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National Assisted Living Week “Nourishing Life” September 13-19, 2015

The 2015 National Assisted Living Week® (NALW) theme – suggested by you – is “Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, Spirit.” This theme celebrates the countless ways assisted living caregivers nurture the whole resident. Communities across the country work each and every day to ensure that the lives of their residents are fully nourished in each and every way. Conversely, residents nourish the lives of team members and volunteers by, with the support of loved ones, sharing their inspiring lives.

View the 2015 NALW Planning Guide and Product catalog today for ideas for exciting events to nourish the minds, bodies and spirits of your residents, staff, families and volunteers!

Download the 2015 logo in both web and print​ formats.

July 22nd, 2015|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

Closet Sprinklering

Questions related to the requirement for closets to be sprinkled have arisen during recent inspections across the state.  You may have been cited for failure to have sprinkled closets and advised that no extensions would be granted to achieve compliance.  Some centers have reported CMPs associated with the finding.  These findings are based upon the S&C 13-55-LSC memo issued by CMS and last revised on 12-20-13.  We have been working with the State Fire Marshall’s office to gain clarity around the delineation between wardrobes and closets and the interpretation of requirements for sprinklering for both wardrobes and closets, as Inspectors recognize recent inspection citations differ from past practice.   On your behalf, the GHCA has reached out to Counsel for an opinion related to CMS’s assertion that extensions cannot be granted based upon the language in S&C 13-55-LSC . Additionally, we have requested a joint meeting with representative(s) from Region IV CMS and the SFM’s office to discuss how compliance can safely and expeditiously be achieved while honoring resident rights and without unduly interrupting daily operations.

In the meantime, it would be helpful to understand the scope of centers who may be impacted by the recent interpretation of requirements for […]

July 13th, 2015|Regulatory, Surveys & Certification|

EP Headlamps

Georgia Health Care Association recently received grants to assist long term care facilities with emergency preparedness.  The items purchased with these grants are emergency headlamps and emergency guidebooks.  These items were distributed at the Fall/Spring Council Meetings and Winter/Summer Conventions.  Our records indicate that your facility has not received the headlamps.  Please check the acknowledgement statement below in order to have GHCA ship the headlamps to your facility. 

Please contact Tiffany Hanshaw at thanshaw@ghca.info with any questions or concerns.  Thanks!

July 13th, 2015|Emergency Preparedness|

EP Grant Items

Georgia Health Care Association recently received grants to assist long term care facilities with emergency preparedness.  The items purchased with these grants are emergency headlamps and emergency guidebooks.  These items were distributed at the Fall/Spring Council Meetings and Winter/Summer Conventions.  Our records indicate that your facility has not received these items.  Please check the acknowledgement statement below in order to have GHCA ship the items to your facility. 

Please contact Tiffany Hanshaw at thanshaw@ghca.info with any questions or concerns.  Thanks!

July 13th, 2015|Emergency Preparedness|

GHCA GANLTC 2015 Annual Meeting Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration

2015 GANLTC Annual Meeting & Tabletop Expo

Please join us for this Expo, September 22—23, 2015 for the Georgia Association of Nurses in Long Term Care, GANLTC, Annual Meeting, packed with top-notch, nationally renowned educational sessions, engaging  networking events and much more. As an exhibitor and/or sponsor, you will have the opportunity to experience excellence as you put your company’s products and services in front of one of the largest gatherings of Georgia’s long term care nurses in the beautiful mountains of Young Harris, Georgia. The GANLTC Annual Meeting features the topics that bring our nurses together: the movie "Still Alice" will be shown with commentary by the Alzheimer’s Association, Readmissions, Health Literacy, and Teach Back, a Transition Care Panel discussion, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement, Legislative Update, Quality Initiative and Dementia Friendly Designation, and Human Resource Leadership and the Nurse. Please help our providers take advantage of this opportunity by supporting this important meeting of long term care nurses.

Meet the Nurse Leaders in Long Term Care

Join over 100 of Georgia’s long term care nurse leaders as they convene for this popular annual event. Participate in the exclusive Tabletop Expo and market your company’s products and services to the nurse leaders who influence purchasing decisions at the facility and corporate level. You […]

July 8th, 2015|Affiliate Updates, Convention, GANLTC, Sponsorship|

GHCA recognizes three Georgia AHCA/NCAL Silver Quality Awards

The GHCA is pleased to congratulate Budd Terrace at Wesley Woods, Camellia Health and Rehabilitation and Roberta Health and Rehabilitation.  These centers have been recognized with the 2015 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award selected by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for their commitment to improving the lives of their patients and residents through quality care.  Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.

This award recognizes a commitment to clinical, performance and clinical excellence and the systematic application of the Baldridge criteria to systems and processes.   We applaud these providers for their commitment to quality of care and life for those they serve.  Forty-one centers were recognized as Bronze recipients in June, bringing Georgia’s total quality awards to 44.  Gold recipients will be announced on August 14th.   While we recognize the commitment is to the quality journey—not the destination—we celebrate this significant milestone for these centers. 

July 7th, 2015|Awards, Quality, Quality & Regulatory|

2015 RN, LPN and CNA of the Year Award Nominations

Nominations due August 20, 2015

Background

The Georgia Association of Nurses in Long Term Care (G.A.N.L.T.C) is seeking nominations for the 2015 RN, LPN and CNA of the Year Award. The Georgia Association of Nurses in Long Term Care (G.A.N.L.T.C) is seeking nominations for the RN, LPN and CNA of the Year Awards. These awards recognize individuals that have made significant contributions to advancing quality performance and outcomes in their patient care center, including either skilled nursing or assisted living settings.

Nomination Requirements

Nominations must be submitted by an individual with an organization that is a member in good standing of the Georgia Health Care Association.
Nominators must be employed by a skilled nursing or assisted living center, or by a parent organization.
The nomination must reference the nominee’s impact on patient care and quality outcomes.

The nomination may be submitted online (preferred) via the form below or by mail to the following address:

Georgia Health Care Association
160 Country Club Drive
Stockbridge, Georgia 30281
ATTN: Pam Clayton, RN

Nomination Deadline

Nominations are due by Thursday, August 20, 2015. The award will be presented at the GANLTC Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2015, in Young Harris, GA.

Candidate Attributes

Below are examples of the […]

July 6th, 2015|Affiliate Updates, GANLTC|

GHCA Committee Renewal/Request Form

If you would like to serve on a committee, please complete the form below indicating the committees you would like to participate in. You will be added immediately to the committee list and start receiving notifications as they are sent by the committee chair. You will remain on the committee until a formal request is made to be taken off.

The committees will meet on an “as needed” basis and meeting dates and times will be emailed.  To be sure that Committee Attendance Quorums are met, committees with over 50 members require a 25% in attendance & committees under 50 members require 50% attendance. Without a quorum, motions cannot be made.

July 1st, 2015|GHCA Board|

A New Direction for Long Term Care Quality Measurement

My InnerView Launches Experience-Based Survey Instrument

Building on the legacy of Harvey Picker’s Eight Dimensions of Patient-Centered Care, My InnerView by National Research Corporation has developed an experience-based survey instrument that will uniquely position clients as premier referral partners for hospitals and health systems.

Clients will gain access to robust reporting that will provide clear, actionable data and insight to improvement.

How does this impact my organization?

The experienced-based survey instrument asks respondents to report whether, and with what frequency, specific behaviors were experienced. The enhancement will help clients understand what actions or behaviors to implement in order to improve the resident and patient experience. Read the survey enhancement FAQ.  Georgia plans to implement the new survey instrument in 2016.

June 30th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

Nursing homes will face more scrutiny from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

A hazard list, specified in an OSHA memorandum issued on June 25th (https://www.osha.gov/dep/enforcement/inpatient_insp_06252015.html), includes musculoskeletal disorders related to resident handling, workplace violence, bloodborne pathogens, tuberculosis and slips, trips and falls. The hazards were addressed in OSHA’s recent National Emphasis Program – Nursing and Residential Care Facilities, (https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_03-00-016.pdf) which involved collecting specific injury and illness data from 80,000 healthcare facilities.  OSHA seeks to decrease exposure to these hazards through enforcement, compliance assistance and outreach.  This focus seeks to ensure nursing centers provide adequate lifts and adaptive equipment to avoid unnecessary manual handling.

June 30th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|