COVID-19 Updates

Updated NCAL Guidance on Reporting In Assisted Living Communities

Dedicated to keeping assisted living members informed.           May 27, 2020 | Vol. 17 No. 21

Updated NCAL Guidance on Reporting in Assisted Living Communities

NCAL has updated guidance on notifications and reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 in assisted living communities. NCAL encourages all assisted living
communities to follow state and local requirements for reporting.

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Revised OSHA Policies

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s COVID-19 requirements, which will become effective May 26, 2020. The
previous memorandum will be rescinded.

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Senate Hearing on Caring for Seniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

On Thursday, May 21, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Committee held a hearing entitled, ” Caring for Seniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis.” The hearing featured three non-governmental witnesses that discussed how
COVID-19 is affecting seniors, especially seniors receiving care in skilled nursing facilities, as well as other topics including personal protective equipment, infection control, data collection, regular testing of residents and staff, pandemic health care provider funding, and vaccines and treatments.

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PPE Supplier List

Knowing whether a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplier is reliable is challenging these days with all the pop-up PPE suppliers and PPE scams. To assist members, AHCA/NCAL has developed a list of PPE suppliers that have recently served long term care providers.

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NCAL Awards Program: 2020 Nominations are Open

Know an outstanding assisted living nurse or executive director? Last year, did your community create the best National Assisted Living Week® programming based on the “A Spark of Creativity” theme? Or maybe there is an unlicensed caregiver or someone in the dietary, housekeeping, or maintenance departments who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you answered yes, then check out NCAL’s 2020 Awards Program.

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Jan Thayer Pioneer Award Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for NCAL’s 2020 Jan Thayer Pioneer Award. The award recognizes an individual who has moved the senior care profession forward, positively affecting the lives of those served and those who serve. Recipients must demonstrate dedication, leadership and considerable contributions to the senior care profession.

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FedEx is Giving $1 Million to Small Businesses

FedEx is committing to provide $1 million in grants for small businesses (fewer than 50 employees and less than $5 million in 2019 revenue) in the U.S. Each grant recipient will receive $5,000, plus a $500 credit from FedEx Office. AHCA/NCAL members can apply through June 12th at

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Reach the Class of 2020 through the LTC Career Center

Open positions can be posted on the AHCA/NCAL Long Term Care Career Center for $350 per 30-day posting and is a great way to reach Spring graduates. The LTC Career Center gives unprecedented targeted national exposure because it connects with the Health Care Career Network by providing visibility on the network’s nearly 300 national and state health care organizations and societies.

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Check Out AHCA/NCAL’s New Online Training for Improving Functional Outcomes

AHCA/NCAL has released a new online training titled Functional Outcomes Improvement and designed for all staff who have a role in improving patient functional outcomes quality and services, including nurses, CNAs, therapists, activities staff and recreational therapists.

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The Key to Ensuring Resident Safety

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Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living is designed to improve safety in your center, from establishing fall prevention programs to ensuring that you are fully prepared to respond to worst-case scenarios. Written and reviewed by industry experts, this comprehensive manual includes case studies, regulation breakdowns, and downloadable tools such as interactive staff training activities, sample policies and procedures, and nearly two dozen in-services. Save 15% on this publication thru May 31st.