Industry thought leaders and key stakeholders to convene on May 27 and May 28, 2020 to chart a path forward for North America's senior living industry.
May 27, 2020 – HealthPRO® Heritage joins more than 160 industry thought leaders to provide guidance for communities throughout North America as they prepare to emerge from a period of quarantine and plan for a new post-COVID era.
Participants in the ICAA COVID-19 Senior Living Task Force include representatives of for-profit, not-for-profit, and affordable housing -- organizations providing active-adult and independent living, continuing care retirement communities/life plan, assisted living, long-term care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation Participating industry associations include, among others, LeadingAge, American Senior Housing Association (ASHA), Argentum, American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), Pioneer Network, National Council on Aging (NCOA), The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care (NADONA), and the American Society on Aging (ASA).
“ICAA is effectively bringing together a diverse group of our industry’s most forward-thinking professionals to essentially help redesign Senior Living amidst the new world of COVID-19, and I can’t imagine a time when our industry’s needed innovation and thought-leadership more!” said VP of Clinical Strategies for HealthPRO® Heritage Christy Davis, OT, RAC-CT. “I am very much looking forward to collaborating with ICAA and our key stakeholders; I’m beyond excited to be a part of the solution.”
"The health, wellness and quality of life of our residents and staff are paramount as we chart a path forward in the midst of uncertainty," said ICAA founder and CEO Colin Milner, who conceived the initiative. "The Task Force will generate and provide ideas, tactics, strategies and messaging suggestions that organizations can consider as they begin to plan for a new post-COVID era."
Milner will co-chair the task force with Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th US Surgeon General, Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch, and psychologist/gerontologist Ken Dychtwald, PhD, best-selling author, founder and CEO of Age Wave.
"Organizations need to make their way through the pandemic and have a game plan to come out of it," Milner said. "Importantly, all key stakeholders are coming together as a group to address COVID-19's impact on the industry, and help ensure that organizations will continue to be viable and meet residents' expectations and desires while also ensuring their safety now and into the future."
Task force members and panelists at the May 27 and May 28 launch sessions will address fundamental issues such as social distancing and its impact on the built environment, infrastructure needs and engagement.