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Social Distancing Activities

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

This is a challenging time for our Activities and Life Enrichment teams as well as our caregivers/frontline healthcare workers. In an effort to assist with preventing isolation, maintaining activity pursuits and preventing boredom, here are a few ideas to get some fun and energy back in our days! Hallway Bingo – set residents up in their doorways in chairs/wheelchairs with …

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FAQs on Nursing Home Visitation

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

What steps should nursing homes take before reopening to visitors? Nursing homes should continue to follow CMS and CDC guidance for preventing the transmission of COVID-19, and follow state and local direction. Because nursing home residents are especially vulnerable, CMS does not recommend reopening facilities to visitors (except for compassionate care situations) until phase three when: There have been no …

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NHSN – What About ALF?

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

During this time of fear, anxiety and pain, we are also faced with making decisions that could impact the future of assisted living. We continue to actively focus on caring for our residents who are at high risk for infection while also protecting our staff and providing a safe work environment for them. Most assisted living centers are not prepared …

Focused Infection Control Toolkit

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

On Friday, March 13, 2020, the President declared a national emergency which triggered the Secretary’s ability to authorize waivers or modifications of certain requirements pursuant to section 1135 of the Social Security Act (the Act). Under section 1135(b)(5) of the Act, CMS is prioritizing surveys, including infection control surveys for nursing homes. This toolkit includes the survey preparation checklist, entrance …

Medicare Coverage of COVID-19 Testing for Nursing Home Residents and Patients

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has instructed Medicare Administrative Contactors and notified Medicare Advantage plans to cover coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) laboratory tests for nursing home residents and patients. This instruction follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent update of COVID-19 testing guidelines for nursing homes that provides recommendations for testing of nursing …

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Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Weatherford, Oklahoma What does a tyrannosaurus rex, a rainbow unicorn, and a hippopotamus wearing a tutu have in common? They apparently throw great dance parties! Residents at Corn Heritage Village witnessed quite a scene outside their windows when a group of volunteers got their groove on while dressed up in a wild assortment of costumes. A giraffe, penguin, and dinosaur …

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Management Of Neurological And Mental Manifestations Associated With COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Residents with COVID-19 are at high risk for delirium, and sometimes delirium may be a presenting feature of infection even without respiratory symptoms. Anxiety and depressive symptoms are often common reactions for people with a COVID-19 diagnosis, especially for those who are hospitalized. Stressors particular to COVID-19 include: Fear of falling ill and dying Fear of being socially excluded/placed in …

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Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

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Brookestone Acres All of our HealthCap facilities are getting creative with how they engage residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our HealthCap Hero of the day, Brookstone Acres, is doing just that by turning one of their regularly scheduled traditional groups into a “talk show” for their residents! Under normal circumstances, this group meets around a table to share stories, discuss …

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Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Staff Moving in to Mitigate Risk When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early March, staff in long term care facilities had to take extra care to not accidentally contract it and bring it with them to work. Heroes Sheryl Zilch, the manager of Frankfort Pines Assisted Living, and Deb Harrison, the Pine’s chef, took it a step further and decided …

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Stimulus Checks- Hands Off!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Fraud Warning: The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up new opportunities for fraudulent activity, and mishandling of stimulus checks going to residents could be one of them. Facilities must be aware of the liability that can go hand in hand with handling sensitive items such as stimulus checks, and what federal regulations they are at risk of violating. Please read the …