COVID vaccine slow to reach California nursing home residents – Los Angeles Times

As public health officials scramble to clear a backlog of unused COVID-19 vaccine by opening the process to anyone 65 or older, new data show they failed to quickly deliver shots to the vast majority of California’s most vulnerable residents, who were supposed to be the priority. As of Sunday, only about 5% of long-term care facility residents in the statewide vaccination program — including people in skilled nursing homes and assisted living centers — had been vaccinated, according to California Department of Public Health data obtained by The Times. And while the vaccines became available in the U.S. in mid-December, only 3% of California facilities in the program had been scheduled for their first visit from a vaccination team as of Sunday, the data show.…
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Luxury senior living platform seeks to hire 1 lucky ‘undercover grandma’ – Inman

To see whether luxury housing for seniors truly lives up to the hype, one assisted living search platform is looking for a “glamorous grandma” to go undercover as a tester. CaringAdvisor.com, a search platform for various assisted living options across the country, is planning to release a repository of senior facilities that call themselves “luxe” — they will typically start at $6,000 a month (an average senior home in the U.S. commands $3,000 a month) and climb much higher. It is offering $500 a month, as well as covering all living and travel expenses, to a senior interested in testing the living arrangements themselves as well as the different amenities (pool, gyms, senior activities) typically offered at these types of luxury facilities.…
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As SC opens coronavirus vaccines to elderly, here’s what you need to know – Charleston Post Courier

After administering over 4 million coronavirus tests and inoculating thousands of essential staff, health care groups in the Palmetto State are starting to push the vaccinations out to the general public. But in the midst of the vaccine expansion, officials on Friday confirmed another snag in the process.  With South Carolina officials rushing to get the state’s most vulnerable residents vaccinated against the coronavirus, authorities reported new hurdles in the supply chain on Friday.  Authorities reported that the state would receive its usual allocation of 63,000 to 64,000 weekly doses, but some hospitals had requested “four to five times more doses than they had in previous weeks,” according to the S.C.…
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Joe Biden’s Economic Plan Isn’t Afraid to Run Up the Deficit – The New York Times

Advertisement Continue reading the main story DealBook Newsletter President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic plan will run up big debts. Jan. 15, 2021 ImagePresident-elect Joe Biden isn’t worried about deficit spending, for now.Credit…Amr Alfiky/The New York Times President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his $1.9 trillion economic rescue plan yesterday, an ambitious package of bigger direct payments to Americans, extra funding for coronavirus vaccine distribution and more. The move is a bolder response than the Obama administration’s to the 2008 financial crisis — even if it runs up debt to dizzying levels. What’s in the proposal: $1,400 direct payments, a $15 per hour federal minimum wage and more generous unemployment benefits. $400 billion to combat the pandemic directly, including accelerating vaccine deployment and reopening most schools within 100 days of passage.…
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CVS Health Launches Senior Medical Alert System, Symphony – – HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Health announced Symphony, a medical alert system designed to keep seniors safe and connected at home. – Symphony consists of a collection of in-home and wearable devices that offer a new at-home experience by connecting a suite of sensors that can monitor for falls, motion, and room temperature while also providing a 24/7 personal emergency response platform for use when needed. CVS Health, today announced the release of Symphony medical alert system to help caregivers monitor the safety and well-being of loved ones, even from afar. This collection of in-home and wearable devices offers a new at-home experience by connecting a suite of sensors that can monitor for falls, motion, and room temperature while also providing a 24/7 personal emergency response platform for use when needed.…
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Calling Missouri first responders, other health care workers: next COVID-19 vaccination phase underway – Missourinet.com

Missouri’s first responders and remaining healthcare workers can now get the COVID-19 vaccination. The state has activated its second phase of the vaccine plan, Phase 1B – Tier 1. In a press release today from Gov. Mike Parson’s Office, it says the federal government has also informed Missouri that the feds plan to “significantly increase” vaccine supply next week to prioritize individuals 65 and older and those with health conditions that put them at higher risk of catching COVID-19. Calling Missouri first responders, other health care workers: next COVID-19 vaccination phase underway In response to this news, the state will roll out the next phase of its vaccine plan, , 1B – Tier 2, on Monday.…
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‘Defining Who We Are’: Top Senior Living Concerns, Goals as Biden Takes Office – Senior Housing News

For the senior living industry, the incoming Biden administration and Democratic control of Congress means new opportunities for advocacy and education — and potentially some pitfalls in the form of new and tighter regulations. The presidential election and the Georgia Senate races have resulted in the Democrats taking the White House and narrow control of Congress. That election “sea change” means the senior living industry has a newfound chance to impact relevant legislation and regulations, according to Maggie Elehwany, senior vice president of public affairs at Argentum. The opportunity is underscored by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has in just a year’s time upended senior living operations and resulted in the deaths of more than 380,000 Americans, many of them older adults.…
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Money advice: how over 50s can overcome financial challenges – Eastern Daily Press

“This time last ye…..” A slow, reflective pause halted my flow before the realisation hit me. “Oh, no. It was 2019. Where did last year go?” My wife and I were sat enjoying a drink in the kitchen last Saturday night (it’s all very rock n’ roll, chez Sharkey) when I was about to recall a hugely enjoyable visit to France we made in January 2020 before remembering that it actually took place the year before. ‘A senior moment’ was how my smiling better half described this temporary display of forgetfulness which I instantly sought to remedy by taking another gulp of red wine… If, like me, you’re over 50, you’ve probably experienced similar episodes of absent-mindedness, an early reminder, perhaps, that we’re getting a little older.…
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Some senior care staff unsure about the coronavirus vaccine as managers race to educate workers – OregonLive

John Eaglin Jr. works with some of the most vulnerable Oregonians, but when he learned he could get a shot of the vaccine against the coronavirus, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to do it. He combed the internet to learn how the vaccine was produced, what corners may have been cut to get it approved so fast and whether clinical studies had actually proved it was safe. “It’s an important decision to make,” said Eaglin, who supervises dining staff in the Portland senior care facility Rose Villa. “And it’s worth putting in the effort.” Eaglin is one of tens of thousands of senior care workers in Oregon who must decide if they want to get a shot of new coronavirus vaccines that federal officials approved last month after a break-neck scientific effort to fight the pandemic.…
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Covid Vaccine Effort: The Push to Reach Wary Medical Workers – The New York Times

Advertisement Continue reading the main story Some staff in hospitals and long-term care facilities don’t want to take the Covid-19 vaccine. Their employers are trying to change their minds. Juniper Communities, a long-term care chain in three states, is requiring most workers to get vaccinated.Credit…Mark Makela for The New York Times Jan. 14, 2021 Anxious about taking a new vaccine and scarred by a history of being mistreated, many frontline workers at hospitals and nursing homes are balking at getting inoculated against Covid-19. Anxious about their patients’ health and scarred by many thousands of deaths in the past year, hospitals and nursing homes are desperate to have their employees vaccinated.…
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