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Practice Self Care for Safe Care with Three Good Things

The Self Care theme for November and December is "Three Good Things." We naturally tend to focus on what goes wrong in our daily lives and rarely, or only briefly, spend any time dwelling on the good things. Gratitude increases how much positive emotion we feel and decreases negative emotion. The Three Good Things Self Care activity is about taking the time to notice those good things in our daily lives and retrain our brains to focus on the positive.

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A New Safe Care Resource Available to Address Resident Health & Wellness

Keeping our residents safe from COVID-19 has been an all-consuming focus.  While we continue to be vigilant in our Infection Control and other safety practices, we see the impact of COVID-19 infection and isolation on residents. 

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Renewal of Determination That A Public Health Emergency Exists

As a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took action to extend the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) for another 90 days, effective Oct. 15. The PHE will now be in place until mid-Jan. 2022.

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MDH and DHS Seek SNF Assistance with Hospital Decompression

The Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Health (MDH) are working with hospitals and long-term care providers to quickly identify 4-5 skilled nursing facilities that can stand up "hospital decompression sites" that would allow for increased movement between acute and post-acute settings.

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Press Release: Long-Term Care Imperative Applauds Health Care Decompression Strike Teams

SAINT PAUL, MN (Oct. 15, 2021) - Minnesota is experiencing a crisis in caregiving, and it is affecting the entire health care continuum. We applaud efforts to address health care backups through strike teams. Strike teams are very much needed to provide temporary relief and respite to exhausted caregivers. But it will not solve one of the root causes of the problem: staffing shortages in long-term care.

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HUD Allows Key Deadline Flexibilities for CSP Requests

In response to advocacy by LeadingAge, HUD has allowed key deadline flexibilities for COVID-19 Supplemental Payment (CSP) requests for capital cost reimbursements due to COVID-19. HUD announced the change in a 20-question CSP FAQ document; HUD also released a draft version of the CSP request form.

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Vaccination Rates Increasing as Care Center Mandate Approaches

The most recent Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) update on long-term care vaccination shows that staff vaccination rates have increased in the last couple of months as the mandate for vaccination of care center staff draws closer.

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At the Capitol: Minnesota Lawmakers Reveal First Public Proposals on Hero Pay

A select working group began hosting hearings about allocating the money set aside during the 2021 special session for Hero Pay bonuses for frontline workers in late July. Several different groups are vying for a piece of the $250 million fund, and this week, the working group released two separate proposals drawn upon party lines.

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Outbreak Testing: Who to Test and What are the Parameters?

Top of mind for many members is the CDC guidance regarding testing during an outbreak. When a new facility onset case of COVID-19 is found in a staff member or resident, the organization must proceed with outbreak testing. So how do we know who to test and what are the testing parameters? The information below may give you the answers you need.

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State Medical Director Updates Testing Orders, Allows Broader Use of Antigen Testing

Recently, Minnesota's state medical director eliminated a significant barrier to using antigen testing in assisted living settings.

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Respiratory Protection Program Requirements

As COVID-19 crashed into our lives, so did the awareness of and need for respiratory protection programs in long-term care settings. Respiratory protection programs are designed to ensure all employees are protected from respiratory hazards, such as the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen.

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Vaccination Rates Now Available on Care Compare

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that staff and resident vaccination rates for all care centers have been posted on the Care Compare website.

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Extended! BCA Grants Available Until Nov.

As the workforce crisis deepens due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 1135 waiver remains in place, grant funding for the Basic Care Aide and Paid Feeding Assistant Training programs has been extended until November.

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Resilience Tips: Being Confident Through Stress

Featuring Dr. Alyson VanAhn from Associated Clinic of Psychology

Since the COVID era began, we've been witnessing and talking about the traumatic effects of the virus and how to cope as best we can. These things are real and can range from mental distress to physical exhaustion— and can include significant grief and worry.

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CMS Updates Nursing Home Testing Guidance

On Sept. 10, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated QSO-20-38-NH concerning nursing home testing to align with recently updated recommendations from the CDC.

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Promote Random Acts of Kindness for Trauma Resilience

Resilience is our ability to bounce back from the stresses of life, and doing Random Acts of Kindness for others is a scientifically proven way to build resilience. Learn more in this 2-minute Self Care for Safe Care video with Dr. Alyson VanAhn from Associated Clinics of Psychology.

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BCA Funding Extended

As the workforce crisis deepens due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 1135 waiver remains in place, grant funding for the Basic Care Aide and Paid Feeding Assistant Training programs has been extended until November. This support comes from the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation and EduCare. You may continue to register students here, while EduCare users can still access the training in your EduCare library.

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COVID-19 Screening in Assisted Living

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) clarified their interpretation of COVID-19 prevention and infection control in assisted living licensed facilities. Screening of residents by staff is required for each resident who is receiving assisted living services. Residents who are only receiving housing and supportive services may screen themselves and report results to staff.

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Aug. 30 Marks Expiration of Many MDH COVID Waivers

When Minnesota's Peacetime Emergency ended on July 1, it started a sixty-day countdown to the expiration of most Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) COVID-19 waivers or modifications of state laws or regulations

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MDH Seeks Feedback to Inform Booster Planning

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is actively developing a plan for booster vaccinations in long-term care settings.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims to launch boosters the week of Sept. 20, and MDH wants to be sure this next phase in the vaccination process rolls out as quickly and smoothly as possible.

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