A new task force’s recommended urgent changes, and some reality checks.
Given the steep number of COVID-19 deaths and cases in nursing homes and lack of PPE there; the recent inability to see loved ones in assisted living and retirement communities as well as the poor pandemic communication between many operators and families of their residents, is it any wonder that senior living (also called senior housing) now has a giant black eye?
Boomers in particular — children of most senior living residents and potential senior living inhabitants themselves — often have issues with the way the $250 billion industry is run and what it offers, or doesn’t.
For many, said Robert Kramer, the insightful founder and strategic adviser to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), “they don’t want anything to do with it,” because of what’s happened during the pandemic.
Some boomers have seen senior living as senior dying.
In particular, boomers lacking personal experience with senior housing, Kramer said, “have mostly seen senior living as senior dying; that’s where you’re going to die.”
It’s why the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) brought together 154 senior living industry leaders and analysts to form a task force and spent three months knocking out the new report: Creating a Path Toward the ‘Next Normal’ in Senior Living.
The ICAA report noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has “dramatically affected the operations of all senior living organizations, costing jobs, billions in lost revenue and the emerging effects of social isolation, declines in cognitive and physical function and loss of spiritual and social engagement.” It laid out what the task force said were six strategies to better serve residents, staff and families…”
Read the rest of the story here: https://www.nextavenue.org/how-to-fix-senior-living/
“(CNN)Looking on from his front porch in New Orleans, Lawrence Brooks probably never imagined he’d see this day.
“O.K. it’s late June here in the Northeast U.S. and we older folks have been sequestered since February when the coronavirus stuff hit the fan.
It’s really impacted peoples’ retirements in ways they never thought of before. What will now become of the ‘golden years’? Here are a few of our thoughts…
The Unknown Unknowns
The biggest concern is that we live in a country that prizes its liberties. ‘Hell no, we won’t wear a mask’. But there’s a massive tradeoff in exercising those liberties and public safety to contain a deadly virus.
On the opposite spectrum, China with far less liberty was able to lock down the entire country and contain the virus. This is also extreme, the solution lies somewhere in the middle.
Those U.S. states who faced the brutal reality and shut everything down in a hurry are faring a lot better than those states who were willing to allow business as usual (and let the body count rise).
It seems everyone believes we’ll have an effective vaccine within a year. Do we have our ‘happy ears’ on? In the past it’s taken multiple years, HIV been around since the early eighties and there’s still no vaccine. Hopefully it could be possible that advanced biotech and relaxing some regulations could allow us to fast track an early cure and/or vaccine. It remains to be seen.
As Winston Churchill would advise, we all have to stay positive and “keep buggering on”. “
See the full article here: http://fitcommerce.com/2020/07/09/how-coronavirus-has-changed-retirement/
“By CANDICE CHOI -Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy. But with many long-term care facilities under lockdown to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, what are the rules around how the money is handled?
The situation underscores the vulnerability of many elderly residents and potential confusion about what homes can and can’t do with residents’ money.
One worry is that nursing homes could pressure residents to use the checks to pay outstanding balances. Another is that relatives who aren’t legal representatives could demand to be in charge of the money, putting staff in difficult situations.
Visitor bans put in place months ago are making it difficult to tell whether such problems are widespread, since residents may be reluctant to express concerns by phone, said Lindsay Heckler of the Center for Elder Law and Justice.
“We just don’t know,” she said.
Residents can have personal accounts at nursing homes that are subject to federal regulations, a common setup that can be convenient for both parties.
For those on Medicaid, income such as Social Security checks may have to go to the nursing home to cover the cost of care. But residents are entitled to keep about $50 a month of income for personal spending, which is often deposited in those personal accounts at the home — and is in many cases where stimulus money would be deposited.”
Read the full article here: https://www.wfmj.com/story/42325952/stimulus-money-could-pose-dilemmas-in-nursing-homes
“CARMICHAEL (CBS13) — The National Guard is now a part of COVID-19 testing across Sacramento County.
Guardsmen will be rolling into one facility on Thursday, Aegis Living Carmichael to perform tests on residents.
Carrie Blythe’s mother Jane has been at the facility for two years. It’s been three months since she has seen her mother in person.
“I know it’s really hard on her not having the hugs and the physical touch,” Blythe said. “It’s been challenging because she doesn’t have any visitors, so we see her through the window.”
This window has been a blessing for her family. Since the pandemic began, Carrie’s been worried about her mom, who could be at risk inside, with little social interaction.
“She forgets that we are in a pandemic,” said Blythe.”
Read the full article here: https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2020/06/23/national-guard-administer-covid-19-testing-senior-care/
From that same window, her mom will see National Guardsmen rolling up to help the county administer coronavirus testing.
“The military does make it one step more intense,” said Blythe.
It will be part of the county’s mandatory testing efforts for all long-term care communities, as part of a baseline testing effort.
“When I read it, I was kind of caught off-guard, I don’t understand why,” she said.