Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) Authorized Medical Interventions for Residents Unable to Provide Informed Consent and Without a Health Care Decision Maker

AFL 20-83 From the California Department of Public Health October 30, 2020 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) SUBJECT: Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) Authorized Medical Interventions for Residents Unable to Provide Informed Consent and Without a Health Care Decision Maker ​AUTHORITY:      Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 1418.8   All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies SNFs and ICFs of the appellate court’s decision in California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), et al.

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What to Look for and Questions to Ask as You Resume Visits in a Long-Term Care Facility

Courtesy of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Title: What to Look for and Questions to Ask as You Resume Visits in a Long-Term Care Facility Guest:  Steven Levin, Michael Bonamarte, Levin & Perconti Date: October 21, 2020 Listen on iTunes and SoundCloud Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted residents of long-term care facilities and their families.

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When Wildfire Breaks Out During a Pandemic, Who’s Responsible for Elderly Evacuees?

By April Dembosky and Molly Peterson, KQED, October 30 2020 About 200 elderly wildfire evacuees wait at 3:00 a.m. outside the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa before being turned away from the temporary shelter on Sept. 28, 2020. (Gabe Meline/KQED) They’ve been here for hours: buses full of seniors still idling in the parking lot.

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California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Influenza Vaccination and Masking Policy

AFL 20-82 From the California Department of Public Health October 30, 2020 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Influenza Vaccination and Masking Policy All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL informs health care facilities of the CDPH policy requiring all CDPH employees who enter health care facilities as a part of their work to comply with local requirements to minimize the spread of the influenza virus.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for concurrent COVID-19 and influenza outbreaks, CDPH employees must wear a mask whether or not they choose to receive the influenza vaccine when in a health care facility during the annual influenza season.

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