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In This Issue

Adult Day News (GADSA)

Activity Professionals (GAAP)
LeadingAge Georgia Business Connection
Center For Positive Aging
Culture Change News
Georgia Institute on Aging
General Notes of Interest
LeadingAge (National)
News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services
Public Policy
Vacancy Report

Quick Links

Upcoming Events Calendar
Job Mart


Special Thanks to Our Institute Partners

Institute Supporters

Inside Your Association - LeadingAge Georgia

LeadingAge Georgia is the statewide association of over 150 key not-for-profit and other mission-focused organizations dedicated to providing quality housing, health care, community-based and other related services for older Georgians. The mission of LeadingAge Georgia is to represent and promote the common interests of its members through leadership, advocacy, education and other services in order to enhance each member's ability to serve older Georgians.





LeadingAge Georgia sends warm wishes to all our members.



LeadingAge Center for Applied Research: 2016 Annual Report The LeadingAge Center for Applied Research (CFAR) conducted groundbreaking research during 2016 in 3 signature areas: housing plus services, workforce, and person-centered care.

Click here to access the report



2017 Board Members and Officers

2017 LeadingAge Georgia Board of Directors


Officers for 2017
Mark Lowell, Chair St. George Village
Chris Keysor, Chair-Elect Lenbrook
Laura Rice, Secretary Briarcliff Oaks
Tom Rockenbach, Treasurer Carlyle Place
Jeff Rock, Immediate Past Chair Lanier Village Estates

Class of 2017
Jeff Rock, Lanier Village Estates, Gainesville
Laura Rice, Briarcliff Oaks, Atlanta
Lauri Ann Brooks, Lanier Gardens/Talmage Terrace, Athens
John Sims, Spring Harbor at Green Island, Columbus
Tom Rockenbach, Carlyle Place, Macon


Class of 2018
Arthur Levin, Saint Anne's Terrace, Atlanta
Kyle Huhtanen, Decatur Christian Towers
Gwen Hardy, Presbyterian Homes of Georgia
Deke Cateau, AG Rhodes Health & Rehab, Atlanta


Class of 2019
Dorothy Davis, Visiting Nurse Long Term Care, Atlanta
Mark Lowell, St. George Village, Roswell
Chris Keysor, Lenbrook, Atlanta
Eve Anthony, Athens Community Council on Aging


2017 Georgia Institute on Aging/Center for Positive Aging Board of Directors


2017 Officers
Chair Connie White, Atlanta Regional Commission
Chair-Elect Karon Winston, Lutheran Towers
Treasurer Shannon MacArthur, Mauldin & Jenkins
Secretary Samantha Eaves, Wesley Woods Senior Living


Class of 2017
Samantha Eaves, Wesley Woods Senior Living
Weyman Perry, Personal Care, Inc.
Karon Winston, Lutheran Towers
Katie Jones, CareMinders Home Care
Carolyn Roper, Consumer (Glen Memorial UMC)


Class of 2018
Lisa Kiely, Lenbrook
Keith Gadd, Wesley Woods Senior Living
Shannon MacArthur, Mauldin & Jenkins
Ellen Miller-Mapp, Clairmont Oaks
Antoinette Sturm, Saint Anne's Terrace

Class of 2019
Connie White, Atlanta Regional Commission
Suzanne Brown, St. George Village
George Tucker, Campbell-Stone Sandy Springs
Pat Coppin, Alice Williams Towers



2017 Annual Conference: The Power of Purpose



Message from the Chair:


Join us and your peers for this inspiring gathering of leaders to look at aging from a new perspective. Over 30 sessions to choose from as well as a Solutions Center Expo. It's up to us to be the voice for change that makes lives better today and in the future.

-Mark Lowell, St. George Village, Chair of LeadingAge Georgia Board



2017 Conference on Aging Keynote Speakers

David Ault is an internationally known author and celebrated metaphysical teacher and speaker. He is an ordained minister through Centers for Spiritual Living and currently serves as the Senior Minister of Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. His weekly messages are heard and viewed by thousands across the world. Since his spiritual reawakening in the mid 1980s, Ault has traveled the globe offering his gifts as a singer/songwriter, speaker, and facilitator.

David has established a thriving non-government regulated school in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which provides free education, medical/hygiene assistance, and agricultural and life skills training to hundreds of Cambodian children annually. He also offers humanitarian service trips there regularly. His stateside non-profit, Khmer Child Foundation, serves this initiative. David lives with his husband Ty Andrews in Atlanta, Georgia.


Cara Silletto, MBA, is the founder and president of Crescendo Strategies, an HR firm working with clients across the country to reduce unnecessary employee turnover and the costs associated with it. Crescendo's specialties include bridging generational gaps, making managers more effective in their roles, ensuring knowledge is successfully transferred from seasoned professionals as they retire, and validating the root causes when great talent is walking out the door.


Cara is an early millennial (she was born in 1981), only a couple of years late for Generation X. As such, Cara was born in a "sweet spot" for her specialty of bridging generational divides, and now she has more than a decade of professional experience applying that knowledge. Cara knows the unwritten expectations of older managers and business owners, but she also understands firsthand why 70% of young professionals are fearlessly leaving their jobs in less than two years, and each lost employee can cost a company thousands of dollars (sometimes hundreds of thousands for highly specialized positions). Cara will quantify the true problems clients face and provide the strategic perspective needed to keep the best talent.


Click HERE for Exhibitor Prospectus


Click HERE for Attendee Pre-Registration Form



2017 Leadership Academy Registration Now Open


LeadingAge Leadership Academy offers LeadingAge Georgia members a challenging and engaging year-long learning experience, designed to help aging services professionals at any level in their organization accelerate their leadership development so they are better equipped to serve our field.


The vision of LeadingAge Georgia is to create a generation of authentic, open-minded and transformational leaders who will collaboratively and innovatively create the future of aging services in America.


The 2017 class begins in February. This class is limited to 24 participants.


Registration Deadline: January 13


Click here for registration form.

Value First


Increase Your Savings In 2017 With Value First. Happy New Year!


January Vendor Spotlight


  • Abbot Nutrition

  • Direct Supply

  • Forbo Flooring

  • Hill-Rom

  • Kwalu

  • Nations Roof

  • Otis Elevator

  • Sears Commercial

  • Sherwin Williams

  • ArjoHuntleigh

  • Ford (passenger vans)

  • HD Supply

  • Konica Minolta

  • Nestle Healthcare Nutrition

  • Office Depot

  • PPG Architectural Group

  • Select Rehabilitation

  • Verizon Wireless (employee discounts)

If you are a current customer or considering a purchase from any of the companies listed above, contact Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956 or to make sure your community is set up to receive Value First GPO pricing.


Value First is owned by LeadingAge national and twenty-five state associations, including LeadingAge Georgia.

Click HERE to request a free Value First cost study.




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Member Distinctions

Congratulations to Deke Cateau for being promoted to COO at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab.


Congratulations to Brandon Ball for his promotion to Residential Administrator at Branan Towers.



Calendar Information


To assist with planning, we are sharing information on special holidays and observances for each month 2 months early.


This month we are sending you information for March






March 1 Ash Wednesday

March 12 Daylight Saving Time starts

March 17 St. Patrick's Day

March 20 Spring Begins






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Public Policy


LeadingAge Georgia Public Policy Report

By Tom Bauer, LeadingAge Georgia Policy Advisor

The 2017 Georgia General Assembly will begin Monday January 9 and last 40 legislative days. As noted last month, the assumptions about the 2017 session are very much in flux. There was a strong expectation that the session would deal with health care reform, Medicaid revisions, and discussion of continuation of the "bed tax" on hospital services to draw down additional federal Medicaid dollars. However, in light of the federal election results, the legislature is anticipated to take a "wait and see" attitude.


When the 40 legislative days will be completed is anybody's guess. There is some speculation that the General Assembly may convene for a while and then take a long break to see what transpires in Congress, especially with regard to health care and tax reform (the state tax system basically tracks the federal with regard to exemptions and deductions).


Adult Day Services-Community Care Services Program/ SOURCE

LeadingAge Georgia will also be attempting to seek another increase in 2017 in order to begin to bring ADH reimbursements up to a more appropriate level. However since Georgia is still awaiting federal approval of the 5% increase in Medicaid reimbursement for adult day health service rates passed in 2016, it may be more difficult to obtain another 5% increase.


LeadingAge Georgia will continue to maintain productive dialogue with DCH, especially on waiver issues, the Transition Plan, and CCSP-SOURCE.

Certificate of Need

There is some speculation that CON legislation may be introduced, If so, LeadingAge Georgia will closely monitor this issue for its effects on various categories of members who provider residential services to the elderly. As a reminder, The Certificate of Need (CON) program is intended to achieve three goals: (1) to measure and define need, (2) to control costs, and (3) to guarantee access to healthcare services. Under the CON program the Department of Community Health reviews applications for health care projects such as new nursing homes, nursing home expansion (e.g. increased beds), new hospitals and expansion/addition of hospitals and major services.

Georgia Institute on Aging







Georgia's New Eden Educators Georgia now has seven credentialed Eden Educators who can facilitate the Eden certification. Congratulations to the following new Educators:
Molly Levine-Hunt, Joanie Heidorn, Joan Carlson, Marni Lange, Sonya Williams, David Sprowl and Deke Cateau.


Notice the calendar of events – we will host the Certified Eden at Home 3-day certification again this year, March 7-9. We will have grant funds for LeadingAge Georgia members to cover the registration fee. Watch for details.

Upcoming Events



Elderly Housing Symposium

January 19, 2017



Financial Preparedness Symposium

January 26, 2017



POLST (Physicans Order for Life Sustaining Treatment) Webinar
January 27, 2017
Information coming soon




Leadership Academy First Event
February 15, 2017

Power of Purpose: Workforce Summit

February 16, 2017

Registration coming soon


Activity Professionals Forum Conference Call

February 22, 217


Service Coordinator Forum Conference Call

February 22, 2017


Maintenance Professionals Forum Meeting

Briarcliff Oaks

February 22, 2017

Registration coming soon

Adult Day Services Symposium

February 24, 2017



March Assisted Living Symposium

March 2, 2017

Registration coming soon

Certified Eden at Home Certification
March 7-9, 2017

Registration coming soon

Leadership Academy Second Event

March 15, 2017

LeadingAge PEAK Leadership/Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC

March 20-22, 2017

2017 Annual Conference: Power of PURPOSE

Hilton Head Island, SC

March 27-29, 2017

Exhibitor Prospectus

Attendee Pre-Registration Form


AprilSupervisor & Manager Leadership Summit
(includes budgeting 101, conflict resolution, coaching)

April 20, 2017


Mental Health First Aid with Older Adult Module

April 27, 2017



CCRC Symposium

May 5, 2017


Leadeship Academy Third Event

May 17, 2017


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Center for Positive Aging






Community Groups Keep us Mentally Sharp as we Age According to a large, longitudinal study, being part of a community group could help prevent the cognitive decline associated with age. The current findings add further evidence that social engagement is good for the mind.

Full Article


U.S. Life Expectancy Declines for the First Time Since 1993 For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year — a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the United States. Rising fatalities from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, drug overdoses, accidents and other conditions caused the lower life expectancy revealed in a report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics. In all, death rates rose for eight of the top 10 leading causes of death.


Full Article


ACL Says 2017 Is the Year to 'Age Out Loud'
The Administration on Community Living has announced the theme of Older Americans Month for 2017 – Age Out Loud.

The theme, according to ACL, is intended to give aging a new voice, reflecting what today's older adults are saying about aging. Americans are increasingly working longer, experiencing new things and stepping up their community engagement.




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Culture Change News






1st Annual North American Dementia Education Conference



Click here to learn more



Sponsored by:



Culture Change Network of Georgia Advisory Group Meeting

CCNG advisory group 2017 meetings
January 27 at Alliant Quality
April 28 at the Atlanta Regional Commission
August 11 at the Alzheimer's Association
October 27 at Lenbrook in Buckhead


Watch for information and materials.




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Adult Day Services News (GADSA)



Adult Day Services Symposium - Save the Date

The 2017 Adult Day Services Symposium will be held February 24, 2017 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Information and registration coming soon.


2017 GADSA Leadership Team

President: Claire Russell, The Homeplace

Vice-Presidents Public Policy: Ned Morgens, Skylark Senior Care; Aysha Cooper, SarahCare of Snellville

Vice-Presidents of Members: Georgia Gunter, Adult Day of Dunwoody; Carla Jones, Rosswoods

GA Association of Activity Professionals










GAAP Chat/Forum

February 22, 2017 - 9:00am

Dial 712-432-6100

Passcode: 27514617


2017 GAAP Leadership Team

President: Wendy Boyd (The Gardens at Calvary; Columbus)
Vice-President: Laura Jones (Briarcliff Oaks; Atlanta)
Membership: Kathy Hobbs (Canterbury Court; Atlanta)
Program/Education: Scott Bassett (Philips Tower; Decatur)

LeadingAge Georgia Business Connection

The Georgia Institute on Aging, LeadingAge Georgia's continuing education arm, is proud to be in partnership with the following industry leaders and experts. These are significant corporate giving partners who help to sustain the mission of the Institute through the provision of underwriting support and scholarships.


They are equally committed to our mission to deliver quality, affordable, leading-edge continuing education, information, and professional development—to ensure that Georgia's talent force, working in the full spectrum of aging services, are prepared and leaders in their craft.


We are fortunate to have a knowledge center fully focused on senior living and related services to enrich the quality of life for older Georgians. Likewise, our corporate giving partners are key collaborators in our success. Please read their profiles and connect with them for solutions within your organization:


Mauldin & Jenkins has provided audit, accounting, tax, and consulting services since 1918. We are committed to providing professional resources to the healthcare and nonprofit industries. Our culture, from the beginning, has been to provide top quality service to every client. Since the firm's inception in Albany, GA we have added offices in Atlanta, GA, Macon, GA, Birmingham, AL, Bradenton, FL and Chattanooga, TN.


Specialties: Accounting | Auditing | Tax – specializing in Not For Profits, Healthcare, Nursing Facility Billing Consulting and Training, Medicare and Medicaid Cost Reports, Reimbursement Consulting, and Receivable and General Ledger Outsourcing. The Firm also serves financial institutions, government entities, entrepreneurial services, closely-held businesses, construction companies, employee benefit plans, individual and estate tax services, manufacturing, real estate, and information assurance services

Main Contacts:

Jeff Fucito, CPA, BBA
Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC

Shannon MacArthur, CPA
Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC

Jeff Fucito is the Partner-in-charge of Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC's Atlanta office and is the Firm's Not-for-Profit practice leader. Since joining the Firm in 1986, Jeff has specialized in providing audit and tax services to not-for-profit organization. Jeff is past Committee Chair of the Georgia Society of CPA's Not-for-Profit Training Task Force and a past board member of the Georgia Institute on Aging. Jeff has recently presented on not-for-profit tax topics to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Georgia Independent College Association. Jeff resides in Kennesaw, Georgia with his wife Jennifer and their 3 children. Jeff frequently speaks on nonprofit topics, is a trainer for the Georgia Center for nonprofits, he has significant healthcare expertise in reimbursement and financial reporting with over 30 years of experience.


Shannon MacArthur, CPA, is a partner with Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC. Shannon received his BAcc and MAcc degrees from the University of Mississippi in 1998 and 1999 and now lives in Atlanta. Shannon joined Mauldin & Jenkins in 2000 as a staff accountant in the audit department. In his years with the Firm he has become primarily involved with the nonprofit and benefit plan practices, as well as HUD compliance auditing. He provides services in auditing and accounting, tax and consulting. Shannon is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Georgia Society of Association Executives.



Value First Inc. is member-driven solution to purchasing in the aging services field. It gives you access to local service and national pricing while supporting your state associations. A jointly owned venture among LeadingAge and 25 State Associations, you can enroll in this program with no commitment and no purchase obligation. Value First will perform free cost studies for members to show all the areas of potential savings.


Learn more by clicking HERE.

Main Contact:
Vanessa Ceasar, Southeast Regional Representative
LeadingAge/Value 1st Marketing
Georgia-North Carolina-South Carolina
404-421-3956 |


Vanessa Ceasar is the LeadingAge/Value 1st group purchasing organization representative for Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. She has over 20 years experience working with nonprofit organizations and in municipal government. Prior to moving to Georgia, Vanessa was the Director of Purchasing & Accounting for New York City's Dept. of Parks and Recreation where she was responsible for allocating the expense budget for all five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island), and for negotiating equipment and material contracts for operation of the city's 28,000 acres of municipal parkland and 14 miles of public beaches.




Parker Young Construction, Inc. and FireStar, Inc. are independent sister companies with the single common goal of providing superior service to our commercial, residential, government and military customers. Whether working as a team or independently, both share the knowledge and expertise gained from over 25 years of serving as the premiere disaster repair contractor in Georgia and the Southeast. No other company offers the same degree of experience, quality and unsurpassed service our customers come to expect from Parker Young Construction.


Main Contact:

Jessica Schmidt
FireStar, Inc. 
A Parker Young Company


Jessica Schmidt is a Major Account Executive at The Southeast's leader in disaster recovery management, Parker Young Construction, Inc. is the most certified emergency mitigation and restoration firm in the state of Georgia. Her role as Major Account Executive focuses on supporting residential, commercial and Senior Living communities with emergency mitigation, restoration, and construction services for a one stop shop approach to your emergency preparedness and business continuity planning.




Ziegler is one of the nation's leading underwriters of financing for not-for-profit senior living providers. Ziegler offers creative, tailored solutions to its senior living clientele, including investment banking, financial risk management, merger and acquisition services, investment management, seed capital, FHA/HUD, capital and strategic planning as well as senior living research, education, and communication.


Main Contact:
Tad Melton, Director
4801 Cox Road, Suite 102 | Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone 804-793-8487 | Cell 804-334-5810


Tad Melton is a Director in the senior living practice at Ziegler. He joined the firm in November 2012 and has 17 years of investment banking experience working with senior living and healthcare borrowers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. Prior to joining Ziegler, Tad had a highly successful career in healthcare and senior living finance with BB&T and UBS Paine Webber. He has served as day-to day banker on approximately $2.75 billion of financings for CCRCs, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals. Project scope included start-ups, repositionings, refinancings, acquisitions and divestitures. In the context of such experience, Tad has direct experience with fixed-rate debt (rated and unrated), variable rate debt (bank loans, BQ loans, variable rate demand bonds), bond ratings, reinvestment contracts, interest rate swaps, and third-party credit enhancement. Tad is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College, where he studied economics and history. He is a member of the Professional Development Committee of Leading Age South Carolina and serves on numerous boards in his local community.



We maintain, share and leverage on your behalf, our thorough knowledge of "everything marketing to seniors," and use this understanding of your audiences to persuade them to take action.


We maximize your results through the comprehensive integration of marketing services—from research and marketing planning, to branding and lead generation, to sales training and coaching—bringing just the right balance of our core disciplines to bear on your project or program.

We anticipate challenges and opportunities, and we proactively and quickly seek out the most appropriate solutions for your unique situation. We have the integrity to ramp up when you're down and down when you're up. We are there when you need us.


Main Contact:
Tim Bracken, Vice President of Business Development &
Senior Marketing Specialist
Love & Company, Inc.
Senior Marketing Specialists
1209 N. East Street
Frederick, MD  21701
410-207-0013 (Mobile)
301-663-1239, ext 1007


Tim Bracken is Love & Company's Senior Marketing Specialist and Director of Business Development. He has 23 years of experience developing extensive marketing plans and directing the advertising at some of the country's most successful CCRC's. He leads Love & Company's marketing assessment process and is part of the research team for the company's development group working with clients. Tim joined the Love team 4 years ago, and prior to that served as Erickson's Vice President of Advertising. Tim also heads up Love & Company's own business development efforts. He speaks regularly at state LeadingAge conferences on topics that have included the following topics as they relate specifically to senior living: sales, marketing, advertising, pricing strategies, and consumer research.



Bath Fitter was founded in 1984. Bath Fitter products are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Homeowners and commercial customers can choose from a product line that includes acrylic bathtubs and shower liners, free standing bathtub and shower bases, acrylic seamless walls, domed ceilings, tub and shower doors, accessories and wainscoting. We offer custom solutions to meet your bathroom remodeling needs. Bath Fitter takes great pride in getting involved in the local community. Like you, our staff and management want to live and work in healthy, happy communities, and we do our share to make it a reality. We take our social responsibility seriously, whether it involves employee-related activities, direct charitable contributions or community service.


Main Contact:

Jennifer Cook, Event Manager
Bath Fitter®
6155-B Jimmy Carter Blvd; Norcross, GA 30071
Phone: 770-938-2700 x 2101
Cell: 678-832-9440


As the Atlanta Bath Fitter Event Manager, I truly feel I have found my calling and can allow my attributes shine to contribute to the growth of my team, branch, and company. So why do I love my multi-tasking, non-traditional working hour, heavily relied on research and go with your gut feeling career? Thinking quick on my feet and being a forward thinker is a necessity not a quality. When Plan A does not pan out, it's always important to have a plan B and C, even if that means trying something new, but still ensuring that 100% is given.



Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, DHG ranks among the top 20 public accounting firms in the nation. With more than 1,800 professionals in 12 states, we combine deep experience with a strong commitment to personal service. We are passionate about helping our clients succeed—and we do so through a resourceful approach to solving problems, providing solutions and helping our clients achieve their goals. For those healthcare organizations that wish to thrive in this new economy, they stand at a tipping point where the strategy and tactics they employ today will profoundly impact their opportunity for success in the years to come.


Main Contact:
Keith Seeloff, CPA, Partner
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2700, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-575-8984


Keith is the leader of the Senior Living Practice and has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with a focus on the senior living industry. Keith and his team provide business and financial advisory services such as strategic planning, financial forecasting, market demand analysis, third party reimbursement, operational audits and systems review. He has been a key participant in more than 100 continuing care retirement community (CCRC) development projects, including startup communities, existing campus repositioning and obligated group financings. Keith has conducted financial analyses of merger and acquisition transactions and financing structures to include valuations, due diligence, projection and market feasibility analyses for proposed and existing CCRCs, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and other retirement housing projects. Keith is a member of AICPA and LeadingAge. He is an accomplished presenter on topics affecting acute care facilities, skilled nursing providers and home health agencies. Keith holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Ball State University.



Our mission is to start a chain reaction in which we positively impact our community one person at a time by providing technology enhanced therapies that protect and enhance the quality of life for people living with memory loss, their loved ones and caregivers. While medication may sometimes be helpful in treating Alzheimer's disease and memory disorders, the risk of side effects can often outweigh potential benefits. We looked at the risks of these medications and knew there had to be a better way. Using a blend of time-tested therapies and technology, we developed a way to improve quality of life without medications. Relaxed/Calm, Happy, Reassured, Regular and Healthy Appetite.SimpleC is based on the following therapy types music, validation, trusted voice, and reminiscence therapy.You want the best for your residents and SimpleC can help. Many products offer to entertain or solve a specific problem, but few products offer a solution to improve quality of life. We can help each of your residents – From the SimpleC Companion, where we focus on a managed daily routine, healthy habits, celebrating a life story and family interaction; to our Community Connect, where we focus on bringing your community together for activities, entertainment and sharing memories and experiences. Where specialists and training may be costly and difficult to maintain over time with new team members, SimpleC is easy to use and affordable.

Main Contact:

Dan Pompilio
Chief Executive Officer
300 Galleria Parkway, Suite 720; Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-290-0020



Dan has been transforming Senior care through media based non-drug therapy that materially improves quality of life for, and assists in the care of, seniors suffering from memory loss due to age related dementia for over a decade.




We are Select Rehabilitation, the leader of rehabilitation professionals. Employing more than 8,000 employees and providing services to approximately 600 facilities throughout 31 states, our company has become one of the nation's premier leaders in contract rehabilitation services. We provide comprehensive physical, occupational, and speech therapy services with qualified licensed professionals in a variety of geriatric clinical settings. Our therapeutic programs emphasize patient-focused, outcomes-driven care that allows patients to achieve and maintain their highest quality of life. We are
Nationally Recognized Clinical and Financial Outcomes therapy organization. To achieve this honor, our regional management teams provide unparalleled daily oversight and support to each client site we service. Our intense focus ensures that no stone is left unturned, no RUG level is missed, no long-term care resident's therapy needs go unmet, and ensures each Select Rehabilitation team maximizes clinical and financial outcomes. Our efforts have earned us an outstanding reputation of providing superior customer service to our clients through dedicated and reliable partnerships. We are proud to be the LeadingAge Georgia Partner for Therapy Services since 2007.


Main Contact:
Amy Jones, Director of Business Development, Select Rehabilitation
2600 Compass Road; Glenview, IL 30026
Phone: 877-787-3422


Amy Jones is a former COTA that has been working in Long Term Care for over 20 years.  Starting out as a CNA in a rural nursing home Amy's passion for the geriatric population grew into a career. Working in the Rehab industry since 1996, Amy has covered multiple states working in both operations and business development.  Amy Lives in Oklahoma and is currently pursuing a degree in Long Term Care Health Care Administration.   Amy is currently with Select Rehab and is responsible for the growth of services in 7 states including marketing guidance and support for current clients. 



We truly believe THW is a unique firm. We are composed of people who are dedicated to serving other people, our clients and the community. Design excellence, attention to detail, financial stability and personal service have made THW a firm valued by clients throughout the country. Our specialties: Architecture, Land Planning, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Purchasing, Strategic Planning, Design Led Design Build, Senior Living Design.

Think Forward, and you take a more integrated approach to design, a more comprehensive approach to planning. You work harder to anticipate market change, opportunities, and risks. You design for the whole of life and for sustainability. You bring world class innovation to over 900 commissions in 23 states and four foreign countries.


Main Contact:
Jim Hudgins, President
THW Design
2100 Riveredge Pkwy., Suite 900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-916-2220


As President of THW Design, Jim is involved in all aspects of firm operations as well as manages many of our projects. He has over 30 years of experience in providing master planning and architectural design services for senior living projects. The only reason we've been able to pioneer so many innovations is that our clients are willing to think forward with us. We're grateful for them and for the many opportunities they have given us.


News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services

Assisted Living Communities/Personal Care Homes

2017 Annual Assisted Living/Personal Care Home Symposium
March 2nd at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta – Watch for registration details

Federally Assisted Housing (HUD-Subsidized)

Exploring Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing
LeadingAge and Generations United are using funds from The Retirement Research Foundation to explore the characteristics and benefits of intergenerational programming in senior housing properties. The 12-month project will involve both quantitative and qualitative research with LeadingAge housing members and other members of the broader senior housing community.

Full Article


HUD Finalizes New Rules for Senior Housing Financing
It's official—beginning early next year, senior housing companies will have an easier time securing financing through the U.S. Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD on December 6th announced it has finalized its latest handbook for the Section 232 Healthcare Mortgage Insurance Program. This latest handbook contains some new rules that directly impact the senior housing industry, all of which take effect on Jan. 5, 2017.

Full Article



Home and Community Based Services

Bill Could Loosen Home Health Assessment Regulations
A new bill could expand who can conduct initial assessments for home health visits in certain cases. The bill, the Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act of 2016, would loosen some restrictions at a time when the industry has seen an influx of new, burdensome regulations.

Full Article



Life Plan Community (CCRC)

Life Plan Communities: How Are We Doing?
Shakespeare is famous for suggesting that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." As I traveled to Indianapolis for this year's LeadingAge Annual Meeting, I wondered if the Bard's poetic take on name changes applied to life plan communities. I decided pretty quickly that it does. Exactly a year ago, at our 2015 meeting in Boston, LeadingAge unveiled "Life Plan Community" as the new name for the CCRC category.

Full Article



Major CCRC Provider Launches Tech Makeover To Attract Boomers
As baby boomers are moving into senior living, providers need to be able to keep up with the generation's tech savviness or they risk losing business to the competition. One senior living provider recognizes that and has launched a full-blown technology overhaul.

Des Moines, Iowa-based Lifespace Communities has 12 continuing care retirement communities throughout seven states, making it the ninth-largest nonprofit senior living provider nationally. The pressure to keep up with technology is growing and changing in senior living. Technology demands used to be enterprise-related, then turned health care-related and now they are consumer-related, according to a recent presentation at the Finance and Strategy Conference hosted by investment bank Ziegler.

Full Article



Nursing Care/Rehab

GAO Wants Nursing Homes' Five-Star Ratings More Consumer-Friendly, Possibly with Resident Satisfaction Info
Changes to providers' online ratings may be on the horizon under recommendations published December 6th by the Government Accountability Office. The agency found in a new report that while both the Nursing Home Compare website and the Five-Star Quality Rating System serve as important tools for consumers, the information provided by both sources could be improved to make consumers' nursing home choices easier and better informed.

Full Article



Overview of Completed FY2015 MDS Focused Surveys
This survey and certification letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides an overview of the CMS-completed FY 2015 Minimum Data Set (MDS) Focused Surveys. In 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) reviewed nursing facility records and found that 1/3 of those reviewed did not contain evidence of compliance with Federal requirements regarding resident assessments.

The OIG reported that SNFs misreported information on the MDS for 47% of claims reviewed.

Full Article



Mega-Rule Nursing Facility New Resources and Update
In an effort to keep members up to date regarding the implementation of the new CMS nursing home "mega-rule," here are a variety of resources to assist members to prepare.


CMS Releases Advance Copy of Revised Nursing Facility State Operations Manual
CMS posted its 821-page Survey and Certification Letter: Advance Copy - Revisions to State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix PP - Revised Regulations and Tags (11/9/16) on November 9. This information is directed to the State survey agencies, but obviously is of relevance to all nursing home providers. This S & C Letter begins the process of implementing the CMS nursing home mega-rule requirements and includes provisions that first became effective on November 28, 2016 (Phase 1 requirements).



LTC liability costs projected to increase 6% in 2017
A skilled nursing center with 100 occupied beds can expect to pay around $235,000 in liability expenses next year, according to a new report. Liability costs are expected to increase to $2,350 per bed, say the authors of the 14th edition of the Aon/AHCA 2015 Long Term Care General Liability and Professional Liability Actuarial Analysis.

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Many 'Sensible Changes' Exist to Preserve Medicare, Expert Says Medicare could benefit from "sensible changes" to help make it less complicated and expensive, a program expert said November 29. Judith Stein, executive director for the Center for Medicare Advocacy, wrote in an opinion piece for the New York Times that contrary to Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-WI) beliefs, privatization has not helped bring down Medicare costs. Rather, the addition of private options has driven up costs and made the program overcomplicated, Stein said.

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Emergency Preparedness CMS issued a Survey & Certification Memo on their implementation plans for the new federal Emergency Preparedness regulation, which applies to nursing homes, PACE, home health and other providers. The regulation went into effect November 16, 2016 and enforcement by survey agencies begins November 15, 2017. Here is a summary from LeadingAge with links to various resources.



Tech Use Benefits 'Oldest Old,' Stanford Research Suggests The "oldest old" in this country are most likely to turn to technology to keep in touch with family and friends—and that reason for using tech has been linked to a number ofbenefits for this group of seniors. That's according to Stanford University research that was supported by Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD), one of the largest home health providers in the nation.

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Websites Tops for Reaching Senior Living Prospects: Survey Websites are the most effective way for many senior living operators to conduct their marketing, according to industry professionals responding to a new survey. And when it comes to other marketing methods, they said, traditional print advertising and direct mail are more effective than efforts via social media, web advertisements or email marketing. Sixty-eight percent of respondents to the online poll by the American Seniors Housing Association said their own website is their most effective marketing channel.

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Eldercare Robots Take a Step Closer to Senior Living Someday, it may be common for senior living residents and their caregivers to be assisted by robots, and sensors embedded throughout living spaces may be an integral part of healthcare. These technologies may be moving a step closer to everyday reality with IBM Research's Thursday announcement of a prototype Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant, or MERA, as well as a partnership in Italy to test the use of sensors in senior housing.

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