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Category: Notable News

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

Motivate Your Team: Engaged Speakers to Inspire, Motivate and Transform

There is a reason why the keynote speaker is always a standing-room-only session at LeadingAge Minnesota’s Institute and Expo...people need to feel inspired! 

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It’s National Apprenticeship Week: Grow the Pipeline

It’s National Apprenticeship Week! As many organizations work to “grow their own” workforce, dual-training or apprenticeship models are excellent ways to provide workers with the skills they need to be successful in the long-term care profession, and specifically, the practices they need to be successful in your organization.  

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Focus on Meaningful Supports for Your Team

Our workforce today often faces challenges and complications in their personal lives. Research by the National Human Services Assembly suggests that staff who have stable family lives are more effective at work, as they can focus on work without personal distractions or stress. The Bridging the Gap Toolkit assists you in implementing supports that are meaningful to staff in your organization.  

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LeadingAge Ziegler 200: New Insights, Top Operators

Minnesota ranks first in the nation for the most not-for-profit independent living and assisted living settings on the LeadingAge Ziegler 200 (LZ 200). The annual listing is a compilation of the country’s largest not-for-profit senior living multi-site organizations, government-subsidized housing multi-sites and single campuses. 

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Home Remains #1 Choice for Older Adults; Assisted Living Ranks Second

Receiving long-term care at home continues to rank as the number one preference for adults age 50 or older, but almost one-fifth said they would prefer an assisted living facility. 

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LeadingAge MN Foundation Seeks Silent Auction Donations

The LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation is excited to announce our 4th Annual Silent Auction that will take place at the 2020 Institute & Expo. Thanks to your generosity in previous years, we have raised over $25,000 to support the critical work of the Foundation. With your help, we can make this year’s auction even more successful!  

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Focus on Staff Strengths

Focusing on an individual team member’s strengths is more effective than focusing on improving weaknesses. One study showed a stark difference in engagement scores: 67% were engaged when their supervisor focused on strengths, as opposed to only 30% being engaged when their supervisor focused on weaknesses.  

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Best Buy Poised to Lead Senior Care

As Best Buy continues its push into healthcare, senior care remains a strong focus—and could make the company the leader in the space. Key to this expansion will be Best Buy’s ability to strike strategic partnerships with payers like Medicare Advantage and Managed Care Plans; but what shouldn't be lost in this push for a competitive advantage is the relationship with senior care providers.  

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Why is Staff Recognition Important?

Staff recognition builds morale and increases retention. Research shows it doesn’t have to take a big investment of time, effort or money to recognize team member contributions in a meaningful way. One of the most impactful, low-cost or no-cost strategies is meaningful, personal recognition.   

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Are you Listening? Workforce Podcasts available

The Workforce Innovators Podcasts from the LeadingAge Center for Workforce Solutions brings you interviews with various leaders in our field focused on programs to help address workforce challenges.  

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Medicare Advantage: 5 Notable Numbers for Senior Living Providers

Interested in the growing Medicare Advantage opportunity? Here are five numbers you need to know: 14, 3-5, 4, $218,000 and 300.  

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Engage Staff in Decision Making

Getting staff input on decisions is important. When staff feel their opinion matters, they feel empowered in their roles and connected to the organization. 

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Medicare Advantage: 2020 Brings New Plans, Benefits and Opportunities for Providers

Open enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Special Needs Plans begins Oct. 15 and presents a great opportunity for all housing and service providers to engage with those individuals whom they serve about their options. 

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When Staff Survey Says ‘Lack of Communication’

A common concern on staff engagement surveys is “lack of communication” or “leadership doesn’t follow up on my concerns.” Often it feels like there is a disconnect as supervisors say they follow up on concerns raised by staff. So that begs the question: Do staff feel they aren’t being listened to because the follow-up loop was not completed? 

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Assisted Living is Changing: What Nurse Leaders Need to Know

Assisted Living regulations are changing and there are heightened expectations of state surveys as a result of legislation passed in 2019. How can nurse leaders in Assisted Living keep up with all the changes? Attend one of the four Assisted Living/Home Care Nurse Leader Network (ALNET) meetings in October. 

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MedFuse Conference Brings Providers and Technologists Together to Innovate

You’re invited to attend the second annual MedFuse Conference on Oct. 24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Registration is FREE for LeadingAge Minnesota members. Select the Medical Practitioner Ticket upon registration.   

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Use Technology to Engage Staff

Did you know that 91% of Millennial and Gen Z new hires say that a company’s technological sophistication weighs into their decision to accept a new job? It is time to embrace and invest in technology to improve staff efficiency and engagement. Need some ideas? LeadingAge Minnesota members are implementing some great solutions: 

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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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