Category: Notable News

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

ICYMI: Strengthening the Direct Care Workforce

Last week, LeadingAge’s Senior Vice President of Research, Robyn Stone, joined Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy and other panelists for a webinar on strengthening the direct care workforce post-COVID.

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2021 Foundation Golf Tournament and 5k Run/Walk Slated for Aug. 3 – Registration Open

After 15 months of social distancing, LeadingAge Minnesota members are ready to gather again for an afternoon of outdoor fun and fundraising. The 2021 Golf Tournament and 5k Run/Walk will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury. This year, we’ve added an alternate activity for non-golfers with the 5k Run/Walk.

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New Drug Diversion Prevention Resources Available

The team that developed the 2019 Minnesota Drug Diversion Prevention Pathway has just released a series of seven short webinars to assist leaders in implementing the Pathway and provide drug diversion education for staff. 

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Kidde Recalls TrueSense Smoke Alarms

On May 6, 2021, and in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kidde voluntarily announced a recall to replace Kidde TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms. In certain instances, the product may experience a delay in detection or may fail to detect smoke, which could compromise the alarms' ability to alert consumers to a potential fire.

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New Platform has Launched

A new AgingServicesJobs.Org platform is now available!

The new platform allows long-term care employers to view candidate resumes, store resumes, and monitor/manage job postings. This service includes an online job board, recruitment advertising, resume bank, career advice, resume services, coaching services, and other career services.

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Scholarships Available Through LeadingAge MN Foundation: Deadline June 7

Workforce challenges have become even more acute in the wake of COVID-19. One way to retain the caregivers and staff you have is to help them achieve their higher education goals and advance their careers within the aging services field where they are so needed. To that end, the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation is offering educational scholarships to eligible caregivers and other employees of our member organizations for 2021.

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Assisted Living Resident Contract Template Now Available

New resident contract requirements for licensed assisted living settings will be effective Aug. 1. To help members develop new contract language, LeadingAge Minnesota has a new resource available this week in our website store: an assisted living resident contract. The contract template includes rent and service plan components, a meal plan agreement, and the additional required information on the right to designate a representative. 

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Gayle Kvenvold Selected As 2021 Most Admired CEOs Awards Honoree by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Gayle Kvenvold, President and CEO of LeadingAge Minnesota, was announced as one of the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journals 2021 Most Admired CEOs honorees.

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Assisted Living Management Agreement Considerations New Resource

LeadingAge Minnesota members have access to several new attorney-developed resources related to management agreements under assisted living licensure. The three documents include:

  • Assisted Living Licensing Scenarios - Selected Pros and Cons
  • AL Management Agreement Considerations
  • AL Management Agreement Scenarios

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Safe Care for Seniors “I Pledge” Pins Available to Order

Safe Care for Seniors “I Pledge” pins  are now available for purchase on the LeadingAge Minnesota store for you to use as you bring new staff on-board, or take steps to engage or re-engage your staff in Safe Care. These pins have been a visual way for staff to show their on-going commitment to care that is safe from harm and provided with respect and dignity – always.

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BELTSS Seeks Applicants for Director of Assisted Living position – deadline Friday, April 9

The Minnesota Board of Executives for Long-Term Services and Supports posted the newly created Director of Assisted Living position on the state careers website. The person in the role will lead in the development of all Assisted Living Director (ALD) practice standards. The Board seeks a person with assisted living experience or senior living administration with the core knowledge to assist in implementing course objectives, the ALD-In Residence program, examinations, and continuing education as the AL subject matter expert.

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LeadingAge MN Foundation Scholarships Available

Investing in the professional development of the aging services workforce is more important now than it has ever been. The LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation is excited to offer educational scholarships to eligible caregivers and other employees of our member organizations for 2021.

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Grants Available for Online Dementia Care Training Program

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), through the Nursing Facility Rates and Policy (NFRP) Division and the State Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) Initiative, is seeking proposals from qualified Minnesota Medicaid-Certified Nursing Facilities that are interested in implementing an online Dementia Care Staff Training Program.

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Planning for a Post-Pandemic World: NIC’s Bob Kramer at 2021 Institute

Bob Kramer, Founder and Fellow, Nexus Insights, and Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor of National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) in Annapolis, Md., will address 2021 Institute attendees on Friday, May 21. In his session, Planning for a Post-Pandemic World, Mr. Kramer will discuss anticipating and planning for a post-pandemic world.

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Mainstreaming Long Term Care Focus for Robert L. Kane Memorial Lecture

Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, Director, The Anna & Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research, UCLA Division of Geriatrics, will be the keynote speaker at a May 6t Robert L Kane Memorial Lecture. The focus of the lecture will be on the topic of “mainstreaming long-term care.”

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Safe Care for Seniors: Last Chance for Recognition at this Year’s Institute

As this year’s Institute draws near, we are finalizing the list of organizations that will be recognized for their work in Safe Care for Seniors at the “Action” and “Excellence” levels. Monday, April 5 is the last day to update your organization’s data to be recognized at the May event. If you are participating in Safe Care for Seniors and have actions in place for each of the 5 action steps, you can access the data portal on the Safe Care for Seniors site to update your progress.

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Preparing for Assisted Living Licensure: Postings and Disclosures

In preparation for assisted living licensure, LeadingAge Minnesota has developed a checklist to comply with new posting and disclosures required as a condition of licensure. You can use the checklist to ensure you have all necessary disclosures, postings and information that must be provided, offered and made available upon request.

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SNF Quality Reporting Program Webinar: Achieving a Full Annual Payment Update

Listen in to CMS’ March 30 webinar to learn how you can receive the full SNF Quality Reporting (SNF QRP) Annual Payment Update. The webinar covers updates to elements of the MDS used to calculate measures for the SNF QRP program, data submission requirements, and the reconsideration process for providers identified as being noncompliant with the requirements.

Register to attend the March 30 webinar, or sign up to be notified when the recording of the session becomes available.

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April 19th Virtual Event: Human, Economic & Disproportionate Impact of Alzheimer’s & other Dementia

The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota invites you to a complimentary virtual event entitled "Human, Economic & Disproportionate Impact of Alzheimer’s & other Dementia" on April 19 at 1 p.m.

This webinar will discuss the human impact, the economic impact, and the disproportionate impact of this brain disease and bring to life the recently released facts and figures report and accompanying special report on Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer's in America.

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Seeking LGBTQ Needs Assessment Survey Participants

Since 2002, there has been a Needs Assessment Survey every ten years to better understand social determinants of health and individual health outcomes for aging LGBTQ Minnesotans. The 2022 Survey is getting underway, and JustUs Health and the University of Minnesota are joining together in a community-wide effort to provide actionable insight into the health needs of aging LGBTQ Minnesotans. They seek survey participation from LGBTQA Minnesotans 50 years and older to help inform policy and funding decisions at a state level for the estimated 48,000+ LGBTQ seniors living in our state.

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