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LeadingAge Texas Connection for October 5, 2017

Posted By Dorothy Ferrick, Thursday, October 5, 2017
Updated: Thursday, October 5, 2017

CONTENTS

Association News

Advocacy Update

Regulatory Affairs

Member Highlights

Events · Education

Group Purchasing

In the News

Career Center

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CONNECT

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DIAMOND
PARTNERS




NETWORKING EVENTS
MEET UP WITH YOUR FELLOW
LOCAL MEMBERS THIS FALL

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

+ Click here to view photos from our West Texas Networking Event on October 3!


SEE Y'ALL IN NOLA
LEADINGAGE ANNUAL MEETING & EXPO

October 29 - November 1 • New Orleans, LA
REGISTER TODAY

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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2017 TEXAS NIGHT OUT IN NOLA - REGISTER TODAY

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!).

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


ATTENTION: STUDENT MEMBERS
check out LeadingAge's Student Program

HURRICANE RELIEF

LOOKING FOR RESOURCES?
LeadingAge Texas is continually updating post helpful sites & resources at www.leadingagetexas.org/harvey.
Recently added resources include information on SBA disaster loans & more.

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

FEELING PHILANTHROPIC?
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!

— FROM LEADINGAGE —
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

RoPs RESOURCES

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!

WORKFORCE RESOURCES

NEW! LeadingAge Workforce Innovators Podcast
leadingage.org/workforce-podcasts

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
leadingage.org/workforce

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 shildebrandt@leadingage.org.

— GUIDING GOVERNANCE —
Helpful Board Resources from LeadingAge Virginia

Click here to access LeadingAge Virginia's fourth issue of Guiding Governance, which focuses on High Impact Board Meetings, and offers insight, tools & templates to help host high-quality meetings.

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Advocacy Update

— FROM THE DESK OF ALYSE MEYER —
It's Time to Schedule a Legislative Visit to Your Community

A big Thank You to Texas State Representative Diana Arevalo,
who visited Morningside Ministries last week.

 

Now, it's your turn to reach out and invite legislators to visit your community and provide an update to your residents on the 85th session. Take advantage of members being back in their districts now that Governor Abbott's first-called special session of the 85th Legislature has adjourned. To coordinate, please contact me at alyse@leadingagetexas.org or (512) 467-2242.

— FOR OUR NURSING HOME MEMBERS —
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

Administrators! Interested in sharing & learning best practices with other LeadingAge Texas members? Join the Administrators Peer Group, where we aim to increase member value on matters pertaining to administrators in long-term care.

JOIN TODAY

— ATTENTION MEDICAID PROVIDERS —
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.

— FROM LEADINGAGE —
URGENT ACTION ALERT: Ask Your Senator To Support Nursing Home Regulatory Reform

The present system of nursing home oversight is overly burdensome and counterproductive to high-quality nursing home care. The requirements of participation (RoPs) rules issued in October 2016 should be reviewed and revised, and sufficient time should be allowed for providers to implement the required changes.

Quality of care for nursing home residents is paramount. Unfortunately, the new rules are ill-conceived, and get in the way of providing the highest-quality care that residents deserve.

continue reading + TAKE ACTION

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Regulatory Affairs

— RECENTLY PUBLISHED —
Communications & Resources
— ATTENTION ASSISTED LIVING PROVIDERS 
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 GATHERINGS —
Upcoming Provider Meetings & Training

From CMS, DADS, & HHS

Online Resources/Calls:

— FROM LEADINGAGE —
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Resources at Your Fingertips

Click here to access this recently updated Resources Guide!

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Around the Association

Former CEO of Baptist Retirement Community, Wayne Merrill, is 82 Years Old and Not Done Being a Change Agent

Wayne Merrill bought a house on the Baptist Retirement Community (BRC) campus 30 years ago when he began working for the senior living community as its CEO, and he still resides there to this day. He and his wife plan to live there for the remainder of their retirement as well, noting that they love the people who live and work there, they approve of the way the community is run, they like the city and they enjoy the convenience of having most everything they need within the 100-acre campus. Though Merrill is no longer CEO, he is still involved with the community along with other companies and organizations. Currently, he dedicates several hours a week to volunteer with BRC’s auxiliary where he serves as assistant treasurer. The auxiliary is one of the largest in the nation and has its own gift shop. In addition, he serves as executive vice president of West Texas Power, has been serving Hunger Plus as its president for the last 20 years, serves as a Deacon at First Baptist Church and heads up the financial committee for the Silver Haired Legislature. In the midst of all this, he even golfs, goes fishing and spends leisure time with his wife enjoying all the amenities Baptist Retirement Community offers. Though he is 82 years old, he is still a powerhouse and change agent.

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Mind and Body Yoga Offers Health Benefits to Edgemere Residents

National Yoga Month is observed in September to educate the public about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle. The awareness campaign consists of yoga classes and other special events to celebrate the month and motivate people to practice yoga. Because of the physical and mental health benefits of yoga, Edgemere, a premier senior living community in Dallas, recently began offering Mind-and-Body Yoga. The 50-minute class is held three times a week and features poses, meditation and breathing exercises. Residents can choose to either stand or use a chair instead of completing poses on the floor. The class ends with relaxation and deep breathing concentrating on the present moment.

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Residents of Parkway Place Raise Money for Employees Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Houston residents are still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the city. The storm damaged homes and cars and left many people with nowhere to go, including 31 employees of Parkway Place, a faith-based, non-profit senior living community in Houston. To show their appreciation for the employees, residents at the senior living community collected money, clothing and cleaning supplies to give to the team members. The residents feel strongly that this is a way to give thanks for the team’s dedication to the residents during the storm. Many stayed overnight at the community to ensure the safety of residents as well as themselves. In all, the residents raised more than $17,000, and that money was divided evenly between each of the employees.

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eBook from mmLearn.org: 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

DOWNLOAD THE EBOOK

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.

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  Event & Education Calendar

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 9  Networking Event: Southeast Texas | location TBA
November 8-9 Leadership Institute Class 3 | Dallas
 November 16
 Peer Group Meeting: Administrators | Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village • Denton
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 
LEARN MORE + REGISTER

LeadingAge Distance Learning
Webinar: Preparing for the New Survey Process| October 17
LEARN MORE + REGISTER

Outside Educational Opportunities

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)
LEARN MORE + REGISTER

Trends in 1115 Waiver Activity Impacting Seniors & People with Disabilities
FREE Webinar hosted by the Disability and Aging Collaborative | October 13
LEARN MORE + REGISTER TODAY

Building a Road Map for Patient Navigation: What to do when the mountains and oceans are constantly moving
FREE Learning Session Webinar from TMF | November 2
REGISTER TODAY

Extended Educational Opportunities:

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  Group Purchasing Spotlight

Take
Advantage of
Savings on
GP PRO

 <-- Check out the informational brochure for more details!

 

Save this Fall with HD Supply

Valid thru October

Use code FB3 to take advantage of savings of $50 off on all orders of $500 or more in addition to our already low prices!

HD Supply is your go-to source for quality maintenance, repair, and operations products, property improvement services, and more! Don't miss out on this great way to save on any large capital expense (such as a PTAC, refrigerator, or other appliance).

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.

— STAFF DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING —
Healthcare Report & Toolkit

Earlier this year, Relias conducted a research study on how staff development and training programs impact business priorities and performance. They collected responses from nearly 6,000 professionals in the industry we serve. Click here to access the report, which provides you with an opportunity to benchmark your current practices, investments and beliefs against a national sample. Relias has also provided a toolkit that has both copy and graphics that you can use in emails, social media posts, and newsletters.

DOWNLOAD TOOLKIT

Kevin Simpson, Director of Business Development

  

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  Aging Services News

News from LeadingAge

Recent Publications from LeadingAge

Recent News Clips

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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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