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News and Notes

July 18, 2018

Mark your Calendars

Tuesday StandUp all sessions held 10:00-10:15 AM

July 24 - Building Cultural Humility Part 2 – Rev. Don Hohne

Aug 7- Dining- What Surveyors are looking for and how to prep your team

Peer Networking Forums

July 25 – MDS Coordinator Peer Network Forum

Aug 15- Joint Life Enrichment/Social Work Peer Networking Forum

Registration is now open for:

MDS Seminars“Back to Basics” and “Times of Change” – August 28-29

LeadingAge Maryland Fall Leaders Forum- September 11th

2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Life Plan/CCRC Marketing Symposium- September 19th

Other events

Hopsice Collaborative Session- Aug 20th

New- MDA Seminars- Aug 28th & 29th

New Webinar- Medical Marijuana: Legal Perspectives- September 13th


Most people don’t know about palliative care. Most people enter hospice care later than would be beneficial. How can we change that for the people we serve? If you are interested in brainstorming possibilities and then crafting an action plan for LeadingAge Maryland, we are convening a work group the afternoon of August 20th at the LeadingAge Maryland offices. Our newest member, Hospice of The Chesapeake will be working with us. This is an opportunity to be part of a collaborative effort that can really make a difference. Please call or email me if you would like to participate.



LeadingAge Maryland

Emerging Leaders Fall 2018 Cohort Full– Individuals are invited to apply now for the remaining seats in our Spring 2019 cohort. Spaces are filling fast - please visit our website to learn more or apply. (

Questions? Contact Allison – 240-750-9925,

LeadingAge Maryland's annual conference will be held April 16-17, 2019 at Turf Valley Resort, Ellicott City. Next year's theme is "What if"

What if we were more passionate?

What if we embraced new Ideas without any reservations?

What if we freely considered different perspectives?

What if we empowered our teams to take more strategic risks?I

Interested in presenting? The call for Presentation Proposals is now open. For more information and to submit a proposal, click here.

Member News

Little Sisters of the Poor St. Martin’s Home: 150 Years of Providing a Home and Care to the Elders in Need in Baltimore

Many thanks to Sr. Bernadette, Director of Nursing, Sr. Margaret, Administrator, and Mother Caroline Joseph, Executive Director, for hosting LeadingAge Maryland for a visit on July 18. Walking through the doors at St. Martin’s Home, one immediately feels the sense of warmth and home that is experienced by all who live on this beautiful campus. Since its founding in 1869, Little Sisters of the Poor has provided home, services, and care for more than 15,000 elders in the Baltimore area. They look forward to celebrating their 150th anniversary over the coming year. St. Martin’s Home is currently accepting applications for their newly renovated independent living apartments. To learn more about St. Martins, please visit:

Baltimore’s Keswick Community Health Serves as First Research Site; Funded by a $200,000 Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Grant, Study Is Focused on Older Adults & Caregivers

Led by the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, the study’s Principal Investigator is Charlene C. Quinn, PhD, RN. Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Public Health. Baltimore’s Keswick Community Health is serving as the first research site, involving dyads of older adults and caregivers. Phase one of the study will evaluate feasibility; phase two will determine patient engagement to improve health outcomes for older adults. A $200,000 Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) competitive grant is funding the study. Read more.

Asbury Communities is now officially a Great Place to Work® (GPTW) certified organization! This recognition is based on feedback to the GPTW survey.This review is based on 915 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.03. Read more.

In addition, Asbury became the first facility in the Washington region to receive LGBT-friendly certification from SAGECare, a program run by SAGE, a national advocacy organization for older LGBT people.

The certification program began two years ago to address the needs of the aging Stonewall generation — LGBT people who were at the forefront of the national battles for equality and acceptance in the 20th century. An estimated 2.7 million Americans 50 or older identify as LGBT, and that number is projected to exceed 5 million by 2060, according to a study by the University of Washington. To read the entire article click here.


Connecting with Legislators

Leaders from Heron Point of Chestertown, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities and LeadingAge Maryland met in Annapolis with Senator Stephen Hershey and Delegate Steven Arentz to discuss issues of interest to the residents of Heron Point. Delegate Jay Jacobs joined the meeting by telephone. We encourage all of our members to cultivate such relationships and to invite LeadingAgeMaryland along.

Position Postings Free on LeadingAge Maryland Website for Members

Did you know that you can post open positions on the LeadingAge Maryland website at no cost? All we ask is that you provide a short paragraph describing the position and a link that allows interested people to learn more. Contact our Communications Manager Christen Ensor at

Recent Events

More than 30 Attend Inaugural Service Coordinator Peer Networking Forum

On July 18, LeadingAge Maryland convened our first ever peer networking forum for service coordinators who work in affordable senior housing. More than 30 individuals were in attendance, representing 30+ affordable housing communities from across the Greater Baltimore region. This free networking and learning opportunity will be held quarterly. Our next meeting will take place in October at Village Crossroads, a Catholic Charities community in Nottingham,Maryland.


Upcoming Education and Events

NEW - MDS Seminars – “Back to Basics” and “Times of Change”

August 28-29, 9am-4:30pm, Maryland Masonic Homes, in Cockeysville, MD

By popular demand, we will be offering an MDS seminar on both the basics of MDS, as well as coming changes. Attendees may choose to sign up for just one day, or both. These seminars will be taught by Terry Raser, RN, RAC-CT, of LW Consulting. Ideal for MDS/Resident Assessment Coordinators, nursing staff, administrators, and other members of your care teams.

Please note: Registrations must be received by Friday August 10. To learn more or sign up your teams, please click here:

Day 1- August 28 – “Back to Basics”

  • Brief MDS History
  • Principles and Process of the RAI/MD
  • Assessment Types and Scheduling (OBRA and PPS)
  • Medicare Basics
  • MDS Supportive Documentation

Day 2- August 29 – “Times of Change”

  • Baseline Care Plan- F655
  • Resident Assessment Critical Pathway
  • October 1, 2018 MDS Updates
  • Proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model

2018 Fall Leaders Forum – Collaborations and Partnerships

September 11, 2018, 9am-3:30pm

Ginger Cove Retirement Community, Annapolis, Maryland

This year’s Forum will showcase a variety of partnerships and collaborations from across the region. Attendees will have the opportunity hear about initiatives, share about the partnerships and collaborations happening within their own organizations, hear “lessons learned” from fellow member organizations and peers, and explore new collaboration opportunities.

Topics will include...

·Partnering with other providers and community organizations to engage in county and community level advocacy and health initiatives

·Co-location of supports and services

·Investing in the future aging services workforce through collaborating with educational institutions

·Partnering with other providers to streamline and share services

·Partnering with specialists to create ‘Centers of Excellence’

Join us to hear real-life examples of collaborations and partnerships from LeadingAge provider members including Broadmead, Kendal at Collington, Integrace Fairhaven, Ingleside at King Farm, Weinberg Senior Living, Keswick Community Health, Asbury Methodist Village, Carroll Lutheran Village, and the Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant.

Clickherefor more information or to register.

2018 Mid-Atlantic Life Plan/CCRC Marketing and Communications Symposium

Offered in Collaboration with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge North Carolina

September 19, 2018, 9am-3:30pm

Covenant Woods Retirement Community in Mechanicsville, Virginia.Click here for directions.

Join us for our second annual Symposium designed for marketing and communications professionals. The day will feature presentations from members and marketing experts, as well as scheduled time for learning from peers and networking. Topics will include:

·Digital Tools and Techniques Essential for Today’s Marketing

·Marketing your Message with Public Relations

·Preparing for the Next Generation of Senior Living Consumers

·Creative and Unique Marketing Applications

Clickherefor more information or to register

Peer Networks

Each peer networking forum includes time for learning, networking and peer-to-peer problem solving. Most peer networks meet quarterly from 10am-3pm. To attend a forum or for more information please contact Allison Ciborowski.

Staff Educators- July 18 – 10am-12pm

Topics: Update from Association of Talent Development Annual Meeting, update on LeadingAge learning resources and LeadingAge Maryland upcoming events. Join us for coffee and discussion at the Panera in Frederick.


MDS Coordinators Inaugural Meeting- July 25 – 10am-1pm

Friends House, Sandy Spring.


Joint Life Enrichment/Social Work- August 15 – 10am-3pm

Topics: Update on Reducing the Use of Antipsychotics, by Dr. Elizabeth Galik of the University of Maryland School of Nursing; Managing Customer Expectations, Bette McNee, The Graham Company. Location: The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant, Ellicott City, MD.

The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant, Ellicott City.

Dining- September 4 – 10am-1pm

Broadmead, Cockeysville.


Medical Marijuana: Legal Perspectives

September 13, 2018, 12-1pm

Free. Registration opening soon. Email Allison for more information.

Presented in collaboration with Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston

Speakers: Tiffany Releford and Sigrid Haines

Tuesday StandUp

Free, educational teleconferences held from 10-10:15am every other Tuesday.

To join, call 1 310-372-7549, Conference Code 505134

July 24 Building Cultural Humility: Practical Approaches– Presented by Rev. Don Hohne

August 7 Dining: What surveyors are looking for and how to prep your dining teams – LW Consulting

August 21 QAPI Basics – LW Consulting

If you have questions or would like to attend any of these events please contact Allison Ciborowskior 240-750-9925.

Housing Happenings

A new learning opportunity for affordable housing professionals!

LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC are excited to announce our new, educational teleconference series designed specifically for affordable housing professionals.

What:Short, practical learning sessions for service coordinators, property managers, and other individuals who work with older adults in affordable housing settings.

When:The third Wednesday of every month from 9-9:15am

Howdo I join?Simply dial 310-372-7549,and enter conference code 505134

Upcoming sessions:

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


The Basics of Working with Older Adults

Tiffany Nicolette
Director of Resident Services
Weinberg Senior Living

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Bed Bugs: What you should know, and what you can do.

Linda Couch, VP of Housing Policy, and Colleen Bloom, Director of Housing Operations, LeadingAge National

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


How to Effectively Work with and Engage Residents

Tiffany Nicolette
Director of Resident Services
Weinberg Senior Living

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Housing Highlights from LeadingAge National Conference

Linda Couch, VP of Housing Policy, and Colleen Bloom, Director of Housing Operations, LeadingAge National

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Hoarding: What you should know, and what you can do.

Heather Murphy, Director of Move Management Services, Abilities Network

LeadingAge News/Resources

LeadingAge Annual Meeting Registration is Open

The 2018 LeadingAge Annual Meeting will be held in Philadelphia PA from October 28- October 31.The conference has something for everyone and Philadelphia is a quick train ride. Register at

The LeadingAge DC, Delaware, Maryland reception will be held on Monday, October 29 from 5:15 – 7:15PM in the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. It’s a great time, so please join us. No registration is necessary.

LeadingAge QuickCast on HUD and Congressional Rent Reform Proposals

QuickCast on HUD and Congressional rent reform proposals is now live on the new LeadingAge Learning Hub! Via, go to Hub Products and then into QuickCasts to see the 7-minute “Proposed Rent Reform for HUD-Assisted Households” QuickCast.

Tax incentives for charitable giving – Seniors Action Network

LeadingAge and Volunteers of America have sent out a joint alert to their memberships on H.R. 5771, the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act. The legislation would boost tax incentives for charitable donations by allowing all taxpayers a deduction for their contributions whether or not they itemize on their tax returns. The message to House members urges them to cosponsor this legislation.

New York Times Article Reports on Nursing Home Staffing

The New York Times July 7th article, “It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town. Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years”, reports that many nursing homes were over-reporting their staffing levels under the previous method used under the 5-Star reporting system. The article states, “Medicare previously had been rating each facility’s staffing levels based on the homes’ own unverified reports, making it possible to game the system.”Further, “Of the more than 14,000 nursing homes submitting payroll records, seven in 10 had lower staffing using the new method, with a 12 percent average decrease, the data show. And as numerous studies have found, homes with lower staffing tended to have more health code violations — another crucial measure of quality.”The full article is available here.A map showing reported national nursing home staffing variances is available here.

LeadingAge’s President and CEO, Katie Sloan has submitted an extensive letter to the editor addressing issues raised by the Times.

Federal Policy and Regulatory Updates
As Congress breaks for its July 4 recess,here is where LeadingAge’s legislative and regulatory issues stand on Capitol Hill and in the federal agencies.Most of the legislative activity now is focused on housing and home- and community-based services appropriations for 2019. House and Senate appropriations committees are marking up legislation and the congressional leadership wants to get individual spending bills done before the new fiscal year begins on October 1. More

2019 Labor/Health and Human Services Appropriations

This measure funds home and community-based services under the Older Americans Act, healthcare workforce programs, low-income home energy assistance, Community Services Block Grants, Lifespan Respite Care, and Social Services Block Grants,all of which are important to older people living in community settings.


On July 11, the House Appropriations Committee approved a spending measure that mostly level-funds these programs. This is somewhat good news, since several of these programs received a spending boost in the 2018 appropriations measure enacted in March. While we would have liked to have seen more funding increases, given the growth in the elder population, the allocations for programs under the bill approved by the committee exceed the budget requests made by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its own, somewhat more generous measure last month. The next step for both bills is floor votes in their respective houses. Neither bill has been scheduled for floor consideration as yet, however, and these programs likely will be funded by some form of continuing resolution from the beginning of fiscal 2019 on October 1 through the November elections.

Other News and Resources

Protecting Elders from Financial Abuse

Financial abuse of elders is a devastating crime.Financial abuse refers to the “theft or embezzlement of money or any other property from an elder. It can be as simple as taking money from a wallet or as complex as manipulating a victim into turning over property to an abuser.”Abuse may also involve the improper use of senior funds, identity, property or assets.The American Bankers Association has published a resource guide to support banks in developing relationships with Adult Protective Services and law enforcement officials to proactively combat elder financial abuse and exploitation.Providers may also find useful information on the state of financial exploitation, scams, tips on working with law enforcement, plus several other resources.Access the guide at

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