See the January edition of The Compass.
Council members enjoy another 2017 Spring Management gathering
To see more photos from the event, click here.
Newaygo, Maple Lawn receive Excellence Awards
Council members Newaygo MCF and Maple Lawn MCF were among the 10 long-term care facilities honored last week at the Governor's Awards of Excellence ceremony. Showing off their awards are (for Maple Lawn, left pic) DON Linda Moraniec and Administrator Jayne Sabaitis and (for Newaygo, right pic) DHHS Board members Ben Landheer and Kris Chartier-Ketchem. To learn more about the awards, go 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.
Maple Lawn's efforts to prevent falls featured
The Lake Superior Quaility Innovation Network used its December 2016 newsletter to feature the work of Maple Lawn MCF:
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for adults over the age of 65, resulting in 2.8 million emergency room visits and over 800,000 hospitalizations each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To prevent these injuries, nursing homes across the country have begun implementing innovative strategies to reduce falls in their facilities while still maintaining quality of life for their residents. One such strategy developed by a team at Maple Lawn Medical Care and Rehabilitation Facility in Coldwater, Michigan, has been wildly successful.
After hearing a presentation about the danger of fall alarms and the impact they have on falls, Maple Lawn Administrator Jayne Sabaitis decided that something needed to be done.
“We counted up how many fall alarms we had in our building at the time and it was 65, and we only have 114 patients – so more than half had fall alarms,” said Sabaitis. “We decided we needed to do something to work towards getting rid of these, so we talked to another facility that had already gone through this process and came up with the idea to implement a mobility program.” Story continues ...
Sights from the 2016 Fall Financial Conference
Board for 2016-17 term sworn in at Spring Management
Part of the work at the annual meeting is the installation of the council’s board for the new term. Members of the MCMCFC Board are (l-r): Kim Klida (District IV), Ruth McAlpine (immediate past president), Mark Stevens (secretary), Tammi Lehto (first vice president), Jayne Sabaitis (president), Renee Beniak (MCMCFC executive director), Don Haney (second vice president), Jon Look (treasurer), Georgia Weber (District I) and Julie Porterfiled (District III). Not shown is Lisa Ashley (District II).
Sights from the 2016 Spring Management Conference
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 35 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.