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News and Notes

September 19, 2018

Mark your Calendars

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

October 2- Section GG- What's changing and what you need to know
October 16- Top questions to prep your team for survey
Oct 30- Fostering a culture of safety

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

Oct 17- How to Effectively Work with and Engage Residents

Peer Networking Forums

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

Upcoming Events

Town Hall- October 11th

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement Seminar- Oct 18

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

Finance and Strategy Symposium- Nov 29

Together in LeadingAge Maryland

Even though the pace never slowed for LeadingAge Maryland throughout the summer, things are really picking up in September and for the next several months. The Fall Leaders Forum presented a smorgasbord of the kinds of collaborations LeadingAge Maryland members are experiencing positively and also allowed us to identify dozens more collaborations currently underway and desired for the future. LeadingAge Maryland has captured these and will set to work convening for collaboration.

The new Emerging Leaders program with a maximum capacity cohort is off to a great start and the Mid-Atlantic CCRC Marketing Symposium takes place this week.

LeadingAge Maryland will be conducting a webinar on October 3 at 2:00PM, in partnership with LeadingAge, to introduce the first set of resources we have developed to guide organizations as they implement Trauma-Informed Care.

Coming up, please mark your calendars for the Town HallOctober 11that Broadmead where you’ll have the chance as not-for-profit members to shape the advocacy efforts of LeadingAge national and LeadingAge Maryland. We’ll adjourn to Bar Louie in Hunt Valley afterwards for some social time.

The LeadingAge DC, DE and MD reception at the national meeting in Philadelphiai s scheduled for Monday, October 29 from 5:15 – 7:15PM at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott and is always a great event! Since the conference is a short train ride away this year, we encourage you to attend. Many thanks to sponsors Remedi SeniorCare and Whiteford Taylor Preston (it’s not too late to have your name added to the sponsor list).

In partnership with Ziegler,the Finance and Strategy Symposium is scheduled for November 29th and a great program is planned.

Add to that Peer Network Forums, the next meeting of the LeadingAge DC, MD, VA Leadership Academy, the LeadingAge DC conference, Tuesday Stand Up teleconferences, and so much more. Please be sure to read each issue of News and Notes to stay engaged.




Trauma-Informed Care

After a year of planning and working and investing, we are ready to launchResilience for All Ages!LeadingAge Maryland will play a leadership role in equipping organizations that provide supports and services to older adults to implement Trauma-Informed Care. LeadingAge has contracted with us for two toolkits: Foundations of Trauma-Informed Care and A Guidebook for Implementing Trauma-Informed Care and will be providing them to LeadingAge members. On October 3rd at 2:00PM, LeadingAge will host a webinar and the first toolkit will be posted for members on the LeadingAge website soon thereafter. We will also be presenting at the Peace Church Compliance Conference, the LeadingAge DC conference and the LeadingAge national conference. Jump in and get involved! For more details and to register please visit the the LeadingAge Learning Hub by clicking  here:

Welcome to New LeadingAge Maryland Business Members

We are pleased to welcome two new business members.Select Rehabilitation provides physical, occupational and speech therapy services to patients across the country, and partners with clients to provide expertise in regulatory/ reimbursement issues. Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP represents CCRCs with their varying legal needs, including: policy and regulatory advocacy; general business matters; privacy and HIPAA requirement; employment issues; and litigation cases. We look forward to engaging their involvement and expertise.


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

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
November 7-Staff Educators- Buckingham Choice, Frederick
November 8-Social Workers- Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg
November 14- MDS Coordinators-Carroll Lutheran Village, Westminster


Get Ready for Trauma-Informed Care-Wednesday, October 3, 2-3 p.m. ET

Phase 3 of the CMS Requirements of Participation (RoPs) requires that by November 2019 all nursing home providers practice trauma-informed care. Organizations must understand the principles and implement the practices of trauma-informed care to create sensitive and respectful environments for those people who have experienced adverse life events.

  • Understand how traumatic experiences can affect the physiology as well as the behaviors and reactions of older adults.
  • Consider the workplace practices and staff training needed to provide trauma-informed approaches to care.
  • Obtain resources to assist with the ongoing implementation of person-centered trauma-informed care.

For more details and to register please visit the the LeadingAge Learning Hub by clicking here:

Medicare Open Enrollment: Tuesday Oct 9th Noon – 1:00 PM

Debbie Feierman with The Philadelphia Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will share information about the upcoming Medicare Open Enrollment Period and some of the Medicare resources that you can use when assisting Medicare consumers in planning their health care choices for 2019.

Webinar Link:

Access Information: Please call the following number: WebEx:1-877-267-1577

Your WebEx Meeting # is:996 378 607


QAPI Seminar,An In-Depth Discussion Offered by LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge DC

October 18, 8:30am-2:00pm at The Village at Rockville, Rockville, MD

Lead by Sophie A. Campbell, MSN, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, CNDLTC,Director, Clinical Advisory Services, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Registration coming soon. Email Allison for more information.

Tuesday StandUp

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

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

October 2- Section GG- What's changing and what you need to know- Rich Rigali- Assisted Rehab
October 16- Top questions to prep your team for survey
Oct 30- Fostering a culture of safety

If you have questions or would like to attend any of these events please contact Allison Ciborowski or 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. Clickherefor more information.

Upcoming sessions:

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

Recent Events

Fall Leaders Forum Generates Excitement and New Possibilities

This year’s Fall Forum, held on September 11, focused on collaborations and partnerships and featured more than 10 different initiatives across from across the region. Those who attended told us they feel better prepared to “leverage relationships”, “look outside what is being done”, “reach out to partners in the community”, and generally be more proactive in initiating a wide range of collaborations. Besides learning from many presenters who shared during the panel discussions, attendees took part in small group discussions and an interactive “collaboration marketplace” experience. Information and ideas generated during the Forum will be used to create a detailed Collaboration Digest highlighting the initiatives in which our members are involved, exploring opportunities for new collaborations, and exploring the issues that we as LeadingAge Maryland can tackle together. A very special thank you to Ginger Cove for hosting this event. Stay tuned to learn more and receive your copy of the LeadingAge Maryland Collaboration Digest.


Emerging Leaders feel “Enlightened” After First Day

On September 12, we welcomed our fall 2018 Emerging Leaders for the first of their four days together. This diverse group of professionals comes from a wide range of LeadingAge Maryland member organizations, and represents many different departments and areas of expertise. At the end of day one, we asked attendees to give us one word to describe their first day. They told us things like: “Appreciated”,“Confident”, “Enlightened”, “Supported”, “Accepted”, “Valued”,“Understanding”, “Mindfulness”, “Collaboration”, “Eye-Opening”, and“Diversity”.

Our spring 2019 cohort is filling fast. To learn more or apply, please contact Allison.

Medical Marijuana Webinar Draws a Crowd

Last week’s webinar on the legal perspectives of medical marijuana provided practical insights on this timely, and often confusing, topic. Special thanks to Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston for presenting. Did you miss the live webinar? Listen to the recording and view handouts.

LeadingAge News/Resources

Below is a list of items that were released in the summer by LeadingAge National:

  • Disaster Resources: LeadingAge added to its user-friendly Disaster Resources toolkit to help members prepare for and respond when disaster strikes.
  • Calculators: LeadingAge updated the Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System calculator and the Medicare Part B therapy rate calculator to help members assess and estimate the impact of final payment changes for FY 2019.
  • FAQ on Marijuana:The latest set of frequently asked questions is designed to help members navigating the varying restrictions and requirements of federal and state laws governing medical marijuana.
  • Fact Sheet on Smoke-Free Housing:New fact sheet on Establishing a Smoke Free Housing
    will guide HUD and other residential or assisted living communities that want to restrict
  • Guidance on Anti-Discrimination Statutes:Here’s what members need to know about the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Technology Tools: LeadingAge CAST has updated its Functional Assessment and Activity Monitoring
    Technology Selection Tool.
    This tool is one of six resources that will help you choose the best technology for your organization.
  • Workforce Podcast:Download the latest episodes of our Workforce Innovators podcast to learn more
    about the Student Program at PEAK 2018.

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)

Member News

Grand Opening of Keswick’s Wise & Well Center for Healthy Living

On September 10th, LeadingAge Maryland attended the Grand Opening Celebration of Keswick's new Community Health’s Wise & Well Center for Healthy Living. Designed as a place for older people to pursue their health and well-being goals, the Wise & Well Center for Healthy Living will offer classes, coaching and personalized service across multiple dimensions of wellness.

3rd Annual Life Transitions-Mindful contemplation and cultural empathy during end-of-life

September 27, 2018 -- 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.The Meeting House,5885 Robert Oliver Place,Columbia, MD 21045

This Year's Interactive and Practical Seminar equip healthcare professionals with the tools for a more contemplative and mindful approach to the process of end of life care. Learn how to navigate self-reflection, empathy and cultural diversity in order to become more effective care practitioners who are comfortable with end of life transitions in your work.This course is designed for healthcare professionals in hospice, long term care, assisted living or community settings that provide support and care to elders and individuals with chronic conditions.

For more information and details on special rates call Stephanie Carideo 410-552-3238
To register visit

Roland Park Place is pleased to announce Michelle Lacey as RPP’s Philanthropy Officer

Michelle brings over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit sector with organizations such as the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association on capital campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, annual appeals, special events, and more.Michelle will use her expertise while working closely with Roland Park Place’s Board of Directors and senior leadership team on all donor relations and fund development activities.


Community Search

Tuesday StandUp - Privacy and Security Best Practices for Clinical Teams: What you need to know

Nursing Home Administrators - Peer Networking Forum

Workforce Wednesday - How to Measure Employee Satisfaction with Health Benefits & Improve Retention

Maryland Legislative Update Call

Understanding Aging Conference

Spiritual Life - Peer Networking Forum