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Intouch Newsletter | December 12, 2018

Posted By Sara Mitchell, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

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December 12, 2018

 Highlights • Around the Association • Policy & Regulatory

Group Purchasing Aging Services News •  Event & Education Career Center

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Association Highlights 

 Blakeford at Green Hills looks and sounds very festive this month!

Note From LATN Board Chair, Kirkland Mason
The Holiday Season Is Upon Us

We are very proud to report that 2018 has been an extremely productive and successful year for our association. Beginning on January 1st of this year, Gwyn Earl became our official Executive Director and has led us with great expertise and professionalism. Our membership roll is growing and the services we’re able to provide to our members is expanding.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to the business partners that have helped us reach these new heights - to the state LeadingAge associations in both Texas and North Carolina which partnered with us for three years, and to Solinity, the Tennessee-based management company that served us in 2018. Each of these partners has contributed greatly to help reestablish LeadingAge Tennessee as the senior services association in Tennessee.


Now that we are ready to move ahead into 2019, Gwyn has established an agenda and schedule covering a broad range of issues which are important to all of us, no matter which sector of senior care you serve. You will be receiving the calendar soon and we trust that you’ll find that we’ve addressed matters of interest that are important to your community. In the meantime, make sure you note our 2019 Annual Conference and Vendor Showcase will be in Franklin, TN on July 29-31.


Our best wishes to all of you for the upcoming holiday season and a very prosperous new year.




Kirkland A. Mason, CEO, Stones River Manor, Inc.


Board of Directors

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Inspire | Serve | Advocate

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Around the Association

Holiday Decorations & Festivities

Executive Director Gwyn Earl recently enjoyed a holiday tour of Tennessee to visit members and prospective communities during the most festive and bright time of the year!


 Community Relations Director of Morning Pointe Brentwood, Judy Hubbard & Gwyn Earl.


Executive Director of The Heritage at Brentwood, Jon Tagatz & Gwyn.



Executive Director of The Bridge Ooltewah, Jill Fiala Day along with Mr. & Mrs. Claus & Gwyn Earl.


Update from LATN's Lobbyist

LeadingAge Tennessee lobbyist Meagan Frazier from Smith Harris & Carr provided this year's legislative update. Read the latest news and information by joining the Smith Harris & Carr mailing list.


Resources from LeadingAge

Tools & Information

LeadingAge provides a host of tools and information that are available to members only. From quality improvement to technology selection tools to salary surveys, click HERE to view resources.

Social Connectedness & Engagement Technology Selection Tool

Reduce Social Isolation in Your Community
Social isolation is consistently associated with depression and reduced well-being, health, and quality of life. It can increase the risk of death by as much as 45%. Unfortunately, social isolation is common, with rates as high as 43% in community-dwelling older adults.

Technology can help elders maintain and enhance relationships with peers, family, friends, and caregivers.

LeadingAge’s Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) has released a new Social Connectedness and Engagement Technology Selection Tool to help you plan for, select, and implement the best solution for your organization to address this challenge.

This tool is the latest in the series of LeadingAge CAST Technology Selection Tools - check out the full set of tools available!


RoP Facility Assessment Toolkit©

NEW! Behavioral Health & Dementia Care QuickPATH

Emergency Preparedness Regulation Dashboard

CMS issued the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters. It is critical for Home Health, Hospice, Skilled nursing Facilities and PACE organizations to develop effective and robust emergency plans and responses.

The final Emergency Preparedness Rule released by CMS published in the 9/16/16 Federal Register and effective 11/15/16 states nursing homes, home health, hospice, and PACE have until 11/15/17 to implement the new Emergency preparedness requirements.

LeadingAge has provided a helpful Dashboard with toolkits, resources, and guides.




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Policy & Regulatory


December Magazine

View the most recent digital publication of the LeadingAge Magazine. It is filled with a variety of resources for members who support our aging population.


Improving Workforce Issues  

LeadingAge has provided workforce promising practices that may be useful for your community!


Group Purchasing Spotlight

Value First - no cost to enroll!
Contact Gwyn Earl today to find out how your community can access cost savings!


Aging Services News

News from LeadingAge

   Join Us For #WhatIsAgeism Awareness Week

Including Consumers in the Future of Integrated Services

Early Findings for Standardized Post-Acute Data Elements

Recent News Clips

   LeadingAge in the News:

   Kaiser Health News, Dec. 4: "In Grandma’s Stocking: An Apple Watch To Monitor Falls, Track Heart Rhythms"

McKnight's, Dec. 4: "Research Sheds Light On How to Keep Residents Active"

Senior Housing News, Dec. 3: "Demand Grows, Challenges Increase for Senior Housing in Low-Density Markets"


Event & Education Calendar


2019 Networking Dates Coming Soon!

July 29-31, 2019

Annual Conference & Vendor Showcase | Franklin, TN


Additional Educational Opportunities

2018 Employee Benefits Compliance Monthly Webinar Series
Marsh & McLennan Agency|learn more register for December 13th


Career Center

LeadingAge Tennessee members receive a 25% discount
when posting a job use discount code LATN25
The discount code must be applied prior to completing the posting

Job Postings

Let the LeadingAge Tennessee Career Center help you make your next employment connection! Members who post jobs on the Career Center will automatically receive postings of the position in the Intouch Newsletter.

Click here for all current postings in Tennessee


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