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News and Notes

September 6, 2018

Mark your Calendars

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

September 18-Reduce Readmissions by Strengthening Your Root Cause Analysis

Housing Happenings all sessions held 9:00 to 9:15 AM

Sept 19- Bed Bugs

Peer Networking Forums

October 24- Life Enrichment
November 7- Staff Educators
November 8- Social Workers
November 14- MDS Coordinators

Registration is now open for:

LeadingAge MarylandFall Leaders Forum- September 11th

FreeWebinar-Medical Marijuana: Legal Perspectives-September 13th

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

Town Hall- October 11th

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement Seminar- Oct 18

LeadingAge Annual Meeting- Oct 28-31st, Philadelphia, PA

LeadingAge Maryland is committed to our shared mission of “expanding the world of possibilities for aging through advocacy, education, innovation and collaboration”. One of the themes for 2018 is “collaboration” and we will be focusing on that in a number of ways. It will be the theme of the September 11, 2018 Fall Leaders Forum-save the date and bring your team- as we explore concrete and practical collaborations already occurring with possibility for replication.

And, throughout the remainder of the year, we are convening work groups to tackle the following issues. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in one or more of these(or if you have a passion for collective work in another area):

  • Piloting trauma-informed care toolkits and resources for nursing home compliance with CMS Phase 3 Requirements of Participation
  • More robust and earlier engagement with palliative care and hospice in all settings including community, housing, assisted living and skilled care
  • Continuing Care at Home models (and likely, related advocacy)
  • Communications using reframing approaches
  • Shared back-office services, shared expertise (infection control for example?), shared service delivery
  • Affordable-housing related issues

Looking forward to working together to make Maryland an even better place to grow older!



Alwyn Sosoo Joins the LeadingAge Maryland Team

LeadingAge Maryland warmly welcomes our new intern Alwyn Sosoo as the newest member our team. He is currently Senior at Towson University majoring in Healthcare Management. He is from the Laurel area and has family in the healthcare field. Alwyn is excited to learn about how our members work together to educate, collaborate and network to enhance lives of the aging. Make sure to say hello at the next Peer Networking Forum, Falls Leaders Forum and Town Hall events.


Fall Leaders Forum is almost here.

(Open to anyone at any level)Click here to register.

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.

Save the Date

Please note that the call for presentation proposals for the LeadingAge Maryland 2019 conference is now open. Details can be found on our website at

Join us in Philadelphia for the LeadingAge Annual Meeting- October 28-31

Sharing is at the heart of what we do.And LeadingAge members who are making incredible strides in their communities are eager to share their strategies and successes to help you achieve victories in your own community.

The depth of sharing and collaboration at the 2018 LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO is a powerful advantage you won’t find anywhere else. In education sessions, during special events and on the EXPO floor, you’ll have many opportunities to exchange insights with others who share your interests and face similar challenges. That’s the LeadingAge difference—and that’s why you need to be part of this rewarding and remarkable event.

Register today at

**Please join the LeadingAge DC, Delaware, Maryland reception on Monday, October 29 from 5:15 – 7:15PM in the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott in room 401-403. It’s a great time, so please join us. No registration is necessary.

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

Offered in Collaboration with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge North Carolina

September 19, 2018, 8:30 -3:30pm

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

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

Mark Your Calendar - Town Hall October 11, 2018

The LeadingAge Maryland Town Hall Conversation is your opportunity to provide input to LeadingAge about ways public policy is affecting you, the older adults you serve – and how policy could be changed for the better. LeadingAge has established a new public-policy setting process, the most important part of which is a Town Hall Conversation in each state. LeadingAge state and national staff, and a member of the LeadingAge national Board of Directors, will participate to hear directly from you. Results of the Conversation will be shared with LeadingAge’s Policy Committee, Board of Directors and staff, and will be used to set public policy priorities to better represent your interests and the interests of older adults in Washington, DC. The feedback from each Town Hall will be aggregated so we can identify the most pressing issues across states, themes and emerging issues.

We’ll also be discussing policy issues for Maryland to shape our agenda for 2019. The Town Hall will be held from 1:00 – 4:00PM on October 11, 2018 at Broadmead in Cockeysville. Then we’ll adjourn to Bar Louie at Hunt Valley Towne Center to enjoy a refreshing beverage and social networking time.

There is No fee for Town Hall, but we need an accurate count, so please Register today!

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.

October 24- Life Enrichment, Edenwald, Towson, MD

November 7-Staff Educator,Buckingham Choice, Frederick

November 8-Social Workers, Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg

November 14- MDS Coordinators


Medical Marijuana: Legal Perspectives-September 13, 2018, 12-1pm

Free.Register today.Presented in collaboration with Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston

Speakers: Tiffany Releford and Sigrid Haines

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement Seminar

October 18, 2018 8am - 2pm-The Village at Rockville, Rockville, Maryland

QAPI: An In-Depth Discussion, Presented by: Sophie A .Campbell from Baker Tilly Virchow Kruase, LLP

Root Cause Analysis: Processes and Tools to Support Effective QAPI, Presented by the Maryland Patient Safety Center

Tuesday StandUp

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

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

September 18- Reduce Readmissions by Strengthening Your Root Cause Analysis

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

Housing Happenings

LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC are excited to announce our new, educational teleconference series designed specifically for affordable housing professionals. These short, practical learning sessions are designed specifically for service coordinators, property managers, and other individuals who work with older adults in affordable housing settings. Call in the third Wednesday of every month from 9-9:15am - Simply dial 310-372-7549,and enter conference code 505134. Click here for more information.

Upcoming sessions:

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

Member News

Welcome New Member Goodwill Retirement Community

LeadingAge Maryland is pleased to welcome Goodwill Retirement Community located in Grantsville, MD in Garrett County. Goodwill is sponsored by area Mennonite churches and offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care, including a secure memory care area.


Londonderry on the Tred Avon

CEO Irma Toce and Director of Sales and Marketing Rachel Smith of LeadingAge Maryland member Londonderry on the Tred Avon were featured in the July Baltimore Magazine as The Faces of Retirement on the Eastern Shore. The article highlighted this cooperative community and recognized Irma’s accomplishments. She has received the Benchmark Senior Living President’s Award, was named Volunteer of the Year by the Alzheimer’s Association, and is a guest columnist on aging on a local news website and radio station.

Recent Events

August 15 Joint Peer Networking Forum at Miller’s Grant

On August 15, social workers and life enrichment professionals from across the state met at The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant for a day of learning and networking. We enjoyed guest presentations from Bette McNee of the Graham Company, who led an interactive discussion around managing family and resident expectations, and Beth Galik of the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing, who shared an update on where we are with reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotics in long-term care. Special thanks to Miller’s Grant for their hospitality. Life Enrichment will meet next at Edenwald in Towson on October 24, and Social Workers will meet next at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.

August MDS Seminars Help Communities Prepare for Coming Changes

On August 28 and 29, long-term care professionals from across the region gathered at Maryland Masonic Homes for two days of interactive learning led by Terry Raser and Patty Klinefelter of LW Consulting.Sessions focused on understanding the current version of MDS, as well as preparing for the changes happening in October 2018 and October 2019, and understanding and preparing for PDPM. Special thanks to Maryland Masonic Homes for hosting.



September 4th-Dining Peer Networking Forum Discusses Workforce Challenges and Solutions

On September 4, dining professionals met for a morning of learning and networking. The group discussed challenges and successes related to hiring and retaining good employees, creative ways to find and recruit new talent, and ways to help employees and managers continue to grow. Special thanks to Broadmead for hosting the meeting. Any dining professional who works in a LeadingAge Maryland non-profit provider member organization is welcome to attend these gatherings. Please contact Allison for more information.

LeadingAge News/Resources

Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. LeadingAge’s Disaster Resources: Preparedness, Response and Recovery webpage includes links to help members find the most appropriate resource for them in any phase of disaster planning, response or recovery and includes links for active hurricane monitoring, identification of local emergency response agencies, templates for disaster planning, facility and individual preparedness training videos, guides, worksheets and checklists. New resources include information on dementia and caregiving in a disaster, and ensuring accessibility in communications and services for persons with disabilities, and persons with limited English proficiency.

For more information, check out:


Check out LeadingAge's latest QuickCast,Weapons Polices in Aging Services Organizations, which provides an overview of the issues surrounding the implementation of firearm polices in LeadingAge member communities.

What Has LeadingAge National Done for You Lately?LeadingAge spent a lot of time getting “up close and personal” during August 2018, as our team members in Washington, DC, and our members around the country, held face-to-face meetings with policy makers. As Labor Day approached, we also stepped up our efforts to develop tools and resources to help members prepare for an array of political and regulatory milestones coming this fall.

LeadingAge is launching “Coffee Chats With Congress” this summer and fall. This campaign is asking LeadingAge members to set up conversations with their legislators so that they can talk about the good work they’re doing and the challenges that their community encounters. To learn more visit:

Value First is a Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) of LeadingAge and is a member benefit to you!Here is a partial list of some of the vendors that we work with.Value First has been beating competitors’ prices over 94% of the time. Members have access to thousands of vendor contracts with more than 400 of them actively utilized.

Food Distributors

Medical Supply Distributors

Incontinence Supplies


Other Med. Products

Physical Plant

Office and Admin.


Outsourced Services

Medical Waste

Capital Construction


For a FREE cost study contact:Cindy Pearson

Value First Business Development Manager
202-508-1215 (Office)
202-904-0672 (Cell)

Other News and Resources

Statement from Michele Eberle, Executive Director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

“The federal government has approved Maryland’s application for a waiver under the Affordable Care Act to create a reinsurance program to lower rates across the state’s individual health insurance market for 2019 and 2020.”

Maryland’s reinsurance plan is the largest of its kind in the country to bring rate relief to the individual market, particularly to residents who don’t qualify for financial help with monthly premiums.”

“This program will buy us time to strengthen the market for health coverage, which has already come a long way in the past few years. Despite challenges, Maryland continues to make gains with populations that have lacked health insurance, including young adults, African-Americans, Hispanics and rural Marylanders.”

Community Search

2019 Summer Symposium - Technology: Now, and Not Yet

MDS Coordinators - Peer Networking Forum

Nursing Home Administrators - Peer Networking Forum

Social Workers - Peer Networking Forum

Spiritual Life - Peer Networking Forum