“Across the nation, patients are foregoing home health visits out of concerns they will be exposed to the virus that causes Covid-19. According to a Home Care Association of America survey, nearly 90% of home health agencies reported their clients canceled one or more visits because they feared possibly contracting the virus from home health providers coming into their homes.
One large home health company recently received 8,000 visit cancellations within a week. While some patients have had family and caregivers step in to provide non-medical support, others are delaying necessary medical care which could lead to clinical deterioration and increase their risk of complications….”
Read the full article here: https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2020/05/19/home-health
“The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a $3 trillion package of Covid-19 relief measures, including a $200 billion fund to provide hazard pay for essential workers.
“We are pleased to see a number of our priorities included in the bill’s provisions: among them, an additional $100 billion for the PHSSEF, a Heroes Fund for essential workers, and $75 billion more for testing, contact tracing, and isolation measures,” said Argentum President and CEO James Balda.
However, the fate of this bill is far from certain; the package passed largely along partisan lines in the Democrat-controlled House and does not have widespread support among Republicans in the Senate.
The legislation has “a long way to go in the Senate,” Balda noted in his statement.
Private-pay senior living providers have not received substantial support from previous federal Covid-19 relief packages. Some smaller providers have received forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but a $100 billion health care fund has flowed mainly to hospitals and other providers with large Medicare and Medicaid patient populations. Argentum and the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) are urging lawmakers to allocate $20 billion in the HEROES Act to support senior living… “
Read the more here: https://seniorhousingnews.com/2020/05/17/3-trillion-aid-package-passes-house-could-support-senior-living-hazard-pay/
“‘Marsha Pallanck used to be a social butterfly in her Carmichael assisted living facility. Her best friend Kathy Midgley, who lives in Rocklin, says she was so busy, it was hard to get her on the phone.
“She’d play bingo after dinner and at about 7:10 that was the best time to reach her,” Midgley said. “Because otherwise she wasn’t in her room except to go brush her teeth and then go to the next activity.”
But Aegis Living Carmichael cancelled bingo and other social events due to COVID-19. So Pallanck started passing the time on a chair in her doorway.
“And she just sits there and looks out, and when people go by, ‘Hi! How are ya?'”
Most California facilities are asking residents to stay in their rooms. They’re also canceling visiting hours, group dining, and anything that could put vulnerable seniors at risk of infection. More than 250 of the state’s 1200 skilled nursing facilities have had a COVID-19 outbreak.
Many people with a loved one in a facility are concerned about the toll this isolation period is taking. Experts and advocates say as senior care homes take steps to prevent disease, they also need to find ways to help residents connect with each other, and with the outside world.
“Restaurant owners can make up to $12,000 per week with the program, but it’s unclear when they’ll be paid for their services.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — During a Zoom press conference on Wednesday, Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced the launch of the Great Plates feeding program for Sacramento seniors.
Thirty restaurants are participating, and Zion Taddese owner of Queen Sheba is one of them.
“Fifty meals, every other day,” Taddese explained. “So we will be doing breakfast lunch and dinner every day.”
At the end of the 19th century, “The Lady With the Lamp”— or as she is more widely known, Florence Nightingale — founded modern nursing. Thanks to her strict use of hand-washing and hygiene practices while caring for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, Nightingale and her helpers reduced the death rate from 42% to 2% — ushering in nursing as we know it today. On May 6, we recognize the important role nurses play in our lives by celebrating National Nurses Day.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL NURSES DAY
National Nurses Day is the first day of National Nursing Week, which concludes on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Yet the week was first observed in the US in October 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s pioneering work in Crimea.
In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower asking him to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year to coincide with the anniversary. Although the President didn’t act, the celebration was observed thanks to a bill sponsored by Representative Frances P. Bolton, and the following year a new bill was introduced to Congress lobbying for official recognition of the celebration.
Twenty years later, in February of 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week to be celebrated annually in May. Over the next eight years, various nursing organizations including the American Nurses Association (ANA) rallied to support calls for a “National Recognition Day for Nurses” on May 6, which was eventually proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.
With over 3 million working nurses in the US today, nurses make up the highest percentage of the US healthcare workforce. Although you might not imagine it, nurses are more likely to sustain a back injury on a shift than construction workers, and they walk an average of 5 kilometers per shift, as caring for others’ health is such an active job!
If you think nurses are only found in hospitals, then think again! The majority of registered nurses (59%) practice elsewhere, such as a nursing home or on home visits. They work across communities to keep people worldwide happy and healthy, and National Nurses Day is the perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for their important work!
NATIONAL NURSES DAY ACTIVITIES
Thank the Nurses in Your Life
Nursing is known for being a “behind-the-scenes” profession. A simple “thank you for all you do” could make a nurse’s day by showing that you notice their hard work. With more than 3 million registered nurses in the USA, chances are there is at least one nurse out there who would be thrilled to be the object of your gratitude.
Give the Gift of Caffeine
Nurses often work long, thankless shifts — standing on their feet for 12 or more hours a day. For a nurse on the run, there’s nothing better than a boost of caffeine in the middle of a shift. Head over to your local clinic or hospital with copious amounts of coffee in tow, and tell the receptionist you’re there to honor the nurses for National Nurses Day.
Learn About the Woman Responsible for It All
We’ve all heard the name Florence Nightingale. But do you know what made her famous? In honor of National Nurses Day, educate yourself about this groundbreaking woman who paved the way for modern nursing. Read an article — or better yet, watch a documentary — about “The Lady with the Lamp.” Bonus points if you can recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge afterwards!
Ready more here: https://nationaltoday.com/national-nurses-day/