See the September edition of The Compass.
Tell Congress to Pass Legislation Ending the Mandatory Certified Nursing Assistant Training Lockout
Quality nursing home care the public can trust is a priority for LeadingAge. Our members have pioneered innovations in care and services that have made a major difference in the lives of nursing home residents and their families.
However, current law has a severe penalty that causes nursing homes with fines over a certain level ($10,483 as of 2017) to automatically lose their ability to train CNAs for 2 years - even if the care deficiencies cited are unrelated to the nursing home’s CNA training program.
The loss of CNA training authority runs directly counter to the a nursing home’s ability to provide the highest quality of care. At a time of workforce shortages, this lockout can be a major barrier to improving and maintaining high quality of care. Tell Congress that now is the time to end the mandatory CNA training lockout!
Please be sure to add your personal story to your message to Congress, especially if your organization has experience with this issue. If you are not experiencing a lockout you can still make your voice heard and your members of Congress will hear you.
Save the dates
-Dementia Beyond Drugs training events in September 2018
-Less is More: Well-Being Before the Med Cart Learning Collaborative begins in January 2019
We want you to know about a new grant-funded project beginning in September, Optimize Medication Use, Maximize Well-Being: A Person-Directed Approach. This project includes an in-person training event, Dementia Beyond Drugs, AND an online learning collaborative, Less is More: Well-Being Before the Med Cart.
- Reduce antipsychotics.
- Eliminate unnecessary medications.
- Change lives.
We are currently putting together the registration site, and in the meantime, we need you to Save the Dates for the project activities so you are able to participate.
Dementia Beyond Drugs (a 2-day training)
Two different dates and locations
-Sept. 19-20, 2018, Powers, Mich.
-Sept. 26-27, 2018, Mt. Pleasant or Lansing, Mich.
Up to 140 total participants, composed of teams of 4 employees – from each of the 34 CMCFs. Registration is FREE and covered by the grant, with only a nominal fee to cover meals and snacks.
Please follow this link for more information on the project: Optimize Medication Use, Maximize Well-Being: A Person-Directed Approach.
Registration opens soon. Be sure you join us!Please start thinking now on which fiour team members from your facility should attend. Nursing and NHA CE credits will be available for this training.
2018 Spring Management gathering
To see more photos from the event, click here.
Human Trafficking resources
In the wake of the presentation on human trafficking at the 2017 Legislative Conference, the council has created a special folder with resources to assist members in fighting this scourge. To visit the archives, click here.
Additional resources can be found at the website of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.
Person and Family Centered Care
This website provides information about two entities that strive to make the highest quality nursing home care available to citizens of the state of Michigan. The goal of both entities is to keep the resident at the center of all care provided. Aplying the best clinical evidence, we will seek to achieve the highest level of person and family-centered care. Safety, quality, outcomes, building trusting relationships, and meeting the needs of the person being cared for in comfortable surroundings is what we are all about.
The two entities focused on providing this service are the county Medical Care Facilities (MCFs) which are nursing homes, located throughout the state of Michigan; and the Michigan County Medical Care Facilities Council, an organization formed to support, educate and advocate on behalf of those facilities. The majority of this site will be devoted to the facilities themselves, either individually or collectively, and to information that may assist you in becoming informed on the subject of medical/nursing home care, how it is provided and regulated, and some of the current issues in the field.
There are 34 Medical Care Facilities in Michigan. Medical Care Facilities serve citizens in all of Michigan’s 83 counties and are the safety net for Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens who need nursing home care regardless of their ability to pay for care. Medical Care Facilities are county-owned and operated nursing homes and, as such, many receive support from local millage and bond funding.
Medical Care Facilities offer a variety of services depending on the facility. In addition to long-term skilled nursing care, many Medical Care Facilities provide a range of programs and services, including adult day and overnight respite care, rehabilitation services, Alzheimer’s and related dementia care, rehabilitative therapy services, and independent and assisted living.
The Council represents these publicly owned and financed facilities to policy makers within the state of Michigan, and at the federal level. The Council also provides education, through conferences and other meetings, to permit Medical Care Facility administrators and staff to remain current on issues of importance.