Tennessee COVID-19 Long-Term Care Task Force
The burden of the COVID-19 pandemic presents an imminent and severe threat to the lives of older adults and our long-term health care system. Older adults and individuals with underlying, serious medical conditions are at higher risk of morbidity and mortality related to COVID-19, especially those living in long-term care facilities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened awareness of the importance coordinating across multiple sectors to prevent and mitigate the impact across all aspects of long-term care. In September 2020, Governor Bill Lee's Unified Command Group announced the development of the Tennessee COVID-19 Long-Term Care Task Force. This task force is charged with developing and implementing new policy solutions to address immediate and future issues impacting long-term care facilities and residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of the Long-Term Care Task Force include private and public sector stakeholders such as American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Leading Age, Tennessee Healthcare Association/Tennessee Center for Assisted Living (THCA/TNCAL), TennCare, and many more. A complete list of Tennessee COVID-19 Long-Term care Task Force Members can be found by clicking here.
Previously held Tennessee COVID-19 Long-Term Care Taskforce meeting recordings and upcoming meeting information is provided below. All meetings are open to the public and can be accessed by using the log-in information provided. Please allow up to one week for meeting recordings and summaries to be posted once a taskforce meeting concludes.
- Tennessee Hope Line: The Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, with the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability and the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board announce the TN Hope Line, a call line that offers supportive active listening to lonely older adults 60+ years of age. The TN Hope Line, 844-600-8262, is a free phone call that will be answered Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm (CT) by trained volunteers who offer encouragement and hope for lonely senior adults. Callers are invited to call and talk about whatever is on their mind. Being able to talk and form a connection over the phone can offer assurance that they are cared for and loved.
- LTCF Toolkit: The LTCF Toolkit is live on the CDC website. This toolkit is meant a resource for explaining COVID-19 vaccination to both residents and staff in LTCFs. It includes resources for talking with staff, residents, and families, FAQs on the vaccines, and tips on how to prepare staff and vaccine safety monitoring and reporting.