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LeadingAge Texas Connection for September 21, 2017

Posted By Amanda Wiedenfeld, Thursday, September 21, 2017
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017


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Events · Education

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NOTICE: There will be no issue of The Connection on September 28.
The next issue will available on October 5.


A recent survey showed that staff recruitment/retention is the #1 most significant issue facing not-for-profit aging service providers in Texas. It's time to take action!

Join us in Dallas NEXT WEEK to get realistic plans for improving your workforce woes in any department! Engage your team in this one-day workshop on "Reducing Unnecessary Employee Turnover." You & your team of leaders will hear from Leah Brown, Talent Retention Strategist for Crescendo Strategies, who will explain the evolution of employee expectations & how great leaders are adjusting their management styles to improve employee retention. 




Our lineup of fall Networking Events is up! Be sure to get yourself (and your team) registered! 


October 29 - November 1 • New Orleans, LA

LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO is the can't-miss annual gathering of our nation's not-for-profit aging services professionals. In education sessions, during general sessions, and through eye-opening, one-of-a-kind experiences, you and your team will be immersed in our shared mission of helping older adults thrive.

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Sunday, October 29 • 6 - 7:30 pm | Tomas Bistro 

Once you register to attend the national LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO, be sure to REGISTER for the 2017 Texas Night Out. At this year's Texas Membership Reception you'll enjoy a unique venue in NOLA's Warehouse District and experience live music, delish eats, drinks, and networking (or just catching up with your conference cohorts!).

Special thanks to our event sponsor, CliftonLarsonAllen
Interested in coming alongside to co-sponsor? Contact Crystal today!

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ATTENTION: STUDENT MEMBERS - check out LeadingAge's Student Program

LeadingAge is excited to offer a student program this year for students enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students must be at least 18 years-old.

Learn more & apply for this great opportunity to learn about the benefits of working in not-for-profit aging services and the wide variety of opportunities available to people in the field.


LeadingAge Texas is continually updating post helpful sites & resources at

Check out LeadingAge's Disaster Resources Page, a guide with helpful response & recovery information.

DONATE TODAY to help LeadingAge reach its $1 Million donation goal for Hurricane Relief! Read "A Hurricane Update From Katie Smith Sloan" from LeadingAge to hear Katie's call-to-action!

Senior Housing Survey - Housing Members' Input Needed!

The American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), LeadingAge, and Brooks Adams Research invite LeadingAge Texas Housing Members to participate in an important study to understand outbound digital marketing trends in the senior living industry. Learn more & take the survey!

Top-notch Resources from LeadingAge


RoP Facility Assessment Toolkit §483.70(e) 
LeadingAge's RoP Facility Assessment Toolkit© is designed to provide practical, step-by-step guidance for organizations as they evaluate their individual facility resident population, resource availability and allocation in accordance with resident care and service needs and other required elements in developing their written facility assessment. Access the member-exclusive toolkit - it's the perfect resource for insight on implementation, importance of data, policy & procedure, and more!


NEW! LeadingAge Workforce Innovators Podcast

LeadingAge’s Center for Workforce Solutions has announce a brand-new podcast, LeadingAge Workforce Innovators. During each episode, Gene Mitchell of LeadingAge Magazine interviews extraordinary LeadingAge members who share their promising practices. The podcast also strives to explain how those solutions might be replicable for your organization’s workforce.

Subscribe to LeadingAge Workforce Innovators now wherever you get your podcasts:

Center for Workforce Solutions

Check out the new LeadingAge Center for Workforce Solutions, a brand-new center featuring workforce resources. This new center contains promising practices, ideas for key partnerships, tools to calculate turnover, presentation materials, fact sheets, LeadingAge member testimonials, podcasts, policy news, and other relevant articles.

Download OnShift's Whitepaper
Engaging employees is the key to boosting quality, productivity and profitability in long-term care. In this white paper from LeadingAge Silver Partner, OnShift, you’ll find the tools you need to supercharge your retention initiatives. Make 2017 the “Year of the Employee” and build an awesome workforce that stays long-term!

In Need of Rural Best Practices
Are you a rural community? LeadingAge is hoping to collect promising practices & key partnership information for rural communities. Please take a few moments to answer/comment on LeadingAge's survey, then submit them to Susan Hildebrandt at


Advocacy Update

It's Time to Schedule a Legislative Visit to Your Community

Now, after Governor Abbott's first-called special session of the 85th Legislature has adjourned, members are back in their districts. This is the perfect opportunity to reach out and invite legislators to visit your community and provide an update to your residents on the 85th session. To coordinate, please contact me at or (512) 467-2242.

Have You Joined Our QIPP Interest Group?

Want to receive updates on QIPP? Simply join the newly formed QIPP interest group (simply select the "Join Group" button) to stay informed. PLUS: Materials used during HHS' August 17 QIPP webinar are now available on their QIPP page & include:

  • A PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation
  • Answers to question asked during the webinar
  • Scorecard with targets
  • Lapsed funds example

5-Star Quality Rating System
: Updated Tools & Reports

Community-Specific 5-Star Analysis Reports Available Upon Request

To request your community’s most recent 5-Star Analysis Reports email Alyse Meyer & click here to view the PowerPoint slides from an informational webinar.

Not yet using LeadingAge Quality Improvement Resources? Click here to learn more & get on board with interactive data tools to assist you analyze how your organization measures up to peers and how you can work to demonstrate value & improve your organization's performance.

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Tell Your Senators to Protect Medicaid

Just when everyone thought we had a breather from fighting efforts to cut and cap Medicaid, things have changed once again in the Senate. Medicaid opponents could bring another piece of health care legislation to the Senate floor before the end of September.

The proposed “Graham-Cassidy” plan would...

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Breaking Advocacy News - Week of September 18, 2017

Click here for a recap of LeadingAge advocacy activities and updates in the nation's capital.


Regulatory Affairs

Communications & Resources
Helpful Directory Resource on Providing Medicaid Services
Interested in contracting with MCOs to provide Medicaid services? View HHS's helpful directory list featuring:
  • STAR+PLUS MCO Contacts
  • Information on how to enroll in Texas Medicaid for service through managed care
  • Information on contracting with HHS to provide Assisted Living Services
Upcoming Provider Meetings & Training


Online Training/Calls:

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Resources at Your Fingertips

Click here to access this recently updated Resources Guide!



Around the Association

Mirador to Host Supply Drive for Residents Affected By Hurricane Harvey

Mirador Retirement Community is working to lend a helping hand to those in the local Coastal Bend area affected by Hurricane Harvey. The senior living community has partnered with other local vendors to host a supply drive and special fundraising events for residents and guests, with all proceeds going directly to those in the local community who need the most assistance. Donations and supplies will be divided equally and given to the Rockport Chamber of Commerce and Port Aransas Independent School District. From September 18 until September 22, the public is invited to drop off their donations at the front desk of the senior living community, located at 5857 Timbergate Drive. Donations needed for people of all ages include diapers, socks and undergarments. Additionally, Mirador is also selling “Texas Strong” bracelets for $3 each to raise additional funds to purchase nonperishable foods and other supplies. The community understands that many in the local area were affected by the devastating storm and wants to do its part to help those most impacted get back on their feet.

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Hurricanes Harvey & Irma Spark Memories for Retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer

On an average day, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) conducts 45 search-and-rescue operations, saves 10 lives and protects over $1.2 million in property. But lately, the USCG has been hard at work rescuing thousands of people in Texas and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall. Their heroic efforts caught the attention of millions across the country, including Edgemere resident Paul Lamb. The 88-year-old former Coast Guard officer can relate to what other members of the Coast Guard are experiencing. Lamb During his 25-year service, he responded to hurricanes in Bermuda, Florida and Alabama. He rescued people from flood waters, hoisted them off cruise ships and saved fishermen from vessels. Lamb says being in the Coast Guard was a blessing because he helped dozens of people over his career. He was even awarded a Lifesaving Medal for his efforts.

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Demand for 1200 Daily Meals at Dallas' PVN Spurs Growth of Dining Options

Providing more meals than the average Dallas restaurant, the Presbyterian Village North (PVN) dining services team works diligently to provide up to 1,200 meals every day. The senior living community is nearing the completion of a $93 million expansion project and now offers residents many options, not only in terms of housing and amenities, but also in dining venues. Currently, residents, friends, family and team members are being offered meals from many different dining venues generously spaced throughout the entire 63 acres which make up PVN. While many people may still have an outdated idea of what senior dining looks like, it is vastly different from the plates of unappealing food served in a cafeteria setting which were given to seniors in the nursing homes of the past. Instead, a new wave of dining trends is taking over the senior living industry, and they are modeling their venues and kitchens after high-class resorts. Just like you would find at a resort, each venue offers a unique dining experience catering to the varied tastes, occasions and needs of the seniors who dine there. Dining Services Director Dane Cummins has worked in the senior living industry for the past 25 years and can speak to the changes and trends that are influencing senior living dining services.

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Wesleyan Homes Welcomes Two New Additions to Management Staff

Mark Lenhard, Chief Operating Officer

This is a new position for an organization that was founded in 1962 after city leaders worked with the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church to establish the area’s first retirement home. Through the years, Wesleyan Homes has expanded its properties and services in response to the changing needs of Central Texas seniors. Today, Wesleyan Homes is one of Georgetown’s top employers, serving between 500-600 residents, clients and patients each month and employing 403 employees.

As Chief Operating Officer of Wesleyan Homes, Inc., Lenhard assumes responsibility for directing the organization’s growth while ensuring operations are both effective and reflect Wesleyan’s mission and values. Lenhard comments, “My family and I welcome this chance to join the Georgetown community. I’m excited about working for a long-standing organization with a great reputation and numerous opportunities to grow and build on a tradition of compassionate care for seniors.”

Wesleyan Homes President Chris Spence says, “I’ve known Mark as a colleague for many years and I am very pleased to have him join us at Wesleyan Homes. His experience, commitment to quality care and understanding of our mission makes him a good fit for who we are and where we want to go.”

Lenhard earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1994 and a master’s degree in gerontology in 1996, both from Baylor University. He trained and became licensed as a Nursing Facility Administrator in the state of Texas in 1996. He is certified as a preceptor and has mentored several administrators-in-training. He brings with him the valuable experiences of having worked in both the for-profit and the faith-based, not-for-profit sectors of long-term care in the various roles of administrator, executive director, director of operations and senior vice president.

Lenhard is an active member of LeadingAge Texas, a trade association for not-for-profit aging care, services and housing providers. He served on the LeadingAge Texas board for 15 years, holding the offices of secretary and treasurer and chairing both the finance and public policy committees. He has also served on the House of Delegates and in the Policy Congress for the national association of LeadingAge.

Lenhard’s significant committee work also includes serving on LeadingAge’s Survey and Certification task force, as well as holding committee appointments with both HHSC (Health and Human Services Commission) and DADS (Department of Aging and Disability Services) for nursing facility credentialing, STAR+PLUS services, Medicaid bed allocation, and nursing facility quality metrics.

Lenhard joins a leadership team led by Chris Spence, Chief Executive Officer, and including Kevin Byrne, Chief Financial Officer; Becky Folta-May, Executive Director, The Wesleyan at Estrella; Kelly Goetz, Administrator, The Wesleyan at Estrella Assisted Living; Georgianne Hewett, Vice President for Development; Dawn Martinez, Director of Human Resources; Rosemary Trevino, Administrator/Director, Wesleyan Home Health; Michael Turner, Executive Director, Wesleyan Hospice; and Travis Wheat, Administrator, The Wesleyan at Scenic.

Rosemary Trevino, Wesleyan Home Health Administrator

As Administrator, Trevino will be responsible for directing Wesleyan Home Health’s operations and expanding services to include Personal Assistance Services (PAS) while emphasizing the ways in which Wesleyan Homes’ mission and values complement care at home.

Wesleyan Homes President Chris Spence says, “Wesleyan Homes formally acquired Georgetown Home Health in late 2015 after managing the agency for three years. The ability to provide skilled nursing and skilled therapy services to seniors at home has been a great addition to Wesleyan Homes’ continuum of care. With Rosemary leading Wesleyan Home Health, we look forward to serving more seniors in their homes as they recover, rehabilitate or need assistance with personal care.”

Trevino comes to Wesleyan Home Health with over 25 years of experience in home health, working with Medicare, Medicaid and private pay programs. She has worked in the for-profit as well as the non-profit sectors of home health.

Trevino began her career as a primary home care supervisor in 1993 for a non-profit home health agency in Austin. Primary Home Care is a Medicaid program provided by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). In this role, she supervised a caseload of 90-100 Medicaid patients. During her 13-year tenure, she served as assistant program director, administrator and regional director. As regional director, she opened two Medicare branches, one in Georgetown and one in Marble Falls.

Trevino later served as administrator for a Medicare Certified Home Health agency that also provided Personal Assistance Services (PAS) to patients in the community as well as Independent and Assisted Living facilities. She also served as an executive director and regional vice president of operations for a for-profit home health agency. She also has served as fundraising chairman for the Austin Area Home Health Council.

Trevino earned a BA in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Eden Cross Celebrates Grandparents Day

Click here to view photos from the recent Grandparents Day celebration at Eden Cross.

eBook from Caregiver's Guide to Dementia - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Medication, & More 

Free eBook for Caregivers

Dementia can add major challenges to everyday life, from memory loss to impaired motor skills. If your patient or loved one shows signs of dementia or has been diagnosed, understanding their condition can help.

In this free 16-page ebook based on a presentation by geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Jason Schillerstrom, you'll learn about:

  • Symptoms of dementia
  • The differences between Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, & Lewy body dementia
  • Medications used to treat dementia


What's Happening in Your Community?

Tell us what's going on in your community! From an event spotlight to a board appointment, share the triumphs of your organization with your fellow LeadingAge Texas members! Contact Amanda for consideration of a newsletter article.


  Event & Education Calendar

September 27-28  Leadership Institute Class 2 | San Antonio
September 28 2017 Workforce Summit | Dallas
"Reducing Unnecessary Employee Turnover" 
September 29 Peer Group Meeting: SWAP | EdenHill Communitites • New Braunfels
October 3  Networking Event: West Texas | San Angelo 
October 6 Peer Group Meeting: Chaplains | EdenHill Communitites • New Braunfels
October 10 Committee Meeting: Public Policy | LeadingAge Texas • Austin
October 12  Networking Event: North Texas | Fort Worth 
  Networking Event: Panhandle Texas | Hereford
October 17 Peer Group Conference Call: HR
  Networking Event: Central Texas | San Antonio 
October 18  Networking Event: Heart of Texas | Waco 
October 19 Peer Group Meeting: Marketing | MRC Crestview • Bryan

Committee Meeting: Finance | LeadingAge Texas • Austin  
October 20  Committee Meeting: Senior Housing | Juliette Fowler Communities • Dallas
October 26 Peer Group Conference Call: Nurses
October 29 2017 Texas Night Out | New Orleans 
November 8-9 Leadership Institute Class 3 | Dallas
January 10-11 Leadership Institute Class 4 | Austin
February 21-23 SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Leadership Conference | Horseshoe Bay
Member-Hosted Events + Educational Opportunities

2017 Grief & Loss Symposium
Complimentary Event | Presented by Christian Care Hospice | October 13 • Mesquite 

Outside Educational Opportunities

2017 Culture Change Conference
"The Why & How of a Person-Centered Culture: Creative Out-of-the-Box Thinking"
Hosted by the Texas Culture Change Coalition + HHSC | October 5 • Austin

New Series: Transition to Practice for Nurses in the Nursing Facility Setting
FREE 3-day Training for RNs & LVNs | Various Dates/Locations (October thru March)

Extended Educational Opportunities:


  Group Purchasing Spotlight

Advantage of
Savings on

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PPG Paints Offers Value First Members 30% Off on Paint Roller Covers

Valid thru September

Now is the time to add a fresh coat of paint to your community with PPG Paints ProSupreme Premium Grade Roller Covers. Visit to find a location near you and present the “30% Off” coupon at the time of purchase.

PPG Paints products are readily available across the nation from a network of more than 3,000 locations including independent dealers and company-owned stores, ensuring adequate inventories and consistent service coast-to-coast.

Sherwin-Williams GroupBuy Savings

Valid thru October

Click here to view these GroupBuy deals & paint like a pro with Sherwin-Williams monthly Healthcare Savings on applicators, tools and equipment. Sherwin-Williams offers a wide range of high-performance coating systems for walls, floors, roofs, & concrete surfaces in an assortment of popular styles and colors ideally suited for long-term care communities.

Kevin Simpson, Director of Business Development



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Career Center

LeadingAge Texas members receive a 25% discount
when posting a job with discount code LATX25
The discount code must be applied prior to completing the posting

Job Postings

Let the LeadingAge Texas Career Center help you make your next employment connection! Members who post jobs on the LeadingAge Texas Career Center will automatically receive postings of the position in the LeadingAge Texas Connection.

Click here for all current postings in Texas



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