AHCA/NCAL Social Media Update – Weeks of June 22nd and 29th

Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

Welcome to the AHCA/NCAL Social Media Update. We are currently using this newsletter to activate our social media advocates to share our resources related to COVID-19. Because of the urgent public health nature of this disease, these are resources for all providers, not just AHCA/NCAL members, so we hope you can help us promote them in channels other than direct member communications.

For positive stories related to providers responding to COVID-19 and keeping patients and residents safe, please look for our new Provider Daily Special Edition, which goes out every Tuesday.

If you have an interested colleague or a suggestion for what to share on social media, please have them send an email at socialmedia@ahca.org so they can join in.

Content To Share on Social Media

Financial Issues

Coronavirus has only highlighted what we’ve been saying for years: long term care is woefully underfunded. 

Nursing homes already faced an underfunding crisis before the pandemic. Now coronavirus is revealing the financial struggles these providers have been dealing with for years. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nursing-homes-coronavirus-and-funding-woes-155603997.html

Keeping seniors safe from COVID-19 is possible, but expensive. Long term care providers are already woefully underfunded and the pandemic is only making the strain worse. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nursing-homes-coronavirus-and-funding-woes-155603997.html

“A crisis on top of a crisis.” Long term care providers were already struggling to deal with rampant underfunding of care, now the coronavirus is only making things worse. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nursing-homes-coronavirus-and-funding-woes-155603997.html

The coronavirus pandemic is showing what providers have been saying for years: long term care is woefully underfunded in this country and policy needs to change. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nursing-homes-coronavirus-and-funding-woes-155603997.html

Assisted Living Relief

We continue to push for federal funds be allocated specifically to assisted living providers. 

Assisted living communities take care of millions of vulnerable seniors yet have not received a dime of direct, federal coronavirus relief. These providers need funds to keep seniors safe. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/types-senior-living-homes-facing-coronavirus-striking-disparity/story?id=71482941

It’s time for our nation to rally around assisted living providers the same way we’ve rallied around nursing homes. They take care of similar populations and should receive similar federal support. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/types-senior-living-homes-facing-coronavirus-striking-disparity/story?id=71482941

Nursing care centers have received $5 billion in federal support to help keep seniors safe from coronavirus, but assisted living communities, who care for similarly vulnerable senior populations, have not received any direct aid. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/types-senior-living-homes-facing-coronavirus-striking-disparity/story?id=71482941

Assisted living communities care for some of the most vulnerable populations but have received no federal funds to help protect them from coronavirus. It’s time to rally around these providers and keep our seniors safe.

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/types-senior-living-homes-facing-coronavirus-striking-disparity/story?id=71482941

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/types-senior-living-homes-facing-coronavirus-striking-disparity/story?id=71482941

Community Spread and Protection

Public health experts say that long term care providers are only as safe as their communities. 

Public health experts continue to express concern about community spread of coronavirus. It’s incredibly difficult to keep seniors safe from COVID if communities aren’t also flattening the curve. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/25/we-cant-protect-nursing-homes-covid-19-without-protecting-everyone/

Our seniors are only as safe as the communities that care for them. Community spread is linked to cases showing up in long term care centers. Keeping seniors safe means keeping everybody safe. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nursing-homes-only-safe-communities-134353457.html

When coronavirus gets into long term care centers, it’s usually means there's high spread in the surrounding community as well. Individuals need to keep themselves safe for the sake of our nation’s seniors. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/25/we-cant-protect-nursing-homes-covid-19-without-protecting-everyone/

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15