“Caring for older adults was already expensive, emotionally taxing and logistically difficult — and the coronavirus is only making it worse.
Why it matters: People older than 65 have the highest risk of dying from the virus, and outbreaks have been rampant in long-term care facilities. That is creating anxiety for seniors and their families.
The big picture: Most seniors will need at least some long-term care, but the coronavirus has added even more complications to the tough decisions about how to obtain it.
- Assisted-living and independent-living facilities cost an average of at least $4,000 a month, almost always paid out of pocket.
- Nursing homes are generally more affordable, but people often have to burn through their savings, pensions and other assets on their way there.
- Nursing homes also are cramped, understaffed and have poor track records with infection control to begin with — and they’ve been hotbeds for the spread of the coronavirus.
- Home care is another option. If a professional worker isn’t available, the task often depends on the charity of a friend or relative, and that’s a dicier proposition when those friends or relatives could be carrying the virus — or unemployed, caring for children or otherwise just not able to help…”
Read the full article here: https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-long-term-care-778746cd-97cf-4713-860f-e2c5cc135f87.html
“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.”