COVID-19 Grassroots Advocacy Talking Points LeadingAge Texas: Not-for-Profit Aging Services Association
COVID-19 Grassroots Advocacy Talking Points

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Your story is the most powerful tool in our advocacy efforts. Be sure to tell your local, state, and federal leaders about the struggles your organization and community has faced with COVID-19 and provide specific examples of what is happening in your daily operations.

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Ask your local, state and federal representatives to support aging services by advocating for:
 
Aging services providers as they continue fighting COVID-19. Long-term care providers are a critical component of the healthcare continuum and need to be treated as such. Their commitment and dedication to serving older Texans during the pandemic deserves recognition and ongoing support. 

Federal and state resources directed to aging services organizations to cover additional costs for testing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, staffing, and other needs associated with coronavirus.
  • Additional spending per month for our organization:
    • PPE -
    • Testing -
    • Staffing -
    • Testing to meet weekly requirement to permit Phase 1 visitation in NF - 
 
Priority access to PPE for aging services providers, without which our residents, clients, and staff continue to be at significant and avoidable risk. Long-term care providers should be well equipped with high quality PPE to ensure they are caring for residents in the safest environment possible.
  • Include your experience purchasing/accessing PPE.
 
Access to rapid testing so COVID-19 is quickly detected. Testing is the most valuable tool aging services providers can use to prevent the spread among residents and staff. Unfortunately, there’s little access to this type of testing. Currently, nursing homes are waiting up to two weeks to receive results of a test.
  • Discuss your experience with testing as well as the testing resources made available to you. I.e. Omnicare testing, CMS sending testing instruments. 
 
A long-term strategy to reopen safely. Studies have shown restrictions on visitation have taken a physical and emotional toll on residents and families. The negative impact of isolation is even more prominent in residents living with dementia. Contact with family and loved ones is crucial to quality of life and resident well-being. Texas needs a strategy to address the risk in long-term care facilities so safe visitation may occur including:
  • Access to and additional funding to support any testing requirement.
  • The ability to offer alternative forms of visitation that pose little to no risk to the resident, i.e. outdoor visitation and visitation booths.
  • Certain flexibilities (specific to your community) so providers may offer safe and meaningful visitation or pull back on visitation when appropriate based on the circumstances.
 
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