AHCA/NCAL Social Media Update

Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi 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 and Thursday.

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

Prioritizing Long Term Care

The below stories showcase the importance of ensuring LTC providers have all necessary resources to combat the spread of coronavirus. 

Long term care providers have been ignored when it comes to #PPE and testing. “The real battle is taking place in nursing homes, we should be at a priority level one.” https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2020-04-23/weve-been-ignored-nursing-homes-plead-for-more-testing

Long term care providers are STILL struggling to source and afford #PPE and testing. These resources are absolutely crucial in these settings if our nation is going to contain this disease. https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/21/politics/nursing-homes-supplies-testing/index.html

3 steps to save lives: prioritize long term care centers for #PPE, give them sufficent tests for staff/residents, and coordinate hospital discharges. It’s time for lawmakers to concentrate where it matters. https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/coronavirus-nursing-homes-trump-help-3-ways-dr-richard-feifer

Immediate long term care needs: #PPE, testing, staff funds. These providers are the front line of the #COVID19 fight and have been ignored. It’s time for policymakers to make LTC the top priority. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/17/opinion/how-reduce-coronavirus-deaths-nursing-homes/

Not only have long term care provides been ignored, senior living has yet to receive any direct portion of the CARES Act or other financial aid. Some of the most vulnerable individuals are put at risk if our senior care communities aren’t supported. https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/home/news/hhs-states-should-support-senior-living-through-955-million-in-cares-act-grants-announced-tuesday-group-says/

Honoring #LTCHeroes

We are honoring and sharing the courage and dedication of long term care workers by sharing positive stories and using the hashtag #LTCHeroes 

A must read for everybody: testimony from a long term care nurse about the courage of the caregivers around her and how to respond to the negativity surrounding the profession. #LTCHeroes https://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-op-com-hunt-nursing-homes-nurses-heroes-20200422-wqrpiwyfrfhy5cawuvvlcwog2q-story.html

Tammy Hunt, a registered nurse in long term care for over 12 years: “do your part to lift us up, not tear us down. Everyone I work with is a hero on the frontline, and they deserve your support.” #LTCHeroes https://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-op-com-hunt-nursing-homes-nurses-heroes-20200422-wqrpiwyfrfhy5cawuvvlcwog2q-story.html

We need to honor long term care workers and treat them the same way the country treats hospitals & staff. #LTCHeroes are on the front line of combatting #COVID19 and deserve all the support and resources. https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/493087-lets-help-frontline-heroes-of-senior-care-facilities

"It breaks my heart to know how lonely and scared some of my residents are. I long for the day when I can hug everyone one of them again." In the same way, let's give hugs and not hurt to our frontline heroes in senior care. #LTCHeroes https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/493087-lets-help-frontline-heroes-of-senior-care-facilities

It’s time to honor “nurses, aides, cleaning staff, dietary staff, therapists, social workers and administrative staff who have been working so hard to keep their vulnerable residents safe from COVID-19" #LTC Heroes https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/2020/04/23/coronavirus-ny-nursing-homes-binghamton-families-visitation/3002819001/

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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