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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 20, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018



July 20, 2018

In Memoriam: David High (left), Aldersgate

We mourn the loss of David High, Aldersgate’s director of strategic property services. David was at the heart of the Aldersgate family for the past 18 years. David was beloved by the residents and staff of Aldersgate. His warm and generous spirit, his infectious smile, gregarious nature and quick wit were just a few of his endearing qualities. Beyond the Aldersgate community, David was held in the highest regard by so many he helped and served. David was a man of exceptional vision who led with his heart and soul, always with compassion and integrity. David was a trusted and loved friend of LeadingAge North Carolina and was the 2017 recipient of the LeadingAge North Carolina Excellence in Leadership award. We will miss him.

 


The Member Update is published twice a month. If this issue was forwarded to you by a colleague and you would like to receive it directly, please contact Jennifer Gill at 919-571-8333.


Contents
Please click on the section you would like to view.
Advocacy & Policy
Strategic Thinking
Professional Development
Volunteer Spotlight
News & Notes
Congratulations

Value First


Advocacy & Policy

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Offers Guidance for How 501(c)(3) Nonprofits Can Take Action on Constitutional Amendments

This fall, North Carolina voters will have the opportunity to decide whether six amendments will be made to the North Carolina Constitution. Voters will be asked to decide on constitutional amendments that would:

  1. Reduce the maximum state income tax rate from 10% to 7%;
  2. Require photographic identification for in-person voting in future elections;
  3. (a) Remove the Governor's ability to appoint some members of state boards and commissions, giving the state legislature the power to make these appointments; and (b) restructure the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement;
  4. Constitutionally enshrine the right to hunt and fish;
  5. Expand the rights of victims of crimes; and
  6. Remove the Governor's power to fill judicial vacancies.

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has prepared a guide with answers to frequently asked questions about what types of ballot measure activity are permissible for 501(c)(3) nonprofits, pitfalls for nonprofits to avoid, and filing requirements for organizations engaging in lobbying around constitutional amendments.

U.S. Census Bureau Seeks Public Comments on Citizenship Question


The U.S. Census Bureau is now taking comments from the public on the process it plans to follow to count every person in the country, specifically looking for "ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected" and "ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents...." The public comment period closes August 7.

Bill Would Expand Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Legislation introduced in the United States Senate last month would expand the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and "encourage more students to enter public service professions." The Help Encourage a Lifetime of Public Service Act (HELPS Act), S. 3124, would waive interest accrual under PSLF and direct the U.S. Department of Education to streamline the employment certification process. If enacted, the expansion would provide relief for all qualified applicants across the country.

Millennials Encouraged to Talk to Their Parents about Long-Term Services and Supports

It is essential to plan early for the supports and services needed as you age. Summertime is a great opportunity to begin these care discussions while spending time with family. It’s important to establish older relatives' care preferences, concerns, and deal breakers so families feel prepared for the future. Encourage millennials in your social networks to initiate the conversation. Share resources from LeadingAge national and be sure to post to social media including #CarryTheConvo and @LeadingAge in your posts. Please contact Jennifer Gill in our office at 919-571-8333 with any questions.


Strategic Thinking


Member Question re: Voluntary Termination


Why do some people voluntarily end their employment with member communities? Click here to download an Excel spreadsheet with responses to this member question from your colleagues around the state. Thanks to everyone who helps sustain this service by taking time to respond!

Older Adults Should be Prepared for Hospital Visits
July 10, 2018, NewsOK

Clinicians at your community may find this checklist of items helpful when working with residents. The list is designed to prepare older adults for hospital visits and is endorsed by a physician consultant for the Centers for Disease Control. Please click here for North Carolina-specific information about advance care planning, which is mentioned in the article.

The Do's and Don'ts of Alcohol Intervention for Seniors
July 16, 2018, U.S. News & World Report

At some point social workers or other staff at your community may have concern about a resident's substance use. In this article, a mental health counselor provides support and interventions that are sensitive to older adults.

Demographic Turning Points for the United States: Population Projections  for 2020 to 2060

The U.S. Census Bureau projects:

  • In 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65. This will expand the size of the older population so that one in every five Americans is projected to be retirement age;
  • By 2035, older adults will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history;
  • Beginning in 2030, immigration is projected to overtake natural increase (the excess of births over deaths) as the primary driver of population growth for the country.

These, and other facts from the U.S. Census Bureau, may be helpful as you prepare reports for your board and other constituents.


Professional Development


Next week!
Finance & Strategy Symposium

with LeadingAge Virginia
July 26, 2018
8am-4pm
Springmoor in Raleigh
7.0 CPE 6.0 NHA

CFOs, CEOs, Controllers, and other interested members, now is the time to register for the Finance and Strategy Symposium with LeadingAge Virginia. Be sure to arrive in time for dinner the night before. Topics will include:

  • State of Aging Services
  • Use of data and analytics to improve management decisions
  • Ramifications of new tax law
  • Common coverage gaps in professional liability
  • Why HR and Finance should partner to reduce labor costs

Register here.
Download brochure here.




Plan to attend next month!
Management Leadership Series

August 15, 2018
WhiteStone in Greensboro
10am-3pm
Facilitated by Rick Schlentz of EXTRA!Ordinary, Inc.

Members: $125
Non-members: $175
4.0 NHA CEUs

Department directors, team leaders, supervisors, and mid managers - would you like a fresh perspective and new ideas about how to engage your team? Plan to join us and learn more about what it takes to create an effective team in this last session of the series. You are welcome to register even if you did not attend the first session. Register online. Download brochure.



Reserve your spot for next month!!

Workforce Summit

August 22, 2018
River Landing at Sandy Ridge
Colfax, NC
9am-4pm

Topics will include best practices with regard to:

  • Student internship programs
  • Respecting and embracing differences among staff
  • Workplace violence prevention and response

Speakers panel includes representatives from:

  • Appalachian State University
  • BB&T Insurance
  • Kitch
  • Givens Estates
  • Penick Village

Register Now
Download Flyer



Registration now open!

Mid-Atlantic CCRC/Life Plan Marketing and Communications Symposium

with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge Maryland
September 19, 2018
Covenant Woods Retirement Community
Mechanicsville, VA

Three states - one place! Come network and learn with members from LeadingAge NC, VA, and MD! We have a great day planned with plenty of time to connect and share with peers, including a networking dinner the evening before the symposium.

Topics

  • The Digital Tools and Techniques Essential for Senior Living Marketing
    As digital marketing grows in importance for senior living communities, marketers are discovering that one approach does not fit all types of services at a CCRC/LPC.
  • Marketing Your Message with Public Relations
    Learn to use Facebook and engage key audiences by telling your community's most interesting stories. When done strategically, Facebook is a cost effective way to market your CCRC/LPC and to shape your community's public image.
  • Preparing for the Next Generation of Senior Living Consumers
    It’s very clear that senior living is experiencing a shift in consumer preferences, and research shows that Baby Boomers present very different characteristics from previous older adult generations.
  • Creative and Unique Marketing Applications
    A panel comprised of three member communities will discuss their education/community involvement and share best practices.

Speakers from:

  • Love & Company
  • Walker Marketing
  • Varsity
  • The Forest at Duke
  • Cooper Ridge
  • Westminster Canterbury

Find hotel and dinner information by clicking below:

Download flyer
Register today


 

Maintenance Forum
September 27, 2018
Raleigh
More details to come!




2018 Event and Education Calendar

Please click here to view and print LeadingAge North Carolina's 2018 Event and Education Calendar. Get inspired and refreshed to stay on top of current trends. We look forward to seeing you!



Advance Care Planning Workshops in July

The NC Partnership for Compassionate Care provides tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and to execute written advance directives (Health Care Power of Attorney and living will) in accordance with North Carolina state laws. For a list of Advance Care Planning Workshops across North Carolina this month, please click here.



PLANNED GIVING 101
July 26, 2018
Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: $49

This seminar is for development professionals, executive directors or gift officers engaged in non-profit settings in North Carolina that would like to raise more money by beginning or running a planned giving program in a small shop. You will learn the basics on how to get started along with information on the three simple planned gifts that make up 85% of all planned gifts. There will be a basic overview of charitable gift annuities and other gift vehicles by the North Carolina Planned Giving Council.

The program is eligible for 3 hours of CFRE credit.

Register here.


Volunteer Spotlight


Lee Syria, President & CEO
United Church Homes and Services


Board members of LeadingAge North Carolina are leaders among our membership and volunteers to the association who offer their time and expertise to enrich the field of aging services. This month we learn more about our new board chair, Lee Syria, President and CEO of United Church Homes and Services. Thank you for sharing, Lee!

1. Why did you become involved in LeadingAge North Carolina?

I started my involvement and work with LeadingAge NC in 2000 when I volunteered to serve on and subsequently chaired the Education Committee. Through this service, I learned the value of the peer networking, resources and learning that LeadingAge NC offers its members. I have always felt that the more I am involved, the more value I receive.

2. What makes our mission meaningful to you?

LeadingAge NC has many of the best providers in our field as members. Our mission is meaningful to me because it is the foundation that connects all members in how we work together to expand the possibilities for aging.

3. If you had unlimited resources, what is the one thing you as a board member would like to do for the population we serve?

Other than find a cure for Alzheimer’s, then I would say find a solution for the workforce shortage of quality direct care givers that we are facing.

4. If you could swap jobs with a staff member for a day, what would you want to try and why?

Definitely a direct or front line team member as a CNA, housekeeper or dining services employee in order to have more direct and less formal interaction with the residents. Many years ago, our organization scheduled a few days where our leadership at the home (corporate) office worked alongside and job shadowed various positions within our community. I still remember ending the day with blisters from the mopping in housekeeping. It was a great experience and raised my level of respect for the role that each person plays in order to deliver great service.

5. What do you do to relax, to get away, to recharge your batteries?

Spending time with my dogs (Oscar and Juliette) relaxes me because they are always happy to see me no matter what kind of day I’ve had. Also, I am fortunate to live in a walkable community with a nature preserve, so spending time outdoors is another way for me to relax. Many times when the weather is good, I do not drive my car at all on the weekends. I also cherish any time that I can spend in my favorite role as Aunt Lee to my two nieces!


News and Notes

Promising CBRE Report on CCRCs/LPCs

A recent report from CBRE
focuses on CCRCs/LPCs, including a review of characteristics, key trends shaping demand, property market performance and investment activity and pricing. The report concludes that over the next decade, the senior housing industry is well-positioned for investment opportunity and, more broadly, for increased significance within the commercial real estate industry. Rising demand, growing inventory and evolving product mix will create attractive opportunities and investment returns for owners, buyers and operators of seniors housing product.

Speaker Available for Your Meetings

Enhance your next board, resident, or staff meeting with a presentation by Tom Akins of LeadingAge North Carolina. As a free member service, Tom is available to offer trend analysis presentations and other topics for your constituents. Contact Tom today to discuss your needs. If you have ever heard Tom speak, you know his enthusiasm for the field is infectious. Please call Jennifer in our office at 919-571-8333 for more information.

QAPI program from Cindy DePorter

QAPI tags will be here in November 2019, which is just around the corner. Before that time, maybe it makes sense to get feedback on your community's program. Alliant Quality is still looking for skilled nursing facilities to participate in a survey whose goal is to help improve quality of care in North Carolina. Participation in this survey is not mandated by CMS for regulatory compliance nor does its completion ensure regulatory compliance. Use this survey as a tool as you begin your work on QAPI and then for annual or semiannual evaluation of your organization's progress with QAPI. The survey should be completed with input from the entire QAPI team and organizational leadership. It is meant to be an honest reflection of your progress with QAPI. The results of the assessment will direct you to areas you need to work on in order to establish QAPI in your organization. So please take a moment to participate in this important project. If you have any questions, please contact Melody Brown at Alliant Quality at 229-624-2051.


Congratulations

Appointments to the NC State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators

Governor Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators:

  • Jon Renegar of Asheville as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator of a nonprofit facility. Renegar has served as a licensed nursing home administrator for 13 years. Currently, he is the Director of Operations at Carolina Village in Hendersonville, a LeadingAge North Carolina member.
  • Amy Huntley of Garner as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Huntley is the Vice President of Operations at Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services, and previously served as the Regional Director of Operations for the West Region.
  • Vanessa Burton of Lumberton as a Public Member. Burton serves as an Assistant District Attorney for Robeson County. She previously worked as a Corporate Trust Officer at Wachovia Bank and Trust.
  • Ruth Little of Ayden as a Public Member. Little is the Vice Chair & Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health at East Carolina’s Brody School of Medicine. Little also served as the Public Health Director for the Jones County Health Department.
  • Curtis Grogan of Cary as a Public Member. Grogan has served as the Risk Management Director for Wake County Public Schools and also in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as Section Chief/Risk Manager. Grogan has also worked with several large commercial insurance companies.


A group purchasing organization of LeadingAge North Carolina.

Sysco and US Foods for Thought

LeadingAge North Carolina members can now buy from Sysco and US Foods through the Value First group purchasing organization.

Value First understands that food and dining expenses are often second only to salaries—which is why we encourage members to have cost studies done in this very important spend category. A cost study is a comparison of what you are currently paying, retail or through a different GPO, to Value First GPO pricing. This is a free membership benefit.

Food cost studies include line-item price comparisons, drop-size discounts, rebates, and other data to let members see if there are potential savings by purchasing through Value First.

If you'd like to request a food cost study for your community, simply click this link to submit your request. For more details contact Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956.

Value First, an affiliate of Vizient/Provista, is a group purchasing organization owned by LeadingAge national and twenty-five state associations, including LeadingAge North Carolina. Value First is designed to leverage the buying power of thousands of senior service providers across the country to get the best pricing on a comprehensive array of products and services. This is your GPO.

 



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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 6, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2018



July 6, 2018

CONTENTS
Click on the section you would like to view.
Advocacy & Policy
Strategic Thinking
Professional Development
News & Notes
Congratulations

Value First


Advocacy & Policy

Legislative Session Adjourns

The 2018 short legislative session ended last Friday with approximately $1 million appropriated to support services to keep seniors in their homes and communities (Home and Community Block Grant) and another $1 million to support adult guardianship. In addition, the Budget Technical Corrections Bill appropriated $5.5 million to increase the rate for the Medicaid Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (CAP-DA). To get a complete list of bills passed this legislative session (except bills of local impact only and bills pertaining to constitutional amendments which do not go to the Governor) click on the following links:

State Legislature to Return for Another Session in November

The North Carolina General Assembly will return for another session beginning on November 27. Legislators will have broad authority to take up a variety of legislation during that post-election session.

Nursing Home Rules on Hearings, Transfers, and Discharges Set for Review

The North Carolina Medical Care Commission is proposing to readopt rules for nursing home hearings, transfers, and discharges. A public hearing is scheduled for August 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 104, Brown Building, 801 Biggs Drive, in Raleigh. The building is located in the Dorothea Dix Park. Ms. Nadine Pfeiffer, DHSR Rule Review Manager, is accepting public comments on these rules and fiscal analysis from June 15, 2018 – August 14, 2018. Comments will also be accepted in person at the public hearing. The proposed effective date of these rules is January 1, 2019. A copy of the proposed rules, fiscal analysis, and instructions for submitting comment can be found at the Division of Health Service Regulation website.

Legislators Approve Constitutional Amendment to Cap State Income Tax Rate at 7%

On Wednesday of last week, the North Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill (S.75) that will place a constitutional amendment on the ballot in the November elections to lower the North Carolina constitution's cap on the state income tax rate from 10% to 7%. The Senate gave final approval after the House action. The House bill was a modification of legislation that the Senate passed last year to lower the income tax cap in the state's constitution to 5.5%.

CMS Releases Medicaid Scorecard

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its first-ever Medicaid Scorecard intended to advance a longer-term goal to improve understanding of Medicaid performance nationally. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement in support of this effort. North Carolina scored in the top tier of states for managing adults on persistent medications and monitoring individuals on anti-psychotic medications. The report noted the state still has work to do to improve other key health performance indicators, including timely access and follow-up to mental health services. To learn more about this, click here.


Strategic Thinking


New Policy Paper Outlines Medicaid Managed Care Transition Specifics

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has released a policy paper with information for health care providers regarding the transition to Medicaid managed care, expected to launch in 2019. The policy paper "Supporting Provider Transition to Medicaid Managed Care" describes what Medicaid providers should expect during their transition to managed care, including guidance on enrolling and credentialing, contracting with health plans and meeting Advanced Medical Home requirements. Providers must participate in managed care to continue receiving reimbursement for serving Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in managed care plans.

The Other Diversity: Harnessing the Power of Personality Differences in the C-Suite
March 26, 2018, Russell Reynolds Associates

Read this article to understand the psychological diversity that might exist on your team, and learn five suggestions for how to use that diversity to create cohesion.

Dealing With an Aging Parent's Alcohol Problem
June 23, 2018, The Wall Street Journal

Approaching a parent about coping with his or her addiction is a complicated and sensitive task. This article may be a helpful resource to social workers, clinicians, and others in your community who provide mental health support to residents. Read more.

The Many Benefits of Meditation for Older Adults
June 22, 2018, U.S. News & World Report

Does your community offer meditation for residents? Research shows that meditation has myriad positive mental and physical health benefits. Read more.


Professional Development


In Three Weeks!
Finance & Strategy Symposium
with LeadingAge Virginia
July 26, 2018
8am-4pm
Springmoor in Raleigh
7.0 CPE 6.0 NHA

CFOs, CEOs, Controllers, and other interested members, registration is now open for the Finance and Strategy Symposium with LeadingAge Virginia. Be sure to arrive in time for dinner the night before. Topics will include:

  • State of Aging Services
  • Use of data and analytics to improve management decisions
  • Ramifications of new tax law
  • Common coverage gaps in professional liability
  • Why HR and Finance should partner to reduce labor costs

Register here.
Download brochure here.




Reserve your seat for next month!
Management Leadership Series

August 15, 2018
WhiteStone in Greensboro
10am-3pm
Facilitated by Rick Schlentz of EXTRA!Ordinary, Inc.

Members: $125
Non-members: $175
4.0 NHA CEUs

Department directors, team leaders, supervisors, and mid managers - would you like a fresh perspective and new ideas about how to engage your team? Plan to join us and learn more about what it takes to create an effective team in this last session of the series. You are welcome to register even if you did not attend the first session. Register online. Download brochure.



REGISTRATION OPEN!!

Workforce Summit

August 22, 2018
River Landing at Sandy Ridge
Colfax, NC
9am-4pm

Topics will include best practices with regard to:

  • Student internship programs
  • Respecting and embracing differences among staff
  • Workplace violence prevention and response

Speakers panel includes representatives from:

  • Appalachian State University
  • BB&T Insurance
  • Kitch
  • Givens Estates
  • Penick Village

Register Now
Download Flyer


 

Marketing and Communications Symposium
with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge Maryland
September 19, 2018
Covenant Woods Retirement Community
Mechanicsville, VA
More details to come!

Maintenance Forum
September 27, 2018
Raleigh
More details to come!




2018 Event and Education Calendar

Please click here to view and print LeadingAge North Carolina's 2018 Event and Education Calendar. We have more events this year where you may learn, get inspired and refreshed. We look forward to seeing you!



Advance Care Planning Workshops in July

The NC Partnership for Compassionate Care provides tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and to execute written advance directives (Health Care Power of Attorney and living will) in accordance with North Carolina state laws. For a list of Advance Care Planning Workshops across North Carolina this month, please click here.



PLANNED GIVING 101
July 26, 2018
Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: $49

This seminar is for development professionals, executive directors or gift officers engaged in non-profit settings in North Carolina that would like to raise more money by beginning or running a planned giving program in a small shop. You will learn the basics on how to get started along with information on the three simple planned gifts that make up 85% of all planned gifts. There will be a basic overview of charitable gift annuities and other gift vehicles by the North Carolina Planned Giving Council.

The program is eligible for 3 hours of CFRE credit.

Register here.


News and Notes


Fall Prevention Guide Released

The National Alliance for Caregiving has partnered with the National Council on Aging to create a Fall Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers. The Guide highlights fall risk factors and ways that caregivers can work with loved ones to develop a falls prevention action plan. This resource provides a guide for starting conversations about falls with loved ones. It also outlines specific falls prevention action steps and highlights additional resources which may be helpful. Click here to read more.

New Shingles Infographic Available

About one in three people will develop shingles, a disease that causes a painful skin rash. Although there is no cure, shingles can be prevented and treated. The National Institute on Aging has an infographic highlighting five facts about shingles. This information might be posted in your clinic or other places where staff and residents frequent.

Easy Link to Stay Connected with National Listservs

There is a new link on LeadingAge national's website for anyone who wishes to get more involved and connected with the LeadingAge community! The new link allows for members to join LeadingAge national's listservs and advisory groups as well as express interest in serving LeadingAge in a more official capacity (ie. committees, task forces, etc.) We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to get connected!

Newly-Released LeadingAge Member Resources

  • The Regulatory Round Up: This suite of three products is designed to provide LeadingAge members with valuable information about federal regulatory initiatives and developments;
  • The 2030 Aging Services Scenario Toolkit: This strategic planning toolkit explores the future need for and delivery of aging services in the context of expectable, challenging, and visionary futures. The toolkit includes a report and video presentation detailing the scenarios, and a discussion guide and PowerPoint presentation to use in your internal discussions;
  • LeadingAge Magazine: The magazine’s March/April issue examines how LeadingAge members are putting their best foot forward by learning about the changing landscape they face, examining how they communicate with their communities, asking how well their services correspond with what consumers want, and adapting to better serve older adults;
  • Social Connectedness and Engagement Technology Online Selection Tool: The Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) released an updated version of this tool in March; and
  • Issue Brief for Affordable, Service-Enriched Senior Housing: The issue brief requests $600 million in new Section 202 construction funding, increased funding for service coordinators and increased funding for Older Americans Act programs.

Congratulations

New State Aging Director Named

Joyce Massey-Smith has been named as the Director of the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) effective June 29.  Joyce is no stranger to the aging network. She has worked at DAAS since March 1996, first as an Adult Program Representative and most recently as Section Chief for Adult Services. She also worked previously as the Area Agency on Aging Administrator at the Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments in Winston-Salem (now merged with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council) for a number of years. In making the announcement, Michael A. Becketts, Assistant Secretary for Human Services with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, noted that Joyce brings to her new position experience in the two primary areas DAAS serves; aging and services to adults. He notes that Joyce is passionate about her work and supports innovative ways to improve how the Department supports county departments of social services, Area Agencies on Aging, and community stakeholders. Joyce may be reached at 919-733-4534.

Deerfield Earns Upgraded Fitch Rating

Fitch Ratings has upgraded Deerfield's outstanding debt to 'A' from 'A-' and the Rating Outlook is Stable. Congratulations to Deerfield, located in Asheville, for this significant achievement.


A group purchasing organization of LeadingAge North Carolina.

Sysco and US Foods for Thought

LeadingAge North Carolina members can now buy from Sysco and US Foods through the Value First group purchasing organization.

Value First understands that food and dining expenses are often second only to salaries—which is why we encourage members to have cost studies done in this very important spend category. A cost study is a comparison of what you are currently paying, retail or through a different GPO, to Value First GPO pricing. This is a free membership benefit.

Food cost studies include line-item price comparisons, drop-size discounts, rebates, and other data to let members see if there are potential savings by purchasing through Value First.

If you'd like to request a food cost study for your community, simply click this link to submit your request. For more details contact Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956.

Value First, an affiliate of Vizient/Provista, is a group purchasing organization owned by LeadingAge national and twenty-five state associations, including LeadingAge North Carolina. Value First is designed to leverage the buying power of thousands of senior service providers across the country to get the best pricing on a comprehensive array of products and services. This is your GPO.

 


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Independence Day Office Closure

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Tuesday, July 3, 2018
LeadingAge NC thanks all members for making our country a better place through compassionate care for elders. Our office will be closed on July 4, 2018 in observance of the holiday.

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Professional Development Update July 2018

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Tuesday, July 3, 2018


July 3, 2018

In Three Weeks!

Finance & Strategy Symposium
with LeadingAge Virginia
July 26, 2018
8am-4pm
Springmoor in Raleigh
7.0 CPE 6.0 NHA


CFOs, CEOs, Controllers, and other interested members, registration is now open for the Finance and Strategy Symposium with LeadingAge Virginia. Be sure to arrive in time for dinner the night before. Topics will include:

  • State of Aging Services
  • Use of data and analytics to improve management decisions
  • Ramifications of new tax law
  • Common coverage gaps in professional liability
  • Why HR and Finance should partner to reduce labor costs

Download brochure here.
Register here.


Reserve your seat for next month!
Management Leadership Series

August 15, 2018
WhiteStone in Greensboro
10am-3pm
Facilitated by Rick Schlentz of EXTRA!Ordinary, Inc.

Members: $125
Non-members: $175
4.0 NHA CEUs

Department directors, team leaders, supervisors, and mid managers - would you like a fresh perspective and new ideas about how to engage your team? Plan to join us and learn more about what it takes to create an effective team in this last session of the series. You are welcome to register even if you did not attend the first session.

Download brochure.
Register online. 


REGISTRATION OPEN!!

Workforce Summit
August 22, 2018
River Landing at Sandy Ridge
Colfax, NC
9am-4pm


Topics will include best practices with regard to:

  • Student internship programs
  • Respecting and embracing differences among staff
  • Workplace violence prevention and response

Speakers panel includes representatives from:

  • Appalachian State University
  • BB&T Insurance
  • Kitch
  • Givens Estates
  • Penick Village

Register Now
Download Flyer


Marketing and Communications Symposium
with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge Maryland
September 19, 2018
Covenant Woods Retirement Community
Mechanicsville, VA

Maintenance Forum
September 27, 2018
Raleigh
More details to come!



2018 Event and Education Calendar

Please click here to view and print LeadingAge North Carolina's 2018 Event and Education Calendar. During the remainder of 2018 we continue to offer events where you and your staff may learn, get inspired and refreshed. We look forward to seeing you!



PLANNED GIVING 101
July 26, 2018
Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: $49

This seminar is for development professionals, executive directors or gift officers engaged in non-profit settings in North Carolina that would like to raise more money by beginning or running a planned giving program in a small shop. You will learn the basics on how to get started along with information on the three simple planned gifts that make up 85% of all planned gifts. There will be a basic overview of charitable gift annuities and other gift vehicles by the North Carolina Planned Giving Council.

The program is eligible for 3 hours of CFRE credit

Register here.



Advance Care Planning Workshops in July

The NC Partnership for Compassionate Care provides tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and to execute written advance directives (Health Care Power of Attorney and living will) in accordance with North Carolina state laws. For a list of Advance Care Planning Workshops across North Carolina this month, please click here.


LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org



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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 15, 2018
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018
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June 15, 2018

CONTENTS
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Advocacy & Policy
Strategic Thinking
Professional Development
Volunteer Spotlight
Congratulations
News & Notes
Value First


Advocacy & Policy

General Assembly Overrides Governor’s Veto of State Budget
The major task for the General Assembly during a short session (held in even-numbered years) is to make any changes to the two-year budget passed during the previous long session (held in odd-numbered years). This year’s work by elected officials produced changes that included a 6.5 percent average pay raise for teachers and raises for other state employees that mostly ranged from 2 to 8 percent, depending on the job. The budget also raised the minimum state salary for almost all full-time state employees to $15 an hour. Last week, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the budget but both chambers were able to muster the votes necessary to override the veto.

New Assisted Living Bill Introduced by Mecklenburg Representative
House Bill 1071
has been introduced by Representative Scott Stone (R-Mecklenburg County) and referred to the House Committee on Judiciary III of the North Carolina General Assembly. An article in the Charlotte Observer provides background for the genesis of the legislation. We are working to meet with Rep. Stone to discuss the specifics of the bill, particularly a provision that increases the discharge notice period from 30 days to 60 days. Our public policy committee has been providing feedback and we’ve been communicating regularly on the issue with concerned parties at the General Assembly.

Medicare Trust Fund Insolvency Now Projected for 2026
The Medicare Trustees’ 2018 report notes that the Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund will be insolvent by 2026, just 8 years from now. This is three years earlier than previously projected. This trust fund pays for Medicare beneficiaries Part A services, such as hospital care and skilled nursing facility services. While this doesn’t mean that the fund balance will be zero in 2026, as it continues to receive an influx of dollars from payroll taxes, it is projected to only have 91% of the dollars needed to pay the expected bills. This latest development and the second warning from the Trustees will place renewed pressure on Congress and the Administration to address the issue because by law the trust fund, “cannot borrow money or pay benefits that exceed the asset reserves in their trust funds.” The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget notes, “the law calls for payments to be cut by 9% to bring spending in line with revenue, with the cut rising to 22% by 2040.” The trust funds solvency is impacted routinely by federal legislation. Recent legislation adversely impacted both income and costs. According to the report, “HI income is projected to be lower than last year’s estimates due to (i) lower payroll taxes attributable to lowered wages in 2017 and lower levels of projected GDP and (ii) reduced income from the taxation of Social Security benefits as a result of legislation. HI expenditures are expected to be higher than last year’s estimates due to higher-than-anticipated spending in 2017, legislation that increases hospital spending, and higher Medicare Advantage payments.

Carry the Conversation: Join the Movement!

Last week LeadingAge national launched a new campaign to raise awareness about the prevalence of millennial caregivers and the need for long-term services and supports (LTSS) financing solutions. Carry the Conversation: Be the Voice for Long-term Services and Supports is aimed at supporting millennials in speaking out about this problem and urging them to share their stories. The goal is to create an educated community of LTSS advocates to demand action, and carry the conversation to the offices of their elected officials. Lawmakers need to take action and find solutions for financing LTSS. We hope you will consider sharing pre-written posts on your social media networks and talking to the millennials in your life about this campaign. We encourage you to Join the Movement to show your support for this important issue. For all the information you need, visit www.carrytheconvo.org. Please email Jennifer Gill in our office if you have any questions.

Make Plans NOW to Attend Aging Policy Listening Session in Your Area

The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services is preparing to hold its final two Aging Policy Listening Sessions for the 2019-2023 Aging Services Plan. These Listening Sessions, which are co-hosted by the NC Association of Area Agencies on Aging, will help identify the needs of the state’s older citizens, disabled adults, and their caregivers. As noted, the information gathered will also inform North Carolina’s 2019-2023 Aging Services Plan and will likely guide policy work for the Division, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies of state government in the next several years.
The dates and locations of the final two listening sessions are as follows:

June 19, 2018
Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation Building
4561 County Home Road
Greenville, NC 27858
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

June 27, 2018
Centralina Council of Governments
9815 David Taylor Drive
Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28262
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.



Strategic Thinking

Member Question re: Drug Testing for Food Service Staff

How are your colleagues across the state dealing with drug testing of food service employees? Be sure to click here to download an Excel spreadsheet with responses to this member question. Thanks to everyone who helps sustain this service by taking time to respond!

Foundation’s Diversity Study Released

The closing general session at our annual conference featured Dr. Jim Johnson from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and the public release of “African American Voices Regarding Continuing Care Retirement Communities/Life Plan Communities.” This research study, commissioned by the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation, provides valuable insight into the fundamental question of why aren’t CCRCs/LPCs in North Carolina more racially and ethnically diverse and, more specifically, why aren’t there more African Americans in North Carolina’s CCRCs/LPCs? The study provided recommendations and we are in the process of assembling a special task force that will be charged with developing specific tools that both LeadingAge North Carolina and its member communities can utilize moving forward. Click here for a copy of Dr. Johnson’s PowerPoint presentation from the closing session.

Curbing Elder Abuse: What's Been Helping, What's Needed
June 12, 2018, Forbes.com

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Please take a moment to read this brief article to understand the different ways that older adults are at risk and how we may be champions of change.

An Overlooked Skill in Aging: How to Have Fun
June 2, 2018, The Wall Street Journal

Once work and child rearing are (mostly) over, what do you do to have fun in your later years? And why is there so little research on its impact? If you want permission to enjoy yourself or to help someone else have fun, please take a moment to read this (fun!) article and then make sure to get out there and have fun!

Take Steps Toward an American Freed from Ageism

Aging services professionals are in a unique position to positively influence perceptions about aging in a variety of ways. This quick guide is designed to help organizations and individuals be mindful of the language and messaging they use around aging, and take steps toward eliminating ageist attitudes, behaviors, and words from our vocabulary.



Professional Development


Next Month!
Finance & Strategy Symposium
with LeadingAge Virginia
July 26, 2018
8am-4pm
Springmoor in Raleigh
7.0 CPE 6.0 NHA

CFOs, CEOs, Controllers, and other interested members, registration is now open for the Finance and Strategy Symposium with LeadingAge Virginia. Be sure to arrive in time for dinner the night before. Topics will include:

  • State of Aging Services
  • Use of data and analytics to improve management decisions
  • Ramifications of new tax law
  • Common coverage gaps in professional liability
  • Why HR and Finance should partner to reduce labor costs

Register here.
Download brochure here.




Reserve your seat for August!
Management Leadership Series

August 15, 2018
WhiteStone in Greensboro
10am-3pm
Facilitated by Rick Schlentz of EXTRA!Ordinary, Inc.

Members: $125
Non-members: $175
4.0 NHA CEUs

Department directors, team leaders, supervisors, and mid managers - would you like a fresh perspective and new ideas about how to engage your team? Plan to join us and learn more about what it takes to create an effective team in this last session of the series. You are welcome to register even if you did not attend the first session. Register online. Download brochure.


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!

Workforce Summit

August 22, 2018
River Landing at Sandy Ridge
Colfax, NC
9am-4pm

Topics will include best practices with regard to:

  • Student internship programs
  • Respecting and embracing differences among staff
  • Workplace violence prevention and response

Speakers panel includes representatives from:

  • Appalachian State University
  • BB&T Insurance
  • Kitch
  • Givens Estates
  • Penick Village

Register Now
Download Flyer


 

Marketing and Communications Symposium
with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge Maryland
September 19, 2018
Covenant Woods Retirement Community
Mechanicsville, VA



2018 Event and Education Calendar

Please click here to view and print LeadingAge North Carolina's 2018 Event and Education Calendar for yourself and your staff.  Even after our Annual Conference we continue to offer special events where you and your staff may learn, get inspired, and refresh yourself. We look forward to seeing you!



Advance Care Planning Workshops in June

The NC Partnership for Compassionate Care provides tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and to execute written advance directives (Health Care Power of Attorney and living will) in accordance with North Carolina state laws. For a list of Advance Care Planning Workshops across North Carolina this month, please click here.



PLANNED GIVING 101
July 26, 2018
Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: $49

This seminar is for development professionals, executive directors or gift officers engaged in non-profit settings in North Carolina that would like to raise more money by beginning or running a planned giving program in a small shop. You will learn the basics on how to get started along with information on the three simple planned gifts that make up 85% of all planned gifts. There will be a basic overview of charitable gift annuities and other gift vehicles by the North Carolina Planned Giving Council.

The program is eligible for 3 hours of CFRE credit

Register here.


Volunteer Spotlight


Lori Portfleet

Board members of LeadingAge North Carolina are leaders of our nonprofit membership and volunteers who offer their time and expertise with the sole purpose of enriching the field of aging services. This month we learn more about our newest board member, Lori Portfleet, President and CEO of St. Joseph of the Pines in Southern Pines.

1. Why did you become involved in LeadingAge North Carolina?
I was actively involved in Health Care Association of Michigan and (more recently) LeadingAge MI, and I feel it keeps me current on what is happening in our profession, as well as develops great peer relationships and friendships. LeadingAge North Carolina will be extremely valuable to me for the same two reasons, and that is why I want to be involved.

2. What makes our mission meaningful to you?
I am an advocate (for residents, colleagues, and community) and I love seniors, and this mission speaks to my need to be innovative and to be a leader in the field of aging.

3. If you had unlimited resources, what is the one thing you as a board member would like to do for the population we serve?

I would triple the direct care staffing ratios as well as the Life and Leisure (activities) staffing to make certain that quality of life and quality of care were at the highest level for residents' satisfaction.

4. If you could swap jobs with a staff member for a day, what would you want to try and why?
I would like to be a concierge and have the freedom (and budget) to meet resident's needs, provide answers to questions, and reduce any anxiety caused by the "learning curve" of being in a new environment.

5. What do you do to relax, to get away, and to recharge your batteries?

I love going to the beach, gardening and reading magazines and cookbooks.

 


Congratulations


Congratulations to Chris Romick who, in April this year, joined Grace Ridge in Morganton as the new Executive Director. Chris is a US Navy veteran who holds a BA in Gerontology Administration from Kent State University and an MBA in Marketing from American Public University. He is a licensed nursing home administrator and has previously held the roles of Marketing Director, Regional Director, and Executive Director in Life Plan Communities across the United States. Please join us in welcoming Chris to LeadingAge North Carolina.


News and Notes

Have You Read LeadingAge Magazine Lately?

Then, you don’t know what you’re missing! Here are a few thoughts from our Editor, Gene Mitchell:

Today, when we meet at conferences or launch studies, discussions about “housing plus services” typically begin with the need to bring more health care to housing residents. The greatest challenges relate to working with Medicare and Medicaid, coping with multiple providers and health plans, and figuring out how to fund a reliable level of services that we believe will keep residents independent and healthy longer.

For a good statement of the problem, I urge you to read an article on the LeadingAge website, “Taking Steps Toward Financing Housing Plus Services,” by Alisha Sanders of the LeadingAge Center for Housing Plus Services. She spells out the situation very clearly, and explains the barriers to reaching this goal.
Our Vision column is a podcast, “Testing Affordable Housing Plus Services Innovations.” It’s a conversation with LeadingAge member Kim Brooks of Hebrew SeniorLife and Elissa Sherman of LeadingAge Massachusetts about a couple of Bay State initiatives designed to study housing plus services models.

In “Housing Plus Services: Providers Make the Most of Opportunities,” you’ll meet some of those members I referred to—people who are always on the hunt for new ways to serve residents. They are bringing residents valuable wellness programming, creating activities that help build community, finding partnerships to connect residents to health providers, and much, much more.

A home is a launching pad for many other good things. Most of us take that for granted, but those who have lived on the street never will. In “Housing for Seniors Without Homes: The First Step in a New Life,” read about members who are helping at-risk elders and those experiencing homelessness.

Housing providers are giving their buildings some love, too. They are adopting energy-efficient building standards and technologies, and making their resource use more sustainable. The three-headed goal is to improve residents’ quality of life, look after the Earth, and save a little money too. Read “How Affordable Senior Housing Providers are Greening Their Properties.”

Property managers and service coordinators work hard to help bring needed resources to people living on very little money. For some older adults, however, poor money management skills exacerbate the problems already caused by low incomes. Read “Financial Counseling for Low-Income Seniors” to learn about some resources to that can help.

“The Positive Impact Loop: Creating a Person-Centered Culture,” is a reflective column from Stephen Proctor, CEO of Presbyterian Senior Living and a past recipient of the LeadingAge Award of Honor. He shares his experience in building a positive culture throughout his large organization.

Another member-written article, “Body and Mind Benefit From Music Therapy Program” tells the story of how one member uses music therapy and the positive results it has wrought.

Finally, the always popular “People We Serve” series brings us “Singers, Survivors and Award-Winning Staff.”

Keep those stories coming!

Easy Link to stay Connected with National Listservs

There is a new link on LeadingAge national's website for anyone who wishes to get more involved and connected with the LeadingAge community! The new link allows for members to join LeadingAge national's listservs and advisory groups as well as express interest in serving LeadingAge in a more official capacity (ie. committees, task forces, etc.) We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to get connected!

Newly-Released LeadingAge Member Resources

  • The Regulatory Round Up: This suite of three products is designed to provide LeadingAge members with valuable information about federal regulatory initiatives and developments;
  • The 2030 Aging Services Scenario Toolkit: This strategic planning toolkit explores the future need for and delivery of aging services in the context of expectable, challenging, and visionary futures. The toolkit includes a report and video presentation detailing the scenarios, and a discussion guide and PowerPoint presentation to use in your internal discussions;
  • LeadingAge Magazine: The magazine’s March/April issue examines how LeadingAge members are putting their best foot forward by learning about the changing landscape they face, examining how they communicate with their communities, asking how well their services correspond with what consumers want, and adapting to better serve older adults;
  • Social Connectedness and Engagement Technology Online Selection Tool: The Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) released an updated version of this tool in March; and
  • Issue Brief for Affordable, Service-Enriched Senior Housing: The issue brief requests $600 million in new Section 202 construction funding, increased funding for service coordinators and increased funding for Older Americans Act programs.


A group purchasing organization of LeadingAge and its State Affiliates.

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

Janitorial and Housekeeping Supplies

How much does your community spend on janitorial and housekeeping supplies?  Do you know if you are getting the best prices?
 
A cost study is an excellent management tool for determining if you are getting competitive pricing for what you purchase. From paper towels to cleaning chemicals, LeadingAge’s group purchasing organization, Value First, can compare what you are currently paying to pricing available through the GPO.  Your community’s janitorial supplies distributor may already be affiliated with Value First.  To do a cost study, you provide the list of items you want to compare.  Value First does the analysis.

Does your community use a different group purchasing organization for janitorial supplies?

Even if you are purchasing through a group purchasing organization other than Value First, Value First can do a cost study for you.  The primary goal is to work with LeadingAge members to make sure they are getting the best pricing—with Value First or through other sources. 

Not sure if you want to use Value First for housekeeping supplies?

The choice is yours.  You can continue with your current arrangement. Or, if the cost study results indicate potential savings, you can consider purchasing through Value First.  This is your GPO!


How do you request a cost study for your community?

Contact Value First representative Vanessa Ceasar at vceasar@leadingagega.org. Call (404) 421-3956 or click here to submit your request https://form.jotform.com/61243365476155.

Value First is a group purchasing organization owned by LeadingAge national and twenty five state associations, including LeadingAge North Carolina.  Value First is designed to leverage the buying power of thousands of senior service providers across the country to get the best pricing on a comprehensive array of products and services.


 

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Inclusion Inisghts June 2018

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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June 13, 2018


Welcome to the eighth edition of Inclusion Insights, a regular publication
of LeadingAge North Carolina highlighting trends, practices,
and news related to inclusion and diversity issues in aging services.
We welcome your feedback, questions, and ideas.



Leadership

Foundation’s Diversity Study Released

The closing general session at our annual conference featured Dr. Jim Johnson from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and the public release of “African American Voices Regarding Continuing Care Retirement Communities/Life Plan Communities.” This research study, commissioned by the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation, provides valuable insight into the fundamental question of why aren’t CCRCs/LPCs in North Carolina more racially and ethnically diverse and, more specifically, why aren’t there more African Americans in North Carolina’s CCRCs/LPCs? The study provided recommendations and we are in the process of assembling a special task force that will be charged with developing specific tools that both LeadingAge North Carolina and its member communities can utilize moving forward. Click here for a copy of Dr. Johnson’s PowerPoint presentation from the closing session.

Making Your Board More Inclusive: Two Cases
February 20, 2018, Nonprofit Quarterly

Read this article to find out what correlates with board diversity and access a useful chart, “diversity by field of practice category.” Two successful nonprofit board diversity case studies are presented. They include: 1) attracting and developing young board leaders and 2) emerging from a merger with high board engagement. Our boards are always evolving and there are definitely lessons to be learned as we all strive to develop a board that reflects our population on the whole.

Diversity is Difficult
April 21, 2018, BU Research

Organizational behavior expert Evan Apfelbaum at Boston University wants to better understand exactly how diversity messaging helps retain - or lose - employees. This brief article might help human resource professionals and others working on attraction and retention of a diverse workforce.

Maintaining Dignity: A Survey of LGBT Adults Age 45 and Older
March 2018, AARP Research

In 2017 on behalf of AARP, Community Marketing and Insights collected data from 1,762 LGBT individuals through a 10-minute online survey of LGBT Americans age 45 and older. The article summarizes this community’s concerns in general as they age as well as concerns specifically about healthcare. This article might help you and your staff become more sensitive to and better meet the needs of current and future LGBT residents.

Fighting Health Disparities at the Barbershop
May 21, 2018, U.S. News and World Report

Barbershops in Dane County, Wisconsin are becoming more than just a place to receive a haircut. Read more about the innovation and partnership that is helping African-American men reduce health disparities and remove barriers to healthcare. Maybe you will be inspired to find innovative ways to reach more diverse populations as well.



Resources

DHHS Releases Interactive Map Showing Social Determinants of Health Across NC

Social determinants of health are underlying social and environmental factors that can be responsible for more than 70 percent of a person’s health. Check out DHHS’s new interactive map showing social determinants of health indicators across the state including economic, social and neighborhood, housing and transportation status. After following the link, click “North Carolina Social Determinants of Health.” The map is part of the department’s efforts to look beyond what is typically thought of as “health care” and invest more strategically in health.

From Intention to Action: Practical Strategies for Addressing Diversity and Inclusion in the C-Suite
May 2018, Joanne L. Smikle, Ph.D.

Thanks to Dr. Joanne Smikle for her Deep Dive presented at the 2018 Annual Conference last month. She discussed obstacles to creating diverse, inclusive organizational cultures and helped attendees generate practical strategies for removing those obstacles. Please click here to review her slide presentation for ideas that might take hold in your community.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference

   

LeadingAge North Carolina was a supporting organization of this timely NC Chamber event held yesterday in Durham. The program covered topics that will help us create a culture of true belonging among residents, board members, and staff in our membership. Thanks to board member, Ursula Robinson, for her presence, and to members from Carol Woods and Carolina Meadows who attended and learned about the prevalence of implicit bias, diversity and inclusion best practices, and demographics from Dr. Jim Johnson that underscored the urgency of our efforts in this area. We'll see you at next year's conference!

Triangle EXPO for LGBTQ Aging Adults
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Five Points Center for Active Adults
2000 Noble Road
Raleigh NC 27608

Please consider supporting this EXPO that will include non-profit service agencies that are aware of the special needs of senior populations and are prepared to handle them. It will connect LGBTQ-affirming health care professionals, housing providers, businesses, and many others with LGBTQ people throughout the Triangle. The intention is to inform senior community members of agencies and organizations that are welcoming to a population that has sometimes felt marginalized and not always welcomed as they navigate the services spectrum.




Celebrations

Carol Woods Hosts Racial Equity Institute

In April this year Carol Woods in Chapel Hill hosted the Racial Equity Institute's anti-racism workshop. Pictured here are staff and residents who participated in the discussion about the impact of race and racism on today's society. Carol Woods will also be hosting a booth at the Triangle Expo for LGBTQ Aging Adults in Raleigh on June 23rd.

United Church Homes and Services LGBTQ Hosts LGBTQ Event

Also in April this year, United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) partnered with the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging to host the first “Giving Voice to LGBTQ Older Adults” event in Ohio. The event included a showing of the “Gen Silent” movie and several workshops. North Carolina is home to several UCHS communities including Piedmont Crossing in Thomasville and Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Lee Syria, President and CEO of UCHS, is the Chair of the LeadingAge North Carolina board.


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Advocacy in Action

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 8, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 8, 2018


June 8, 2018



Short Session Winds Down
Current word around the legislative building is that the General Assembly will adjourn the short session most likely by the end of June. Governor Roy Cooper Wednesday vetoed the budget bill passed last Friday by the General Assembly; there is little doubt that the two chambers will quickly override the veto. We continue to track legislation impacting our member communities and are in full planning mode for the long session which begins in January 2019.

Federal Tax Reform Impact Still Sorting Itself Out
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law in December 2017 and went into effect on January 1, 2018. This was the largest overhaul of the tax code since the 1980s. Although most of the major provisions of the TCJA addressed changes in the individual rates and deductions, many provisions will have an effect on nonprofit providers moving forward. While we are still waiting on guidance from the IRS, we urge members to speak to their accountants and financial consultants to explore how these changes will specifically affect their communities.

OPERATIONAL ISSUES
Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) Changes
Prior to the passage of the TCJA, nonprofit organizations could calculate UBIT based on combining all of their unrelated business activities income. If one unrelated business activity had income it could be offset by another activity that had business losses. For example, if one unrelated business activity generated $20,000 and a separate unrelated business activity of the organization had a loss of $5,000, the organization would pay UBIT on $15,000. Under the TCJA, this is no longer allowed. Each unrelated business activity must now be accounted for separately for UBIT purposes. The change to the corporate tax rates, however, also changed the unrelated business income tax rate to 21 percent for UBIT over the $1,000 threshold.

Application of UBIT On Commuting/Parking and Other Fringe Benefits to Employees
Organizations that provide their employees with 1) transportation fringe benefits that are not included in their employees’ taxable income; 2) parking reimbursements; or 3) on-premises gyms must now include the value of such benefits as unrelated business taxable income subject to UBIT. Parking reimbursements include any expenses paid or incurred by the organization for a parking facility used by employees on or near the organization’s premises. To avoid the UBIT liability, an employer organization can either provide the benefits as taxable items to the employees or discontinue providing the benefits. This is a marked change for nonprofits to be subject to a tax on expense rather than on income. LeadingAge national has signed on to an American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) letter requesting a delay in implementation of this provision pending additional guidance from the IRS. For additional information, see IRS Publication 15-B – Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits regarding descriptions of fringe benefits.

Repeal of Advance Refunding Bonds
Tax-exempt advance refunding bonds, a form of refinancing used by 501(c)(3) borrowers, has effectively been eliminated because the TCJA makes the interest on such bonds taxable. Advance refunding had been a common practice used by issuers to refinance bonds beyond 90 days from their call date to take advantage of a better interest rate.

FUNDRAISING ISSUES
Some TCJA provisions will affect donors and any tax benefits they might receive from making charitable contributions. These provisions are estimated to reduce charitable giving by billions of dollars per year.

Increase in the Standard Deduction
TCJA raises the standard deduction from $6,350 to $12,000 for single individuals and from $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples. This will likely reduce the number of taxpayers that will itemize their deductions because for many itemizing will not significantly reduce their taxable income. Estimates are that the number of filers who itemize will fall from 30% of taxpayers to 6% and, correspondingly, charitable giving could be reduced by $12 billion to $20 billion per year. See Tax Policy Center and National Council of Nonprofits resources

Limitations on State and Local Tax (SALT) and Mortgage Interest Deductions
Under the TCJA, deductions for all state and local taxes (income, property, real estate, and sales tax) combined cannot exceed $10,000. A substantial number of individuals in high cost of living/high tax states will exceed this cap. This greater tax burden for people in those states will probably have an adverse effect on non-profits as people will have less money available to donate. The TCJA also reduces the cap on the home mortgage interest deduction on new loans from $1 million to $750,000 in principal value and repeals the deduction for interest paid on home equity debt. These changes could have an impact on charitable donations similar to the effect of restrictions on SALT deductions. People will have higher taxes and less income available to donate.

Doubling of the Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions
The TCJA doubled the estate and gift tax exemptions to $11.2 million and so far, fewer wealthy taxpayers will be hit with a very hefty tax (40%) for leaving or gifting money to their children. Those who still have to pay estate taxes will have much more of their transferred wealth exempted from being taxed. Most wealthy taxpayers who are potentially subject to estate and gift taxes work with their tax planners to mitigate and minimize the taxes they would have to pay. Deductible charitable contributions are often a big part of their strategies. In 2010, the estate tax was temporarily repealed and there was a significant drop in charitable bequests in IRS tax filings from the prior year.

Charitable Contribution Deductions and “Pease” Limitation
Individuals can now take a greater deduction for charitable giving if they itemize their deductions. They can claim up to 60 percent of their adjusted gross income. Previously, the limit was capped at 50 percent. Also, the “Pease” limitation has been repealed. Therefore, there will be fewer restrictions for individuals who decide to itemize their deductions. This is good news as it could encourage high-income earners to contribute more to charity.

Efforts to Change/Amend the TCJA
In reaction to the changes in the TCJA, LeadingAge national has joined other organizations in supporting an effort for a “universal charitable deduction.” This concept would provide for an “above-the-line” income tax deduction for charitable contributions and thus likely would ameliorate the expected decline in charitable giving associated with the passage of the TCJA.

Guidance on IRS Rules Around Politically-Related Activity
As the nation prepares for mid-term congressional elections this year, many nonprofit aging services providers are concerned about staying within Internal Revenue Service rules for allowable politically-related activity. LeadingAge national has prepared a set of guidelines to help you stay in compliance. If you work for a nonprofit organization, can you contribute to political campaigns or participate in candidate fundraising? What kind of help can you give residents with learning about candidates who are running for office or getting to the polls to vote? Can your organization hold candidate forums? What if an elected official who is running for reelection wants to visit your community to talk to your residents? All of these questions are discussed in LeadingAge national’s new publication, Lobbying and Election Activity: Guiding Principles for Nonprofit Providers. As the campaign season heats up, we hope these guidelines will help you balance your and your residents' rights as citizens with the IRS restrictions on political activity by nonprofits.

Opioid Legislation Makes its Way Across the Federal Landscape
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved 57 separate bills incorporating a wide range of proposals to deal with the various aspects of the opioid crisis, the widespread misuse of addictive pain medications. The measures include proposals to encourage development and use of non-opioid pain relief alternatives; to increase physician and public awareness of the dangers of opioid addiction and of alternative treatments; to facilitate the use of telehealth and electronic health records to track use of opioid prescription medication; and to encourage communication among Medicare and Medicaid agencies, providers, quality improvement organizations, and pharmacies on the use of these medications. The next step for this legislation is consideration on the House floor. While this has not yet been scheduled, it could occur as early as this month. On the Senate side, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated that opioid legislation could be taken up while the Senate is in Washington in August, since the traditional recess has been cancelled. LeadingAge national understands the need to address the widespread abuse of these medications, which are a serious and growing public health threat. We welcome and support more research on effective alternatives to the use of opioids, to increased public awareness and knowledge of the dangers of the drugs and potential alternatives, and more effective communication among health care providers and payors on the use of the medications. We have to be concerned that legislation will not have unintended consequences for long-term services and supports providers, whose residents and clients often have valid medical needs for opioid pain relief medication. Federal law requires nursing homes to ensure that residents are free from pain to the extent possible. We are carefully monitoring the development of legislation to ensure that residents whose pain cannot be effectively managed without opioids continue to have access to the medications they need.

New Regulations Analyzed for Impact
Federal agencies were busy last month, releasing proposed rules and regulations that affect how our members serve older Americans. LeadingAge national's content experts responded by analyzing and sharing their insights on how these proposed regulations might affect your operations. Please be sure to check out the following analyses:
• The proposed rule for the FY2019 Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS), and our updated SNF PPS Calculator;
• The proposed rule that would update FY2019 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospice programs serving Medicare beneficiaries; and
• A sub-regulatory guidance detailing an array of home and community-based services (HCBS) that Medicare Advantage plans can offer as supplemental benefits beginning in Calendar Year 2019.

In addition, check out LeadingAge national's newly updated Regulatory Roundup, which is designed to provide up-to-date information about important regulatory initiatives at the federal level. The suite includes products designed for nursing homes, HCBS and HUD housing providers.

Fighting Fraud Committed Against Older Adults
In its ongoing efforts to protect older adults from telephone and internet scams, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has released its 2018 Fraud Book on the top ten scam complaints reported in 2017 against older adults. According to the Government Accountability Office, financial fraud targeting older Americans is a growing epidemic that costs seniors an estimated $2.9 billion annually. Moreover, according to the Senate Aging Committee report, seniors often do not report fraud because they do not know where to report it, are too ashamed to admit they have been scammed, or may not even know that they are victims. In 2017, the Aging Committee’s Fraud Hotline received more than 1,400 complaints of fraud targeting seniors around the country.

The top ten scams reported in 2017 were:
• IRS Impersonation Scams
• Robocalls and Unsolicited Phone Calls
• Sweepstakes Scams / Jamaican Lottery Scam
• “Can You Hear Me?” Scams
• Grandparent Scams
• Computer Tech Support Scam
• Romance Scams
• Elder Financial Abuse
• Identity Theft
• Government Grant Scams

If you or someone you know are the victim of a scam or fraud attempt, please call the Special Committee on Aging’s Fraud Hotline at 1-855-303-9470. In addition, bipartisan legislation to strengthen banking laws to protect older adults against financial fraud now has passed both houses of Congress and is on its way to the White House to be signed into law. The Senior Safe Act will encourage banks, credit unions, insurance companies, investment brokerages, and other financial services to train their employees in spotting possible fraud against older customers and protect the companies and their employees from liability for reporting suspected fraud to regulatory agencies.


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Professional Development Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2018


June 6, 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2018 Spring Conference and Trade Show in Asheville. Be sure to save the date for the 2019 Spring Conference and Trade Show from May 6-9, 2019 in Myrtle Beach, SC.NOTE: These dates are a week earlier than usual!


Next week!

The Times They Are A-Changin':
Navigating the paradigm shift in third party reimbursement

Monday, June 11
Noon-2pm
Salemtowne, Winston-Salem
Presented by Functional Pathways

This luncheon is for you - administrators, DONs, CFOs, controllers, and other interested long-term care provider professionals! Join us over lunch and discuss how to strategize for your community around the paradigm shift in third party reimbursement from Medicare Advantage programs, bundled payment initiatives, accountable care organizations and proposed PPS reform.

Download flyer.
 
Register now.


Next Month!

Finance & Strategy Symposium
with LeadingAge Virginia
July 26, 2018
8am-4pm
Springmoorin Raleigh
7.0 CPE 6.0 NHA


CFOs, CEOs, Controllers, and other interested members, registration is now open for the Finance and Strategy Symposium with LeadingAge Virginia. Be sure to arrive in time for dinner the night before. Topics will include:

  • State of Aging Services
  • Use of data and analytics to improve management decisions
  • Ramifications of new tax law
  • Common coverage gaps in professional liability
  • Why HR and Finance should partner to reduce labor costs

Download brochure here.
Register here.


Reserve your seat for August!
Management Leadership Series

August 15, 2018
WhiteStonein Greensboro
10am-3pm
Facilitated by Rick Schlentz ofEXTRA!Ordinary, Inc.

Members: $125
Non-members: $175
4.0 NHA CEUs

Department directors, team leaders, supervisors, and mid managers - would you like a fresh perspective and new ideas about how to engage your team? Plan to join us and learn more about what it takes to create an effective team in this last session of the series. You are welcome to register even if you did not attend the first session.

Download brochure.
Register online. 


Workforce Summit
August 22, 2018
River Landing at Sandy Ridge
High Point, NC
9am-4pm

Topics will include:

  • Student internship programs
  • Respecting and embracing differences among staff
  • Workplace violence prevention
  • Best practices of a community that recently faced an active threat

Marketing and Communications Symposium
with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge Maryland
September 19, 2018
Covenant Woods Retirement Community
Mechanicsville, VA



2018 Event and Education Calendar

Please click hereto view and print LeadingAge North Carolina's 2018Event and Education Calendarfor yourself and your staff.  Even after Spring Conference we continue to offer special events where you and your staff may learn, get inspired, and refresh yourself. We look forward to seeing you!



PLANNED GIVING 101
July 26, 2018
Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: $49

This seminar is for development professionals, executive directors or gift officers engaged in non-profit settings in North Carolina that would like to raise more money by beginning or running a planned giving program in a small shop. You will learn the basics on how to get started along with information on the three simple planned gifts that make up 85% of all planned gifts. There will be a basic overview of charitable gift annuities and other gift vehicles by the North Carolina Planned Giving Council.

The program is eligible for 3 hours of CFRE credit

Register here.


Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference
June 12, 2018
7:30am-3:30pm
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
Durham

At press time, only 25 tickets remained! Please register to join Tom and Jennifer at the NC Chamber's 2nd annual 2018 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Conference June 12 in Durham. LeadingAge NC members register at the non-member rate and enter the discount code LA2018 when you reach the payment screen.

Click here to register.


This Friday! FREE Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training
June 8, 2018
8:30am-4pm
Land of Sky Regional Council
Asheville, NC

This one-day class is intended for those who would like to be able to assist individuals in completing their healthcare advance directives. Topics will include healthcare powers of attorney, living wills, and how to facilitate an effective advance care planning conversation.

For details or to register please contact
Joseph Jonesat 828-348-2839.


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Membership Update

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 1, 2018



June 1, 2018

CONTENTS
Click on the section you would like to view.
Advocacy & Policy
Strategic Thinking
Professional Development
News & Notes
Value First


Advocacy & Policy

General Assembly Update
The NCGA is set to pass the short session budget bill this week in record breaking time. Using a procedure seldom seen in budget work, the budget bill language was dropped into a gutted conference report allowing the bill to move quickly through the chambers. This morning (Friday) the House of Representatives will convene for the final budget bill vote and the bill will be sent to the Governor for an expected veto.

The main purpose of the NCGA Short Session is to make necessary changes to the 2-year budget passed in 2017. The adjusted spending brings the total budget to $23.917 billion, an almost 4% increase over the plan approved in 2017.

Highlights

  • Adds $60 million for Hurricane Matthew recovery
  • Adds $161 million to the state's "rainy day fund" for future emergencies, bringing that fund up to about $2 billion total.
  • An average 6.5 percent pay raise for teachers
  • Offers a 2 percent permanent salary increase for most state employees and a one-time cost-of-living supplement for retirees.
  • Directs $60 million from the Medicaid Transformation Reserve to be used for start-up costs related to Medicaid Reform’s program design.

Missing

  • $27 million to fill a Medicaid rebase gap. This is expected to be fixed when the 2019-2020 NCGA convenes in January.

You can access the budget bill here: https://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2017/Budget/2018/S99-CCSMMxr-2_v2.pdf

Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule
In late April of this year, CMS issued the FY 2019 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System proposed rule. The rule also includes proposals related to the SNF Value-Based Purchasing program and the SNF Quality Reporting program. LeadingAge national will be sending comments to CMS and is interested in your feedback on the proposed rule. In order for them to incorporate your thoughts into their comments, please respond by June 13.
CLICK HEREfor an explanation of the proposed rule and information about how to forward your comments to LeadingAge national on this critical issue.

Medicare Observation Days Legislation
LeadingAge national is actively supporting H.R. 1421 and S. 568, the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act. The legislation would resolve the observation days issue by requiring all time Medicare beneficiaries spend in a hospital to count toward the three-day stay requirement for coverage of any subsequent post-acute care. We urge you to contact your Member of Congress and Senator and ask that they cosponsor these bills.

Note re: Glucometer Use from Cindy Deporter at DHSR
A heads-up from Cindy Deporter, State Agency Director and Assistant Section Chief (Acute Home Care) for the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation: "I wanted to share a recent trend that we are seeing with Glucometers in Nursing Homes. The problem seems to be that facilities have glucometers that are supposed to be used only for a single resident, but these glucometers are being shared with many residents. Or we are seeing glucometers that are a community glucometer and are not being cleaned and disinfected correctly. Neither one of these cases the glucometers are not being stored properly. We are not quite sure why this has become an issue again but we did recently cite this at a Jeopardy Level. So please review your policy and procedures. Please go to the UNC SPICE site or the CDC site and review the proper protocol for cleaning and disinfecting and storing glucometers. The recommendation from the indicated groups is that glucometers should not be shared."

North Carolina Coalition on Aging Releases Legislative Priorities
The North Carolina Coalition on Aging has released their 2018 Fact Sheet on Legislative Priorities. LeadingAge North Carolina is one of a number of organizations statewide that are members of the Coalition.

Make Plans NOW to Attend Aging Policy Listening Session in Your Area
The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services has added two additional Aging Policy Listening Sessions for the 2019-2023 Aging Services Plan. These Listening Sessions, which are co-hosted by the NC Association of Area Agencies on Aging, will help identify the needs of the state’s older citizens, disabled adults, and their caregivers. As noted, the information gathered will also inform North Carolina’s 2019-2023 Aging Services Plan and will likely guide policy work for the Division, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies of state government in the next several years.
The dates and locations of the listening sessions are as follows:

June 19, 2018
Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation Building
4561 County Home Road
Greenville, NC 27858
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

June 27, 2018
Centralina Council of Governments
9815 David Taylor Drive
Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28262
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.



Strategic Thinking

 

View Responses to Member Question re: Employee Child Care
What kind of child care, if any, do your colleagues across the state provide? Be sure to click here to download an Excel spreadsheet with responses to this member question. Thanks to everyone who helps sustain this service by taking time to respond!

Unseen Face of the Opioid Epidemic: Drug Abuse Among the Elderly Grows
May 25, 2018, The Washington Post

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, from 2002-2014 opioid abuse declined in younger groups aged 18-25, but the epidemic almost doubled among Americans over age 50. This is of particular concern given the drugs' addictive properties and the fact that, "taking opioids can lead to falls, falls can lead to pain, pain can lead to opioids and opioids can be abused. On top of that, doctors might not even realize the source of an elderly patient’s problem. Regrettably, health-care providers sometimes miss substance abuse among older adults, as the symptoms can be similar to depression or dementia.” Please take a moment to read this important article that may help residents in your community. In addition, you may click here to read the most recent edition of the North Carolina Medical Journal, which is focused entirely on the opioid epidemic.

What Not to Say to an Isolated Older Adult
April 16, 2018, nextavenue

Well-meaning folks sometimes say things that unintentionally worsen the pain of isolation for older adults. As staff members who are regularly in contact with residents who may feel isolated (even in our communities), this article might help provide guidance on what to say and what to avoid saying.

Hearing Aids Tied to Less Hospitalization for Older U.S. Adults
May 9, 2018, Business Insider

While the study needs further validation, this article highlights the results of research that seem to indicate that hearing aids help patients communicate with their doctors and to have a more active lifestyle, which might prevent hospitalization. Further, the lack of hearing aids seemed to correlate with lower patient satisfaction, less compliance with prescribed medications and recommended treatments, more utilization of health services and higher medical costs. All of this information seems to underscore the importance of access to hearing aids and audiologists in adult care settings.

Will We Still be Relevant 'When We're 64'?
May 15, 2018, The Washington Post

This article underscores the new public health focus on combating isolation and loneliness, in this case in older adults. Several resources and ideas are offered which makes this a good article to share with residents or prospective residents of your community, as well as an educational resource for staff.


Professional Development

Spring Conference Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2018 Spring Conference and Trade Show in Asheville. We had a great turn out and The Omni Grove Park Inn did a wonderful job hosting us. Special thanks to all of our exhibitors who helped to make our Leadership Academy service project a success. Through your support we were able to deliver more than 3,000 canned and nonperishable food items to the Council on Aging of Buncombe County. The gift may be more important than ever as indicated in this NC Health News article about older adults facing hunger in North Carolina.

And please be sure to save the date for the 2019 Spring Conference and Trade Show from May 6-9, 2019 in Myrtle Beach, SC. NOTE: These dates are a week earlier than usual!





In 10 days!

The Times They Are A-Changin':
Navigating the paradigm shift in third party reimbursement

Monday, June 11
Noon-2pm
Salemtowne, Winston-Salem
Presented by Functional Pathways

This workshop is for you - administrators, DONs, CFOs, controllers, and other interested long-term care provider professionals! Join us over lunch and discuss how to strategize for your community around the paradigm shift in third party reimbursement from Medicare Advantage programs, bundled payment initiatives, accountable care organizations and proposed PPS reform. Download flyer.  Register now.



Next Month!

Finance & Strategy Symposium
with LeadingAge Virginia
July 26, 2018
8am-4pm
Springmoor in Raleigh
7.0 CPE 6.0 NHA


CFOs, CEOs, Controllers, and other interested members, registration is now open for the Finance and Strategy Symposium with LeadingAge Virginia. Be sure to arrive in time for dinner the night before. Topics will include:

  • State of Aging Services
  • Use of data and analytics to improve management decisions
  • Ramifications of new tax law
  • Common coverage gaps in professional liability
  • Why HR and Finance should partner to reduce labor costs

Register here.
Download brochure here.




Reserve your seat for August!
Management Leadership Series

August 15, 2018
WhiteStone in Greensboro
10am-3pm
Facilitated by Rick Schlentz of EXTRA!Ordinary, Inc.

Members: $125
Non-members: $175
4.0 NHA CEUs

Department directors, team leaders, supervisors, and mid managers - would you like a fresh perspective and new ideas about how to engage your team? Plan to join us and learn more about what it takes to create an effective team in this last session of the series. You are welcome to register even if you did not attend the first session. Register online. Download brochure.


 

Workforce Summit
August 22, 2018
Location: TBD

Topics will include:

  • Student internship programs
  • Respecting and embracing differences among staff
  • Workplace violence prevention
  • Best practices of a community that recently faced an active threat


2018 Event and Education Calendar

Please click here to view and print LeadingAge North Carolina's 2018 Event and Education Calendar for yourself and your staff.  Even after Spring Conference we continue to offer special events where you and your staff may learn, get inspired, and refresh yourself. We look forward to seeing you!



Advance Care Planning Workshops in June

The NC Partnership for Compassionate Care provides tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and health care providers, and to execute written advance directives (Health Care Power of Attorney and living will) in accordance with North Carolina state laws. For a list of Advance Care Planning Workshops across North Carolina this month, please click here. For information on becoming a facilitator for advance care planning workshops, please click here.


News and Notes

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference
June 12, 2018
7:30am-3:30pm
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
Durham

At press time, only 25 tickets remained! Please register to join Tom and Jennifer at the NC Chamber's 2nd annual 2018 Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Conference June 12 in Durham. LeadingAge NC members register at the non-member rate and enter the discount code LA2018 when you reach the payment screen. Click here to register.


FREE Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training
June 8, 2018

8:30am-4pm
Land of Sky Regional Council
Asheville, NC

This one-day class is intended for those who would like to be able to assist individuals in completing their healthcare advance directives. Topics will include healthcare powers of attorney, living wills, and how to facilitate an effective advance care planning conversation. For details or to register please contact Joseph Jones at 828-348-2839.


North Carolina Medical Journal May-June 2018
The latest issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal highlights the opioid epidemic and features an article entitled, "Emergency Providers' Opioid Prescribing Behaviors Among Medicare Part D Beneficiaries in North Carolina." LeadingAge North Carolina supports the Journal as a cosponsor, which is a publication of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Read the issue here.

And be sure to check out the article on opioid use among older adults in the Strategic Thinking section by clicking here.


Surprising Facts on Older Adult Suicide
More than 8,200 older adults committed suicide in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among men, those over age 65 are the likeliest to take their lives, and three-quarters of them use a gun. For more resources on this issue, please click here. Thank you to Ted Natt of St. Joseph of the Pines and Rebecca Sharp-Cassanego of Vaya Health for sharing their notes from Session 6A at Spring Conference this year entitled, "Older Adult Suicide: Recognition, Prevention and Support."



Newly-Released LeadingAge Member Resources

  • The Regulatory Round Up: This suite of three products is designed to provide LeadingAge members with valuable information about federal regulatory initiatives and developments;
  • The 2030 Aging Services Scenario Toolkit: This strategic planning toolkit explores the future need for and delivery of aging services in the context of expectable, challenging, and visionary futures. The toolkit includes a report and video presentation detailing the scenarios, and a discussion guide and PowerPoint presentation to use in your internal discussions;
  • LeadingAge Magazine: The magazine’s March/April issue examines how LeadingAge members are putting their best foot forward by learning about the changing landscape they face, examining how they communicate with their communities, asking how well their services correspond with what consumers want, and adapting to better serve older adults;
  • Social Connectedness and Engagement Technology Online Selection Tool: The Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) released an updated version of this tool in March; and
  • Issue Brief for Affordable, Service-Enriched Senior Housing: The issue brief requests $600 million in new Section 202 construction funding, increased funding for service coordinators and increased funding for Older Americans Act programs.


A group purchasing organization of LeadingAge and its State Affiliates.

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

Janitorial and Housekeeping Supplies

How much does your community spend on janitorial and housekeeping supplies?  Do you know if you are getting the best prices?
 
A cost study is an excellent management tool for determining if you are getting competitive pricing for what you purchase. From paper towels to cleaning chemicals, LeadingAge’s group purchasing organization, Value First, can compare what you are currently paying to pricing available through the GPO.  Your community’s janitorial supplies distributor may already be affiliated with Value First.  To do a cost study, you provide the list of items you want to compare.  Value First does the analysis.

Does your community use a different group purchasing organization for janitorial supplies?

Even if you are purchasing through a group purchasing organization other than Value First, Value First can do a cost study for you.  The primary goal is to work with LeadingAge members to make sure they are getting the best pricing—with Value First or through other sources. 

Not sure if you want to use Value First for housekeeping supplies?

The choice is yours.  You can continue with your current arrangement. Or, if the cost study results indicate potential savings, you can consider purchasing through Value First.  This is your GPO!


How do you request a cost study for your community?

Contact Value First representative Vanessa Ceasar at vceasar@leadingagega.org. Call (404) 421-3956 or click here to submit your request https://form.jotform.com/61243365476155.
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Value First is a group purchasing organization owned by LeadingAge national and twenty five state associations, including LeadingAge North Carolina.  Value First is designed to leverage the buying power of thousands of senior service providers across the country to get the best pricing on a comprehensive array of products and services.


 



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Memorial Day Observance

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 25, 2018
Honoring those who lost their lives in service. LeadingAge North Carolina will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th.

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