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
As reported by AHCA/NCAL: At the AHCA/NCAL National Convention, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) announced an expanded national effort to demonstrate the profession’s commitment to quality care through data. NCAL added four new assisted living measures to its online data collection tool LTC Trend Tracker: hospital admissions, hospital readmissions, the off-label use of antipsychotic medications, and occupancy rates. “We know our assisted living communities are providing high quality care, but in today’s health care environment, we need to be able to demonstrate it,” said NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle. “NCAL is proud to grow our assisted living footprint in LTC Trend Tracker to help providers better understand how they’re doing, share that with other health care partners and consumers, and hopefully, get recognized for their amazing work.” The four additional measures bring the total to six for assisted living providers in LTC Trend Tracker. Reports currently exist regarding staffing (calculating turnover and retention) and customer satisfaction. Today’s announcement now gives NCAL member organizations the ability to track their progress on all of the NCAL Quality Initiative goals within one tool. “What sets LTC Trend Tracker apart from other data collection platforms is that our measures are clearly defined, so that everyone is comparing apples to apples,” said NCAL Senior Director of Workforce & [...]
NCAL’s Risk Management Work Group created a tool kit designed to provide key considerations for assisted living communities when residents and their families hire private caregivers to provide supplemental services and support. The tool kit also includes links to sample documents, such as a sample Private Caregiver Agreement and several state requirements for these caregivers. Click here to view the tool kit.
Georgia Center for Assisted Living (GCAL) held its first Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 20 at the Fred A. Watson Training Center at GHCA/GCAL Headquarters in Stockbridge. There, the GCAL Bylaws were adopted, making the organization self-governing, and elections were held. The following individuals were elected by GCAL members and installed by GHCA/GCAL President & CEO Tony Marshall: Chair - Barbara Mitchell, Magnolia Manor Vice Chair - Becky Livingston, The Lodge at Bethany Secretary - Kathyjo Gordon, Stone Brooke Suites Treasurer - Samantha Allen, Jonesboro Assisted Living Congratulations to the newly-elected GCAL officers! Also during GCAL Day, GCAL Chair Barbara Mitchell presented an update on the growth of GCAL and plans for the future. Tony Marshall, President & CEO, delivered words of inspiration to the group and allowed for member concerns to be heard. The meeting concluded with education on Medication Management presented by Rhonda DeMeno, Health Dimensions. Thank you to all those who attended! If you would like to become involved in GCAL, feel free to contact Sylvia Barnes, GHCA/GCAL Director of Assisted Living & Affiliates at email@example.com or 678-289-0842.
During the National Center for Assisted Living’s annual State Leader conference this week, advocates and leaders in the profession gathered in Washington, D.C. Wednesday and Thursday to receive leadership training and policy briefings before going to Capitol Hill to inform their lawmakers on pressing assisted living issues. Our own Barbara Mitchell, GCAL Chair and GHCA Board member, was in attendance. NCAL members from 19 states were briefed on the 2014 home and community-based rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and learned how to advocate in front of Members of Congress to ensure that assisted living remains eligible for Medicaid funding under this new guidance. Click here to learn more about the NCAL state leader’s visits on the hill.
As reported on McKnight’s Long Term Care News: Confusion surrounding the provision of home- and community-based services under a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2014 may limit the ability of assisted living and memory care providers to serve Medicaid beneficiaries, leaders of the Senate Special Committee on Aging told CMS in a letter on Tuesday. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), committee chairwoman, and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), ranking member, asked for clarification from the federal agency. Without it, some seniors who are or could be served in rural areas or settings such as continuing care retirement communities may need to move to more expensive and restrictive care settings than their needs require, the senators told Michael Nardone, director of the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at CMS. Click here for full article.
Honor the individuals residing and working in assisted living communities by sharing those everyday moments or special occasions. Through October 31, send NCAL your photos for their Faces of Assisted Living project. This online effort was created to recognize the unique individuals residing in assisted living. New this year – NCAL will now also accept photos and stories of staff members. When you submit a photo, tell NCAL a little more about the staff pictured: How did they get into assisted living? Why do they like their job? What resident do they remember most? Submitted photos with completed image release forms may be featured on AHCA/NCAL’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and in future publications. Follow the submissions with the hashtag #FacesofAL. Learn how to submit your photo(s) and check out photos from previous years at www.ahcancal.org/faces.
As reported on AHCA/NCAL’s Long Term Care Leader Blog: “Movie Night” is a time honored tradition at an assisted living community or skilled nursing center – an expected social activity for many residents. This week, AHCA/NCAL announced a formal agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) to help long term and post-acute care providers continue to offer this cherished event while adhering to federal copyright laws. Motion picture showings within senior living and health care communities have always required a public performance license in accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act. As a result, AHCA/NCAL (and all other leading industry associations including, LeadingAge, National Association of Activity Professional (NAAP), American Senior Housing Association (ASHA), and Argentum has entered into a new agreement with MPLC. The 2016 Agreement better educates members on the need for copyright compliance when motion pictures and other audiovisual programs are shown in senior living and health care communities. The Agreement states that: All communities, regardless of their type or license status, must obtain licensure for exhibitions of Videos transmitted over a closed circuit television system or in-house channel. All communities, regardless of their type or license status, must obtain licensure for exhibitions of Videos in common areas such as a theater, lounge, or community room. Assisted living, nursing and rehabilitation units [...]
As reported on AHCA/NCAL’s Long Term Care Leader Blog: Researchers from the University of North Carolina’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and School of Social Work, with funding from The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL), completed a review of measures and instruments useful to maintain and improve quality in assisted living, and which may help assisted living providers become an even more valuable service choice for aging Americans as healthcare options change. Click here to read the full article.
As reported in an article on McKnight’s Senior Living: Independent living and assisted living community residents, many of whom manage their own medications, risk falls, sickness and even hospitalization when they start using pill organizers, according to newly published research. The reason for the finding, which seems counterintuitive, may surprise you. Click here to read the full article.