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May 9, 2019

Together We Can  

Nearly a thousand people gathered on the Capitol Hill west lawn on May 8th to call attention to the need for safe, affordable, accessible housing for older adults. The weather smiled on us and LeadingAge members and older adult residents and supporters from across the country heard from members of Congress, residents in affordable housing, the American Association of Service Coordinators, and the great cheerleading of Steve Fleming, chair of the LeadingAge board.

Maryland had more people present than any other state. Catholic Charities, CSI Support and Development, Fellowship Square Foundation, National Church Residences and Volunteers of America were out in force! Thank you, thank you, thank you for advocating in person for safe, affordable, accessible housing and services for every older adult!! And, let’s continue this important advocacy wherever we are!

Together, we can make a difference.



- Jill | President and CEO, LeadingAge Maryland 


 Upcoming Events

To join, call 310-372-7549, code 505134

Tuesday StandUp

Bi-Weekly | 10-10:15 AM

May 14 - New 5 Star System: Metrics, Thresholds, and More

May 28 - Guidance on Individualizing Goals in Care Plans

June 11 - Compliance Key Indicators with PDPM

Workforce Wednesdays
Monthly | 12-12:30 PM

June 5 - Selecting the Right Talent: Do's and Don'ts

Housing Happenings
Monthly | 9-9:15 AM

May 15 - Strategies for Supporting De-Cluttering and Organizing, and Where to Go for Help

June 19 - Red Flags for Elder Financial Abuse

Peer Networking Forums
Members Only | Contact Allison for more details

May 21 - Social Work

May 30 - Dining

June 11 -Life Enrichment

June 12 - Staff Educators

August 15 - Spiritual Life

Webinars & Symposiums
Registration Required

May 21 - Drug Diversion

May 23 / Aug 22 -Mid-Atlantic Workforce Symposium

May 31 - Supervisor Skills Bootcamp





Trauma-Informed Care Update - Forming a learning community

We are forming a learning community of Maryland nursing homes who can share wisdom with us and with one another as you implement trauma-informed care. We will have occasional in-person meetings with regular phone calls. It will be a great opportunity to reduce redundant effort and to advance the field of trauma-informed care. Please let Jill Schumann know if you are interested -


Our Foundations Toolkit and Implementing Trauma-Informed Care: A Guidebook have been released and are available to LeadingAge members across the country for free on the LeadingAge national website here. We also offer both resources to non-members on the LeadingAge Maryland website for purchase here.

In the past few weeks we have presented a webinar for McKnight's Online Expo with more than 1,500 attendees, a session at the PA Directors of Nursing Administration, a session for the Health Facilities Association of Maryland, and a deeper dive into the specifics of implementation at the LeadingAge Maryland Conference.





Palliative Care and Hospice Work Group

Most people don’t know what palliative care is. Most people enter hospice care only a few days before death. Let’s move the needle on that. We are forming a work group that will begin meeting in June, so let us know if you are interested. -

Continuing Care at Home/ Aging in Community Work Group

We are convening a work group of people interested in exploring how a Continuing Care at Home model might work in Maryland. And, this group will also be exploring broader approaches to support aging in community. Please let us know if you are interested, we will be meeting in June. -


What if...Our 2019 conference conference takeaway series continues 

Affiliation Readiness for Growing Senior Living Organizations got rave reviews with our attendees. Amy Castleberry, Ziegler, and James Petty, Acts Retirement-Life Communities, were marked as terrific speakers. The session provided an outline of Acts' organizational approach to seeking affiliations, strategic reasons for growth, the analytical process required to review arising opportunities, and the key characteristics organizations' need to evaluate in order to find a good match among potential candidates. Some attendee comments:

"Great coverage on process from beginning to end. And good info on trends."


"Something everyone should hear and consider how this issue affects them."


We are pleased to report that our three major platinum sponsor are with us again for 2019. Many thanks to Assisted Rehab, Remedi SeniorCare and Ziegler. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us as a business member or sponsor. 



Webinars & Symposiums


Drug Diversion Detection and Prevention via a Comprehensive Internal Audit Approach

May 21 | 12-1PM 
Janice Ahlstrom, Director, Baker Tilly

Join our webinar to learn about the common points of risk and how to develop a comprehensive risk-based internal audit approach for drug diversion remediation and ongoing monitoring.

Learning Objectives

1.    Identify the impact of drug diversion on patients and healthcare organizations

2.    Explain the common points of risks and methods of drug diversion in healthcare’s controlled substance life cycle

3.    Describe the best practices for drug diversion prevention and detection

Register Here 

Mid-Atlantic Workforce Symposium 

- Offered in collaboration with LeadingAge DC, LeadingAge Pennsylvania, LeadingAge Virginia -

Gain practical insights to support your organization in recruiting and retaining an engaged workforce. CE available for nursing home administrators (through NAB) and human resources professionals (through SHRM). Speakers include individuals from OnShift, Holleran Consulting, Activated Insights - Great Places to Work, Asbury Communities, and more. Topics will include:

  • Exploring the causal relationship between resident and staff engagement, and how to optimize each
  • Challenges and solutions in hiring and retaining GNAs
  • The role of technology and innovation in tackling today’s workforce challenges
  • Creative practices for creating workforce pipelines
  • Collaborative, multi-faceted approaches to addressing workforce shortages

May 23 | 8:30AM-4PM
Bethany Village, Mechanicsburg, PA


August 22 | 8:30AM-4PM
Goodwin House, Falls Church, VA

Supervisor Skills Boot Camp
May 31| 10AM-4PM | Collington Life Care Community, Bowie, MD

- Offered in Collaboration with LeadingAge DC - 

Facilitator: Suzy Dyer-Gear, MAS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President, Human Resources, Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland 

This interactive workshop will provide individuals with the opportunity to learn and practice skills necessary for success in management and supervision. This program is ideal for new or aspiring managers, or anyone wanting to brush up on their HR and supervisory related knowledge and skills. Key topics will include:

  • Interviewing and selecting candidates
  • Effective performance management strategies and processes
  • Coaching and progressive discipline
  • Employment law basics

Space is limited – don’t delay! This highly requested program will fill up quickly.

Early Bird registration discount ends May 16!




    Marketing and Communications Symposium - Mid-Atlantic Life Plan/CCRC *** Save the Date***
    September 18| TBD| Covenant Woods Retirement Community, Mechanicsville,VA

    - Offered in collaboration with LeadingAge Virginia and LeadingAge North Carolina

    Join other marketing and communications professionals and learn the latest trends in digital marketing, public relations and applications. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and network with your peers. Topics include:

    • Harnessing the Opportunity of Online Reviews
    • Utilizing e-Tactics to Increase Revenue
    • Getting the Attention of the Adult Child
    • Creative Entry Fees and Initiatives

    Registration begins in late spring.


    Finance and Strategy Symposium *** Save the Date***
    November 21 | Location TBD

    - Offered in collaboration with LeadingAge DC and Sponsored by Ziegler - 

    Join finance, administration, marketing, clinical and other professionals for this one-day event, sponsored by Ziegler. The event will cover the most recent industry trends, highlights of innovative case studies from around the country, and ample time for networking! 


    Select Rehabilitation is pleased to present the first in a series of special complimentary webinars dedicated to positioning providers for success under the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) to LeadingAge Maryland members.



    May 21, 2019

    Reimbursement under PDPM: The Impact of ICD-10 and Coding Sections I / J

    June 18, 2019

    Section GG: The Impact on PDPM and SNF QRP

    July 16, 2019

    The Importance and Impact of Accurate Nursing Documentation

    August 20, 2019

    The Final Rule: PDPM, Here We Come!

    September 17, 2019

    We’re All in This Together: Final Prep for PDPM

    Tuesday StandUp

    What: A narrowly focused, 15 minute learning experience referencing a current clinical, regulatory or operational issue associated with providing care, supports and services for older adults.

    When: All calls are held 10-10:15AM every-other Tuesday. 

    May 14 - New 5 Star System: Metrics, Thresholds, and More
    Ellen Keubrich, Providigm

    May 28 - Guidance on Individualizing Goals in Care Plans
    Kristy Yoskey, HealthPro-Heritage

    June 11 - Compliance Key Indicators with PDPM
    Irene Henrich, Flagship Rehabilitation

    Workforce Wednesdays

    What: A convenient way to learn new ideas and solutions related to building engaged, healthy workforces within their organization. A variety of topics, ideas, practices, and solutions will be discussed.

    When: All calls are held 12-12:30PM on the first Wednesday of each month. 

    June 5 - Selecting the Right Talent: Do's and Don'ts
    Melissa Brown, Rehabcare

    Housing Happenings

    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

    May 15 - Strategies for Supporting De-Cluttering and Organizing, and Where to Go for Help
    Heather Murphy, Abilities Network

    June 19 - Red Flags for Elder Financial Abuse
    Janet Hankin, Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office

    Peer Networks

    Free networking and learning opportunities exclusively for nonprofit provider members. Please share these opportunities with others in your organizations who would be interested to connect with and learn from peers. Most networks meet quarterly for an in person meeting. To be added to the email list for any of the our networks, please contact Allison Ciborowski. Find out more about our Peer Networks here

    May 21 - Social Work
    10AM-2PM | Glen Meadows Retirement Community, Glen Arm, MD

    May 30 - Dining
    10AM-12:30PM | Ginger Cove, Annapolis, MD

    June 11 - Life Enrichment
    10AM-2PM | Heron Point, Chestertown, MD

    June 12 - Staff Educators
    10AM-12PM | Location TBD

    June 28 - Facility Managers
    10AM-12PM | Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD

    August 15 - Spiritual Life
    10AM-12PM | The Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant

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



    MDS Coordinators Peer Networking Forum Meets at Roland Park Place

    On May 2, our MDS Coordinators Peer Network met at Roland Park Place.We discussed resources for more information and training on PDPM and Phase 3 and members shared tips for how they're accomplishing specific job tasks. Resources were shared with all members of the Peer Network. If you're interested in joining or would like to receive the resources contact Allison Ciborowski.

    Attendees were also treated to a tour of Roland Park Place which is currently undergoing extensive renovations, including the new bistro and casual seating area pictured here.


    Did you miss a recent #TuesdayStandUp #WorkforceWednesday or #HousingHappenings call? Don't worry, recordings are now available.

    PDPM April 2019 Rule Clarification
    Kristy Yoskey, HealthPro-Heritage
    Listen Now >

    What drives retention, and what doesn't?
    Seth Anthony, Holleran Consulting
    Listen Now >

    MDS COORDINATOR, RN (St. Martin's Home) Catonsville, MD

    The Little Sisters of the Poor are seeking an RN with MDS experience to join their family at St. Martin's Home in Catonsville. This position is full-time, dayshift with benefits. Salary dependent upon experience and qualifications. Experience in infection prevention and/or staff development a plus.

    There is no religious requirement to either work or reside at the St. Martin's Home. As employees, we work in tandem with the Little Sisters in providing humble, compassionate, dignified and respectful care to the elderly. We enjoy a staffing ratio of 1 GNA to 6 residents and approximately 110 staff.

    Contact: Keith E. Karas, Human Resources Director at 410-744-9367, ext 115


    DIRECTOR OF NURSING, RN (Glen Meadows Retirement Community), Glen Arm, MD

    Job Purpose:  Responsible for the organization, supervision, administration and overall management of the nursing service program

    Education and Experience Requirements: Current state professional license (RN). Three years experience in gerontological/rehabilitative nursing preferred. One-year experience or education in nursing service administration and supervision. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or related field preferred. Working knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations. Ability to instruct, direct and lead staff. Computer experience preferred.

    Contact: Candidates may contact Lourdes Morales at 717-706-2389 or apply online:


    Roland Park Place Celebrates Groundbreaking of Expansion Project

    On Tuesday, April 30, Roland Park Place celebrated the nearing completion of its first phase of extensive renovations and broke ground for the expansion that will add 58 units of Metropolitan Senior Living. The celebration included comments from Terry Snyder, President; the board chair and chair of the residents association; as well as Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and, then-Ex Officio Baltimore Mayor, Jack Young. Read the full article 

    Transitions: Broadmead Welcomes Friends Circle Clinical Director

    Don Palughi, new Clinical Director, says his mission is to expand Friends Circle's many services into the wider Baltimore County community.

    Fulton Financial Corporation Celebrate Expanded Headquarters

    The new building in downtown Lancaster, PA is currently occupied by 200 employees, and has space for 400 employees to account for projected new hires, based on Fulton Financial Corporation's 10-year growth plan. Read the full article

    We love to hear from our members. Please send any information regarding transitions, events, accomplishments and awards to Deanne Bellin: 




    Webinar: EPA Regulations for Hazardous Medications | May 15 | 2-3PM

    "Hazardous Medications: Delivery to Disposal" is now open for registration on the LeadingAge Learning Hub. This webinar will cover the EPA regulations and USP800 guidelines around handling hazardous medications. More Info >

    Webinar: Ready for PDPM: Critical Business Intelligence Capabilities to Drive Success in the new PDPM World and Beyond | May 22, 2-3PM | May 23, 3:30-4:30PM | May 30, 3:30-4:30PM

    Find out how Freed Maxick, a LeadingAge Member Solutions Partner, is driving home the value of being a data-driven organization, especially when it comes to cost accounting and business intelligence. More Info >

    Collaborative Care & Health IT Innovations Summit | June 23-25

    The 2019 Collaborative Care & Health IT Innovation Summit brings together executives and information technology leaders from the long-term and post-acute care sector, as well as acute care providers, payers, and technology vendors serving the older adult and individuals with chronic conditions throughout the continuum of healthcare. More Info >

    Are You Ready for Older Americans Month 2019?

    Join us as we celebrate Older Americans Month - this month-long observance gives us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate older adults in our communities. LeadingAge has created a toolkit with social media ideas to make participating easy. More Info >

    LeadingAge National Seeking Immediate Jeopardy (IJ) Examples from Members

    Please contact Janine Finck-Boyle with your IJ examples that would be recent using the new Appendix Q, using the template and following the guidance for a citation.

    New Dementia LeadingAge Learning Hub Content

    "Dementia: The Lived Experience" challenges assumptions about dementia and what it truly means to support individuals living with the disease. "Living Well with Dementia" provides an in-depth look at how our evolving thinking about dementia and person-directedness can prompt new ideas. More Info >

    Recruiting sites for a free training on attitudes about aging

    LeadingAge is working with Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Gerontology on a project to learn about effective ways to provide information to direct care staff and supervisors about attitudes on aging. The ONE-TIME training sessions will last approximately 60 minutes and will contain information on recognizing and understanding attitudes about aging. This initiative is part of the new LeadingAge mission focusing on an America freed from ageism.

    The information collected in the study will remain confidential with no identifying information being used. Your organization will receive a $100 gift card as thanks after participating in the training session and 3-month follow-up survey.

    We are looking for sites that meet the following criteria:

    • Have at least one direct-care staff, such an LPN or CNA;
    • Have a large enough space to conduct a training session; and
    • Have at least 7-10 staff members (direct-care staff and mangers) available to attend the scheduled training sessions as a group.

    Settings that currently engage in any form of ageism training will not be eligible to participate.  

    Please let Jill Schumann know if you are interested - 



    SNF Quality Reporting Program Deadline - May 15

    While SNFs cannot correct MDS submissions for the first three-quarters of CY2018, they still have the opportunity to ensure accurate and complete reporting for the new measures as long as the Q4 MDS data is completed and submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 15, 2019 deadline. More Info >

    ASA Washington, DC Roundtable - "Tapping Mature Talent" | June 4, 9-11AM

    Learn about resources and solutions that are in place to support older adults who are searching for employment. Gain an understanding of the business case for hiring, retaining and supporting mature workers. Hear about how one of the nation's largest health enterprises makes the business case for recruiting and hiring talented older adults. Find out about programs that employers are developing to support the increasing number of mature workers they employ. And much more. Register Here >

    HUD REAC Call-In: Proposed Changes: National Physical Inspection Process | May 13, 1PM

    D.J. Lavoy, Director of the Office of the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC), has agreed to provide a special opportunity for LeadingAge members. You will be able to hear an update first-hand and submit your comments/feedback on the proposed changes to the national physical inspection process -- now with its own new name: NSPIRERegister Here >

    Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit
    LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston and Generations United developed this toolkit as a second phase of their research exploring the range and nature of intergenerational programming within senior housing. This toolkit was designed specifically to help senior housing organizations plan and implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit residents and young people in their communities. Download the Toolkit >

    Did you know...LeadingAge Maryland hosts interns?
    This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the field of aging services, explore a variety of career options, and to contribute to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Allison Ciborowski or 240-750-9925 to learn more about upcoming opportunities.



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