PARCR - Posts Published in March 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

3/10/2020 - PARCR Admin

Most of you have probably heard much information about the coronavirus or COVID-19. This notice is being sent to inform you that LeadingAge PA has gathered the most relevant and essential tools to prepare our organizations for the possibility of an outbreak. As LeadingAge PA reports, COVID-19 can pose a significant threat to those who become infected. Should the virus spread within the U.S., as it has in other countries, our senior citizens can be disproportionately impacted. Therefore, we need to take precautions.

This is from the LeadingAge website:

What Are Five Things Everyone Can Do?

Like so many of the easily-transmissible diseases and viruses we prepare for every day in our work with older people, everyone can use a few simple reminders:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze.
  • Maintain “social distances” of a few feet near people who show symptoms.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home and get medical attention if you are sick.

More information from LeadingAge PA about COVID-19 and what we can do can be found here. If you have difficulty accessing the links provided here and below, please let me know.

Information about Act 77 Election Reform will be provided in an upcoming tidbit.

Updated COVID Resources

With the Coronavirus so prominent in the news, there are multiple new and updated resources and tools to share for health care facilities. The Department of Health (DOH) issued a health care alert updating the information for health care professionals regarding COVID-19, for more information please visit their web page. Likewise, the Office of Long Term Living (OLTL), working closely with Managed Care Organizations (MCO) and the DOH to ensure preparedness, shared an update.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) hosted a webinar “What Clinicians Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19 in the United States,” on March 5, 2020.

Another informational call on preparedness for COVID-19 was held on March 11, 2020 with the DOH and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PA (HAP). This call was specifically for long-term care facilities. It provided status updates and discussed resources, recommendations, and plans.

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April 8th PARCR Meeting Cancelled

3/11/2020 - PARCR Admin

The PARCR Executive Committee voted at their meeting on March 9 to cancel the April 8 Quarterly Meeting due to the concerns of influenza and the COVID-19 coronavirus. It was felt we needed to take precautions as seniors are more susceptible to infections from these diseases.

I refer you to the PARCR Legislative Tidbit sent out on March 9. Please pay attention to the information. I am repeating a portion of it here.

What Are Five Things Everyone Can Do?

Like so many of the easily-transmissible diseases and viruses we prepare for every day in our work with older people, everyone can use a few simple reminders:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze.
  • Maintain “social distances” of a few feet near people who show symptoms.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home and get medical attention if you are sick.

More information from LeadingAge PA about COVID-19 and what we can do can be found here.

Ida Jeanne Smith, PARCR President

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Important Notice from the PARCR Executive Committee

3/15/2020 - PARCR Admin

At the March Executive Committee meeting, the committee made two decisions which directly effect PARCR members and other general meeting attendees in terms of meal charges and meal payment procedures. The changes are as follows:

1) Effective with the July 2020 general meeting, the meal charge for each attendee will increase from $10 to $12.

We have been charging $10 per attendee for lunch. PARCR has been subsidizing an additional $2 per person to cover the host community $12 charge per lunch. After surveying a number of CCRCs for comparative catering charges, we have found it necessary to increase our payment to the host communities to $14 per attendee to cover the increasing costs for food, plates, cups, utensils, napkins, staffing, etc. Obviously, it is important for us to be fair and equitable with our gracious hosts for their hospitality. PARCR will continue to contribute $2 per attendee to cover the charge of $14.

2) In addition to the above, the Executive Committee adopted a new procedure for registration for meeting and the payment for the lunch. The new process requires meal payment at the time of registration, rather than on the day of the meeting. The process will be clearly defined in your meeting notice letter. It will be very important for our members and attendees to have their payment to Susan Martin by the deadline specified in the notice. Your payment will not be refunded in the event your plans should change and you are unable to attend. We will no longer be able to accommodate “walk-ins” at our meetings.

There are two primary reasons for this change. First, we are required to give a final count to our host community a week prior to our general meeting. The host community is counting on that as a reasonably accurate number of persons attending and eating lunch. When we have a substantial number of “no-shows”, someone needs to cover the cost difference. Up to this point, our host communities have essentially absorbed that expense.

The second reason is to reduce or eliminate the bottlenecks and confusion at the registration table. We are having more and more persons attend our meetings and as this happens, in any given scenario, it requires appropriate change to accommodate the increase in volume.

We realize that change isn’t always easy, but we trust that you understand the rationale for these adjustments to our process and will do your best to support them. Thank you for your kind attention to these items.

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