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Category: Notable News

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

Nursing Home Costs Significantly Outpace inflation

Out-of-pocket nursing home costs grew as much as 30% between 2005 and 2010, according to new research from Georgetown University as reported by McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.  

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Call for Nominations – 2019 CHAIN Award for Excellence

Are you doing great work to reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated infections or combat antibiotic resistance? If so, CHAIN would like to hear about it and recognize your excellent work with its 2019 Award of Excellence. Examples of great work include:  

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Workforce Innovators Podcast

Have you listened to the latest Workforce Innovators Podcast? The newest episode, featuring Sue Misiorski, Vice President of Workforce Innovations at PHI in New York, focuses on creating career paths for nursing and home health workers.  

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Move Beyond Orientation Check Boxes

Is it time to move beyond your checkbox-driven orientation to an engaging onboarding experience? 

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Tee-Off for a Great Cause: Register for the LeadingAge MN Foundation Golf Fundraiser

The LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Golf Fundraiser takes place July 30 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury. Sell-out is expected. Our tournament is already 1/3 full, so register early to ensure you are part of the fun. Golfer registration deadline is July 8. 

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Can the Gig Economy Boost Recruitment Efforts?

OnShift and Gallup have both recently published articles on the “Gig Economy,” a concept that has grown in popularity in today’s workforce, providing an opportunity for people to work multiple “side gigs” as opposed to a single, full-time job.  

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Engagement Leads to Retention

Engaging with your staff is an essential way to empower your team, promote a sense of value and to retain your staff. We know that staff who are engaged have higher job satisfaction, show enthusiasm for their work and improve outcomes within your organization.
LeadingAge Minnesota offers a free, web-based toolkit to help boost your ability to engage with staff. 

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Up Your Recruitment on Social Media with Video

Social Media is a key tool for recruiting new staff. Use the two videos below in your recruitment efforts to engage job seekers in your community. When all LeadingAge Minnesota members come together to share a unified message, the impact can be powerful. Share these videos today! 

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Create an Inclusive Hiring Process

Direct care staff have opinions that matter! When frontline staff know that they will be responsible for training new team members, they are often invested in the people who get hired in the first place and become more invested in the training process. Empower your team by training and including frontline staff in the interview process. 

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Deficiency Analysis: Are Nursing Homes Getting Better or Worse?

A new report shows that over the course of a five-year period, 94% of the deficiencies cited on nursing home surveys were in the "less serious" categories defined as F or below on the scope and severity grid. However, the report also noted that 31% of nursing homes had at least one repeat deficiency during the review period.

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Spice Up Staff Perks

Many companies have gotten creative with their employee benefits as a way of recruiting, rewarding and retaining staff. Tech companies, in particular, have a reputation for working some fun into the work-lives of their teams. 

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Addressing the Middle-Market Challenge

A National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) study released last week projected that at least 54% of the 14.4 million middle-income older adults in 2029 in the United States will lack the financial resources to pay for senior housing and care. 

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OnTrack Expands Into North Dakota

The OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training is excited to announce our expansion into North Dakota!  

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Encourage Staff to Like and Share

Having an active social media presence is important for recruitment and community engagement. Social media is most impactful when it is shared with others - so get your staff involved! One LeadingAge Minnesota Workforce Solutions Grantee, Mother of Mercy in Albany, focused their Workforce Solutions Grant on a digital media campaign.  

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Medicare Managed Care Key to Affordable Housing Plus Services

What is the most feasible way in the short term to finance affordable housing plus services?  Collaboration between housing providers and Medicare managed care plans, according to a new report from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston. 

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Senior Housing Occupancy Flat, New Construction Slows

Senior housing occupancy remains flat and new construction has slowed, according to a new report released last week by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). 

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Share your “WHY” to Recruit

Do you know about the Golden Circle? As you think about workforce recruitment and retention, explaining to potential new hires what your organization does is easy – and explaining how you do it is helpful. But great organizations are effective at explaining why they exist. Learn how great leaders inspire action by listening to this TED Talk from Simon Sinek explaining the Golden Circle and the importance of your “Why.” 

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Does Your Organization Stand Out?

With the increasing workforce shortage in all business sectors, aging services organizations need to focus on what makes them stand out as a best place to work. Research shows that Millennials and Generation Z find the mission and meaning of organizations to be acutely important when making their employment decisions – lucky for us in older adult services!  

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See the Light: Circadian Lighting Improves Sleep, Reduces Falls and Behavioral Expressions

We’ve seen the light – and it does more than just allow us to see things better. It also plays a significant role in our physiology, or what we often call our “internal clock.” Light helps regulate many of our biological responses that impact our physical, mental and behavioral states. This daily response to changes in light is called the Circadian Rhythm, and the LeadingAge Minnesota Savings & Solutions Center is exploring solutions in this area to help you improve the lives of the residents you serve by controlling the type of light they see. 

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Assisted Living Nurses Invited to ALNET!

Don’t miss the deep-dive discussions at our April ALNET meetings. The agenda topics help the Assisted Living nurse answer these questions and more:  

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