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Coming Soon: Employee Retention Survey

On November 26, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Have 5 minutes? Want to know key insights into staff retention? Get ready to take a brief survey next week to help us and you better understand the state of employee engagement practices in our field.

Focus on Staff Strengths

On October 28, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Focusing on an individual team member’s strengths is more effective than focusing on improving weaknesses. One study showed a stark difference in engagement scores: 67% were engaged when their supervisor focused on strengths, as opposed to only 30% being engaged when their supervisor focused on weaknesses.  

Promising Practice - Workforce: Resident Concierge Representatives

On October 28, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Thinking of ways to expose potential employees to your community for possible recruitment? Give the prospective employee – and you – a chance to try out older adult services by creating a new position called a Resident Concierge Representative (RCR). Cassia, an affiliation between Elim Care and Augustana Care, created this new position at a few of its sites and is already seeing positive outcomes in recruitment and retention.   

Workforce Shortages: Bold Solutions from LeadingAge

On October 23, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

LeadingAge has just released the IMAGINE Initiative – a bold set of proposals to increase the number of foreign-born aging services workers available in the United States. 

Are you Listening? Workforce Podcasts available

On October 15, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

The Workforce Innovators Podcasts from the LeadingAge Center for Workforce Solutions brings you interviews with various leaders in our field focused on programs to help address workforce challenges.  

Federal Judge Blocks Public Charge Rule

On October 15, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

A federal judge last week issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the Public Charge final rule that would have allowed the government to base green card decisions on whether an immigrant could be later seen as a financial burden on taxpayers.  

Direct Care Workforce Provisions in New OAA Legislation

On October 1, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

A bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) would increase funding for programs that support older adults aging in place and includes provisions to help develop and expand the direct care workforce.  

CARE Opportunity Acts Creates Pipelines, Advances Careers

On October 1, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Citing the importance of direct care workers in all sectors of the long-term services and supports field, and the millions of workers who will be needed in the next five years, a new bill in Congress establishes grants to recruit, retain, and support direct care workers.   

Time is Running Out: Apply Now for HCBS Scholarship Grant

On September 16, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Applications for the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Scholarship Grant Program are due Friday, Sept. 27. To help you complete your application, check out the following resources:  

Congress Returns with Packed Agenda

On September 10, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Congress returned from recess on Sept. 9 with a long to-do list, which LeadingAge national has unpacked to help you stay up-to-date on key issues affecting our field.   

Register Today for Sept. 5 Webinar on HCBS Scholarship Program

On August 28, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will host a Sept. 5 webinar to help Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) providers learn more about application process for the HCBS scholarship program and provide best practices for completing an application.  

Establishing a Peer Mentor Program

On August 13, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Mentor programs offer an important opportunity for staff to develop positive relationships, interact with friends at work, receive the peer support needed to succeed in a job, and increase meaning and purpose in their day. Beyond that, mentor programs have been proven to positively impact team member retention and satisfaction in all departments.  

Help Recruit Staff and Create Career Pathways: Apply for HCBS Scholarship Grant

On August 13, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

The Minnesota Department of Health is soliciting grant proposals from providers of adult day care, home care and housing with services to provide educational scholarships for their employees. Find the HCBS Program detail, application, and forms on the MDH website here.  

HCBS Educational Scholarship for 2020 Now Open

On August 6, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

The Minnesota Department of Health is soliciting grant proposals from providers of adult day care, home care, and housing with services to provide educational scholarships for their employees. Find the HCBS Program detail, application, and forms here.  

LeadingAge Supports Bill to Expand Access to International Healthcare Workers

On July 30, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

LeadingAge is supporting a bill that would nearly double the number of employment visas granted annually and increase access to qualified health care workers. 

Reduce Childcare Shortage for Staff – Grant Opportunity

On June 23, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is seeking partners for Child Care Economic Development Grants. The grant program may provide up to $100,000 per award to help implement solutions to reduce the child care shortage in the state.  

Workforce Data

On May 22, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Let’s talk about data! Workforce data in our field can tell a powerful story about the need for resources and recruitment in our profession. Consider bringing this information to your leadership team, an all staff meeting, your Board of Directors, a local Chamber, networking group, place of worship, or even the family members and supporters of your organization.  

HWS Survey Shows Mixed Results in Workforce Indicators

On April 24, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

Our recent Housing with Services (HWS) legislative survey shows mixed results on the key workforce indicators we track annually. While employee vacancy rates declined for all HWS staff, employee turnover rose dramatically for home care aides. 

Encourage Staff to Like and Share

On April 24, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

Having an active social media presence is important for recruitment and community engagement. Social media is most impactful when it is shared with others - so get your staff involved! One LeadingAge Minnesota Workforce Solutions Grantee, Mother of Mercy in Albany, focused their Workforce Solutions Grant on a digital media campaign.  

U.S. Representative Stauber Co-Sponsors Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act

On April 16, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

U.S. Representative Pete Stauber (R-MN) is co-sponsoring legislation to eliminate the rigid provisions of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training lock-out and grant the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) greater flexibility in reinstating provider CNA training programs.  

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