$ 80.5 million grant to help providers cope with lingering effects of pandemic – News

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect long-term care facilities, Pennsylvania is rolling out a program to help operators respond to the crisis, and Rhode Island is tightening visiting guidelines in a bid to protect residents and staff.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Monday announced the launch of the Long-Term Care Resilience, Infrastructure Support and Empowerment Program to help assisted living communities, personal care homes, nursing homes skilled workers and other long-term care facilities to fight COVID-19, recover and rebuild.

The LTC RISE program, funded by an $ 80.5 million grant from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, began January 1 and replaces the Regional Congregate Care Assistance Teams (RCAT) program.

The LTC RISE program, which ends on July 31, 2023, enables long-term care providers to take advantage of improvement project opportunities, including best practices in infection prevention and control and emergency preparedness, outbreak response plans and professional development.

LTC RISE will also continue to offer RCAT prevention and response support, including a 24/7 call center, as well as technical support, assessment and feedback, training. and incident management coaching. Providers will also be able to access testing assistance, personal protective equipment and personnel assistance once all other avenues have been exhausted.

“Long-term care facilities face unique challenges during an epidemic,” Randy Padfield, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said in a statement. “Providing a wide range of support options that meet their needs gives them the flexibility to support their staff and clients in a way that makes sense for each facility. “

Most of the communities eligible for the RCAT program will continue to be eligible for the LTC RISE COVID-19 Prevention and Response Support Program.

The new program is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Penn Medicine in partnership with Temple Health, Pennsylvania State University, LECOM Health and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare .

Rhode Island Tour

Meanwhile, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health on Monday announced new regulations requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter assisted living communities and homes. state nursing.

All visitors must also wear masks, regardless of their immunization status. The new requirements took effect immediately.

The policy, McKee said in a statement, “will help ease the pressure on [nursing home and assisted living] operations and ensure the safety of residents, staff and visitors.

Visitors must produce a negative rapid antigen test result within the previous 48 hours or a negative PCR test result within the previous 72 hours. Electronic or paper evidence will be accepted. Vaccinated visitors will not have to continuously demonstrate their vaccination status once they present proof of vaccination.

Providers can refuse entry to any visitor or essential caregiver who refuses to present a negative test result or proof of vaccination, unless they have an approved exemption.

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