Message from George: COVID-19
Monday, March 23, 2020
Posted by: George Linial
LeadingAge Texas Members,
My staff and I applaud you for all your heroic efforts during this COVID-19 crisis. As you well know, the situation and information flow continues to be a challenge for everyone but particularly in healthcare and those serving high risk populations like yourself.
I’d like to alert you to a few things:
1) Access to FEMA resources— Please be sure to join us for our Zoom Popup: Guidance on Applying for FEMA Assistance this Thursday at 11 am to learn about steps you need to take to get access to FEMA funds. I know all of you have spent extra resources to both prepare and deal with COVID-19. FEMA funds are available to reimburse you for those costs. There is obviously no requirement to apply for these funds, but I urge you to join Thursday’s Zoom Popup to be well-informed about the process. This call is meant for C-Suites or financial people in each organization.Please register here: Guidance on Applying for FEMA Assistance.
2) Weekly Call– All members are welcome to join our weekly call about COVID-19. Last week we had over 200 members call in! Join us tomorrow at 1 pm for a short presentation by an epidemiologist, Dr. Mark Stibich, and plenty of time for member questions and sharing.Please RSVP here: Provider Member Weekly Call: COVID-19 Discussion.
3) For those struggling with childcare for employees— I had a conversation late last week with Stuart Dupuy who runs the MBF (Mom’s Best Friend) Agency that sets up and staffs child care. His company operates statewide, so please contact him if you are having childcare issues for your staff. He may be able to set up a pop up child care center in your area.
Stuart Dupuy, Principal, MBF Agency
www.mbfagency.com | www.linkedin.com/in/stuartdupuy/
4) Health Care Industry COVID Strike Force— LeadingAge Texas is part of this group of Hospitals, Doctors and other healthcare groups that sent the following medical surge framework outline to the Governor. We met on Saturday morning. As you can see, prevention of COVID-19 in nursing facilities is a high priority. At the same time, there is an urgency to free up hospital beds, so you may experience calls from local hospitals asking about transferring their patients to your nursing home. Please refer to the latest Long Term Care Regulatory Provider Letter.
5) Guidance for Independent Living, CCRCs and HUD Housing— There is finally guidance from the CDC on these major areas that serve seniors. Included within the CDC guidance are links to other information relevant to long term care providers, including guidance for long term care facilities that offer medical services (i.e. nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and adult day care programs), a checklist for such provider types which the CDC notes can be adapted to meet the needs of retirement communities and ILFs, as well as other information relevant to older adults with serious chronic medical conditions and community-based organizations. There are also two new housing docs – an article by Linda Couch, LeadingAge“HUD Official: Let’s All Get Through This Together” and a tool from the Corporation for Supportive Housing,“CSH Guidance for Supportive Housing Providers."
Finally, some metropolitan areas in the state (i.e. Dallas) have issued Shelter in Place orders. I expect more to follow suit. Some other states (i.e. Ohio, Michigan, NY, Mass., Connecticut) have also issued statewide shelter in place orders. We will work with the Governor’s office to make sure that your workers are exempt and can continue to come to work to take care of residents.
Please be sure to check the LeadingAge national Coronavirus Resources page and the LeadingAge Texas COVID-19 page for further updates in all areas, and submit any questions you have here.
Thank you for all you are doing and stay strong,
George Linial, CAE, CASP
President & CEO, LeadingAge Texas