Coronavirus

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Visit this website regularly for the latest information that AHCA/NCAL has to share with long term care providers about COVID-19. 


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How You Can Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

 Providers

Please note tha​t skilled nursing providers should consult the guidance put forth by CMS and the CDC, and assisted living communities should consult CDC guidance. Providers should also check their local and state health departments for updates and potentially stricter guidance, but these are general, national prevention and containment tips:

 
Infection Control: Maintain i​nfection control policies and procedures, updated where needed and increase transmission-based precautions.
 
Staff: #GetVaccinated! Regularly wash your hands and use PPE where appropriate. Stay home if you're sick.​ ​
 
Limit Interactions: Implement social distancing within the facility where possible to help prevent the spread of infection.
 
PPE: Regularly review federal and state guidance on appropriate use of masks, gowns, gloves, etc. and maintain your inventory​.
 
Communicate: Report suspected or confirmed cases to authorities. Keep residents, families and staff informed about your developing situation. Prepare for media inquiries.
 
Engagement: Follow government guidelines for safe in-person visitations, keep residents connected with loved ones remotely, and offer meaningful activities adapted for this situation​.


If a staff member shows symptoms of COVID-19: Have them go home immediately. 

If a resident shows symptoms of ​COVID-19​: Implement droplet precaution, and contact the local health department. ​


 Families

Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a serious threat to older adults (especially 80 years old and older) and those with underlying health conditions. This is why in certain circumstances the federal government and many state governments are restricting visitors to nursing homes and assisted living communities. Adaptations (e.g., limited indoor and outdoor visits) and exceptions on a case-by-case basis (e.g., end-of-life or compassionate care visits) may be made. ​We understand this is difficult, but the safety and wellbeing of your loved one is our top priority.  

Here’s how you can continue to stay in touch with them, and how you can help: 

  • Communicate with your loved ones through alternative ways for the time being, whether by phone, video, social media, or other methods. Ask the facility about ways they can help with this.  
  • Make sure your loved one’s facility has your emergency contact information. The facility may need to communicate with you about any developments regarding your loved one or about the facility as a whole.
    • Many long term care facilities are only permitted to share information about a resident to a designated health representative. Work together as a family unit to share information to keep everyone informed.       
  • If you must come to the facility, coordinate with the staff ahead of time. Learn more about how you can prepare for a visit to a long term care facility
    • They may ask you some questions, take your temperature, have you take a COVID test, and/or make sure you’re wearing proper protective equipment (like a mask) when you arrive. This is to make sure you do not pose as a potential risk to residents and staff.  
    • If you are asked to not enter the building, please understand this is for the safety of your loved one and everyone else in the building. Nursing homes and assisted living communities are following direction from the government to prevent the spread of this virus.  
    • ​If you are permitted in, please wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and throughout your visit. Wear a mask and any other protective equipment as directed by the facility. Avoid touching your loved ones or other individuals in the building. Again, we know this is difficult, but the virus is very contagious and social distancing is important at this time. ​
  • Do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. High community spread is linked to outbreaks in nursing homes. Follow the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others. Get the COVID-19 vaccine, when you are eligible. 
  • ​Warn your loved ones about potential scammers during this crisis and encourage them to be cautious.​

 Residents

Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a serious threat to older adults (especially 80 years old and older) and those with underlying health conditions. This is why in certain circumstances the federal government and many state governments are restricting visitors to nursing homes and assisted living communities. We understand this is a difficult and stressful time. Those who work in long term care facilities are focused on your safety and wellbeing.  

Here’s how you can continue to stay in touch with your loved ones, and how you can help: 

  • Ask the facility about other ways you can communicate with your loved ones, whether by phone, video or social media.  
  • If you haven't already, get the COVID-19 vaccine. Your facility is working with a pharmacy or state/local officials to offer vaccinations​ and can provide more specific information about how and when this will work. 
  • Follow everyday preventive actions such as: 
    • ​Washing your hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers 
    • Covering your cough and sneezes ​
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth 
    • Keeping 6-feet distance from other residents and staff (when possible) 
  • ​Ask other individuals (including staff) to avoid touching you with handshakes, hugs or kisses. Ask them to wash their hands. Do not be shy! It’s okay to remind people.
  • Watch out for potential scammers​ during this crisis. 
  • If you begin to experience difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell​, tell a staff member immediately.​

 

 

Watch the #GetVaccinated Virtual Townhall for LTC Staffhttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Watch-the-GetVaccinated-Virtual-Townhall-for-LTC-Staff.aspxWatch the #GetVaccinated Virtual Townhall for LTC Staff6/23/2021 4:00:00 AMYesterday, AHCA/NCAL hosted a live virtual townhall to help answer questions among long term care staff on the COVID-19 vaccines. <span style="font-size:11pt;">Hundreds of caregivers asked important questions to our panel of medical professionals: Dr. David Gifford, chief medical officer for AHCA/NCAL and Dr. Sarah Berry, an academic geriatrician at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. Participants also heard from three frontline caregivers located across the U.S. who shared their reasons for getting vaccinated. </span> <div> <br> </div><div>The event was part of the association's <a href="https://getvaccinated.us/" target="_blank">#Ge​tVaccinated campaign</a>, which encourages staff, residents and families to sign up for the vaccine and offers credible information to help individuals make an informed decision. The event was also in support of the White House's National Month of Action to encourage as many Americans as possible to get at least one shot by July 4.<br><br><strong>Watch a recording of the townhall on </strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/54996531380/videos/458129505586712" target="_blank"> <strong>Facebook</strong></a><strong> or </strong> <a href="https://youtu.be/5dd7m0IOJ2Q" target="_blank"> <strong>YouTube</strong></a><strong> and share it with your colleagues and friends!</strong></div><div style="text-align:center;"> <b> <br></b></div><div><div style="text-align:center;"> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5dd7m0IOJ2Q" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe>​<br><div style="text-align:left;"><br></div><div style="text-align:left;">If you still have questions about the vaccine, check out <a href="https://getvaccinated.us/frequently-asked-questions/" target="_blank">FAQs on our #GetVaccinated website</a>, or submit your question via the website and a medical professional will get back with you.</div><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><br></span></div><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:11pt;">Already vaccinated? Inspire others by </span><a href="https://getvaccinated.us/stories/" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">sharing your story</a><span style="font-size:11pt;">. Use our </span><a href="https://getvaccinated.us/social-toolkit/" target="_blank" style="font-size:11pt;">social toolkit</a><span style="font-size:11pt;"> to help motivate your inner circle. ​</span></div><br></div></div>
AHCA/NCAL to Hold #GetVaccinated Virtual Town Hallhttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Pages/AHCANCAL-To-Hold-GetVaccinated-Virtual-Town-Hall.aspxAHCA/NCAL to Hold #GetVaccinated Virtual Town Hall6/22/2021 4:00:00 AM<p>​<br></p><div><strong>WASHINGTON, D.C.</strong> – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, will hold a virtual town Hall event today, Tuesday, June 22, 2021 as part of its #GetVaccinated campaign. </div><div><br></div><div>Panelists will speak to long term care staff about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccines and answer questions from attendees. The event aims to provide staff with the information they need to make informed decisions regarding vaccines in an effort to help reach the industry’s goal of getting 75 percent of all nursing home staff vaccinated by June 30, 2021.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Who:</strong> Dr. Sarah Berry, academic geriatrician in musculoskeletal health at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston</div><div>          Dr. David Gifford, chief medical officer at AHCA/NCAL</div><div>          Long term care staff members: Brenda Carter, dietary director in Ky.; Teresa Haynes, LPN in Neb.; Miles Lee, life enrichment aide in </div><div>          ​Washington, D.C.</div><div><strong>What:</strong> #GetVaccinated Virtual Town Hall</div><div><strong>When:</strong> Today, Tuesday, June 22, 2021</div><div><strong>Time:</strong> 4:30PM – 5:30PM ET</div><div><strong>Where:</strong> <a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ghy9zKyMQ6q9yExyijCjVg" target="_blank">Click here</a> to register and attend the live virtual event or watch on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ahcancal" target="_blank">AHCA/NCAL’s Facebook</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>AHCA/NCAL’s #GetVaccinated campaign, funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offers a dedicated website – <a href="https://getvaccinated.us/" target="_blank">www.getvaccinated.us</a> – to help educate and encourage caregivers and staff at long term care facilities to get the COVID-19 vaccine. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.ahcancal.org</a>.<br></div>AHCA/NCAL will hold a virtual town Hall event today, Tuesday, June 22, 2021 as part of its #GetVaccinated campaign.
AHCA/NCAL Holds #GetVaccinated Virtual Town Hall to Help Improve Vaccine Confidencehttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Pages/AHCANCAL-Holds-GetVaccinated-Virtual-Town-Hall-To-Help-Improve-Vaccine-Confidence.aspxAHCA/NCAL Holds #GetVaccinated Virtual Town Hall to Help Improve Vaccine Confidence6/22/2021 4:00:00 AM<p></p><div>WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, held a virtual town hall event today as part of its nationwide #GetVaccinated campaign. The event brought AHCA/NCAL leadership together with long term care staff from across the country to discuss the importance of the COVID-19 vaccines. </div><div><br></div><div>“The COVID-19 vaccines have been the life-saving turning point long term care residents and staff have been waiting for,” said AHCA/NCAL Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Gifford. “Since vaccine rollout began last Decenber, the number of COVID cases and deaths within long term care facilities have reached historic lows. We are extremely encouraged by the progress we’ve made, but we still have more work to do. There are some who still have questions about the vaccines, and we remain committed to doing all that we can to improve vaccine confidence.”</div><div><br></div><div>The virtual town hall panel included Gifford and Dr. Sarah Berry, an academic geriatrician in musculoskeletal health at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. Panelists spoke to hundreds of long term care staff members about the safety and efficiency of the COVID-19 vaccines, the positive impact they have made on the sector and reinforced the fact that getting vaccinated is free and easy to do. The town hall supports the White House’s National Month of Action to encourage as many Americans as possible to get at least one shot by July 4. Additionally, AHCA/NCAL hopes that the event will bring them one step closer to reaching the industry goal of getting 75 percent of all nursing home staff vaccinated. </div><div><br></div><div>“Education has really been the key in boosting uptake rates among long term care staff,” continued Gifford. “Our goal from the beginning was to equip long term care residents, staff and families with the facts so they can make an informed decision. We hope today’s event answered important questions, alleviated concerns and persuaded people who have not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. The more people we can get vaccinated, the better we can protect ourselves and those around us, especially vulnerable long term care residents.” </div><div><br></div><div>AHCA/NCAL’s #GetVaccinated campaign, funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offers a dedicated website –<a href="https://getvaccinated.us/" target="_blank"> www.getvaccinated.us</a> – to help educate and encourage caregivers and staff at long term care facilities to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The website includes credible information from renowned medical professionals, public health officials, and scientists to help answer common questions about the vaccines. It also encourages vaccinated staff to share their personal experience and reasons for getting vaccinated on social media.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.ahcancal.org</a>.<br></div>AHCA/NCAL held a virtual town hall event today as part of its nationwide #GetVaccinated campaign.
Nursing Homes Need Financial Support To Prevent Mounting Closureshttps://www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Pages/Nursing-Homes-Need-Financial-Support-To-Prevent-Mounting-Closures.aspxNursing Homes Need Financial Support To Prevent Mounting Closures6/17/2021 4:00:00 AM<p>​<br></p><div>Chronic Medicaid underfunding has put nursing homes in a long-standing financial crisis, but financial challenges have worsened amid the pandemic. The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) <a href="https://d3dkdvqff0zqx.cloudfront.net/groups/ahca/attachments/protect%20access%20to%20long%20term%20care_ib.pdf" target="_blank">estimates</a> that within a two-year period (2020-2021), the long term care profession will lose $94 billion due to declining revenues and the increased costs needed to fight the pandemic.</div><div><br></div><div>Staffing and PPE are two major expenditures for nursing homes. in 2020 alone, nursing homes spent roughly $30 billion on personal protective equipment (PPE) and additional staffing. Nursing homes are now struggling to find <a href="https://www.axios.com/americas-nursing-homes-fight-to-find-enough-caregivers-293e5f15-3ff6-462c-b9dd-e09602fdbd94.html" target="_blank">enough workers</a>, but it is difficult for many to offer competitive wages given their financial constraints. A recent <a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210615005147/en/LTCG%E2%80%99s-Annual-Cost-of-Care-Report-Reveals-How-the-Global-Pandemic-and-Other-Industry-Trends-Impacted-Long-Term-Care-Costs" target="_blank">report</a> by LTCG, the leading insurance administration and claims solution provider for long term care insurance, found that the hourly rates for facility-based care increased between 2.5 percent and 2.8 percent depending on room type. </div><div><br></div><div>Without financial support, closures are inevitable. In Michigan, <a href="https://wwmt.com/news/i-team/nursing-home-closures" target="_blank">two facilities</a> have recently announced they are closing, both citing pandemic-related financial challenges. Dozens of seniors now have to find a new place to live. Pat Honeysett, daughter of a resident at the William Crispe Community House, <a href="https://wwmt.com/news/i-team/nursing-home-closures" target="_blank">explained</a> that her mother “made friends with the people there. Seeing someone go, and not knowing you won’t see them again is hard.” </div><div><br></div><div>The closures do not stop there. There have been closures nationwide, including <a href="https://www.marinij.com/2020/12/02/editorial-nazareth-house-closure-a-sad-note-at-a-critical-time-of-need/" target="_blank">California</a>, <a href="https://www.wane.com/news/bluffton-nursing-home-closes-its-doors-two-weeks-early/" target="_blank">Indiana</a>, <a href="https://www.courant.com/coronavirus/hc-news-coronavirus-waterbury-nursing-home-closed-20201202-ci4vnfvey5c4xkq7vtcsb33sae-story.html" target="_blank">Connecticut</a>, <a href="https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/11/farren-care-center-closing-tip-of-the-iceberg-for-massachusetts-nursing-homes-legislator-says.html" target="_blank">Massachusetts</a>, <a href="https://starherald.com/news/state-and-regional/owner-of-lincoln-long-term-care-facility-defaults-fannie-mae-will-take-over/article_bc438086-7768-5b00-83b7-6d1f57d81c1c.html" target="_blank">Nebraska</a>, <a href="https://cbs6albany.com/news/coronavirus/ballston-spa-nursing-home-slated-to-close-will-stay-open-until-all-residents-have-moved" target="_blank">New York</a>, <a href="https://www.wpri.com/health/coronavirus/providence-nursing-home-to-close-citing-covid-19-losses/" target="_blank">Rhode Island</a> and <a href="https://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/health/legacy-lodge-closure-left-families-to-move-elderly-loved-ones-amid-pandemic/article_56902bcb-e988-5c39-bd0f-4c4ea9f096c3.html" target="_blank">Wyoming</a>. AHCA/NCAL estimates that more than <a href="https://d3dkdvqff0zqx.cloudfront.net/groups/ahca/attachments/protect%20access%20to%20long%20term%20care_ib.pdf" target="_blank">1,600 nursing homes</a> could close this year if nursing homes do not get the help they need. </div><div><br></div><div>Closures abruptly disrupt the lives of the residents, forcing them to find care that’s often further away from loved ones. For rural nursing homes, this is especially devastating. Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL, <a href="https://wwmt.com/news/i-team/nursing-home-closures" target="_blank">shared</a> that, “when a small facility closes, it’s very difficult for the residents, there usually isn't another building to move to that's two, three or four miles away, sometimes they have to move 10-20 miles to get to the next nursing home.”</div><div><br></div><div>Lawmakers must act now. AHCA and LeadingAge have proposed the <a href="/Advocacy/Pages/Care-For-Our-Seniors-Act.aspx" target="_blank">Care For Our Seniors Act</a> – a comprehensive reform proposal that will help address many of the long-standing challenges in America’s nursing homes. However, these policies will not be possible without significant investment from Congress and state governments – particularly Medicaid reimbursement reform.  </div><div><br></div><div>Millions of seniors depend on long term care. We must address these issues now to ensure that all nursing homes can keep their doors open and continue providing quality care to our most vulnerable population. It’s time to rally together and make long term care residents and staff a priority.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>ABOUT AHCA/NCAL</strong></div><div>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit <a href="/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.ahcancal.org</a>.<br></div>Chronic Medicaid underfunding has put nursing homes in a long-standing financial crisis, but financial challenges have worsened amid the pandemic.

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