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Articles of Interest - March 29, 2021

Click the links below to read articles of interest from our March 29, 2021 eBlast.

 

How Long-Term Care Facilities Can Help Monitor COVID-19 Vaccine Safety — Staff and residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are among the first groups to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. As an administrator, you and your staff’s participation in vaccine safety monitoring is essential to ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. No safety concerns have been detected to date, but ongoing monitoring will continue. For more information visit: How Long-Term Care Facilities Can Help Monitor COVID-19 Vaccine Safety (cdc.gov).

 

The CDC has updated its page on Reporting COVID-19 Vaccination Data for Long-Term Care Facilities

 

Assisted, senior living need more funding for COVID battle: Opinion Column by Matt Baker (Wellsboro Gazette)

COVID-19 County Indicator Map as of 3/16/2021

Red counties are down from 18 on March 4th to 8 as of March 16th. Great job Kentucky!

COVID-19 County Indicator Map as of 3/16/2021

KSLA Executive Director Bob White’s Comments in a Recent Article About Resuming Visits in Senior Living

KSLA Executive Director Bob White's Comments in a Recent Article About Resuming Visits in Senior Living

See what our Executive Director, Bob White (and others) have to say about the long-awaited resumption of visits in senior living!

Click Here to read the article.

Press Release: Congress Fails Seniors and Caregivers in COVID Relief Package

Press Release: Congress Fails Seniors and Caregivers in COVID Relief Package

In a press release from Thursday, March 4, 2021, Argentum said, "Seniors and their caregivers will be left behind in a $1.9 trillion rescue package that Congress is expected to pass this weekend." James Balda, Argentum President and CEO, went on to say, "“Relief funding for long-term care remains noticeably and alarmingly absent from the legislation’s provisions. It’s nonsensical that the providers serving the most vulnerable population during this pandemic have been left without meaningful support in this latest package.”

 

This exclusion from the most recent COVID Relief Package makes it more important than ever for senior living providers to receive funds promised via the CARES Act. Unfortunately, only a fraction of the amount promised to senior living communities has actually been delivered.

 

“The administration needs to step up and ensure this funding is distributed before communities have to start closing their doors,” said Balda. “If communities close, seniors will lose their homes, caregivers will lose jobs, and the financial burden on Medicaid will rise steeply.”

 

Click Here to read the press release in full.

 

Argentum continues to lead efforts on Capitol Hill to include relief funding specifically targeted at senior living operators. Argentum has been working with Senator Susan Collins to advance an amendment that would include substantially more funding to the Provider Relief Fund with a specific reference to assisted living providers, enabling them to access this fund. This amendment is a result of longstanding advocacy efforts with Senator Collins and many other lawmakers in educating them on our needs.

 

Argentum will continue to inform KSLA on the progress of the legislation and its efforts once the amendment is released. Regardless of if the amendment by Senator Collins is adopted, Argentum is confident that our message is getting through to lawmakers, and has identified several champions in Congress to push our message to the Biden administration on the need for targeted relief.

From Argentum: Urgent Help is Needed!

From Argentum: Urgent Help is Needed!

Congress is currently considering President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Unfortunately, the legislation as drafted by the U.S. House of Representatives does not adequately address the needs of seniors and caregivers. In the entire package, long-term care was mentioned only once and lumped with all congregate settings--including prisons, jails, psychiatric hospitals, and other facilities.

 

This is why we urgently need your help!

 

The House and Senate will continue to modify the legislation before they send it to President Biden to become law. We need as many senior living advocates as possible to tell Congress that these communities need more help.

 

With vaccines currently being administered in senior living communities, we are hopeful that we will be getting back to close to normal in the coming months. But until we defeat the virus, we need Congress to continue prioritizing seniors and caregivers. We kindly ask for you to join us in our advocacy efforts, and help put a local face on these needs.

 

Writing to Congress takes less than a minute. Just click on the appropriate link below and you’ll find a pre-written letter that you can add to with a personal note on how help from Congress will make things better for you and those in your community. Then all you need to do is enter your contact information and click “submit letter.” Your message will be sent directly to your member of Congress and both of your senators.

 

Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Residents | Family Members | Community Staff | Senior Care Advocate

COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Increasing to 13.5 Million Doses per Week

COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Increasing to 13.5 Million Doses per Week

According to an article in the New York Times, the White House says the COVID-19 vaccine supply is going up to 13.5 million doses a week thanks to a new federal pharmacy program. And, President Biden said that every American who wanted a COVID-19 vaccine would have one by the end of July, as a sufficient supply would be available by then. Click Here to read the article.

AARP Joins With Nonprofit to Teach Tech to Older Adults

AARP Joins With Nonprofit to Teach Tech to Older Adults

 

AARP is working with Senior Planet and its parent nonprofit organization, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), to offer FREE technology education courses to older adults across the United States.

 

Senior Planet programs are devised to teach adults 60+ basic computer skills as well as more advanced options. There are multiple class offerings each week including:

  • "Morning Stretch", Tai Chi and Chair Yoga
  • Cloud Storage - Learn how to store documents, images, and other files remotely, while protecting your important data.
  • MyChart - Come learn about this electronic health-record portal that works both in a web browser and app.
  • Getting Started on Zoom - Come to this hands-on workshop and sign up for a free, basic Zoom account.
  • How to Spot Fake News - This lecture will provide a helpful explanation of the term "fake news" and give you some tools to evaluate news sources
  • And many others!

 

One instructor noted that many participants login early and remain on-line after the class concludes so they can talk to new friends they've met through the program - whether they're close by or from across the country.

 

Click Here to Read More

KSLA Friend, Argentum Board Chair and Veteran Senior Living CEO Pat Mulloy Named to Board of Directors at Sharps Compliance

KSLA Friend, Argentum Board Chair and Veteran Senior Living CEO Pat Mulloy Named to Board of Directors at Sharps Compliance

Sharps Compliance Corp. (NASDAQ: SMED), a leading full-service national provider of comprehensive waste management solutions including medical, pharmaceutical, and hazardous, has appointed William Patrick (“Pat”) Mulloy II to its board of directors. Mulloy has more than 20 years of experience in the senior housing and long-term care industry, having led three successful senior housing companies. Most recently he served as CEO of Elmcroft Senior Living, a provider of assisted and independent living, as well as memory and respite care, with over 80 communities in 18 states, which he led from its founding in 2006 through early 2018. Click Here to Read More.

Johnson & Johnson Submits Single-dose COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate to FDA for Emergency Use Authorization

Johnson & Johnson Submits Single-dose COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate to FDA for Emergency Use Authorization

(Fox Business) On Thursday, February 4, Johnson & Johnson submitted its single-dose vaccine to the FDA for emergency use authorization. If approved, this will be a third vaccine option available. As of last week, the vaccine was about 72% effective. Click Here to read more.

For Older Adults, Specific Facebook Activities More Important Than Overall Use

For Older Adults, Specific Facebook Activities More Important Than Overall Use

study in Health Communication determined that older adults experienced different levels of competence, relatedness, and autonomy on Facebook based on the types of their activities on the website, reports EurekAlert. Seniors who posted more pictures to Facebook felt more competent, which boosted their well-being in general. Commenting more often and receiving more responses to posts also tended to enhance feelings of relatedness and connection with others on Facebook.

Click Here to read more.

Pope Institutes Catholic Day to Honor Seniors

Pope Institutes Catholic Day to Honor Seniors - World day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Pope Francis has instituted a “World day for Grandparents and the Elderly” in the Roman Catholic Church. This day will occur once a year to honor seniors and emphasize their importance to society.

Click Here to read more.

A Review of Biden’s American Rescue Plan and Its Impact for Senior Living

A Review of Biden's American Rescue Plan and Its Impact for Senior Living

President-elect Biden released his proposed $1.9 trillion relief package that includes $415 billion focused on combating the COVID-19 pandemic, over $1 trillion in direct aid to individuals and families, and $440 billion in assistance to businesses. The plan is sweeping and proposes large-scale spending items such as $1,400 in additional stimulus checks, an extension for key unemployment benefits, a federal minimum wage increase, as well as $20 billion for a national vaccination program and $50 billion to scale up coronavirus testing. Click Here to read more.

Johnson & Johnson Is Working on a COVID-19 Vaccine That Requires a Single Dose

Johnson & Johnson Is Working on a COVID-19 Vaccine That Requires a Single Dose

Yahoo! Lifestyle reports that other COVID-19 vaccine candidates besides Pfizer-BioNTech's and Moderna's are under development, including a single-dose option from Johnson & Johnson. The company has about 45,000 people enrolled in ongoing phase 3 clinical trials, and early data suggests the vaccine has significant potential. The company said that the vaccine also was "generally well-tolerated" in study participants. Click Here to read the article.

Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Impede COVID-19 Progression & Prevent Hospitalizations

Monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments were authorized by the FDA for emergency use in November 2020. When administered early in the course of infection, these outpatient infusions can impede disease progression and prevent hospitalizations.

 

Recently, the HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response established a program called SPEED (Special Projects for Equitable and Efficient Distribution) to provide mAbs directly to pharmacies serving long-term care communities. However, even with ready access to mAbs, many communities are unable to administer these potentially life-saving treatments due to staffing shortages and overwhelming clinical demands.

 

Communities experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak can contact the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) to identify infusion providers who can access and administer Bamlanivimab mAb therapy through a pilot program that addresses reimbursement and other potential obstacles to treatment.

Friends of Wii Bowling and Senior Leaders Wanting Our Seniors to Have Fun Again!

Friends of Wii Bowling and Senior Leaders Wanting Our Seniors to Have Fun Again!

(From Dennis Berkholtz, Founder of National Senior League, LLC) The National Senior League (NSL) will be managing its 11th season of Senior Wii Bowling Championships starting the week of Feb 15. Registration is now open on the NSL website at www.nslgames.com or by calling (435) 714-9491. Information is on the NSL website. Given the many accolades of last season, I hope you'll try to participate in this seasons championships. We had many coaches tell us how thankful they and their Wii bowlers were last season for having the opportunity to do something fun in spite of COVID.

 

Wii bowlers can easily keep their 6' distancing and wear masks as they bowl. The bowlers love to bowl - they only need the opportunity from leaders in their communities to do so.

 

Thanks for your past support. Hope you will continue to support seniors as we bowl through COVID.

 

Dennis Berkholtz

#204 Emerald Dunes

2934 Scenic Highway 98

Destin, FL 32541

Founder National Senior League LLC

435 714 9491

dennis@nslgames.com

www.nslgames.com

Assisted Living Communities to Utilize COVID-19 Detecting Dogs

Assisted Living Communities to Utilize COVID-19 Detecting Dogs

(Clay Neely, December 30, 2020) Five senior living communities in Atlanta, Georgia are receiving partner dogs because of their uncanny ability to recognize the scents of COVID-19 and, hopefully, other common health concerns in community residents.

 

Dogs in training now are able to identify the COVID-19 virus via sterile swabs used to collect sweat samples from test subjects. According to the article, these trials are expected to be complete, and dogs placed in facilities, in early 2021.

 

Click Here to read more.

Global Caregiver Community

Calling all caregivers everywhere! Are you a caregiver struggling, overwhelmed, and looking for guidance and help? If so, you're invited to a free Zoom meeting every Thursday from 10-10:45 a.m. Invite family and professional caregivers, as well as those wanting to learn how to support and help caregivers. There will be a discussion of a specific topic for the first 15-20 minutes and then open discussion on a variety of issues. Learn how to survive and thrive, laugh and enjoy a fulfilled life through your care giving journey. Click Here to register, or for more information, contact Katherine Autin at 502.314.8307.

Thanks PCA Pharmacy!

Thanks PCA Pharmacy!

KSLA would like to thank Hannah Bruenderman and Rob Leffler, PCA Pharmacy, for leading a free webinar for our members entitled "Taking the Confusion Out of Dementia Care During COVID-19" on Thursday, October 1.

 

Those who attended the webinar live were eligible for one Contact Hour. However, if you'd like to watch a recording of the webinar for informational purposes, Click Here. Also, Click Here to see the slide deck from the presentation.

 

PCA Pharmacy is one of KSLA's Associate members and a Premier sponsor, and Rob is a great resource for anyone having issues with memory care residents. This is the second educational event that he's led for us and he has an extensive knowledge base of the different types of dementia, the symptoms associated with each type, and the best types of medications for treating each type. Consider using Rob as a resource as you partner with residents, their families and their physicians with your memory care residents.

 

Thanks again to Rob and Hannah for providing valuable information to KSLA provider members!

Featured Associate – Bellarmine University

Featured Associate - Bellarmine University

Department of Health and Aging Services Leadership

Dr. David G. Wolf, Ph.D., MSJ, MSOL, Department Chair and Professor

DWolf@Bellarmine.edu

 

The Department of Health and Aging Services Leadership at Bellarmine prepares students for a range of careers as leaders in health services and senior living, or for continuing their education in graduate programs. The program helps students understand the broader context of health services delivery to prepare for careers in assisted living communities, senior housing, skilled nursing, home- and community-based services organizations, and hospice and palliative care organizations.

 

Students choose from one of three majors to pursue a career in health and aging services: Bachelor of Arts in Aging Studies, Bachelor of Science in Senior Living Leadership, or a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration. The curriculum focuses on important factors in aging services, including current trends, quality assurance and performance improvement, financial implications, leadership strategies, health policy, and ethical considerations in delivering care. Students synthesize contemporary best practices to include programmatic, financial, clinical, logistical, and technological aspects in the development and implementation an organization’s strategic plan.

 

Our students complete an experiential learning component through a 500-hour or 1,000-hour internship program. Bellarmine partners with many local care communities to host students for this experience, where executive directors and administrators serve as a “preceptor,” and students gain experience while assisting their site with projects to improve the quality of care delivered to residents, as well as increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

 

If you are interested in serving as a preceptor to one of our students, please contact Dr. Wolf using the information above. The Department is guided by an Advisory Board of local health services leaders, representing companies such as Trilogy Health Services, Nazareth Home, Atria Senior Living, as well as provider associations such as the Kentucky Senior Living Association.

 

For more information, please Click Here

UofL Trager Institute Uses Technology to Reduce Social Isolation for Older Adults

(By BETTY COFFMAN - AUGUST 4, 2020) The University of Louisville Trager Institute is developing technologies and services to reduce social isolation while maintaining social distancing.

 

“Social distancing does not have to mean social isolation,” said Anna Faul, executive director of the UofL Trager Institute. “We are working with community partners to bring technology and social supports to older adults facing increased social isolation due to the current pandemic.”

 

Click Here to read the article.

Paycheck Protection Program Extended Until August 8

Paycheck Protection Program Extended Until August 8

The deadline for applying for Paycheck Protection Program loans was June 30. But a vote by the Senate on June 30 extended the program for another five weeks, until August 8. This extension will allow small businesses to apply for the $130 billion not yet lent out. So if you have not applied yet – or if you applied and were turned down and want to try again – you have a new window of opportunity.

EPA Says Two Lysol Products “Effectively Kill” Coronavirus on Surfaces

EPA Says Two Lysol Products "Effectively Kill" Coronavirus on Surfaces

(New York Daily News) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has endorsed two Lysol disinfectant products as effective against the novel coronavirus and will allow the company to label them as such. The agency announced that Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist can "safely and effectively kill" the virus on surfaces as demonstrated by laboratory testing. The EPA had previously listed over 400 products that were effective against "harder-to-kill" viruses than the novel coronavirus, but this marks the first time the agency has tested a product specifically against it. The EPA intends to approve additional products in weeks to come.

 

Click Here to read the article.

Wichita State University Offering Free On-Line Classes to Adults Age 60+

Wichita State University Offering Free On-Line Classes to Adults Age 60+ - Starting This Fall

Wichita State University will be offering ten NEW 0.5 credit-hour (non-degree) courses for Fall 2020 designed primarily for students 60+ years of age. The course offerings are as follows:

The Geology of Natural Disasters

Mondays: August 3, 10, 17 and 24

Introduction to Meteorology

Tuesdays: August 4, 11, 18 and 25

History in Film

Wednesdays: August 5, 12, 19 and 26

Kansas and World War II

Thursdays: August 6, 13, 20 and 27

The Stories of Kansas Pioneer Women

Fridays: August 7, 14, 21 and 28

Shakespeare II

Tuesdays: September 8, 15, 22 and 29

National Politics

Wednesdays: September 9, 16, 23 and 30

Preserving Family Treasures

Thursdays: September 10, 17, 24 and October 1

From Prohibition to Populism

Fridays: September 11, 18, 25 and October 2

How to Listen to Jazz

Mondays: September 14, 21, 28 and October 5

Click Here to learn more.

Phased Restoration Guidance from the Commonwealth of Kentucky

In case you missed it, on June 26, 2020 Commissioner Elridge sent out guidance for the limited restoration of congregate dining, small group activities, and limited visitation activities for ALCs. The resumption date of these activities was June 29, 2020.

This guidance document was signed by Secretary Friedlander, Inspector General Adam Mather and DAIL Commissioner Elridge and the contents apply to both Assisted Living and Personal Care.

Click Here to read the guidance.

Click Here to download the form "Kentucky's Assisted Living Community Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19." If you haven't already, please complete and email this form to Buddy.Hoskinson@ky.gov. The questions on this document will assist your community in preparing for and responding to COVID-19 if/when it arrives in your community.

FDA Revokes Emergency Use Authorization for CQ & HCQ

FDA Revokes Emergency Use Authorization for CQ & HCQ

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revoked the emergency use authorization that allowed for chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate; analysis of emerging data led the FDA to determine that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine “are unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19” and that the potential for serious side effects now outweigh potential benefits.

Click Here to download the FDA's letter.

Discover Your COVID-19 Antibody Status: Free antibody testing for limited time. Urgent need for blood and platelets

Discover Your COVID-19 Antibody Status: Free antibody testing for limited time. Urgent need for blood and platelets

For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to their donors.This testing may provide critical insight into whether donors may have possibly been exposed to the coronavirus. The Red Cross is committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic.

 

What is the Antibody Test?

An antibody test screens for antibodies in your blood, which are formed when fighting an infection, like COVID-19. An antibody test assesses whether your immune system has responded to the infection, not if the virus is currently present. The COVID-19 antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms.

Please note the Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, including COVID-19. If you feel unwell for any reason, please postpone your donation. Individuals who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should not donate blood or platelets until they are symptom free for 28 days and feeling well and healthy.

 

Click Here to read the article in its entirety and to schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets.

From Kentucky Public Health: Additional Fall Prevention Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

From Kentucky Public Health: Additional Fall Prevention Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Click Here to read about fall prevention strategies and considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How One Idaho Community Uses Friendly Photos to Ease Anxiety Among Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Residents

How One Idaho Community Uses Friendly Photos to Ease Anxiety Among Alzheimer's and Memory Care Residents

BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) — Wearing PPE at all times can be hard on residents with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. To combat the confusion and fear that this could create, employees at a Boise, Idaho long term care facility wear small photos of themselves smiling on the outside of their PPE. This helps residents to recognize the person and know they are friendly. Great idea!

Together since 1952, a Couple Separated by COVID-19 Gets a Happy Reunion

Together since 1952, a Couple Separated by COVID-19 Gets a Happy Reunion

(NPR, June 3, 2020) Dr. Sharon Sandell is pediatric intensivist in the pediatric ICU at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas. This is the story of her parents, Larry and Anne Sandell, who both tested positive for COVID-19 in their Assisted Living community in Nevada after being quarantined for two weeks, with twice-daily temperature checks, and with no other positive cases in their ALC. Dr. Sandell believes that the precautions put in place by their facility, and the careful attention paid by the nurse there, may have saved her parents' lives. Click Here to read the article.

The Gift of Gratitude

The Gift of Gratitude

Greetings Forum Friends & Family!

 

In these times of uncertainty, I find myself thinking of what all I have to be thankful for. Naturally, I think of my beautiful family and the love and support they give me. I think of my Forum Family , and how lucky I am to work with such a great group of people. And of course, I am grateful for you, our extended Forum Friends.  We miss you and can’t wait to see you on the other side of this pandemic.

 

What is it about being appreciative that makes it important? Showing gratitude is a great way to clear your mind when you are feeling overwhelmed. After going through routine motions for a while, slowing down and contemplating how those around you add value to your life can be a breath of fresh air. Knowing who you are thankful for, and the reasons why, can really help you strike a balance.

 

For example, my instinct is to show gratitude through a physical connection, like a hug. Unfortunately, in these days of social isolation we are unable to express admiration in this way. Instead, now more than ever, I find myself expressing appreciation through a simple, “Thank You” or a kind word. Not only can you make someone’s day, but showing thankfulness has many other benefits.

 

According to  studies by Robert Emmons,  gratitude’s physical, psychological, and emotional perks include:

  • Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
  • More joy and pleasure, more optimism and happiness
  • More forgiving and outgoing outlooks, less lonely and isolated feelings

 

For these reasons, I encourage you to look for opportunities today to say “Thank You."

 

Warm Regards,

Kathy Embry

Sales Director, The Forum at Brookside

Our Mission: To honor and enrich the journey of life, one experience at a time.

Argentum’s Grassroots Campaign: Standing With Seniors

Argentum's Grassroots Campaign: Standing With Seniors

For those who are interested, the "Standing With Seniors" letter-writing campaign tools have been updated. Originally, the on-line letters were limited to only a few words. However, this issue has been corrected.

 

It’s more important than ever for Congress to hear from you, your residents and their families on what resources senior living needs due to COVID-19.

 

Argentum's goal is to reach 500,000 letters to members of Congress to support our needs for priority access to PPE, testing, and financial support.

 

Click on the appropriate letter below to send letters to members of Congress.

 

Residents

Family Members

Community Staff

Community Advocates

CDC Guidance Regarding Funerals, Memorial Gatherings and Visitations

CDC Guidance Regarding Funerals, Memorial Gatherings and Visitations

(May 27, 2020) Special consideration is needed for funerals, memorial gatherings, and visitations. The CDC has issued guidance that communities may want to consider sharing with residents and their families in the event of a loss. Click Here to see the CDC's Guidance.

Pat Mulloy Elected Chairman of the Argentum Board of Directors

Pat Mulloy Elected Chairman of the Argentum Board of Directors

KSLA congratulates Louisville resident and KSLA member, Pat Mulloy on his election as Chairman of Argentum's Board of Directors.

 

(May 18, 2020 Alexandria, Va.) Argentum announced today that Pat Mulloy, managing director, Commodore Capital, LLC was elected to serve as the new chairman of the Argentum Board of Directors. Most recently, he served as vice chairman on the board.

 

A foundational architect of the business model and mission of today’s senior living and “passionately committed to this industry,” Mulloy practiced law for 20 years before founding Atria Senior Living, where he was president and CEO from 1996 to 2000; becoming CEO of LifeTrust America from 2001 to 2004; and leading Elmcroft Senior Living, as CEO from 2006 to 2018.

 

“Over the past 24 years, it has been my good fortune to help build and lead three senior housing companies. I look forward to helping Argentum navigate these challenging times,” Mulloy said.

 

“At the end of the day, I am a ‘glass-is-half-full’ guy,” Mulloy continued. “Without question, our industry’s future is bright, notwithstanding the current virus. Our industry’s creativity and ingenuity will help us build even better communities for our residents—communities that afford access to reliable, high-quality services to live an engaged life.”

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.

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:

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.

A Must Read From Buddy Hoskinson (DAIL) re: Out-of-State Travel

A Must Read From Buddy Hoskinson (DAIL) re: Out-of-State Travel

Good Tuesday to you all. Thank you again for all of your good work that you are doing daily. Again more than ever we must step up and continue to do more about being Healthy At Home. Please take a moment to read the information from the Governor’s press conference yesterday (Monday, March 30, 2020) and the executive order he issued. Please for those Centers on the borders of our great Commonwealth this must be discussed. Asses your staff and residents, know about activities or appointments that require out of state travel. This is a time THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. We want to maintain healthy environments for all of our staff, residents, caregivers, and their family members.
Click Here for Press Conference Information, Monday March 30, 2020
Click Here for the Out-of-State Travel Executive Order, March 30, 2020
If you have questions or concerns about any of our information please reach out to me and we will do our very best to assist you.
Respectfully,
Buddy Hoskinson, Director
Quality Assurance and Improvement
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Department for Aging and Independent Living
275 East Main Street, 3E-E
Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
502-564-6930 Ext. 3531
859-948-9516 Work Cell
Are You or Your Residents Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis?

Are You or Your Residents Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis?

One of KSLA's Associate Members, The Brook Hospitals, is fully operational and serving the needs of the community. Psychiatric screening and assessments are available 24/7 and tele-assessments may be available. No referrals needed - anyone may call for assistance. Click Here to see their flyer with more information.

K4Connect Works to Keep Older Adults “Entertained” During Social Isolation

K4Connect Works to Keep Older Adults "Entertained" During Social Isolation

K4Connect, a provider of enterprise-grade tech for senior living communities, has partnered with Broadway actress Laura Benanti's #SunshineSongs project to entertain older adults while quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bernanti has asked people - children, famous people, etc. - to send in performance videos. These videos are being curated into K4Connect’s app, K4Community, so that residents may have free access to them to help battle loneliness and isolation. Click Here to read the article.

Seniors with COVID-19 May Show Unusual Symptoms

Seniors with COVID-19 May Show Unusual Symptoms

(Kaiser Health News, April 24) While fever, insistent cough and shortness of breath are typical symptoms of COVID-19, senior adults might not display any of these. Instead, senior adults may seem “off” — not acting like themselves ― early on after being infected by COVID-19. They may sleep more than usual or stop eating. They may seem unusually apathetic or confused. They may become dizzy and fall. Sometimes, seniors stop speaking or simply collapse. As we heard from DAIL Commissioner Elridge, other symptoms could include malaise and GI issues such as diarrhea and vomiting. And, complications from these symptoms can lead to further illness and injury.

Click Here to read the article in its entirety.

PPP Loan FAQs from the Small Business Administration (SBA)

PPP Loan FAQs from the Small Business Administration (SBA)

If you have received or expect to receive PPP money, Click Here to take a look at 31 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) recently issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Helping Residents to Stay Engaged During COVID-19

Helping Residents to Stay Engaged During COVID-19

Here are a few ways we found to assist in keeping residents engaged and entertained during quarantine:

AARP Senior Games On-Line - You don't have to be a member to play!

LiftUpLou - The Louisville Zoo's answer to keeping you in touch with the animal kingdom while keeping socially distant. Click on the links below to explore different areas of the LiftUpLou site including:

Virtually Visit the Art Institute of Chicago - Explore the collection, browse their video catalog, take virtual audio tours, check out interactive features about certain pieces, and get creative with art making activities and creative writing prompts.

Dance for EveryBODY - The Louisville Ballet's modified movement video program that can be done seated while staying healthy at home. Keep the mind and body active while performing the movements along with tunes like Shake, Rattle and Roll, Singing in the Rain, Good Times, and Boogie, Woogie Bugle Boy.

Kentucky Performing Arts At Home - Watch videos from a variety of local and regional musicians.

Live with Carnagie Hall - Watch and listen to musical performances, storytelling and conversations with a variety of artists.

Playbill Musicals: Stream made-for-television musicals from the comfort of home. Depending on selection, subscription may be required, however, many are available free via Vudu (Gypsy, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, and The Music Man).

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Video Streaming: Watch “virtual” therapeutic programs, including music, art, dance, yoga and exercise.

Related Article:

CNN Business: FaceTime Dance Parties and Digital Picture Frames: How People are Staying Connected to Their Grandparents

Associate Member Spotlight – Forza Architecture

Associate Member Spotlight - Forza Architecture

Forza Architecture, Inc. is a full-service architecture, planning and design firm committed to creating purposeful architecture and memorable spaces.

When our communities begin to re-open under a phased plan, architectural modifications to the existing floor plan may prove helpful in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Forza Architecture can review your current floor plan and offer suggestions on life safety and building code compliant design modifications to make, whether temporary or permanent, regarding separation of staff, visitors and residents in all areas including communal areas such as dining rooms, recreation rooms, salons, cafes, etc.

For more information, contact Stephen Tracy, Principal/Architect for more information at 502-896-1328 ext. 21 or Steve@ForzaArchitecture.com.

University of Louisville Trager Institute COVID-19 Information, Resources and Virtual Information Sessions

University of Louisville Trager Institute COVID-19 Information, Resources and Virtual Information Sessions

Using their team’s expertise in the areas of older adult health, chronic disease management, mental health, and caregiver stress, the Trager Institute shares practical advice and guidance for people who are scared and concerned for their safety and health, especially for those who are in the high-risk populations. Trager's goal is to create a proactive community of care for all who want to know more about COVID-19. For information and resources, including information about how to attend weekly virtual information sessions, Click Here.

Welcome New Member – Viking Pure Solutions

Welcome New Member - Viking Pure Solutions

KSLA welcomes Viking Pure Solutions to its membership!

Viking offers environmentally safe E-Water solutions such as disinfectants, cleaners and de-greasers. Their Green Technology allows you to produce your own powerful cleaning and disinfecting solutions on-site, thus eliminating restocking and a large portion of your carbon footprint, while removing dangerous cleaning products from your facility. Self-generation means you will never run out and you can make as much as you need for just pennies a gallon. To learn more about Viking Pure Solutions, Click Here or contact John Finney, CEO, 606-424-5654 or jpfinney1@yahoo.com.

Helping Residents to Stay Engaged During COVID-19

Helping Residents to Stay Engaged During COVID-19

Here are a few ways we found to assist in keeping residents engaged and entertained during quarantine - and they're FREE!

Libby - Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from your public library. You can stream books with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. ... You can download the Libby app on most iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices.

Colour Therapy On-line Adult Coloring Pages - this free iPhone or iPad app offers 60+ coloring pages that can be done electronically to create beautiful works of art. Then the completed project can be saved to the user's mobile device and shared on social networks.

Armchair Travel - Travel to exotic places from the comfort of your favorite chair. These videos will take you around the world to visit new places or re-vist places you've already experienced. Make it a socially-distant group activity by serving some food or snacks from the chosen country. Be sure to check out videos by Rick Steves, travel expert too.

Lux Radio Theater - Listen on-line to Lux Radio Theater, one of the genuine classic radio anthology series (NBC Blue Network (1934-1935); CBS (1935-1955), adapted first Broadway stage works, and then films to hour-long live radio presentations. It quickly became the most popular dramatic anthology series on radio, running more than twenty years. The program always began with an announcer proclaiming, "Ladies and gentlemen, Lux presents Hollywood!" Cecil B. DeMille was the host of the series each Monday evening from June 1,1936 until January 22, 1945.

30 for 30 Podcast - Calling all sports fans! This series comes to you from the makers of the award-winning ESPN TV series of the same name. Covering everything from big-league poker to the rise of female marathoners, this podcast is as much about America as it is about sports.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History - In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.

In-Room Fitness Challenge - YouTube has many fitness videos tailored to senior adults. Assist residents in a finding videos that are right for them and start a fitness challenge. Create a leader board, serve healthy snacks, throw a party (after quarantine is over) to celebrate milestones met by participants.

Active Choices Online! from Elderserve - A FREE, interactive six-month fitness program that incorporates physical activities into daily life. Geared toward tech-savvy individuals aged 55 and older, this program offers effective exercises that can be completed in the comfort of home for beginners and advanced persons alike. The program is designed to improve cardio, strength, balance and flexibility. And, Active Choices Online includes the following benefits:

  • One-on-one session with ElderServe Wellness Coordinator to create a six-month plan. (Via Zoom or Facebook Messenger)
  • Weekly Check-Ins via phone or video conferences for support and accountability
  • Two FREE Elastic Fitness Bands and a pedometer
  • Access to the ACO Facebook Group for exercise demonstration videos and group meetings
  • Contests, incentives and virtual celebrations for meeting fitness milestones
  • Healthy eating tips
  • Access to the Active Choices Newsletter

To learn more, contact Sana Ahmed at 502.736.3847 or sahmed@elderserveinc.org.

Terrarium Gardening - For the green thumbs, bring the garden indoors by creating a terrarium garden. While not free, terrarium gardens can be created with a variety of materials, a variety of designs, and in a variety of vessels. Check out a few ideas Here.

Welcome New Members!

Welcome New Members!

KSLA would like to welcome two new members, one Provider member and one Associate member:

(Assisted Living and Personal Care)
100 Garden Way
Campbellsville, KY 42718
Margaret Parson, Executive Director
Contact: 270.789.1200 or margaret@bluegrasswaysrliving.com
and
(A private TV channel that connects residents, family and staff)
1300 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Natalie Martin, Office Manager
Contact: 858.822.9428 or admin@myfamilychannel.com
CDC Newsletter: Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging

CDC Newsletter: Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging

Click Here to see the CDC's page "Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging." From that page, you can subscribe to their newsletter which includes updates about Alzheimer's disease and healthy aging, and information about caring for those with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, resources, preparedness and a multitude of other topics.

The CDC produces newsletters on a multitude of other topics too! For instance, to sign up for the CDC's COVID-19 updates via e-mail, Click Here. Or, Click Here to see a list of newsletter topics and manage your subscriptions.

Helping Residents to Stay Engaged During COVID-19

May is Older American's Month and the Administration for Community Living has developed some resources for keeping senior adults engaged during COVID-19.

Click Here to see prompts for a writing project.

Click Here to see some other ideas. There are links within the document to more ideas for engaging your residents such as free on-line courses, tours of zoos and aquariums, museums and galleries, and national parks. These are just a few of the ideas shared. Check it out!

DAIL FAQs Updated May 6, 2020 - Please Share with Residents and Families

A concern expressed by Commissioner Elridge on the KSLA call with DAIL on Wednesday, May 20 was whether the updated FAQs provided by DAIL are being shared with residents and family members. To ensure that there is open dialog, Commissioner Elridge requested that our communities share DAIL's FAQs with their residents and family members.

 

A copy of the updated FAQs can be found by clicking Here.

Argentum’s Grassroots Campaign: Standing With Seniors

Argentum's Grassroots Campaign: Standing With Seniors

For those who are interested, the "Standing With Seniors" letter-writing campaign tools have been updated. Originally, the on-line letters were limited to only a few words. However, this issue has been corrected.

It’s more important than ever for Congress to hear from you, your residents and their families on what resources senior living needs due to COVID-19.

Argentum's goal is to reach 500,000 letters to members of Congress to support our needs for priority access to PPE, testing, and financial support.

Click on the appropriate button below to send letters to members of Congress.

Welcome New Member!

Welcome New Member!

KSLA would like to welcome Servepro of East Louisville to our Association!

Servpro of East Louisville

Fire, water, mold & cleaning mitigation & restoration service provider

Hayley Hill, Marketing Representative

Contact: 502-244-7985 or 812-670-7881, HayleyHill.ServePro@gmail.com

825 Progress Blvd., New Albany, IN 47150

Exceptional Living Centers Expands Senior Living Portfolio

Exceptional Living Centers Expands Senior Living Portfolio, Senior Living in Kentucky, Kentucky Senior Living Association, Exceptional Living Centers

Congratulations "Caring Stars 2020" Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following KSLA members for being recognized as "Caring Stars 2020" Award Recipients:

Caring Stars is a national program recognizing service excellence in senior living and in-home care, based on consumer ratings and reviews in the Caring.com senior care directory.

To be recognized as a Caring Star of 2020, the senior living community had to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have an overall average rating of 4.5 stars or higher (on a scale of 1 to 5) by October 15, 2019;
  • Have 10 or more consumer reviews on their Caring.com listing by October 15, 2019;
  • Have 3 or more reviews on their listing dated between October 15, 2018 – October 15, 2019, including at least one that was posted during 2019 and at least one that had a 5-star rating; and
  • Respond to any/all negative (1-star or 2-star) reviews on their listing.

These four KSLA provider members are four of 149 in the country recognized. Congratulations!

Welcome to Two New Members!

Welcome to Two New Members!

The Kentucky Senior Living Association welcomes two new members to its Association: Bluebird Homecare, Inc. Kentucky and Forza Architecture, Inc.
10200 Forest Green Blvd, Suite 112, Louisville, KY 40223
Private-pay, non-medical home care services
Contact: Joanne Flatt, Regional Director, 502.429.9340, joanne.flatt@bluebirdhomecare.com
654 S. Shelby Street, Suite 301, Louisville, KY 40202
Architects, Designers and Planners
Contact: Stephen Tracy, AIA, Principal Architect, 502.896.1328, steve@forzaarchitecture.com
Read more about Forza Here.

Active Shooter Workshop - November 6

The Active Shooter workshop will be led by Joe Murray, Director of Security Consulting services, Care Centers Management Consulting. Join us to learn what to do if faced with an Active Shooter scenario in your community.
The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6 in the Community Room at the Brownsboro Road Republic Bank Building. The cost for KSLA members is $60 for the first registrant and $40 for each additional registrant attending from the same community. The non-member registration fee is $80 per person. Lunch will be provided.
Click Here to see the Offering Announcement. Click Here to register.
We hope you and your staff will join us!

Welcome New KSLA Members!

Tom Wirostek, Chief Development Officer, TWirostek@EventusWH.com
101 Cabarrus Ave East, Suite 200, Concord, NC 28025
855.743.2247
On-site long term care health provider
Laura Fackler, Marketing Director, LFackler56@gmail.com
8013 Lakeside Quarry Drive, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
502.548.0608
Home builder & remodeler
Patty Hansel, Regional Vice President, Patty.Hansel@MaloneHomeCare.com
4647 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40219
502.637.5474
Private duty medical and non-medical services
133 Evergreen Road, Suite 210, Louisville, KY 40243
502.253.5585
Group purchasing organization
Ken Weber, COO, Ken@ReachAlert.com
1603 Stevens Ave, Suite 201, Louisville, KY 40205
877.307.9313
Communication - Alert & Notification
Dementia & Drugs – A Recent Article

Dementia & Drugs - A Recent Article

Recently, KSLA hosted a workshop, led by two representatives from PCA Pharmacy. During the workshop, we learned about several commonly prescribed drugs that are tied to an increased risk of dementia. This must be a hot topic, because the following article appeared on CNN's website last week.

Click Here to read the article.

 

 

Congratulations 2019 KSLA Award Winners!

The following individuals were recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the KSLA Conference & Exhibition.

Outstanding Caregiver Award: This year, there was a tie for the Outstanding Caregiver Award. The winners were Helen Tipton from Hometown Manor Assisted Living, & Sharleeta Clayton from Atria Springdale.

Outstanding Community Staff Member Award: Debbie Boroomand from Atria Stony Brook

Outstanding Newcomer Award: Rose Chaney, Magnolia Springs Lexington

Excellence in Civic Involvement Award: The Paragon of Madisonville

Leadership Award: Pat Cranmer, RobinBrooke Senior Living

Resident Lifetime Achievement Award: William E. Simpson, Village East, Inc.

Provider Lifetime Achievement Award: Dan Wilkerson, Liberty Ridge Senior Living

Congratulations Award Winners!

Meet the KSLA Board of Directors

At the recent KSLA Conference & Exhibition, the following members were elected to the KSLA Board of Directors:

  • President: Alice Tucker, Regional Director of Operations, Five Star Senior Living
  • Vice President: Susan Matherly, Executive Director, McDowell Place of Danville
  • Secretary: Adam Johnson, Assistant Executive Director, Heartsong Memory Care
  • Treasurer: Michael Berg, Executive Director, Magnolia Springs Lexington
  • Immediate Past President: Dean Windsor, Executive Director, Amber Oaks Assisted Living
  • At-Large Director: Debbi Hall, Regional Vice President, Morning Pointe Senior Living
  • At-Large Director: Jim Britt, Executive Director, Charter Senior Living, Bowling Green

The following individuals remain in their Board seat until May 2020:

  • At-Large Director: Cindy Rigg-Bratcher, Executive Director, Atria Elizabethtown
  • At-Large Director: Jessica Heck, Chief Strategy Officer, Blake Management Group
  • Associate Director: Rick Ruttinger, Sales Manager (KY & IN), Cordant Health Care

Many thanks to each of these individuals for investing their time, energy and vast knowledge of the senior living industry to serve all of our KSLA members!

 

 

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