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Category: Member News

Welcome to the Member News category. These stories are intended for current LeadingAge Minnesota members, profiling aging services professionals, providing new resources, and keeping them informed about the aging services community.

2019 Compensation Reports Available for Purchase

LeadingAge Minnesota recently mailed out complimentary copies of the 2019 compensation reports for care centers and senior housing providers to members who participated in those surveys. Copies of those reports are now available for purchase by members who did not participate.   

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Making Zero Harm Possible: Amanda Wik, Ecumen Detroit Lakes

Amanda Wik, Licensed Social Worker at Ecumen Detroit Lakes, recently received the Make Zero Harm Possible Award from LeadingAge Minnesota. The award recognizes staff in aging services settings who demonstrate their commitment to safe, quality care and to treating people with respect and dignity – always.  

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Genevive, Medica and 10 Senior Care Organizations Partner to Offer Innovative Medicare Advantage Plans

Seniors living in 78 Twin Cities-area long-term care and assisted living communities will have a new Medicare Advantage health coverage option to select for 2020 coverage if they qualify for its coverage requirements.  

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Shirley Barnes, Crest View Senior Communities, Re-Appointed to Governor’s Workforce Development Board

Governor Tim Walz announced last week that Shirly Barnes, CEO of Crest View Senior Communities, has been re-appointed to the Governor’s Workforce Development Board. 

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Mitch Boser, Elim Care & Rehab in Princeton, Receives Make Zero Harm Possible Award

Mitch Boser, Environmental Services Director at Elim Care & Rehab Center in Princeton, recently received the Make Zero Harm Possible Award from LeadingAge Minnesota. 

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Mike Demmer, Craig Kittelson Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

In recognition of their leadership to the field of the aging services and their many contributions to LeadingAge Minnesota, Mike Demmer and Craig Kittelson were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.  

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Meet the 2019 Spirit of Advocacy Recipients

Advocate: To change “what is” into “what should be.” LeadingAge Minnesota is pleased to present this year’s Spirit of Advocacy recipients – Deb Barnes, Lakeview Methodist Care Center in Fairmont, Kim Wraalstad, North Shore Health in Grand Marais; and Knute Nelson in Alexandria. 

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Cami Peterson Devries and Kimber Wraalstad Elected to LeadingAge MN Board of Directors

LeadingAge Minnesota members last week elected two new members to the Board of Directors: Cami Peterson Devries, Vice President and Corporate Compliance and Ethics/Leadership Development for St. Francis Health Services of Morris, Inc.; and Kimber Wraalstad, CEO and Administrators of North Shore Health in Grand Marais. 

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Learn. Share. Network: Assisted Living Nurses Invited to Attend ALNET Meetings

Assisted Living/Home Care nurses won't want to miss the ALNET meetings in October where we will discuss top survey trends and regulations, professional practice, quality of care and more. The Duluth and the Twin Cities Metro Area meetings feature guest speakers from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the law firm Voigt, Rode, Boxeth & Coffin.

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Morshed Alam to Join Ecumen as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Morshed (Mo) Alam, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Ecumen, effective Sept. 30. 

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2 New Products Added to CAST Medication Management Technology Portfolio

CAST has updated its Medication Management Selection Tool with two new products CuePath Innovation and Nexusera. The tool also includes an updated Product Matrix and Online Selection Tool.   

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Enter Now: Free Safe Care for Seniors Banner Contest

If you tried to nominate your Safe Care for Seniors kick-off event last week for our Free Banner contest and received an error message – the link is fixed!   

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Important Salary & Benefits Report Underway for Assisted Living

Hospital and Healthcare Compensation Service, in cooperation with LeadingAge National, is currently conducting its 22nd annual Assisted Living Salary and Benefits Report and invites LeadingAge members to participate.  

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PDPM Reminder: Rate Calculator & Case Mix Tools

PDPM. It's just a few weeks away. Are you ready? Don't forgot to check out our Rate Calculator and Case Mix tool. We've also updated our PDPM resource library with a webinar that will help you make sure you are ready to go on Oct. 1. 

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Win a Free Safe Care for Seniors Banner

Did you host a Safe Care for Seniors kick-off event? We’d love to hear about it! And – as an added bonus for sharing your story – we will select two member sites to receive a FREE Safe Care for Seniors banner that can be branded with your logo.  

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Behavioral Health Training Series Coming Soon!

Aging services providers in Minnesota have said that one of the biggest needs in communities is training for staff on behavioral health. We listened, and it’s coming soon and it’s free!   

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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

Don’t wait for a disaster to strike before you plan how to prepare, respond and recovery. New resources from LeadingAge will help members find the most appropriate resource for them in any phase of disaster planning, response or recovery.  

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Representation Matters: Feature Team Members in Publications

There are two things that make your organization special - the people you serve and the staff who serve your people. Make sure to share the great work that is being done every single day!  

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LeadingAge VA to Release New Playbook to Help Providers Serve the Middle Market

LeadingAge Virginia will soon release a playbook designed to help senior living and care providers determine whether and how to serve middle-income older adults. The playbook provides a template that can be customized based on your market, your customer and what you need to design a product for the middle market.   

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The Power of Appreciation

The power of positive thinking! Mike Robbins, author of Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation, says positive acknowledgement is “a crucial aspect of our being able to celebrate, appreciate, and express gratitude for the people around us.” He offers five ways to positively acknowledge others:  

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