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Louisville Senior Derby Dance – Postponed

Louisville Senior Derby Dance - Postponed

This event has been postponed. When we have a new date, we will post it here.

Join Magnolia Springs Louisville and Senior Home Transitions for LIVE MUSIC, DANCING, VENDORS, a DERBY HAT CONTEST and LUNCH from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The dance will be held at The Jeffersonian, 10617 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. RSVPs are required, so call 502-890-9409 or Click Here for more information or to reserve your seat today!

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Assisted Living Facilities Regarding Visitation

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Assisted Living Facilities Regarding Visitation

Yesterday at 4 p.m., KSLA received a letter from DAIL which included guidance recommendations related to visitation at Assisted Living facilities. Click Here to see the letter in its entirety.

The letter referenced a link to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance, which was released on March 4. Click Here to see that guidance. This guidance is in line with Governor Beshear's recommendations as well as the Center for Disease Control and the Department for Public Health.

The letter also includes contact information for those with questions regarding infection control, transmission-based precautions, and use of personal protective equipment. Those contacts, from the Healthcare-Associated Infection/Antibiotic Resistance Prevention Program, are:

  • Andrea Flinchum: 502-564-3261 ext. 4248
  • Michael Curran: 502-564-3261 ext. 4249
  • Chad Eldridge: 502-564-3261 ext. 4251

If you have questions about your Assisted Living Community, contact Buddy Hoskinson, DAIL Division Director for Quality Assurance and Improvement, at 502-564-6930 ext. 3531.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit the following sites:

Very Important Information from Argentum re: Coronavirus

Very Important Information from Argentum re: Coronavirus

Bob received the following communication from James Balda, President & CEO of Argentum regarding the Coronavirus:

Robert,

The news surrounding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world and in the United States is creating justifiable concerns for senior living providers and others in our industry. While much about the spread of the disease is still unknown, indications point to the fact that older people, and those with preexisting medical conditions, appear to be more vulnerable, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The fatality rate is still being analyzed, but a paper released by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that studied recorded cases of coronavirus from mainland China as of February 11, shows the average fatality rate at 2.3%. However, that rises to 8% in those between 70-79 and 14.8% in those over 80.

At this point, there is no vaccine and no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus, according to WHO. However, there are simple precautions you can take, including:

  • Practice good hand hygiene (wash your hands, use gloves, use hand sanitizers)
  • Be cognizant of respiratory hygiene and sneeze/cough etiquette (use of disposable tissues)
  • Engage in environmental cleaning (wipe down surfaces with antibacterial/virucide cleaners and clean frequently touched areas)
  • Educate your residents and visitors about prevention practices, response, and precautions at your communities
  • Remind staff and volunteers of training on sources of exposure, prevention, and recognition of symptoms and communication protocols

As an Argentum member, I want to assure you that we are working closely with our partners and relevant stakeholders to gather additional information to share with you regarding the coronavirus.

We appreciate your dedication and diligence as we work together to combat this challenge.

James Balda

President & CEO

Argentum 

The following links will take you to Argentum's Coronavirus toolkit, sample talking points to use when communicating about the Coronavirus, and a "what to do now" checklist - all provided by Argentum. There are also links to several articles written about the Coronavirus.

Click Here for a comprehensive toolkit which will be updated regularly as more facts and information become available.

Click Here for Talking Points you can use when communicating with residents, staff, family members, visitors/vendors, and the media about the Coronavirus.

Click Here for Communications and Operational items that can be addressed now.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary

Information for Healthcare Professionals

Control and Prevention

Share Facts About COVID-19: Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.

Very Important Information from DAIL re: Coronavirus

Very Important Information from DAIL re: Coronavirus

We wanted to let you know that KSLA is working with DAIL and the Office of Inspector General on a daily basis to bring you the latest information about the Coronavirus and how to best care for residents during this time. Bob will be participating in daily conference calls between DAIL's Commissioner Elridge, Inspector General Adam Mather, and representatives from other senior living associations in Kentucky. We will pass along any new information we receive in these conference calls to our members.

 

Director Buddy Hoskinson, Quality Assurance and Improvement, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, DAIL, has provided information from the Kentucky Department for Public Health and has encouraged us to share it with our members. This information includes when to seek care, who is at risk, community guidance, DPH coronavirus updates, and numerous links to information provided by other agencies.

 

According to Director Hoskinson, DAIL is following guidance from the Governor's office and the the information below is being updated daily. Click Here to see more, and check back daily for new information.

 

In addition to the information above, Director Hoskinson provided two additional documents from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for us to share with you. Click on the documents below to see these resources.

 

Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities

 

What You Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019

 

Once again, as new information becomes available, we will update you. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you have.

Provider Registration for 2020 KSLA Conference & Exhibition is Open!

Provider Registration for 2020 KSLA Conference & Exhibition is Open!

KSLA is pleased to invite you to the 2020 KSLA Conference & Exhibition on July 15-16, 2020 at the Holiday Inn East Louisville! Click Here for a printable registration packet.

To register, Click Here or complete and return the last two pages of the registration packet.

The deadline to register is June 30, 2020.

Save the Date for Park Louisville’s Hat Exchange Party – Postponed

Save the Date for Park Louisville's Hat Exchange Party - Postponed

This event has been postponed. When we have a new date, we will post it here.

Save the Date for Park Louisville's Hat Exchange Party to benefit Kentuckiana Stroke Association. From 4-6 p.m. on April 21, bring your gently-used hat to trade for a "new to you" hat at this Derby-themed mixer with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres! The hat exchange will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested for this event.

Stroke of Luck Networking Day – Postponed

Stroke of Luck Networking Day - Postponed

This event has been postponed. When we have a new date we will post it here.

The Kentuckiana Stroke Association's "Stroke of Luck Networking Day" will be held in the new Starting Gate Suites. Your $100 donation includes one seat at the event, fabulous buffet, soft beverages and program. Purchase your tickets today as this event will sell out early. Gates open at 11:30. For more information, Click Here.

New CDC Guidance: Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities (Interim Guidance)

New CDC Guidance: Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities (Interim Guidance)

KSLA and all Assisted Living Communities received information from Carrie Anglin, DAIL, this morning regarding preventing the spread of COVID-19 in retirement and independent living communities. We are passing this along to those who may not have seen it yet, including our personal care homes.

This new communication includes what owner/operators/administrators, residents, visitors/volunteers and staff can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, it tells you what to do once a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in your facility.

Click Here to see this new communication from the CDC.

And don't forget, visit www.kycovid19.ky.gov for the latest information on the Coronavirus in Kentucky.

KSLA’s 2020 Conference & Exhibition Has Been Rescheduled to July 15-16, 2020

KSLA's 2020 Conference & Exhibition Has Been Rescheduled to July 15-16, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the KSLA Board of Directors has decided to postpone the KSLA Conference from March 25-26 to July 15-16, 2020.

All Provider and Exhibitor registration fees will carry over to the July 15-16 dates, so there is no need to re-register. And, the Holiday Inn will adjust the reservations for all who have booked their overnight accommodations to reflect the new Conference dates.

If you have not registered for the Conference but would like to, Click Here. The deadline to register is June 30, 2020.

Send Us Your Photos – Deadline June 23

Send Us Your Photos - Deadline June 23

One of our favorite times at the KSLA annual Conference is seeing all of the great photos from your communities during the Awards luncheon. We love seeing what your residents and staff have been up to over the past year. So, if you'd like to have your photos included in the slide show, send your favorites to Rebecca@KentuckySeniorLiving.org by June 23. Thanks!

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