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  • 28 Aug 2015 12:19 PM | April Holman (Administrator)

    If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video can be invaluable.  Recognizing this, Advancing Excellence has developed a series of short 3-7 minute videos clips designed to help educate residents, families and the public about issues important to elders and those in adult care facilities.  The videos cover topics including pressure ulcers, mobility, pain, infections, medication, person-centered care, hospitalizations and more.  You can find the free videos online at: www.nhqualitycampaign.org/videosAndWebinars.aspx#


    Don’t forget that Advancing Excellence also has a number of other statistics and tools including electronic tracking systems.  Check it out at www.nhqualitycampaign.org


  • 03 Aug 2015 3:29 PM | April Holman (Administrator)


    The 2015 KACE Convention is just around the corner and we are starting to hit deadlines for registration.  Today, August 3, is the deadline for booking a hotel room at the Wichita Marriott at the special rate of $99.00 plus tax.  If you haven’t already booked your room call the hotel today at (316)651-0333.  The deadline to register for the annual KACE Golf Tournament is Friday, August 7th and the deadline to register for the Convention itself is Thursday, August 13th.  You can register for both of these online at the KACE Professional Development Calendar  or by calling the KACE office at (785)273-4393.  Our theme this year is “Amp Up Your Game!  Crank it up with KACE!” and we are looking forward to a fun and educational time.  We hope you will join us!


    Tanner-Foster Board Candidates

    We will have two open seats on the Tanner-Foster Foundation Board this year.  If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact April Holman at executivedirector@kaceks.org or call the KACE office (785)273-4393.


  • 13 Jul 2015 2:35 PM | April Holman (Administrator)

    Here is the latest preview for the KACE Convention August 18-21st.  We hope you will join us in Wichita!


    Panel Discussion of Psychiatric Assessments, Involuntary Discharge and other Tricky Situations

    A distinguished panel including Dr. James Rider, President of the Kansas Medical Directors Association, Barbara Hickert, Kansas Long-term Care Ombudsman, Audrey Sunderraj, KDADS, and our own Valerie McGhee, Via Christi Village will provide a variety of perspectives on issues, considerations and procedures relating to involuntary discharge of residents, and other tricky situations faced by administrators and operators.  This will include a discussion of situations where residents can no longer be cared for sufficiently due to abusive behaviors, mental illness, bariatric conditions or financial issues.


    Technologies and Applications to Make Your Work Life Easier

    Speaker Todd Ramsey, founder and chief strategist at Apples & Arrows, works with companies to uncover and celebrate their unique brands in unique ways.  He will share a variety of technologies and applications intended to help you save time and streamline your work as well has make your promote your business on social media.  


    Registration is open for the 2015 Convention on the KACE Professional Development Calendar


  • 06 Jul 2015 3:46 PM | April Holman (Administrator)

    We have an interesting and diverse line-up of convention sessions planned for you.  Here is this week’s sneak peak:


    Nutrition and Dining Recommendations

    Speaker Kay (Billinger) Guzman is the Senior Director of Nutrition Services for Ascension health Senior Care (AHSC). She will provide practical ideas and recommendations to incorporate the dining standards into your senior care community’s food and nutrition program. 


    Navigating the Tepid Waters of Different Adult Care Reimbursement Sources

    Speaker Johnathan Reeves is the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Specialist for the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network with nearly a decade of experience as in the business office of a long-term care facility.  He will touch on a long list of payer sources for adult care and drill down into some of the more complex sources to examine how to navigate real and perceived barriers. 


    Registration is open online for the 2015 Convention on the KACEProfessional Development Calendar


  • 29 Jun 2015 11:00 AM | April Holman (Administrator)

    We are gearing up for the KACE Convention from August 18-21.  This is a great time for adult care executives to earn continuing education units, network with peers and vendors and have fun with friends.   However, one of the most important parts of the convention is the annual meeting and election of the KACE Board of Directors.  Our volunteer board guides the association and helps to conduct educational offerings, budget and finances, legislative advocacy, the AIT program, membership and all facets of our annual convention.  In a typical year the KACE board meets quarterly.  Board terms are staggered so that 4 seats are subject to election each year and board members may serve up to three consecutive 3-year terms.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the KACE board, please contact the KACE office so that we can get the necessary paperwork done in time for Convention.  (785-273-4393 or executivedirector@kaceks.org)


    You will be able to register to attend the KACE Convention starting Tuesday, June 30 through the KACE Professional Development Calendar.  Some of the education sessions planned include “Sexuality and Aging,” “Recruiting Employees in a Tough Market,” “Leadership Starts with You,” and a panel discussion of “Psychiatric Assessments, Involuntary Discharge and Other Tricky Situations.”  We will highlight select education sessions in the KACE blog each week so check back for more information.


  • 17 Jun 2015 9:44 AM | April Holman (Administrator)




    This week’s staff profile is Executive Director, April Holman, the newest member of the KACE staff.  In the short time that April has been at KACE she has enjoyed meeting a number of members at courses and events. The following questions and answers will help you learn more about April but you are also welcome to stop by the office and visit with her in person when you’re in Topeka. 


    • Where did you grow up?  We moved a lot for my father’s job.  I spent time in Michigan, South Africa, Venezuela, Ohio, Mexico, Peru and Malaysia.
    • When did you start working at KACE?    January, 2015.
    • What is your favorite thing about your work at KACE? I love the people that I get to work with at KACE and the feeling that our work is making a difference for our members and the elders they serve.
    • What do you do when you are not at work?  As the mother of four awesome children I spend most of my free time at family activities and events, but I also love to walk, read, bake and travel.
    • What is your favorite music group?  I have eclectic taste in music, but my favorite group is The Police (especially their early stuff.) 
    • What did you want to do when you grew up?   After I realized that being one of Charlie’s Angels was not an option, I wanted to either be a lawyer or a museum curator.    

     

    Webinar on Activities for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Residents

    It’s not too late to register for the June 23rd webinar on programming and activities for Alzheimer's and Dementia residents.  The webinar will provide 3 continuing education hours in resident care for administrators and operators.  You can sign up for the webinar on the KACE Professional Development Calendar 


  • 08 Jun 2015 1:00 PM | April Holman (Administrator)




    This week’s staff profile is Nancy Eicholtz, a familiar face as a member of the KACE staff for a decade.  Even though you’ve known Nancy for years, you may be surprised by the things revealed in her answers to the following profile questions.



    • Where did you grow up?  On a farm in Barton County.
    • When did you start working at KACE?    Around 2005.
    • What is your favorite thing about your work at KACE? Everything!  There is really no part of my job here that I don’t like.
    • What do you do when you are not at work?  I spend time with family and friends.  I also enjoy golfing and cooking.
    • Who is your favorite singer?  Garth Brooks.  I like older country and western music and 50s music.
    • What did you want to do when you grew up?  I always wanted to be a dancer in the June Taylor style (like the Rockettes). 

    Stay tuned for more KACE staff profiles.  Coming next week – Executive Director, April Holman.

     

    Webinar on Activities for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Residents

    It’s not too late to register for the June 23rd webinar on programming and activities for Alzheimer's and Dementia residents.  The webinar will provide 3 continuing education hours in resident care for administrators and operators.  You can sign up for the webinar on the KACE Professional Development Calendar


  • 01 Jun 2015 3:31 PM | April Holman (Administrator)



    You have probably talked to her on the phone and maybe you have been lucky enough to meet her at one of our courses but how well do you really know KACE Office Manager, Teresa Keating?  The following questions and answers will give you a whole new appreciation for Teresa, what she is all about, and why were are so lucky to have her at KACE.



    1.    Where did you grow up?  North Topeka.  (Go Seaman Vikes!)


    2.       When did you start working at KACE?    December 12, 2011


    3.       What is your favorite thing about being the KACE Office Manager?  Working with our great members and the variety – I never have the same day twice!


    4.       What do you do when you are not at work?  I chase after my children.  I am the unpaid taxi driver for their sporting events and practices.


    5.       What is your favorite music group?  Pink and Maroon 5.


    6.       If you could be a superhero who would you be?  Superman because he is strong and he can fly.


    Stay tuned for more KACE staff profiles.  Coming next week – Office Assistant, Nancy Eicholtz.

     

    Webinar on Activities for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Residents

    We also wanted to remind you of the upcoming June 23rd webinar hosted by KACE.  The primary focus of the webinar will be on programming and activities found to produce the best results for Alzheimer's and Dementia residents.  The webinar will provide 3 continuing education hours in resident care for administrators and operators.  You can sign up for the webinar on the KACE Professional Development Calendar. 


  • 26 May 2015 11:05 AM | April Holman (Administrator)

    This week’s blog is short and sweet – just like the week.  Happy Memorial Day to all of our readers!  We want to call to your attention the announcement last week about the 2015 Kansas Joint Provider Fire Marshal Training in July.  The training will provide 5 hours of continuing education and will cover a variety of topics including “All about the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), “What’s New with the Office of the state Fire Marshal?,” and “Sprinkler System Maintenance.”  The host of this year’s Joint Provider Fire Marshal Training is LeadingAge Kansas and more information is available by viewing the event flyer at http://bit.ly/1cgwxvw


    Webinar on Activities for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Residents

    We also wanted to remind you of the upcoming June 23rd webinar hosted by KACE.  The primary focus of the webinar will be on programming and activities found to produce the best results for Alzheimer's and Dementia residents.  The webinar will provide 3 continuing education hours in resident care for administrators and operators.  You can sign up for the webinar on the KACE Professional Development Calendar. 


  • 18 May 2015 2:34 PM | April Holman (Administrator)

    Kansas lawmakers made a significant change last year when they began requiring all adult care facilities to have a licensed or registered professional at the helm.  While nursing homes have long been required to have a licensed administrator, the requirement for a registered operator at assisted living facilities and other state-licensed facilities is new.  As we have been out and about visiting with adult care executives across the state this spring we have encountered a considerable amount of lingering confusion about when the law took effect and when operators need to be registered.  Here are some of the top questions we have heard along with the answers.

     

    When did the new requirements go into effect? 

    House Bill 2418 was enacted during the 2014 Legislative Session and went into effect on July 1, 2014.  Technically speaking, assisted living and other operators were required to be registered on July 1, 2014.  However, as with any significant law change, the process for creating rules and regulations created a slight lag in implementation.  K.A.R. 26-39-500 through K.A.R. 26-39-506 became effective on September 2, 2014.  These regulations direct the process for operator registration.

     

    When were active assisted living operators required to register?

    Operators who are actively working in this capacity should have applied for and received their Operators registration once the regulations were in place in 2014.  If you are actively working as an operator you should take steps as soon as possible to secure your Operator’s registration.  (As long as you took the operator course prior to 2014 you will qualify for the special “grandfather” provisions for registration and the fee and education requirements will be waived. ) An application can be found on the KDADS website at www.kdads.ks.gov.

     

    What are the Continuing Education Requirements for a Registered Operator? 

    Operators are required to have 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years.  This includes 15 hours in the area of administration, 10 hours in the area of resident care and 5 hours of electives.


    Webinar on Activities for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Residents

     

    The primary focus of a June KACE webinar will be on programming and activities found to produce the best results for Alzheimer's and Dementia residents.  Pending approval, the webinar will provide 3 continuing education hours for administrators and operators.

    You can sign up for the webinar on the KACE Professional Development Calendar.


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