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National Skilled Nursing Care Week Starts Sunday, May 8<p>National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) kicks off this Sunday, May 8 through Saturday, May 14. The annual observance calls attention to the essential role of skilled nursing centers in caring for America’s elderly and individuals with disabilities. This year’s theme is, “Creating and Nurturing Connections.”&#160;</p><p>“Skilled nursing caregivers and staff at all levels work hard every day to keep our most vulnerable population safe, healthy and socially engaged under incredible challenges,” said&#160;Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA. “These individuals are the backbone of our communities. This week is a time to celebrate them by sharing our appreciation for all that they do for our loved ones.”</p><p>Skilled nursing care centers and their staff provide a​&#160;steadfast commitment to&#160;<a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Pages/AHCANCAL-Highlights-Nursing-Home-Quality-Improvements-During-COVID-19-Pandemic.aspx" target="_blank">providing a&#160;high-level of&#160;person-centered care</a>&#160;for their residents.&#160;This has never been more evident than the last two years of the pandemic. In addition to protecting and caring for their residents around the clock during a time of limited visitation and social distancing, staff stepped in and served&#160;​as family members and friends to ensure that residents had the essential social connections they needed.</p><p>Celebrate this NSNCW by sharing your&#160;<a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Pages/Share-Your-Story.aspx" target="_blank">stories</a>&#160;and messages of gratitude on&#160;<a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/NationalSkilledNursingCareWeek/" target="_blank" title="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/nationalskillednursingcareweek/">Facebook</a>&#160;using the hashtag #NSNCW.&#160;&#160;</p><span style="color&#58;#000000;font-family&#58;-webkit-standard;font-style&#58;normal;font-weight&#58;normal;letter-spacing&#58;normal;text-align&#58;start;text-indent&#58;0px;text-transform&#58;none;white-space&#58;normal;word-spacing&#58;0px;text-decoration&#58;none;"></span><p>TENA, an Essity brand, is the official 2022 NSNCW sponsor. “Our vision is dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions,” said Tony Forsberg, RN, BSBA, WCC, CSPHA, national clinical director of Essity. “We are committed to being a care partner that fully supports our customers to provide innovative products and best practice care routines that allow skilled care nursing facilities to deliver better and more efficient care to our most vulnerable and valued residents.”</p><p>Created by AHCA in 1967, NSNCW starts each year on Mother’s Day and is celebrated through the following Saturday.</p><p>For more information on the annual observance, please visit&#160;<a href="http&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/NSNCW" target="_blank">NSNCW.org</a>.</p><p>​</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="http&#58;//ahcancal.org/"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/ahca_ncal_cobrand.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;250px;height&#58;30px;" /></a><br></p>2022-05-06T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/NSNCW_22.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Caregiving;QualityAHCA/NCAL StaffStaff stepped in and served ​as family members and friends to ensure that residents had the essential social connections they needed.
‘Joyful Moments’ Revealed as Theme for National Assisted Living Week 2022<p>The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today revealed “Joyful Moments” as this year’s theme for National Assisted Living Week<sup>®</sup>. The annual, national observance – officially sponsored by First Quality in 2022 – provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and local communities to celebrate the individuals who live and work in assisted living and learn more about this sector of long term care. ​​​​​&#160;</p><p>“We are excited to highlight the truly ‘joyful moments’ in life during this year’s National Assisted Living Week,” said NCAL Executive Director LaShuan Bethea. “The communities where our residents live are so much more than just that. They are places where caregivers, residents, family members, and so many more come together as an extended family and create joyful, happy memories. After the challenges of the past few years, this theme is the perfect way to honor those relationships and celebrate every special moment.”&#160;</p><p>Established by NCAL in 1995, National Assisted Living Week (NALW) will be held Sept. 11-17, 2022. “Joyful Moments” encourages assisted living communities around the country to host a variety of events that honor the individuals who reside, work, and volunteer in these communities while adhering to infection control requirements and precautions in place for COVID-19.&#160;</p><p>“First Quality is honored to be the official sponsor of National Assisted Living Week again in 2022,” said Shelley Bache, First Quality Healthcare Leader. “This year’s theme encourages everyone to go beyond sharing happy memories and to create new moments that will be treasured for many years to come. I am thrilled we get to be part of this extraordinary week.”&#160;</p><p>The “Joyful Moments” logo is available for download to assisted living communities, stakeholders, and members of the public on the NALW website. In the coming months, NCAL will issue a planning guide and products centered on ways to celebrate “Joyful Moments.” Participants are asked to share their celebrations throughout the week on social media with the hashtag #NALW. Visit&#160;<a href="http&#58;//www.nalw.org/" target="_blank">www.nalw.org</a>&#160;for updated information and resources.</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/ncal_large_color.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;250px;height&#58;167px;" /><br></p>2022-05-05T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/2022/NALW_2022.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />QualityAHCA/NCAL Staff"Joyful Moments” encourages assisted living communities around the country to host a variety of events that honor the individuals who reside, work, and volunteer in these communities.
Apply Now: AHCA/NCAL Diversity Executive Leadership Program<p>American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) <span>has announced the inaugural</span> provider member Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) will accept applications Monday, May 2 through Thursday, June 9. </p><p>Ten individuals will be selected to participate in the two-year program. Additional information including eligibility and program requirements is available on our&#160;<a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/About/Pages/Diversity-Executive-Leadership-Program.aspx" target="_blank">website.<br></a></p><p>DELP has two objectives&#58;</p><ul><ol type="1" start="1" style="margin-bottom&#58;0in;margin-top&#58;0in;"><li><p>To provide individuals from under-represented groups in AHCA/NCAL, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, disability and religion, support, access and opportunities for leadership.&#160;</p></li><li><p>To provide AHCA/NCAL with increased access to a diverse pool of talented, engaged members and/or leaders such as committee members and chairs, board members, AHCA Council of States representatives and NCAL State Leaders.</p></li></ol></ul><p>Contact any member of the DELP team for more information&#58; <span>​<a href="mailto&#58;%20lbethea@ncal.org" target="_blank">LaShuan Bethea</a>, <a href="mailto&#58;jhahs@ahca.org" target="_blank">Jennifer Hahs</a>, <a href="mailto&#58;upatel@AHCA.org" target="_blank">Urvi Patel</a>, <a href="mailto&#58;kpreede@ncal.org" target="_blank">Katherine Preede</a>, or <a href="mailto&#58;cherle@ahca.org" target="_blank">Christy Herle</a>.</span></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/ahca_ncal_cobrand.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;250px;height&#58;30px;" /></a><br></p>2022-05-03T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/diversity.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />QualityAHCA/NCAL StaffAHCA/NCAL provider member Diversity Executive Leadership Program will accept applications Monday, May 2 through Thursday, June 9.
Provider Hosts Careers in Aging Week Virtual Roundtable<p>​In honor of the 2022 Careers in Aging Week,&#160;<em>Provider</em>&#160;hosted a virtual roundtable with four long term and post-acute care professionals willing to share their stories. Careers in Aging Week is dedicated to bringing greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in long term care and aging services, and to celebrate current employees in the profession.&#160;</p><p>The demand for professionals with expertise in long term care is growing rapidly. The U.S. will need between 5.7 million and 6.5 million nurses, nurse aides, home health, and personal care workers to care for the 27 million Americans who will require long term care by 2050.​</p><p><br></p><p></p><center> <iframe src="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/embed/YV13zVVmWWU?enablejsapi=1&amp;origin=https&#58;//www.providermagazine.com" title="YouTube video player" allowfullscreen="" data-gtm-yt-inspected-32388671_20="true" id="335950965" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0">&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/center&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe> <br> <p></p><p> <em><br></em></p><p style="text-align&#58;left;"><em>Provider</em> Virtual Roundtable Participants&#58;</p><ul style="text-align&#58;left;"><li><p>Gerald Bishop, Chef Manager at Forest Hills of DC</p></li></ul><ul style="text-align&#58;left;"><li><p>Chrissy Davis, Unit Manager at Sayre Christian Village</p></li><li><p>Amanda Woods, Activities Director at Coffey Health</p></li><li><p>Mary Watkins, Director Of Nursing at Wolfe County Health and Rehab</p></li></ul><p style="text-align&#58;left;">Join&#160;<em>Provider</em>&#160;in sharing our appreciation for all long term and post-acute care professionals all year long.</p></center>2022-04-22T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/2022/2022CIAW_speakers.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Caregiving;WorkforceAHCA/NCAL StaffProvider hosted a virtual roundtable with four long term and post-acute care professionals willing to share their stories

  • Before the COVID-19 pandemic took root, supply chain had challenges, but the pandemic put the supply chain under a microscope, exposing existing vulnerabilities that were amplified by the pandemic.
  • May is Older Americans Month; and after two years of a pandemic, this year’s celebration has taken on new meaning as more people are able to enjoy in-person events and activities.
  • I genuinely enjoy the relationships I have built and find great joy in becoming a friend or confidant. It is so easy to bring happiness to our residents.

 

 

5 Ways to Get Creative with Your Employee Referral Programhttps://www.providermagazine.com/Topics/Guest-Columns/Pages/2022/5-Ways-to-Get-Creative-with-Your-Employee-Referral-Program.aspx5 Ways to Get Creative with Your Employee Referral Program<p></p><p><img src="/Topics/Guest-Columns/PublishingImages/2022/MadelineCecil.jpg" alt="Madeline Cecil" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:200px;" />When it comes to the 2022 hiring market, cutting through the noise of job boards and reaching qualified applicants directly is a momentous task. The simplest way to do this is to tap into your employees' already existing networks of former colleagues, neighbors, and friends in the form of an employee referral program.</p><p>There is a myriad of reasons why companies are leaning heavily on employee referrals to keep fully staffed, including that referred applicants are hired at four times the rate of non-referral candidates. In addition, these programs allow candidates to move forward with the hiring process quickly, with an average hire being made eight days after starting the hiring process compared to 11 days with a non-referral. Employee referral programs produce the types of hiring results that businesses are looking for; in fact, out of Hireology's customers alone, referral programs drive one in eight hires.</p><p>Not all employee referral programs are created equal, however. Even if your company already has one in place, there's always room for improvement. To keep your employee referral program from going stale, here is a list of five ways to get creative with your employee referral program.</p><p><strong>1. Create multi-tiered ambassador programs.</strong><br>Tap into your employees' competitive side with a tiered ambassador program. With this type of program, you design multiple tiers that offer higher rewards and more payout the more referrals someone submits. For example, someone who refers one candidate might be entered into tier one, which pays out $500 per hire. But someone who refers three candidates might be entered into tier two, earning them $750 per hire and additional company swag.</p><p>This encourages your employees to refer as many qualified applicant leads as possible. Multiple levels in this arrangement motivate employees to actively recruit from their networks in order to move up in the tiers and then receive higher rewards—all while you receive applications that are already vetted.</p><p><strong>2. Utilize social media for referrals.</strong><br>Your employees are already spending time on social media, and most of them are connected to hundreds of other individuals on these profiles. Take advantage of this network by encouraging your team to share open roles on their social media profiles.</p><p>You could offer to enter folks into a lottery to win gift cards, cash prizes, or additional paid time off for every role they share on social media. Or, with modern employee referral platforms, you can even provide employees with a personal link that allows you to track exactly which post referral candidates come from, making it even easier for you to reward your employees for sharing roles and driving applicants.<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>3. Focus on values in your recruitment</strong><strong> </strong><strong>programs.</strong><br>Another way to get creative with your employee referral program is to build one designed to hire individuals who align with your company's values—widening your network of potential referral applicants.</p><p>With this type of program, you might broaden your employment parameters to candidates who meet certain values rather than your preferred list of skills and experiences. Many jobs can be learned, but values are hard to reshape; sometimes, encouraging your employees to refer folks who embody certain values over skills can help you find candidates who are a better fit in the long term. These types of programs can also be used to diversify your existing workforce.</p><p><strong>4. Renew messaging with seasonal pushes.</strong><br>With every season that passes, the world—and workforce—continues to change. Chances are your company is always in need of additions to your staff. People are always needed in some capacity. Some businesses experience temporary hires and labor shortages, but the perfect time to get ahead of being short staffed is before it affects your customers. That's why pushing an employee referral program seasonally with a simple rebranding can make all the difference in the hiring process and help keep your business running smoothly.</p><p>For example, during the holiday season, you could encourage employees to participate in this type of program by using messages like “Want to earn some extra cash for the holidays? Refer your friends to win $1,000," or “Use your vacation time to relax after earning $1,000 by referring a friend." With simple tweaks to the messaging, you use to incorporate the changing seasons, you can reuse the same reward program perpetually.</p><p><strong>5. Target specific locations.</strong><br>Say, for instance, that your branch in North Carolina is fully staffed, but the one in Kansas is in desperate need of employees. Instead of launching a company-wide referral campaign, you can tailor your employee referral messaging to receive only applicants from locations where you truly need them. By channeling your resources toward locations that need it most, you optimize your spending power and maximize ROI all in one go.</p><p>Employee referral programs work, so long as you put the effort into motivating your team to participate. Try one of the above strategies to breathe new life into your program today.</p><p><em>Madeline Cecil</em><em> is a content writer for Hireology.</em></p>Employee referral programs produce the types of hiring results that businesses are looking for; in fact, out of Hireology's customers alone, referral programs drive one in eight hires.2022-05-10T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Topics/Guest-Columns/PublishingImages/2022/MadelineCecil.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Workforce;RecruitmentMadeline Cecil

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