“When she saw a photo of a brown box with an egg and half a bagel that was allegedly delivered to a senior in South Sacramento, Shonna McDaniels was not going to sit idly by.
The community activist and well-known visual artist posted a photo of the so-called meal on Facebook for all to see. The photo was spread quickly in the community as a poor representation of the City’s “Great Plates Delivered” senior feeding program.
More disturbing photos of meager meals — not authenticated by The OBSERVER — surfaced on social media platforms from other seniors who say they get deliveries.
The deal for the seniors of Sacramento stems from the state’s “Meals for the Moment, Restaurants Serving Seniors,” program. The city of Sacramento is one of the participants.
This program provides meals to Californians that are age of 65 and over or individuals who have been exposed to or contracted COVID-19, but do not need hospitalization, or are high-risk with underlying health conditions.
Sacramento’s version of the program, “Great Plates Delivered,” contains 140-plus restaurants for more than 3,500 seniors in the city…”
Read the full article here: http://sacobserver.com/2020/06/senior-feeding-program-observed/
“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/
“PROTECTING OUR OLDER PEOPLE: President Donald J. Trump is ensuring the safety and well-being of America’s seniors during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
- President Trump is making sure our senior citizens remain safe and have access to the healthcare resources they need during the coronavirus pandemic.
- In addition to the supplies we have already distributed, FEMA will send supplemental shipments of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes in America.
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing States with $81 million from the CARES Act to increase their inspections of nursing homes at this crucial time.
- This week, we will be finalizing a new rule requiring information about COVID-19 cases in nursing homes to be reported directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and testing data to be posted online.
- The rule requires nursing homes report cases to residents and their family members.
- The Administration is also establishing the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.
- The commission will be composed of leading industry experts, doctors and scientists, resident and patient advocates, family members, infection and prevention control specialists, and State and local authorities. “
“By Ed Dudensing, Special Commentary to CalMatters:
For California’s seniors, the coronavirus pandemic is an especially terrifying crisis. For the state, it is also a powerful signal that gaping loopholes in protections for this vulnerable and growing population must change.
As a population, people over 70 tend to have weaker immune systems and more underlying conditions that impede their ability to fight the virus. They are also more likely to reside in group living situations, in close quarters. Waves of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes — first in the Seattle area, then near Sacramento and now throughout the nation — have underscored this grim reality. So far, Californians over 65 have made up at least a quarter of the state’s confirmed cases of COVID-19. “
While there is an overwhelming amount of information resources and reports about COVID-19, we wanted to let our Clients and families know what California CareGivers is doing to ensure that we continue to provide Compassionate Care. The health and safety of our Clients and caregivers has always been our first priority. As such, we utilize Universal Safety Precautions, which include hand washing, safety gloves and proper contact and sanitation protocols. During this pandemic, California CareGivers has heightened our efforts to protect our Clients, Caregivers and Staff by reinforcing these rules of engagement. Whatever the health threat, we will continue our mission of “Supporting Families” using all relevant knowledge and best practices.
Studies have shown that older adults are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. That is why we are taking extra measures to encourage our Caregivers to stay home if they have a cough, cold or flu-like symptoms and to distance themselves from any friends or family members who have been sick or traveling recently. We continue to seek guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health authorities and will follow all protocols and guidelines issued.
We believe that California CareGivers is well prepared. It is our standard practice to train Caregivers and Staff on preventative measures to keep Clients safe. We regularly stock an ample supply of Caregiving related products (gloves, wipes, masks, etc.). It is standard practice for our Caregivers to monitor the condition of our Clients and immediately report any changes to the office. We are currently reinforcing and/or adding to the following existing safety measures:
We have reiterated and reinforced with all Caregivers the precautions needed to prevent viruses from spreading, including regular hand washing and disinfecting surfaces…
- Caregivers are on the alert to recognize and report symptoms such as fever, cough, headache and breathing difficulties
- Caregivers have been informed to stay home and away from Clients if they are coughing, sick and/or manifesting flu-like symptoms
- California CareGivers has always distributed gloves, masks, sanitizing wipes and other materials. As you are likely aware, some of these items are in very short supply. We therefore ask families to help supply these items if possible.
- We are providing our Caregivers and Staff with ongoing communications as COVID-19 events unfold
California CareGivers remains 100% focused on the well-being and peace of mind of our Clients. Communication with Clients and families, while always important, is more so now with the uncertainty and rapidly changing situation. We will continue to provide updates should the CDC and local health departments suggest additional precautions that affect our service.