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Take the Pledge to Combat Social Isolation Among Older Adults

April 1, 2020 Today, the California Department of Aging and the California Health and Human Services Agency announced the Stay Home, Save Lives, Check In Campaign. They’re encouraging people, like us, to take a few minutes out of each day to check-in with our older neighbors. Let’s make sure they feel connected and that they… Read more »

Governor Newsom Launches Campaign to Protect Health and Well-Being of Older Californians During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 31, 2020 To combat social isolation, ‘Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.’ campaign urges all Californians to check in on vulnerable neighbors with a call, text or physically-distanced door knock. In coordination with non-profit local 2-1-1 systems, California also launches hotline to help Californians answer questions. SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the… Read more »

COVID-19: The Use of Telehealth in Long-Term Care During the Pandemic

       Please join CALTCM and the California Telehealth Policy Coalition for a one-hour webinar focused on key considerations for expediting telehealth implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic, including use cases, example protocols, lessons learned from implementations and recent policy changes. Moderators and speakers to include: Mike Wasserman, President, CALTCM Mike Kurliand, Director of Telehealth, West… Read more »

Reauthorization of Older Americans Act is a Victory for Seniors and Successful Aging in America

West Health applauds this week’s passage of legislation reauthorizing the Older Americans Act (OAA), which provides critical funding for programs and services that combat malnutrition, elder abuse and social isolation, support family caregivers and senior centers, and help older adults with transportation, legal issues and in-home and community-based care. The reauthorization of OAA is a… Read more »

Telehealth Discussed at NIC Spring Conference

by Katie Roper | March 24, 2020 Medicare just announced that it will − temporarily − reimburse for telehealth-provided services, opening an opportunity for seniors housing providers to provide residents with access to vital health services without exposing them to pathogens circulating at hospitals and clinics as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. A very… Read more »

COVID-19 in Older Adults: Key Points for Emergency Department Providers

March 18, 2020 BOX 1 PATIENT SCENARIO 1: The daughter of an 82-year-old community-dwelling, woman calls the ED nurse hotline regarding her mother. The patient has a past medical history of diabetes mellitus and multiple comorbid illnesses. During the past week the patient had a cough, runny nose, and a slight fever. No temperature has… Read more »