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Category: Notable News

Welcome to the Notable News category, which includes information on the latest issues in aging services.

AI Solutions Reduce Falls

Virtual reality, predictive analytics, sensors, and other artificial intelligence (AI) solutions are helping keep older adults from falling, according to a recent HealthTech article.  

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Create Inclusive Committees

Staff at all levels should be considered the expert in their roles. Serving on internal committees and task forces are ways to uniquely engage staff in the organization’s vision while tapping into their personal strengths and positional expertise.   

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6 Areas Where Senior Living Must Improve

How will senior living attract more residents and cultivate new revenue streams? The American Seniors Housing Associated (ASHA) has released a new issue brief that challenges the status quo and provides guidance for how senior living can improve.  

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Experience Mapping

Experience mapping is an excellent tool to improve an organizational policy, procedure or practice. It provides a visual example of what a person experiences while completing an activity.

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Celebrating Accomplishments

Knowing staff as individuals means knowing about their major personal accomplishments. Is a staff member running a marathon? Graduating from nursing school? Welcoming a new baby (remember new moms and dads)? Congratulate them!  

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Gov. Walz Proclaims Aug. 14 Lawrence Massa Appreciation Day

Gov. Tim Walz issued a proclamation naming Aug. 14 as Lawrence Massa Appreciation Day in Minnesota in honor of Massa’s distinguished career in advance of his retirement Sept. 6. Massa has been the president and CEO of MHA for the past 11 years and served as chief executive officer of Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar from 1994 to 2008.  

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True Innovation is Needed in Senior Living

A recent article in Senior Housing News highlights that the “dots aren’t being connected” in senior living to get innovation past the pilot stage to make a true impact. 

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Establishing a Peer Mentor Program

Mentor programs offer an important opportunity for staff to develop positive relationships, interact with friends at work, receive the peer support needed to succeed in a job, and increase meaning and purpose in their day. Beyond that, mentor programs have been proven to positively impact team member retention and satisfaction in all departments.  

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How Well Do You Know Your Team?

“A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”  -Dale Carnegie. Yet one thing we hear periodically on staff satisfaction surveys is, “my supervisor doesn’t even know my name.” 

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Which Setting has Higher Long Term Care Insurance Claims?

As first reported by McKnight’s Senior Living, the 2019 Milliman Long Term Care Insurance Survey shows average individual long-term care insurance claim amounts for care in assisted living settings are much higher than claim amounts for home care or care in nursing homes.  

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Accepting Feedback from Staff is Important

Whether you hang a whiteboard in a break room, create an online forum on your organization’s intranet, or establish a staff-focused Facebook page, consider giving staff a modern forum to express their ideas, suggestions and opinions. 

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Host a Staff Focus Group

Hosting a focus group allows leaders to hear from a select group of staff about a specific topic.   

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ALNET Guest Speakers to Focus on Abuse Reporting, Compliance and Most Frequently Cited Survey Tags in Assisted Living

Mark your calendars in August and October for the LeadingAge Minnesota Assisted Living/Home Care Nurse Leader Network (ALNET) meetings! We have scheduled guest speakers from the regulatory and legal world to network with Assisted Living Nurse Leaders. Do you have questions about abuse reporting, discharges/terminations, or handling difficult situations? Come to the August and October ALNET meetings to learn more about these topics and others.   

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Attention Assisted Living Nurse Leaders

Mark your calendars for the August Assisted Living/Home Care Nurse Leader Network (ALNET)!  The ALNET regional meetings in June drew over 100 participants, demonstrating the growing interest in the meetings, the value of the content being presented and networking opportunities for nurse leaders.

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Ready for CMS Phase III Training Requirements? EduCare is.

The November 2019 implementation and compliance date for Phase III of the Requirements of Participation is fast approaching. Are you ready for the new and additional training requirements in Cultural Competence and Trauma-Informed Care or the new and strengthened language around person-centered care and abuse prevention?  

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Deadline Extended: 2020 Institute Presentations Submission Deadline is July 8

The deadline to submit proposals to present education sessions at the 2020 Institute & Expo has been extended to midnight on July 8.  

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Anxiety Shared Pathway Toolkit Now Available

Anxiety is one of the leading causes of hospital readmissions and crosses many diagnoses. A new toolkit developed on behalf of the Lake Superior Quality Improvement Network (QIN) will help transitional care units and home care agencies prepare staff to mitigate anxiety symptoms and offer integrated therapy programs to alleviate anxiety and improve outcomes.  

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Adult Day: Rising to the Challenge and Leading Person-Centered Care in the Community

Growing demand for adult day services is putting new expectations on providers, including a need to serve people with more medical needs -- and providers, including those in Minnesota, are rising to the challenge.  

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MHA President and CEO Lorry Massa to Retire after Distinguished Career

Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) President and CEO Lawrence “Lorry” J. Massa, M.S., FACHE, has announced that he will retire in September 2019. Massa has led the association, which represents 141 hospitals and health systems, for nearly 11 years.  

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Learning Circles Promote Staff Engagement

Promote engagement and interactive learning by hosting a learning circle with a variety of teams in your organization.  

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