Many skilled nursing and assisted living communities in New York State continue to struggle under current state guidelines and restriction. We are encouraging resident family members to advocate with us for a more reasonable, thoughtful approach to these policies. While progress is not always made on the issues as quickly as we would like, family advocacy is critical to the success we will see in the coming weeks. Keep making your voices heard, and thank you for your efforts!

Many skilled nursing and assisted living communities in New York State continue to struggle under current state guidelines and restriction. We are encouraging resident family members to advocate with us for a more reasonable, thoughtful approach to these policies. While progress is not always made on the issues as quickly as we would like, family advocacy is critical to the success we will see in the coming weeks. Keep making your voices heard, and thank you for your efforts!

Urge Lawmakers to Prioritize Vaccine for Senior Housing

New Yorkers living in senior housing are at high risk for COVID-19 and have not been appropriately prioritized by the State of New York or the Federal Government for COVID-19 vaccination. Additionally, just as staff in other congregate living settings with vulnerable populations have been prioritized for vaccination, staff in independent senior housing should be prioritized.

Failure to prioritize senior housing residents and staff for vaccination is likely to mean significant delays in these seniors accessing the vaccine and, sadly, more hospitalizations and deaths.

With the importance of these individuals being vaccinated in mind, senior housing providers should have the opportunity to work with the Department of Health and Regional Vaccination Networks to begin planning vaccination clinics that can occur on site. Facilitating vaccination clinics on the campuses of senior housing settings in which a large number of seniors live would allow the state to efficiently vaccinate large numbers of people in priority populations in one clinic.

Enter your information here to urge State and Federal lawmakers to appropriately prioritize seniors living in independent senior housing settings for COVID-19 vaccine! Additionally, to send the same letter to the Department of Health Commissioner, Howard Zucker, please copy and paste this email (download here) and send to howard.zucker@health.ny.gov

You asked what you can do and who you can talk to about the holiday restrictions released by the New York State Department of Health. If you are frustrated by the State’s limitations placed on families and residents, the costs and availability of testing which families and residents are now subject to if they wish to share in the holidays, and/or the lack of recognition for the quality of life for our residents, you can contact your State legislators and the Governor’s office and urge them to have the State take a more reasonable approach to holiday visitation.

There are three ways to participate in advocacy efforts right now (link should will automatically download):

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

Andrew Cuomo
(518) 474-8390
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Email

NEW YORK HOUSE

Andy Goodell
(716) 664-7773
2 E. Second Street
Fenton Building, Suite 320
Jamestown, NY 14701
Email

Tom Reed
(716) 708-6369
East 2nd St. Suite 208
Jamestown, NY 14701
Email

NEW YORK SENATE

George Borello
(815) 455-6330
2-6 E. Second Street
Fenton Building, Suite 302
Jamestown, NY 14701
Email

Urge Congress to Pass Coronavirus Relief Bill Now

Negotiations are continuing between Congress and the White House and we need Congress to act now for older adults. As the months have gone by, aging services providers have continued to care for and protect residents without needed relief from our federal government. ACT NOW by contacting your members of Congress.

We need Congress to pass a comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill that will help providers who serve older adults. This may be our last chance for a relief package that funds PPE, testing supplies, and other essential services for all aging services providers before the end of the year.

Please share this message and contact information with family members waiting to see their loved ones - encourage them to contact Governor Cuomo today!

CONTACT US

For visits, call your Heritage community for visitation hours (if applicable). Click here for current visitation policies, fact sheets, and screening forms.

For advocacy questions and for general inquiries, please contact us at questions@heritage1886.org.

For press inquiries, please contact Melissa Anderson at manderson@heritage1886.org or (716) 338-1585.