Coronavirus Vaccine Updates and Resources for Senior Living

Argentum continually updates a Coronavirus Preparation and Response Toolkit with resources and information chosen specifically for senior living leaders and others with questions about older adults and senior living during this pandemic. Be sure to check out the COVID-19 Vaccine News & Resources section for the latest vaccine news, announcements, and FAQs. Information and links are from authoritative sources such as CDC and FDA and subject matter experts from the senior living industry.

Get vaccinated. Get your smartphone. Get started with v-safe.

Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.

V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one//

The Joint Commission shares COVID-19 dashboard used for survey scheduling

The dashboard is one of many factors that helps the accrediting organization determine when to schedule and conduct onsite surveys.

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CMS posted a revision to memo QSO-20-31-All

CMS posted a revision to memo QSO-20-31-All that updated the criteria a facility may meet that could trigger a focused infection control survey. This is important in light of the 5-Star user’s Guide posted today which is addressed below. Among the changes, CMS added, “criteria requiring states to conduct focused infection control surveys due to the increased availability of resources for the testing of residents and staff and factors related to the quality of care.” These new criteria are considered, “other factors that may place residents’ health and safety at risk.

  • Multiple weeks with new COVID-19 cases;
  • Low staffing;
  • Selection as a Special Focus Facility per Section 1819(f)(8)(B) of the Social Security Act;
  • Concerns related to conducting outbreak testing per CMS requirements; or
  • Allegations or complaints which pose a risk for harm or Immediate Jeopardy to the health or safety of residents which are related to certain areas, such as abuse or quality of care (e.g., pressure ulcers, weight loss, depression, decline in functioning).

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