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On-Demand Webinars Available for LALD CEUs

On June 30, 2022 by Heidi Simpson

LeadingAge Minnesota has a selection of on-demand webinars available that are approved for clock hours for assisted living directors.

Age-Friendly Minnesota Community Grant Program Launch

On June 30, 2022 by Terri Foley

Community grants of up to $99,000 are being offered by the Age-Friendly Minnesota Council in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. As the first step in this process, communities can submit an interest form by Aug. 1. A virtual Responders Conference will be held during the application period to address applicant questions.

Seeking Nursing Home Administrators and Assisted Living Directors to Respond to U of M LGBTQ LTC Survey

On June 30, 2022 by Kari Everson

The University of Minnesota and Rainbow Health are partnering on a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health to improve the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) older adults in assisted living and nursing homes. This study will focus on the effects of LGBT-specific policies on the provision of care and improving care through the development and implementation of an online staff training program.

Policy Change Made to Assisted Living Resident Privacy Rights

On June 30, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

Lawmakers included a change to the Assisted Living Resident Bill of Rights in the Health and Human Services Policy Bill that passed in the final days of the 2022 legislative session, which requires potential documentation for affected residents.

COVID-19 Testing: Resource Roundup and MDH Upcoming Changes

On June 30, 2022 by Kari Everson

Testing residents and staff for COVID-19 became a standard throughout the pandemic, and guidance frequently changed, which gives way to uncertainty on current guidance and recommendations for testing requirements, test interpretation, and test procurement.

Updates on DHS Background Studies

On June 30, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

As we have shared earlier, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) website now confirms the extension of the July 2 deadline by which employees with emergency background studies must clear fingerprint-based studies until the end of the year. Individuals who received emergency studies must have a fully compliant study by Dec. 31 to continue working after that date. Information about emergency studies and ongoing updates about the transition from emergency studies to full compliance.

Seniors Need Leadership from Lawmakers; Ask Them to Finish Their Work

On June 30, 2022 by Libbie Chapuran

By now, you know that the Minnesota State Legislature adjourned at the end of last month without spending any of the state's $9 billion budget surplus. Even though negotiations have crumbled, we cannot stop our advocacy!

Sample Side Rail Tools Now Available

On June 30, 2022 by Kari Everson

LeadingAge Minnesota has worked with nurse partners to develop tools to assist members with side rail assessments in assisted living settings.

Attention LALDs: Live and On-Demand CEUs Available to Meet Renewal Deadline

On June 23, 2022 by Heidi Simpson

Licensed Assisted Living Directors who need to meet the continuing education deadline for assisted living director license renewals will have multiple opportunities to earn clock hours from various LeadingAge Minnesota's educational programs.

Online/On-Demand - Licensed Assisted Living Director Course Now Available

On June 23, 2022 by Heidi Simpson

LeadingAge Minnesota's Assisted Living Director Licensing Course is now available completely virtual, online, and self-paced. It was created to help individuals prepare for the licensing exam as part of the pathway to becoming a licensed assisted living director. 

Assisted Living Conference: Aug. 17-18 in Brooklyn Center

On June 23, 2022 by Heidi Simpson

LeadingAge Minnesota’s Assisted Living Conference on Aug. 17-18 in Brooklyn Center provides education on important topics and a sold-out vendor display area.

CMS Plans Site Visits to Assess HCBS Settings Rule Compliance

On June 23, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has been notified by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of their plans to conduct site visits of several provider settings this summer to review their compliance with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule. Site visits will occur the week of July 25.

Tune In: MDH Testing Resource Updates and Webinars

On June 23, 2022 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is hosting two webinars to provide updates for aging services providers about COVID-19 PCR testing resources. 

MDH Releases New Side Rail FAQ for Assisted Living

On June 23, 2022 by Kari Everson

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has recently released new guidance on using side rails in assisted living communities.

Level 3 deficiencies in assisted living organizations related to side rails have climbed exponentially over the last several months. LeadingAge Minnesota had several lengthy conversations with the Minnesota Department of health focused on this side rail issue.

MDH Issues a Special Edition ALL Together Newsletter with Changes to Assisted Living Laws

On June 23, 2022 by Bobbie Guidry

In a special edition of the ALL Together Newsletter sent last week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reviewed the assisted living license renewal information and provided a list of changes affecting assisted living facilities included in the Health and Human Services Policy Bill passed in the final hours of the 2022 legislative session.

Minnesota Legislative Special Session on Pause

On June 23, 2022 by Erin Huppert

Late last week, news broke that negotiations for a special session between legislative leaders and Governor Walz have stalled. For now, there will be no special session to address deep needs across the state for taxes, public projects, education, public safety and health and human services.

Licensed Assisted Living Director Course Now Available Online/On-Demand

On June 16, 2022 by Heidi Simpson

LeadingAge Minnesota's Assisted Living Director Licensing Course is now available completely virtual, online, and self-paced. It was created to help individuals prepare for the licensing exam as part of the pathway to becoming a licensed assisted living director. 

Assisted Living Conference is Aug. 17-18 in Brooklyn Center

On June 16, 2022 by Heidi Simpson

Registration is open for LeadingAge Minnesota’s Assisted Living Conference, which will be held Aug. 17-18 in Brooklyn Center. The event is considered Minnesota's premier event for senior housing and assisted living providers for over 25 years. This year's conference brings you the latest information, updates, and on-trend education, along with a sold-out vendor display area and a keynote by Roger Seip, author of "Train Your Brain for Success."

Open for 2023 Celebration - Stars Among Us Award Nominations

On June 16, 2022 by Barbara Landeen

LeadingAge Minnesota’s Stars Among Us Awards nominations are open for 2023 through Sept. 12.

These awards honor the best of the best caregivers, leaders, rising stars, volunteers, and residents in our field and are celebrated yearly at the February Institute & Expo.

Nursing Education Programs in Minnesota Have Openings for the Fall Semester

On June 16, 2022 by Anna Mowry

Minnesota State’s HealthForce Center of Excellence has created a new Nursing Program Openings webpage to show which colleges and universities around Minnesota have available seats in their nursing programs for the Fall 2022 semester.

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