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Delivering Trauma Informed Care is Vital in Long Term Care<p><span class="rollup-image"></span>Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an approach to care that requires specific staff competency and a system of care delivery that provides the necessary support to care for nursing facility and assisted living residents who may suffer from trauma.</p><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01_label" style="display&#58;inline;"><div>TIC also is a regulatory requirement for skilled nursing facilities. At least eight CMS F-tags cover various aspects of TIC making compliance with this critical form of care vital to nursing facility survey success and quality care.&#160;</div></div><span class="rollup-image"></span><p></p><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl02_label" style="display&#58;inline;"><div>The recently released <a href="https&#58;//" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Trauma Informed Care Training</a> contains simple foundational steps and practical recommendations for implementing a TIC program that can help improve resident outcomes. Individuals will learn how to screen and assess for trauma and incorporate TIC into the discharge process. There also is a focus on building awareness of TIC among staff to help them deliver appropriate care and deliver meaningful activities and other services from a TIC perspective.</div><div><br></div><div>This nine-module online course was developed through a joint collaboration between AHCA/NCAL and the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN).&#160; The training is designed to educate long term care providers and nurses about how to implement TIC in their facilities with staff who are appropriately trained and competent to care for residents who are at risk for re-traumatization.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>TIC is an important aspect of care given that 62 percent of adults have had at least one traumatic event and 25 percent have had three or more traumatic events.&#160;&#160;&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>The cost of the program is $350 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members. The program is approved for 5.75 NAB CEs for administrators and 5.10 AANC continuing education hours for nurses.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Members will need to login to <em>ahcancalED </em>with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords to <a href="https&#58;//" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">register for the course</a><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">.</span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">&#160;</span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">For assistance obtaining usernames and passwords, members should e-mail <a href="mailto&#58;" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"></a> with their name and facility contact information.&#160; <br></span></div></div>2022-01-12T05:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/senior_hands_cane.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Caregiving;WorkforceTrauma Informed Care (TIC) is an approach to care that requires specific staff competency and a system of care delivery that provides the necessary support to care for nursing facility and assisted living residents who may suffer from trauma.
AHCA/NCAL's Parkinson Named "Most Influential" <p>Mark Parkinson, president and chief executive officer of American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is one of Modern Healthcare’s <a href="https&#58;//" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">“100 Most Influential People in Healthcare”​</a> for 2021. This is Parkinson’s second consecutive year on the list.</p><p>Parkinson was recognized for his efforts leading the charge to “fund and protect the 14,000 skilled-nursing facilities and assisted-living centers his organization represents during the pandemic.”</p><p>A quote from Parkinson was featured in the piece&#58;</p><blockquote><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Emphasis"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">“The key is for leadership to not panic. Instead, we need to assess the real damage, what can be done to repair it and develop a plan to move forward. Leaders who articulate that plan, work it and stay steady while reassuring their team that there is a way out will shine during a crisis.”</span></span></p></blockquote><p>Parkinson was previously the governor of Kansas as well as owner/operator of multiple long term care facilities. He also appeared on the list in 2015.</p>2022-01-10T05:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/MPark_convention.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />QualityParkinson named to top list for 2021.
Deadline Approaching for National Quality Award Applications<p style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong><img src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/QualityAward1_logos.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;526px;height&#58;423px;" /><br><br></strong></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-0"><a href="https&#58;//" target="_blank">​​​Application Deadline&#58; Thursday, January 27, 2022</a></strong></p><div>The National Quality Award application deadline is quickly approaching. If applicants have not done so already, Quality Award staff encourage providers to download and review the following essential resources to help submit an application before the deadline on Thursday, January 27, 2022, by 8 p.m. Eastern.&#160;​</div><div><br></div><h2 style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="https&#58;//" target="_blank"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-2" style="font-size&#58;20pt;">APPLY TODAY!</strong></a></h2><p><br></p><p>The following resources are available on the <a href="https&#58;//" target="_blank">National Quality Award website</a>.</p><ul><li><strong>Month-by-Month Action Plan &amp; Key Dates</strong> - Bronze, Silver, Gold</li></ul><p><em>A month-by-month break d​o​wn of where applicants should be in the application process. </em><br></p><ul><li><strong>Criteria Video Series</strong> - Bronze, Silver, Gold</li></ul><p><em>Short videos, each covering an individual question or category in the Criteria to help applicants work through the application. ​</em></p><p></p><ul><li><strong>Quality Award Survey Requirements</strong></li></ul><p><em>These survey requirements provide SNF applicants information on whether they currently meet the survey requirements to receive a Quality Award. A full description of the survey requirements at each level is available in the application packet.</em></p><p></p><ul><li><strong>Silver and Gold Scoring Calibration Guidelines </strong></li></ul><p><em>Only for Silver and Gold applicants, the scoring guidelines are tools that Examiners utilize to score the applications. Applicants can use these to understand the demands of the various scoring ranges. </em><br></p>2022-01-07T05:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/QualityAward_logos.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Quality AwardsQuality Award deadline is Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. Review the resources to help submit an application before the deadline.
AHCA, NCAL Release Statement on Vaccine Mandate Injunction <p>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) have released the following statement regarding the United States District Court in the Western District of Louisiana issuing a nationwide injunction on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. <br></p><p>The statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL president and chief executive officer. <br></p><p>“We appreciate the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Louisiana issuing this injunction. We have always supported vaccinating as many residents and staff as possible. However, we are deeply concerned that the current mandate issued by CMS will cause nursing homes to lose staff at a time when we are already grappling with a historic labor crisis,” Parkinson said.</p><p>“We continue to urge CMS to allow a regular testing option for unvaccinated staff and, therefore, support any legal remedy or CMS action that would bring about this solution.” <br></p><p>There are currently four active cases regarding the CMS interim final rule staff vaccine mandate&#58; the Louisiana litigation, which was filed by a 14-state group, the Missouri litigation filed by 10 states, and individual cases filed by the states of Florida and Texas. Florida’s request for a preliminary injunction was denied by the District Court last week and is being appealed. A hearing in the Texas case is scheduled for Dec. 2.</p><p>While the interim final rule is, as of Dec. 1, prevented in all states from going into effect, Medicare providers should continue to prepare to have policies and procedures ready so that if the government’s arguments prevail, they can be quickly implemented, AHCA/NCAL said. As employers, providers should consider what policy they want to have in place until a government mandate requires it, which is not certain, the association said.<br></p>2021-12-01T05:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/0220_News1.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />COVID-19;PolicyJoanne EricksonAssociation supports vaccination for nursing homes, but fears critical loss of staff members under current mandate.



Treating Trees as Medicine in a World of Lockdowns Trees as Medicine in a World of Lockdowns<p><img src="/Topics/Guest-Columns/PublishingImages/2021/Masonic-Campus-Photos-90.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:194px;" />​March 2020 is a time that no one will soon forget. The fundamental way people lived their lives changed overnight, as all across the world people collectively went into lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As people were urged to stay home, particular caution and care were afforded to those who were deemed especially susceptible to the virus: the immunocompromised, frontline workers, and, of course, the elderly. <br></p><p>Health care facilities reacted swiftly to lockdown and secure their campuses in a conscious effort to protect their vulnerable populations. Nursing homes and assisted living communities have had a challenging time during the pandemic, as these facilities rely on a consistent flow of volunteers and family members visiting the residents.</p><p>Suddenly the residents found themselves cut off from the rest of the world, and these facilities had to find ways to help them adapt. They had to work to find new ways to keep their residents’ minds engaged and uplifted throughout the lockdown. </p><p>Masonic Homes Kentucky’s Louisville Campus turned to an unexpected outlet of healing and comfort during this time: Trees.</p><h3 class="ms-rteElement-H3B">About Masonic Homes’ 82-Acre Arboretum</h3><p><span><img src="/Topics/Guest-Columns/PublishingImages/2021/Masonic-Campus-Photos-311.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:150px;height:225px;" /></span>Trees and the green spaces the trees create play a massive role in the landscape for Masonic Homes Kentucky. In particular, the Louisville Campus was designed in 1927 by renowned landscape architectural firm, The Olmsted Brothers.</p><p>It was established by the sons of the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted who is best known for his work in designing the grounds of New York City’s Central Park, the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. </p><p>“Masonic has taken great care and consideration to preserve elements of the original design and to replicate it whenever possible,” says J Scott Judy, chief executive officer, Masonic Homes Kentucky.</p><p>“One of the many beauties of Kentucky is the changing of its seasons. Masonic’s parklike setting offers four miles of paved walking paths that intertwine the historic and the contemporary community buildings.”</p><p>The Masonic Homes Kentucky community hires certified professional grounds staff who are responsible for all of its three campuses, each with its own unique landscape. These professionals understand trees and green landscapes as an investment in the well-being of the residents and staff of the communities. </p><p>In addition, the Louisville Campus will soon add walking paths that will line the campus to help encourage employees and residents alike to spend more time outside.</p><h3 class="ms-rteElement-H3B">Recognized By Arbor Day</h3><p>Masonic Home Louisville is recognized as a Tree Campus Healthcare facility to highlight its dedication to trees and nature. Tree Campus Healthcare is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation, the world’s largest membership nonprofit dedicated to planting trees.</p><p><img src="/Topics/Guest-Columns/PublishingImages/2021/Masonic-Campus-Photos-99.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:199px;height:299px;" />Launched in 2019, Tree Campus Healthcare is one of the newest recognition programs from the Arbor Day Foundation that aims to recognize any health care facility purposefully using trees and green spaces to promote good health and well-being for its employees and occupants.</p><p>For Masonic Home Louisville, its designation as a Tree Campus Healthcare facility serves as an opportunity to remind its leadership to continue investing in these types of greening projects and as a general reminder for everyone of the close relationship nature can have for the care and healing of residents. <br></p><h3 class="ms-rteElement-H3B">The Healing Benefits of Trees</h3><p>Trees can help more than just the environment; they help with human health. Research shows that patient recovery improves when there is interaction and incorporation of green spaces, gardens, and parks. Natural areas help patients reduce stress, help restore physical health, and shorten the overall recovery process, according to R.S. Ulrich, reporting in Science magazine. <br></p><p>Spending time outside in hospital gardens is highly beneficial for the patient and additionally, hospital window views of natural scenes have been shown to reduce post-operative hospital stays. Having trees on a health care campus is a natural partnership. </p><p>“Outdoors is a respite for so many residents during the pandemic,” says Judy. “The vast grounds offered residents a safe sanctuary to enjoy fresh air, exercise, and beautiful scenery while allowing social distancing.”</p><p>To curb the risk of exposure during the pandemic, the facility decided to close its campus to all nonessential visitors. However, Masonic Home Louisville took a creative approach to share the beauty of its facility campus. It created a virtual landscape tour, which highlighted unique trees and interesting landscaping. The trees and green spaces served an essential purpose for the residents and staff: They provided hope during the lockdown.</p><p><img src="/Topics/Guest-Columns/PublishingImages/2021/Masonic-Campus-Photos-July-2019-68.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:288px;height:197px;" />It is evident that trees are a priority for the Louisville Campus, but the community ultimately prides itself on its commitment to caring for its residents. Masonic Home Louisville is not only a Tree Campus Healthcare facility, but it is also part of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).</p><p>The facility enjoys being a member of the association because of the relationships cultivated and the resources provided. AHCA/NCAL’s values encouraged Masonic Homes Kentucky to rise above and beyond the regular standard of care for its residents, even if it means extra care routinely given to maintaining and cultivating the landscaping and greenery of the grounds. <br></p><p>Little did Masonic Home Lousiville know that this dedication and love of nature would provide a safe space, six feet apart.</p><h3 class="ms-rteElement-H3B">Make Trees a Priority </h3><p><img src="/Topics/Guest-Columns/PublishingImages/2021/Village_Adams-Hall.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:277px;height:190px;" />More trees mean more benefits for everyone. Trees take care of the air, water, and wildlife everywhere they exist. Trees are considered the lungs of the earth because they take in carbon dioxide and release fresh oxygen. Trees help reduce urban runoff and the amount of sediment, pollutants, and organic matter that reach streams.</p><p>Planting trees is also a great way to encourage local biodiversity in urban communities. The list of good things trees accomplish can go on and on, but the message is the same: Trees deserve to be a higher priority on everyone’s list.</p><p>To learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus Healthcare program, go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. </p><p><img src="/Topics/Guest-Columns/PublishingImages/2021/LoganDonahoo.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Logan Donahoo" style="margin:5px;width:140px;height:140px;" />As program manager, Logan Donahoo leads the Tree Campus “family” of recognition programs at the Arbor Day Foundation, which includes Tree Campus Healthcare. In her role, she focuses on growing participation in each program, creation of resources for program participants, and cultivation of relationships with collaborating organizations and networks. Donahoo can be reached at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><br></p>March 2020 is a time that no one will soon forget. The fundamental way people lived their lives changed overnight.2021-11-30T05:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Topics/Guest-Columns/PublishingImages/2021/700_3576.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />COVID-19;CaregivingLogan Donahoo

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