Featured News

NHSN to Update Vaccine Parameters for Up-to-Date

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated vaccine recommendations and included bivalent vaccines recently made available. They also revised the definition of up-to-date.

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Resident and Family Satisfaction Surveys to Inform Assisted Living Report Card

In partnership with Vital Research, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Board on Aging are preparing for data collection for the Assisted Living Report Card. Assisted living directors will be informed by letter of the plans for this year's statewide assisted living resident quality of life and family satisfaction surveys in early October.

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LeadingAge Minnesota Annual Meeting Underway

This week, LeadingAge Minnesota members from organizations around the state are gathering at Madden's on Gull Lake in Brainerd, MN, for the Annual Meeting.

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State News

Customized Living Quality Improvement Grant Announced

A Request for Proposal is now available for the Customized Living Quality Improvement Grant Program (CL QI). Through its Aging and Adult Services Division, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking proposals from qualified providers by Dec. 5.

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Get Out the Vote! Absentee Voting Starts This Week

In Minnesota, voters can apply for and receive absentee ballots starting this week. Absentee voting, also known as early voting, is an easy way to ensure that you can cast your vote if you don't know your schedule for Election Day.

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Nurse Aide Candidates Will Have Four Chances to Pass the Knowledge Exam Beginning Oct. 3

Beginning Oct. 3, Nurse Aide Registry candidates will have up to four chances to pass the knowledge exam until March 2023.

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Federal News

HUD Makes $174.6 Million in Grant Funding Available for Construction

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $174.6 million in grant funds through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to support the development of new affordable multifamily rental homes for low-income seniors and ongoing project rental assistance and supportive services. The grants are offered under HUD's Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program and will be awarded to nonprofit organizations across the country.

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Nursing Home Citations for Past Noncompliance

Recently, LeadingAge Minnesota received more questions about citations for past noncompliance actions and how those citations impact the five-star rating, calculating fines, and appeals.

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New Five-Star Reports Available with Staffing Domain Changes

New Five-Star Reports that reflect recent changes to the Five-Star Staffing Domain are ready to view in the LeadingAge Minnesota Data Portal. Primary contacts have access to the portal to view these reports. 

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Notable News

Grow Your Workforce with OnTrack

September is National Workforce Development Month, and one of the most proven member resources to grow your workforce is OnTrack Nursing Assistant Training.

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Technology Grants Available

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), through the State’s Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) Initiative, is seeking proposals from qualified Minnesota Medicaid-Certified Nursing Facilities that are interested in implementing innovative technology-related projects.

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Study Finds Adult Day Closures Linked to Participants’ Cognitive Decline

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that pandemic-related closures of adult day services left older adults and caregivers without critical support. The magnitude of the impact of adult day closures on well-being, particularly among members of racial/ethnic minority groups, has yet to be measured because nationally representative data sets associated with adult day center participation do not yet exist.

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Member News

Scott Bjerketvedt Named CFO at Ecumen

Ecumen, a LeadingAge Minnesota member organization and one of the country’s leading nonprofit providers of housing and services for older adults, announced that Scott Bjerketvedt has been promoted to senior vice president, chief financial officer.

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Kurt Hansen of Ecumen in Park Rapids Announces Retirement

Kurt Hansen, Executive Director at Ecumen-Heritage Living Center, has announced his upcoming retirement effective Nov. 4. He has served the seniors of Park Rapids for over 34 years.

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District Leadership, Board Director Positions Open for Elections This October

LeadingAge Minnesota has district leadership opportunities for those interested in Association leadership opportunities. District Chair, Chair-Elect, and Secretary/Treasurer positions are open for election this October for the seven districts of LeadingAge Minnesota.

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