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Government policies should ensure community-based services continue and crisis counseling programs are accessible to all. Disruption of community-based services should not result in the institutionalization of people with disabilities and older people. Children with disabilities in many countries face barriers to accessing a quality, inclusive education. As governments close schools , many are implementing online instruction. Children with different disabilities may be excluded if online instruction is not made accessible to them, including through adapted, accessible material and communication strategies.
Governments should also ensure accessible material and lesson plans are also available to students who do not have access to the internet. Identifying and monitoring close contacts of presumptive cases. Any close contacts with symptoms will be tested. Implemented private lab testing. Developed and disseminated pandemic planning guidance. Continued development of public information resources. At the direction of Governor DeSantis hiring additional epidemiologists from university health programs to help with workload.
Governor DeSantis directed the Agency for Health Care Administration AHCA to extend all existing nursing home and assisted living facility licenses for 90 days to remove distraction from patient care. After conducting a thorough assessment of needs, Director Moskowitz has requested the following supplies through Direct Federal Assistance.
Supplies are being delivered on a rolling basis, and inventory is being distributed throughout the state 24 hours a day. AHCA distributed an overview to iBudget providers of the revised payment methodology that will be used over the next few months to help support providers of adult day training, residential habilitation, life skills development level 1-companion and in-home personal supports.
Retention payments will be made to give necessary financial support to providers who would otherwise not receive payment due to current public distancing requirements. Secretary Mayhew is working directly with hospitals and large health systems to identify potential vacant wings or buildings to provide additional hospital inpatient capacity should it become necessary. This federal action lifts Medicaid prior authorization requirements for critical health care services and allows for expedited provider enrollment.
AHCA, in coordination with the DEM and the Department, is hosting ongoing statewide calls for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, group homes, and adult family care homes in conjunction with the Florida Health Care Association.
Secretary Mayhew and Surgeon General Rivkees are continuing to address critical issues impacting these providers such as restricting visitors and providing updates. Secretary Mayhew and Surgeon General Rivkees to provide the most up-to-date information to hospital partners and residential facilitates caring for aging and vulnerable populations. AHCA participated in a collaborative call with the Florida Health Care Association, Florida Hospital Association and LeadingAge Florida to discuss patient transfer arrangements between health care facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals.
DBPR communication with staff has emphasized the best practices and preventive steps recommended by FDOH for impeding the spread of respiratory illnesses. DBPR is incorporating informational comments on all on-site inspection reports issued to public lodging, public food service, and alcohol and tobacco license holders that will promote situational awareness of the current public health emergency and will direct parties to the FDOH COVID webpage for guidance and resources related to prevention best practices.
DBPR has suspended all official business visits, including inspections, that involve licenses located at a facility covered under the visitation restrictions implemented pursuant to FDEM Emergency Order DBPR hosted a senior management meeting with all program directors on Monday, DBPR is providing guidance to appointed professional licensing boards related to procedural considerations and available technology options for remote, web-based or telephonic board meetings.
DBPR issued an emergency order, EO to extend license renewal deadlines and renewal requirements for a period of 30 days for licenses with an existing renewal deadline occurring in the months of March or April, DBPR will continue to push information and guidance relating to the directives of EO to impacted parties through the DBPR Emergency Information Page, social media channels, and outreach to industry and public sector partners.
DBPR will continue to provide customer service and licensing support by phone and other electronic means to enable continuity of operations during these facility restrictions. Currently, the decision to close is at the discretion of each individual facility. DCF is working with DOH to develop precautionary protocols for child welfare professionals and adult protective investigators who may have to make in-person visits to ensure the safety of those vulnerable populations.
This includes senior citizens, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns. During those times, we ask that you avoid shopping so that the stores can be available for senior citizens, and other at-risk members of our community such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems.
Clubs will open at 9 a. Our associates will happily assist anyone who needs additional help while shopping. We encourage all customers to respect this special time as we work to protect our community. Thank you for shopping with us! To enter the store, customers simply need to present a government-issued identification card. List of all Alliance Campuses serving food from March on weekdays from 8 a. Free breakfast a. These additional funds will enable our networks to meet the increased need for in-home and supportive services, home delivered meals, family caregiver support and assistance available through Centers for Independent Living in every state.
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic, these two extraordinary groups remain focused and engaged with ACL on improving our system of supports and services for families and family caregivers, grandparents and older relative caregivers. The FCAC recently published a progress report outlining their work and accomplishments. NASHP issued a report analyzing more than recommendations from twenty-seven national, state and international family caregiving consensus reports, most of which were written during the past decade.
As I look ahead to the next several weeks and months, I know that we will face significant challenges as we work to ensure our family caregivers are supported at every turn, so that they, in turn, can support their loved ones. I am confident that together we will surmount every challenge and create a better future for all families who support older adults and people of all ages with disabilities. This Survival Guide is intended to help by linking you to the resources that best address a variety of topics.
Depending on the time period for applicants requested reimbursement, eligibility under this policy for the initial 60 days could end as soon as May 13, However, for a variety of reasons, including scale of need, it is likely that other federal programs will not be able to meet the needs of individuals coping with COVID-related food insecurity within the initial timeframe.
Therefore, Public Assistance has clarified that extensions beyond the initial 60 days are allowable in increments of 30 days or fewer per extension for the duration of the COVID Public Health Emergency, if necessary.
Identify resources that might be applied or redirected to close gaps. While FEMA is coordinating with other partners to determine the appropriate level and source of support moving forward, it is very important that the SLTT work on transition plans that may be needed beyond additional extensions. The Paycheck Protection Program ensures that small businesses can continue to pay employees and cover costs during this unprecedented health crisis.
For up to eight weeks, this program can be used to cover the entire cost of payroll and other eligible expenses. Learn about other programs for small businesses. Press Release May For example:. As the nation adjusts physical and social distancing practices, the risk and impact of the COVID pandemic will remain high for many at-risk individuals, particularly those with access and functional needs.
COVID is likely to continue to disrupt the lives of these individuals, many of whom rely on social services and home and community-based services. Resources focus on equipping CBOs to return to work, supporting clients and family caregiving networks, bringing innovation to CBO service, and improving integration.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, U. The hour-long session will feature Dr. During disasters, small businesses often become targets for fraudulent scams claiming to provide assistance. One to two leaders in the field also share best practices with their peers. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters if time allows. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID response.
There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters. Click here for recorded webinar. Click here for slides. Click here for the transcript. Featured leaders include:. During this virtual convening, you will hear from Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Brigham Young University, as she helps to set the stage for a wider conversation surrounding isolation and loneliness, particularly among homebound older adults.
A panel of individuals representing an array of different sectors will also join the webinar. To learn more, chick HERE. Call topics will reflect the most pressing issues identified by those providing care for nursing home residents, including access to personal protective equipment PPE , lack of testing, hospital to nursing home transfers, staff illness and absence, and staff attrition.
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