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Category: Member News

Welcome to the Member News category. These stories are intended for current LeadingAge Minnesota members, profiling aging services professionals, providing new resources, and keeping them informed about the aging services community.

Rural COVID-19 Grants Available through LeadingAge MN Foundation

Applications for grants to support staff (COVID-19 Courage Funds) and to fund virtual services for Adult Day Services (COVID-19 Adult Day Services Virtual Visits & Support) are being accepted from rural LeadingAge Minnesota members. The application deadline is June 4 at 5 p.m. 

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Resource Round-Up: Testing; New COVID-19 Case Management Model

This week’s COVID-19 Resource Round-Up features a new training video on specimen collection, an updated FAQ on testing and a link to the new process MDH is using for COVID-19 case management. 

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Leadership Academy Fellows Begin Year of Engagement and Growth

The 27 fellows in our 2020 Leadership Academy kicked off the second decade of our leadership development program with a unique start: meeting via Zoom due to social distancing guidelines.  

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New COVID-19 Resources

In this week’s COVID-19 Resource Round-Up, we share new materials on guidance on compassionate care visits, resident transfers, recommendations for admissions, and employment law FAQS related to PPE and workplace accommodations.  

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Resource Roundup: Sample Checklist and Policies

This week’s Resource Round-Up is all about sample policies and survey checklists. 

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It’s Time for the COVID-19 Resource Round-Up

Each week we summarize and provide links to new tools and resources developed by LeadingAge Minnesota to help you respond to COVID-19. This week we feature tools in the area of workforce, testing and emergency staffing, as well as talking points and promotional materials for next week’s Long-Term Care week.  

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Leadership Academy Class of 2020 Announced

LeadingAge Minnesota’s Leadership Academy 2020 Class of Fellows has been selected and will convene on May 13. In this extraordinary year when nothing is business-as-usual, this cohort will have the distinction of being the first to begin their journey via virtual conferencing technology.  

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COVID-19: This Week’s Resource Round-Up

This week we share three links to resources we shared in the past week: Basic Care Aide, a Cohorting Messaging Toolkit, and Responding to Negative Views in a Pandemic.  

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LeadingAge MN Welcomes Kari Everson as New Director of Clinical Care and Nurse Consultant

LeadingAge Minnesota is excited to announce that Kari Everson, RN, BSN, MSN, MHA, LNHA, has officially joined our team as our Director of Clinical Care and Nurse Consultant.  

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Weekly Resource Round-Up: COVID-19

This week we link you to six tools we provide over the past week: Surge Assessment; updated decision trees for the Confirmed Case Checklist and Managing a Resident Admission from a Hospital; a flow chart of E-FMLA and E-PSL; new guide for Independent Living and Housing with Services; and a messaging and letters to the editor for adult day providers. 

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Scholarships Available Through LeadingAge MN Foundation

Investing in the professional development of the aging services workforce is more important now than it has ever been. The LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation is offering over $30,000 in scholarships to eligible caregivers and other employees of our member organizations for 2020. 

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Lifesprk gets $16 Million Series A investment

Lifesprk has raised a $16.1 million Series A round of funding that is plans to use to invest in an electronic-records system, step up hiring and create new partnerships. 

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Weekly COVID-19 Resource Round-Up

We’ve added three new resources in our COVID-19 Tool Library that focus on what to do when a family member wants to move a loved one home, care for people with Alzheimer’s during COVID-19 and tips to improve infection control compliance. 

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Resource Round-Up: COVID-19

Each week we will feature a recap of the tools and resources we have provided over the past seven days to help you prepare and respond to COVID-19: 

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Supporting the Basic Needs of Staff in a Time of Crisis

With the challenges facing our economy and public assistance programs during COVID-19, it is important to ensure that staff are receiving the support they need to stay safe in terms of housing, food, financial and childcare security. Here are some resources to make sure staff can access as needed: 

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#ThankACaregiver: Face Aging MN Launches Caregiver Appreciation Campaign

Professional caregivers provide critical support to those most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19 – our seniors. They deserve our gratitude. Face Aging MN has launched a new #ThankACaregiver campaign to encourage Minnesotans to share a message of appreciation with a senior caregiver via a web portal.  

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Participate in our VIRTUAL Day at the Capitol

Due to COVID-19, we have canceled all in-person activities for our annual Day at the Capitol on March 19 and are instead encouraging you to connect with your lawmakers virtually. To help facilitate your advocacy, we have scheduled a 1-hour webinar on Thursday, March 19 at 9 a.m.   

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Adult Day: COVID-19 Communication Tools

At this time, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has not mandated closure for adult day centers. It is up to each provider to determine whether it will continue to stay open or temporarily close. The following is guidance and communications tools you can use: 

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Red Cross Closes Nursing Assistant Training; Get OnTrack

The American Red Cross will stop offering nursing assistant training courses in April. Organizations that utilized the Red Cross courses are encouraged to reach out to OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training to continue developing a pipeline of caregivers.  

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Dr. Sharon Aadalen Named Board Trustee of the Year

Dr. Sharon Aadalen, a member of the Board of Directors for Jones-Harrison in Minneapolis, was recently named Board Trustee of the Year by LeadingAge Minnesota. 

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