LeadingAge CA Five Things to Know Update for March 21, 2020

COVID-19 Top Five Things to Know for April 1, 2020

  1. Governor Launches 'Stay Home. Save Lives. Check in.' Campaign to Protect Older Adults
    To combat social isolation, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the  ‘Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.’ campaign. It 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, it announced a statewide hotline (833-544-2374) so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis.
  2. Small Business Administration Loans: Coronavirus
    Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources for our provider members and for business partners. You may be eligible to apply for one of these: Paycheck Protection ProgramEconomic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan AdvanceSBA Debt ReliefSBA Express Bridge LoansGuidance for Businesses and EmployersSBA Products and ResourcesGovernment Contracting. The SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.
  3. LeadingAge COVID-19 Workforce Partnerships
    LeadingAge is establishing partnerships with major national employers to reach displaced workers from fields such as dining, retail, and hospitality. Through these partnerships—with organizations like Marriott, Hilton, the Peace Corps, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association—we will help you fill available jobs in aging services. To participate, members should post jobs of all kinds (including temporary positions and those that do not require certification) on the LeadingAge Aging Services Career Center. All job postings are FREE to members starting this week to make it easier for you to fill staff roles during this unprecedented time of need. Learn more about how to post your jobs.
  4. Staffing Assistance 
    We are working to develop alternate staffing resources through our career center and with select business partners.  We know that some of you are short-staffed in clinical, food service, maintenance, housekeeping and other areas. Please watch for more details as we assess educational opportunities for rapid-training under disaster relief waivers.
  5. Resilience
    I think about this a lot, and try to stay calm in the face of great challenges for our staff, for our members, for each of you. Some of you have called with urgent messages, stressful situations, or to share your current challenges and fears. Through this, I have been reminded of the Buddhist parable of the 2nd arrow, when it suddenly appeared in an HBR article by Rasmus Hougaard and Jaqueline Carter
  6. “The Buddha asked a student: “If a person is struck by an arrow, is it painful? If the person is struck by a second arrow, is it even more painful?” He then went on to explain, “In life, we cannot always control the first arrow. However, the second arrow is our reaction to the first. And with this second arrow comes the possibility of choice.” We are experiencing the first arrow of the coronavirus, impacted by staffing, supply shortages, travel restrictions, and more. …In short, the first arrow causes unavoidable pain, and our resistance to it creates fertile ground for all the second arrows…. It’s important to remember that these second arrows — our emotional and psychological response to crises — are natural and very human. …The way to overcome this natural tendency is to build our mental resilience through mindfulness. Mental resilience, especially in challenging times like the present, means managing our minds in a way that increases our ability to face the first arrow and to break the second before it strikes us. Resilience is the skill of noticing our own thoughts, unhooking from the non-constructive ones, and re-balancing quickly.”
  7. We each will handle this differently, but together we can stay focused on solutions that will benefit your communities, your residents, and each other. Thank you for all you are doing to keep your residents, staff and your communities safe. We honor each of you during this challenging time.
  8. resources
    We have up to the minute and regular updates that consolidate state and national information on our COVID-19 Resources page and LeadingAge California Connect