(Credit: Robb Cohen Photography & Video)COVID-19 continues to challenge senior living and other long-term care providers on various levels. During last week’s LeadingAge Annual Meeting + Expo in Denver, legal experts laid out the litigation trends they are seeing from residents and their families as well as from employment claims. “It doesn’t hurt.”COVID-19 claims against long-term care providersAfter two years of court closures and delays, COVID-19 claims against long-term care providers are making their way through the legal system. Fox added that some plaintiffs’ counsel are bringing actions that appear to be COVID claims, although arguments involve everything but COVID, including wrongful death and negligence. The tactic, he said, is due to that uncertainty of how COVID cases will play out.
“Our message is, foremost, that the federal government has clearly stated that long COVID can be a disability,” Williams said, referencing President Biden’s announcement in July 2021 regarding resources to support those with long COVID. The definition builds on the CDC’s characterization of long COVID as signs, symptoms or conditions that continue or develop after an initial COVID infection. She acknowledged that policies, programs and technical assistance around long COVID will continue to evolve as the agency continues a dialogue with other stakeholders on the ongoing effect of the pandemic on the workforce. In December 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in updated guidance that some people with long COVID-19 may qualify for disability resources under the ADA. Resources about long COVID available to employers and employees:1 month ago McKnight's Senior Living
× Expand Photo by Solomon Crenshaw Jr. Graham Smith was in attendance at the Oct. 10 Mountain Brook City Council meeting. The council member-elect’s days in the audience are drawing short as she will be sworn in at 8 a.m. on Nov. 7. “By law, the new council takes office on the first Monday of November,” City Manager Sam Gaston said. Then usually they make a bunch of appointments, probably reappointing the city manager, the city clerk, the city attorney and the city judge. If we needed a sixth one, which we don't know for sure, we would add that next fiscal year,” the city manager said.1 month ago Village Living
Jump to recipePumpkin bread is great, and pumpkin pie is a classic, but pumpkin bars might very well become your new favorite pumpkin treat. Wow, those are a game-changer and make these pumpkin bars superior to all others. What Makes These Pumpkin Bars and Not Just Pumpkin Cake? You can hold one of these pumpkin bars aloft in one hand, run around outside with it (you never know…), and it will remain intact. Pumpkin Bars IngredientsThe cake part of this recipe comes together with mostly pantry ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder and soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, oil, brown and granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs.1 month ago Southern Living
As staff at skilled nursing facilities scramble to comply with hundreds of pages of interpretive guidance that kicks in Monday, experts warned that one major emphasis should be on meeting new standards for Trauma-informed care. Guidance that surveyors will use to enforce the Rules of Participation requires a deep dive into each resident’s trauma history and how it should be used to plan care for residents. Trauma-informed care is one element of the agency’s broader approach to provide individualized care and acknowledge the increasing prevalence of behavioral health issues in the skilled nursing setting. “I worry that many feel like they addressed trauma-informed care in 2019 when we were initially charged with being in compliance with Phase 3 of the RoP,” she said. “Especially with current staffing challenges, we tend to do what is easiest for the staff to get care delivered,” said Benbow.1 month ago McKnight's Long-Term Care News
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced it is increasing its scrutiny of chronically low-performing nursing homes by revising its Special Focus Facility Program. “Let us be clear: We are cracking down on enforcement of our nation’s poorest-performing nursing homes,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “As President Biden directed, we are increasing scrutiny and taking aggressive action to ensure everyone living in nursing homes gets the high-quality care they deserve. There are currently 88 nursing homes in the SFF program, with approximately 400 more on the candidate list. Instead, CMS announced the following changes:Making requirements tougher with tougher criteria for successful completion of the SFF Program.1 month ago McKnight's Long-Term Care News