring coverage to protect your leadership, expanding your business or dealing with environmental issues, they can develop a solution that is customized for your business and your specific situation.

Your contact person is Hunter Henderson, Consultant, 801-680-7947, HHenderson@GrahamCo.com.

Industry Lab Diagnostic Partners

ILDP is an independent clinical reference laboratory committed to providing fast, reliable results to health care providers and patients.

Your contact person is Patty Hansel, 502-358-9724, PHansel@ildp.com.

KARE

A Revolutionary Staffing Solution BY the Industry FOR the Industry. KARE is thoughtfully brought to you by seasoned industry professionals.

With decades of combined experience operating senior care companies, we understand the impending threats of the labor crisis and the need to solve it.

Your contact is Rich Kortum, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, 832-380-8740, 402-560-2278, RKortum@DoYouKare.com.

Odessa Connect

OdessaConnect turns your residents' TV screen into a computer screen. No apps, downloads, or passwords. Designed to be simple and safe for seniors. Residents can control their TV and navigate OdessaConnect with one remote, which was designed in collaboration with geriatric specialists, our universal remote is easy to see, hold, and operate. It's a private TV channel with no spam, no junk mail, no robocalls. Only people your residents approve can join them on OdessaConnect. And your residents can connect simply with family, friends, caregivers via voice message or video call with one click.

Your contact is Angie Honza, Community Ambassador, 502-383-8439, 303-505-8086, Angie@OdessaConnect.tv.

Sedna Senior Advisors

Sedna Senior Advisors provides 100% free senior referral services to consumers. Jessica Heck and Shauna Darbyshire, long-time KSLA members and both veterans in the senior living industry, assess the consumers' needs, match them to a few communities based on those needs, go on tours with them, assist in coordination of moves, and provide follow up consulting once the resident moves in.

You can reach Sedna Senior Advisors at Jessica@SednaSeniorAdvisors.com, 502-255-2500 or 502-689-6909.

Argentum Honors Bob White, Longtime Leader in Kentucky Senior Living Industry
At the Argentum Conference in mid-May, Argentum presented Bob White, KSLA Executive Director with an Argentum “A” award, noting the decades of dedication to not only association work but to that of his residents when he was an operator. They honored him personally at two of the Conference events, and on Thursday, May 26th, they released this article. It's most definitely worth a read!
As you know, Bob will be retiring from KSLA at the end of June, but even though he won't be reporting to the KSLA office every day, he's not taking his toes completely out of the senior living waters. Bob will see SB-11 through by working with a team of people to promulgate the regulations associated with the new statute.
KSLA Mourns the Loss of Kevin Hansen, Associate Representative on the Board of Directors

KSLA Mourns the Loss of Kevin Hansen, Associate Representative on the Board of Directors

We are saddened to share that Kevin Hansen, Associate Representative on the KSLA Board of Directors, passed away on Sunday, March 6.

 

Anyone who knew Kevin, knew he was an extremely kind and compassionate person with a passion for many things including family, education, his students, and softball. His vast knowledge of the senior living landscape and his efforts to educate future leaders in the senior living industry will be missed by so many.

 

We will miss our conversations with Kevin, the knowledge and experience that he shared in service to the KSLA members, his leadership on the KSLA Education and Conference Planning Committee, his wit, charm and enthusiasm for bettering the lives of aging adults in Kentucky. Rest in Peace Kevin - Godspeed.

 

Obituary

SB-11 Passed the House 96-0!

Good news! SB-11 passed the House last Tuesday, unanimously, 96-0!

SB-11 was delivered to the governor last Wednesday. It awaits his signature which would pass the bill into law immediately. If for some strange reason the governor vetoes the bill, we will have the votes to override the veto.

Thank you all for your support in getting this very important bill to this point.

KSLA Congratulates Three “Fast 50” Associate Members and One “Fast 50” Provider Member

KSLA Congratulates Three "Fast 50" Associate Members and One "Fast 50" Provider Member

Each year, Louisville Business First announces it's list of "Fast 50" companies, which ranks private companies in the Louisville area by revenue growth over a period of time. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, three KSLA Associate members and one KSLA Provider member persevered and had some of their best years ever.

 

Each company is independent, for-profit, and privately held and must disclose three years of financial documentation to be considered for the list of "Fast 50" companies in our area. The 50 companies with the highest percentage of revenue growth from 2018-2020 made the "Fast 50" list. Among those 50 are these four KSLA members:

 

#7 Schaefer General Contracting: Eric Schaefer, Senior Vice President, made the list, reporting a whopping 134.3% revenue growth

 

#14 Arcadia Communities, LLC: Brian Durbin, President (and KSLA At-Large Board of Director) reported a 79.6% revenue growth

 

#17 Miranda Construction: Ryan Miranda, President, made the list, reporting 66.7% revenue growth

 

#27 Jacobs Group, Inc.: Scott Jacobs, President, reported a 39.4% revenue growth.

 

Congratulations!

FDA Authorizes ‘Mix and Match’ Boosters

FDA Authorizes ‘Mix and Match’ Boosters

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has amended its emergency use authorizations for several actions regarding booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including allowing the use of heterologous, or “mix and match” booster doses: using a different type of vaccine from the primary dose for a booster dose.

 

Amendments also address times between primary doses and boosters and clarify that people with “frequent institutional or occupational exposure” to COVID are eligible for Moderna and Pfizer boosters.

 

The FDA amendments stated in full:

 

  • The use of a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that may be administered at least 6 months after completion of the primary series to individuals:
    • 65 years of age and older
    • 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19
    • 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2
  • The use of a single booster dose of the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at least 2 months after completion of the single-dose primary regimen to individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • The use of each of the available COVID-19 vaccines as a heterologous (or “mix and match”) booster dose in eligible individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a different available COVID-19 vaccine.
  • To clarify that a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at least 6 months after completion of the primary series to individuals 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

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