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A Review of Biden’s American Rescue Plan and Its Impact for Senior Living

January 15, 2021

Last night, President-elect Biden released his proposed $1.9 trillion relief package that includes $415 billion focused on combating the COVID-19 pandemic, over $1 trillion in direct aid to individuals and families, and $440 billion in assistance to businesses. The plan is sweeping and proposes large-scale spending items such as $1,400 in additional stimulus checks, an extension…

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The Essential Caregiver Program: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

December 21, 2020

The Essential Caregiver (EC) program is a simple concept: Allow a single person, a family member or loved one, to have a controlled visit and help someone in senior living, even during times of restricted visitation, in order to counter the often severely detrimental health effects of loneliness and social isolation. But the implementation of…

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A New Era in Memory Care

December 21, 2020

Tom Alaimo, vice president of life enrichment and memory care at Trilogy Health Services, has been in memory care for more than 15 years and calls the field “near and dear to my heart.” “With COVID, the foundation and the philosophy hasn’t changed,” Alaimo says. “Just sometimes the way we go about it has.” Keeping…

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Long-Term Care and Senior Living Leaders Emphasize Need for Residents and Staff to Receive Prioritization for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

November 30, 2020

Washington, D.C. – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), LeadingAge, Argentum and the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) released a joint statement today regarding distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine: “Since the start of the pandemic, heroic caregivers in long-term care and senior living communities have done everything in their…

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What a Biden Administration May Mean for Senior Living

November 7, 2020

With several news outlets now calling the presidency for former Vice President Joe Biden, what can those across senior living expect from his Administration? Argentum continues to focus on COVID-19 and educating federal officials about the importance of processing relief payments, obtaining additional financial resources and testing support, preparing vaccine management, and instituting reasonable liability…

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Argentum Releases Essential Caregiver Toolkit to Encourage Safer Visitation and Reduce Health Risks of Social Isolation on Older Adults

October 7, 2020

(Alexandria, Va.) – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, social isolation and loneliness for senior living residents have risen as visitation from loved ones has been curtailed. Social isolation in older adults is well-documented to increase risk of premature death—as harmful as high blood pressure, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. But COVID-19…

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Federal Government Announcements Offer Significant COVID-19 Relief and Support for the Senior Living Industry 

September 2, 2020

(Alexandria, Va.) – On September 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) formally announced a private pay distribution from the CARES Act provider relief funds for licensed assisted living providers. Argentum, its members, and its association partners have been advocating for months for financial relief for the industry, which is caring for vulnerable older…

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2020 Best of the Best Awards: The Stories Behind the Honorees

August 3, 2020

  The Argentum Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative programs, products, and services that solve a challenge, advance excellence, and improve the future of senior living.  

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Our Workers Are Stressed. How Can We Help Them?

August 3, 2020

Over the past 14 years, William Mills, MD, now the senior vice president of medical affairs at BrightSpring Health Services, has been on more than 20,000 senior living visits. During that time, he has observed communities contending with a variety of severe circumstances affecting residents and staff. But he’s never witnessed one like the COVID-19…

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The Boom in Plant-Based Diets Brings Healthy Creativity to Menus

April 9, 2020

The revolution is here–the veg revolution, that is. Plant-forward eating styles are changing the way residents and communities think about food. “Plant-forward is an eating style focused on plant-based dishes like produce, whole grains, and legumes, but it’s not limited to that,” said Dana Fillmore, registered dietitian and marketing manager at Gordon Food Service. For…

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Suiting Every Taste: Communities find solutions to provide a rich range of choices and independence in dining

April 9, 2020

Mealtime has never been only about the food—that’s been true for humans throughout history. It’s a time to share, to converse, to shine, to appreciate what brings us together and to highlight what’s unique about each of us. In senior living communities, the meaningfulness of that experience can be heightened. “Knowing the importance that food…

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Make Every Bite Matter: Tips to Cut Waste

April 9, 2020

Reducing food waste is serious for executive directors and dining managers—more than half in our Forecast Report survey named it their top concern. Lower waste is a marker of resident satisfaction, operational excellence, and reaching sustainability goals. To help in the ongoing quest, experts Dana Fillmore, RD, healthcare customer marketing manager at Gordon Food Service…

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