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State proposes ongoing COVID tests at nursing homes
June 1, 2020 – SeniorsState health officials are trying to chart a path forward for ongoing testing in long-term care facilities, which account for the majority of COVID-19 deaths in New Hampshire.
Home health care workers need additional support to meet growing challenges
May 18, 2020 – SeniorsThe home care services sector has received less attention than nursing homes, although it too faces the challenges of necessary social distancing. This critical sector will need assistance to meet current needs and the projected increase in pandemic-related demand. To support home health care workers, experts at The Conversation recommend ensuring paid sick leave, access to personal protective equipment (PPE), increased use of telehealth, including virtual training, and fair compensation for complex care. Additionally, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) could expand the definitions of “home health” and “homebound” so that Medicare would cover more home care services. #covid-19 #workforce
More than 1 in 5 Americans is an unpaid caregiver for a friend or relative
New Hampshire implementing enhanced testing in long-term care facilities
May 10, 2020 – SeniorsWith COVID-19 outbreaks now confirmed at 16 long-term care facilities in New Hampshire, state health officials are implementing a plan for increased and ongoing testing. The plan involves contracting with the company Convenient MD to test all facility residents and staff as soon as possible to establish a baseline. A representative from the New Hampshire Health Care Association commented that the key will be frequent, ongoing testing for staff, as asymptomatic staff carrying the virus are the most significant threat to these facilities. #covid-19
California effort will employ restaurant workers to provide meals for seniors amid coronavirus crisis
April 24, 2020 – SeniorsCalifornia governor Gavin Newsom has announced a new statewide program to ensure hungry seniors receive three meals a day. The federally funded program will be organized by local officials coordinating with laid-off restaurant workers to prepare and deliver food to seniors. Governor Newsom said, “It’s not just about the meals… it’s about a human connection, about someone just checking in as they’re delivering those meals and making sure people are OK.” #covid-19 #foodsecurity
Public transit provides critical lifeline, but faces serious strains
April 23, 2020 – SeniorsA new post from AARP describes steps that public transportation providers are taking to ensure that access to critical services continues during the pandemic. One transit company in rural Michigan service now delivers groceries, food pantry good, senior meals, and prescriptions to older adults and other vulnerable populations. Another, in rural Pennsylvania, is providing homeless individuals with rides to testing and quarantine locations. While these actions are providing support to key populations in the crisis, additional services and waived fees threaten the long-term sustainability of the public transit agencies. #covid-19
New Program "Support Buddies" supports isolated seniors during Coronavirus Pandemic
April 22, 2020 – SeniorsIn Burlington, Vermont, the Heineberg Senior Center has launched “Support Buddies,” a program providing isolated seniors with a volunteer buddy tailored to their needs during the Coronavirus pandemic. Buddies are delivering restaurant-prepared meals, running errands, and providing phone call check-ins to local seniors, providing a critical social support when other senior center services are unavailable. #covid-19
Wentworth Senior Living put together game packets to ward off isolation and anxiety
April 18, 2020 – SeniorsTo address the mental health effects of isolation and anxiety for seniors during the coronavirus Pandemic, Wentworth Senior Living in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has put together activity packets of crossword puzzles, trivia games, Sudoku, jokes, song lyrics, and discussion topics for their residents. These efforts are meant to keep residents engaged and connected and are available to nonresidents upon request. #covid-19
A coronavirus recovery: How to ensure older workers fully participate
April 16, 2020 – SeniorsOnce the worst of the outbreak is over and social distancing measures are relaxed, policies to help older workers will be needed to ensure they share in the recovery. Older workers who lose their jobs in a recession are more likely to be unemployed for long periods. The Economic Policy Institute posits a detailed list of actions to be taken to protect older workers. #covid-19 #workforce
Urban: Seven Ways the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Undermine Retirement Security
April 8, 2020 – SeniorsUrban Institute analyzes possible effects of the coronavirus outbreak on retirement savings, and offers possible solutions to policymakers. #COVID-19
Urban: What Do “Stay-at-Home” Orders Mean for Families in Unsafe or Unrepaired Homes?
Grocery service offered to older Vermonters
April 6, 2020 – SeniorsSeveral communities are leveraging volunteer networks to provide grocery and supply shopping services to older residents or residents with disabilities during coronavirus outbreak. In Bennington, Vermont, one such effort is coordinated by the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, and in Swanzey, New Hampshire, a local youth professional network and rugby club have partnered as volunteers. #covid-19 #foodsecurity