For the past two years, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has conducted research to understand how it's serving members, like you, today and how it can improve the work it does in the future. Understanding your perceptions, challenges, and needs allows us to keep a pulse on our members' environments and also ensure that we evolve to support the work of our members. Soon, our research partner on this project, McKinley Advisors, will be conducting a short, but critical, electronic survey. You'll receive an email inviting you to participate, and we encourage you to take the time to share your candid thoughts. In appreciation for your participation, all who complete the survey will be given the opportunity to enter a drawing to win one of two $100 Visa gift cards. Thank you in advance for your support of this project and NCAL. If you have any questions on this research study, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Sincerely, Scott Tittle NCAL Executive Director
Transitions in Care Webinar Series May 11th - Webinar on "The Foundation" - to download the slides from this webinar, click HERE. May 18th - Webinar on "INTERACT" - to download the slides from this webinar, click HERE. (will be uploaded on May 18th) May 25th - Webinar on "How to conduct a Quality Admission" - to download the slides from this webinar, click HERE. (will be uploaded on May 25th) June 1st - Webinar on "Management of top 3 Conditions" - to download the slides from this webinar, click HERE. (will be uploaded on June 1st)
The Goal The Georgia Health Care Association is encouraging nominations for the 2016 Georgia LTC Leadership Excellence Awards. We honor the accomplishments of individuals who have made strides in helping Georgians receive better long term health care at the 2016 Summer Convention at the Ritz Carlton Amelia. Who Qualifies If you know someone who is making a difference and helping Georgia residents receive better long term health care, please tell us their story! We are looking for administrators, corporate staff, long term care managers, CEOs, nurses, or any nursing home staff member, volunteer, etc. to honor them with one of our three Leadership Excellence Awards. Nominations are due by Friday, June 3, 2016 (Date extended). ALL sections of the form must be completed to be considered. For questions, please contact Mendee Rock, email@example.com or 678-289-6555. The Process Nomination forms must be completed and submitted by Friday, June 3, 2016 to be considered. ALL sections of the form must be completed for consideration by the selection committee. All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of long term care leaders. The selection committee will determine the recipient(s). The Awards The recipient(s) will be announced to the long term care community at the GHCA Summer Convention at the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island. GHCA will [...]
What better way to recognize your outstanding activity director and/or social worker for the great work they are doing in your facility than nominating them for this prestigious award. Please complete the form below and thank you for your time and participation.
The strategic plan that was developed in August will go to the GHCA Board of Directors in November for final approval. Again, we are confident that this plan will enable us to better assist our member’s needs and grow our membership. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the goals, please email me. The 2016 GHCA/GCAL Winter Convention & Trade Show registration will open next week. ALL assisted living members and friends are encouraged to attend as there are many education courses being offered with top-notch speakers that AL members could benefit greatly from. A preferred education track for AL members will be available. Also being offered in conjunction with the convention is the Certified Assisted Living Director’s Course presented by Barbara Mitchell, RN, LNHA, VP for Clinical Services, Magnolia Manor & Joy Roberts, LNHA, VP of Clinical Reimbursement, Magnolia Manor. Karla Richter, Safety Fire Division, Office of Insurance & Safety Fire Commissioner, will also be presenting a Train the Trainer Caregiver Fire Safety Course. Always feel free to contact me, Sylvia Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org, if I can ever be of any assistance.
Early in October, AHCA/NCAL held their Annual meeting in San Antonio where the 2015-2016 NCAL Board of Directors were elected. Christian (Chris) Mason of Oregon was elected Board Chair. He is the president and chief executive officer of Senior Housing Managers and has been in the long term care profession for 30 years. The remaining members of NCAL’s Board of Directors include: Ashley Blankenship of Arkansas, Vice-Chair Helen Crunk of Nebraska, Secretary-Treasurer Patricia (Pat) Giorgio of Iowa, Immediate Past Chair David Chensvold of Iowa, At-Large Representative Michelle DeClemente-Hughes of New Jersey, At-Large Representative Lee Field of Washington, At-Large Representative Denise German of Kansas, At-Large Representative Gerald Hamilton of New Mexico, At-Large Representative Steven Heaney of New Jersey, At-Large Representative Jeanne Jaeckels of Minnesota, At-Large Representative Carmy Jerome of Colorado, At-Large Representative Mark Maxfield of Idaho, At-Large Representative Ed McMahon of Virginia, At-Large Representative Sean Mockbee of Arizona, At-Large Representative Steve Schrunk of Florida, At-Large Representative Laurie Shepard of Michigan, At-Large Representative Michael Wylie, AHCA Vice-Chair Dirk Anjewierden of Utah, ASHCAE Vice President Heath Boddy of Nebraska, ASHCAE Representative and Shawn Scott, ABM Representative. To view the full press release on the election and AHCA/NCAL Convention, click HERE.
Creating CommUNITY ImmUNITY in the care setting can help break the web of infection in simple, practical ways. A continuum of organizational infection prevention will be described, raising awareness of how acceptance of some current practices inhibits additional practical actions that would better disrupt infections. Attendees will have an opportunity to start developing an organizational plan for infection prevention with elevated steps to apply to their usual infection care routines. Please plan on attending a workshop offered by Advancing Excellence on October 5th from 9 am to 11 am at the Fred A Watson Training Center in Stockbridge, GA. Please read more HERE
On August 19-21, our committee chairs and Board liaisons met at the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA to develop the future vision for the Association. During the activity-filled session, participants worked together as a group, as well as in smaller, function-based teams, to ensure that every constituency is represented, and that we are all heading in the right direction for future growth and success. The retreat also included visits from some of Georgia’s key leaders, including U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter (R-1), House Majority Leader Jon Burns (R-Newington), Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill (R-4), Representative Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), Representative Bill Hitchens (R-161), and Representative Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah). We were so appreciative of their time and it was a great opportunity for us all to exchange information and ideas on how to improve the health care environment in Georgia. Tony Marshall, GHCA’s newly named president and CEO, also attended and took an active role in helping define the organization’s strategy, all-the-while getting to know a variety of Association members and state legislators. "This group was truly focused and dedicated to helping shape the future of Georgia’s skilled nursing, Assisted Living facilities and SOURCE agencies throughout the state, " said Norma Jean Morgan, GHCA Chair of the Board. "The strategic plan developed by the Board sets [...]
Recently I met with state and CMS regional representatives in an effort to gain clarity and consensus on the closet and wardrobe sprinklering issues. Representatives have agreed upon the criteria whereby closets and wardrobes will be distinguished. The criteria include the following: A closet is defined as a space with four walls, floor, ceiling and door(s) and must be sprinklered regardless of size. A wardrobe is a free standing piece of furniture, or a built-in-place piece of furniture, that is slid into or constructed into an alcove. The built-in-place wardrobe may or may not include finish trim but the alcove it is installed into must be finished with sheetrock on all sides, back, and ceiling to resist the passage of smoke. Also, the existing sprinkler in the room must be located to provide coverage to the front of the wardrobe. Both styles of wardrobes may be secured to the wall(s) for safety. Wardrobes in alcoves that meet all of these requirements do not have to be sprinklered. CMS representatives were very clear that providers should be assessing their specific circumstance and responding accordingly. They stressed that providers should not wait until they have been cited to develop an action plan. Please assess your center to determine if you have non-sprinkled closets per the criteria noted above. [...]