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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

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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.



Conversations with Ginny

When it comes to public policy, there is so much that we can all be excited about.  We’ve had great victories in the past like keeping our Life Plan Communities from being burdened by a bed tax, getting the first rate increase for adult day providers since 1999, helping to re-write the regulations for adult day centers and for assisted living communities/personal care homes.  We can also be excited about having Katie Sloan, our president for LeadingAge be such a champion of public policy.  She believes and I agree, that we need a strong public policy approach for addressing issues on a global level – issues like keeping services viable throughout the continuum of care. We also have traction on the national level thanks to members heeding the call to contact legislators on important issues like protecting Medicaid and Medicare.  But, there is more we can do to be effective both on the state and federal level. 

I am excited to say that our national association is seeking input of our members for building our legislative agenda for the future.  They will be working with us to host a town hall meeting this summer scheduled for July 11th.  The meeting will be an opportunity for our members to weigh in on   issues we should be championing on the national level.  The more members get involved, the stronger our legislative agenda will be in the future!  I encourage you to be part of this important meeting!


So much of what gets done in the legislature is done through relationships and we need to make the most of the relationships that we have with legislators.  Just this week Robert Boyles, a retired pharmacist and former president of the Pharmacy Association of Georgia went with me to meet with legislators and advocate for an increase in funding for adult day centers.  Thanks to Robert’s great relationships in the legislature we had some fruitful conversations with legislators who can help champion our funding request. Robert is living with Lewy Body dementia and if he can make the trek to the Capitol and leverage his relationships with legislators, we can all rise up to the challenge of building on our relationships to further our legislative effectiveness.

We also have an untapped champions - our residents, clients and their families.  Constituents matter greatly to legislators and those we serve have relationships that we don’t know about until was ask.  This week, a legislator indicated she wanted to champion funding for adult day centers but needed to better understand how the funding is used.  While we explained it, we also reached out to Joe Robbins, an adult day center operator in the legislator’s district.  In addition to being willing to talk to the legislator, Joe identified a family member of a client who is a big fan of adult day services and a friend to the legislator.  With one phone call to the family member, Joe is helping with the lifting of getting funding.

This fall, we’ll host workshops to maximize our advocacy efforts.  Together, we’ll build on the outcomes of the town hall meeting. We’ll identify legislative priorities and develop strategies for successes on the state and federal level.  We’ll focus on maximizing relationships including opportunities for engaging those we serve in advocacy efforts like hosting meetings with legislators. We will formalize our plans for maximizing our advocacy effectiveness.    We would like to hold the workshops in several areas of the state in order to give members across the state the opportunity to engage with advocacy efforts.  If you are interested in hosting a workshop please contact me at


Best, Ginny



Elderly Housing Symposium - RESCHEDULED

The Elderly Housing Symposium has been rescheduled to February 28, 2018.


Click HERE to register




LeadingAge GA|SC Annual Conference on Aging


Whether you're seeking continuing education, transformation in your work experience, impactful learning nuggets, deeper dives into topic areas, learning vignettes which incite action, thought leader discussions, or all of the above—join us for the 2018 LeadingAge Georgia Regional Conference on Aging.

Access up to 15 CORE & ETHICS CEU hours for Certification & Licensure: LNHA, SW, HUD, ALC, PCH, CRCF, etc.


Don't want to be left out of the loop, register today to ensure you're in the headquarters hotel venue:

Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville, SC
Click HERE for host Hotel Reservations


Conference Workshops & Highlights


Tuesday, April 17

  • Pre-conference: Person Centered Dementia Care Deep Dive
  • Leading w/Confidence Today & Tomorrow (Strategy for Payment Reform, Care Coordination Partnerships, and Accessing ACOs and Funding Optimization)
  • HUD Compliance: "MOR & More for Emerging Leaders"
  • Home Care Success for Today & Tomorrow
  • Data Driven Person Centered/Dementia-Friendly Care
  • Life on Purpose: "Creating and Environment for Workplace Wellness"
  • Staffing & Workforce Challenges – The Strategic & Business Implications

Wednesday, April 18

  • Building High Performing Clinical Teams - A Case Study
  • What every Senior Living Community Owner/Operator Needs to Know about Asset Protection, Tax Reduction, Estate Planning, & Case Law
  • Middle Market Challenges
  • Business Growth Strategies for Hospice Leadership
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care: Risks, Regulatory, and Claims
  • Financial Fraud and Elder Exploitation: What is the Key to Prevention?
  • Compensation/Retention/ Incentives Practices "Thriving in a Time of Attrition"
  • Navigating the Course: "The Most Widely Utilized Finance Options"
  • Break away Market Growth
  • Fund Development in Your Community with Staff of One or None
  • Investing in Individuals: The Key to Retaining your Staff
  • Blue Design & Biophillia: "Nature-Design Relationships"
  • Project Failing to Launch
  • Moderately Priced Housing "An Industry Challenge"
  • Census Turnaround
  • Gift Acceptance Policies
  • Religious Accommodations in the Workplace
  • Social Wellness Network "Measured Benefits for your Current and Future Residents/Clients"
  • Single Site Communities Networking Reception (invitation only)

Solutions Center Exposition -- What's Trending in the Market Place?
University Partners Vignette on "Research and Trends" in the EDU-Lounge

  • Dr. Jennifer Craft-Morgan, Georgia State University
  • Susan Hildebrandt, LeadingAge
  • Dr. Toni Miles, University of Georgia
  • Clemson University Speaker

Thursday, April 19

  • Ethics in Leadership
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Thriving in a Highly Competitive Environment
  • "A Primer to Compare the Not-for-profit vs. For Profit Difference"
  • Designing Your Digital Presence specifically for Seniors
  • "Employees on Purpose – Building a Culture of Lawful Care for Today's Colleague"
  • Discover ways to Best Support Residents & Clients with Sensory Disorders as They Age
  • From Trepidation to Transformation: Turning your staff into Champions of Resident-based Technology
  • Beyond Brick and Mortar "Making the Move into HCBS"
  • Facebook for Senior Living: Using Story Telling to Bring your Community to Life
  • Corporate Suite Staff & CEO Round Table Panel on Changes in the Workforce…Succession Planning
  • HUD REAC Purpose and Preparedness
  • Advance Care Planning to POLST: "Your Wishes Please!"

Who Should Attend
Previous LeadingAge GA | SC | AL Conferences have drawn attendees from across the nation. We welcome emerging leaders and those with extensive experience and expertise in the field of aging and professionals from myriad industries which intersect with our field. Expect to network with individuals from across the full spectrum of care. Join us in the spirit of shared learning and discovery, including CEO's, CFO's, COO's, corporate leadership, executive directors, human resources professionals, administrators, licensed nurses, physical plant engineers/maintenance professionals, marketing professionals, occupancy & admissions professionals, certified nursing assistants, therapists, activity professionals, social workers, wellness directors, physicians, dietary professionals, home care/home health professionals and other direct care providers, care managers, elder care advocates, ombudsmen, policymakers, regulators, consultants, chaplains, educators, researchers, and fund developers.


Register now!

Click HERE for the Attendee Registration Brochure

Click HERE for the 2018 Exhibitor | Sponsor Prospectus



Value First



Save Money on MRO
Looking for savings on maintenance, repair and operations? Whether you are in the market for new appliances and air conditioning units or planning to replace cabinets and furniture, let Value First vendors compete for your business.
There are hundreds of contracts in place that cover virtually everything your community needs.


Reduce Ongoing Renovations Expense
If your community does a significant number of unit turns or renovations throughout the year, Value First can work with vendors to negotiate prices on appliances and other items based on anticipated volume for the year. You achieve cost savings based on total quantity rather than one-off discounts. And, items can be drop shipped as needed so you don't have to worry about storage.

  • Appliance
  • Ceiling Tile
  • Elevators
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Nurse Call
  • Paint
  • Plumbing
  • Security Systems
  • Wall Protection
  • ....and more

Free Cost Studies
Value First members are eligible to have cost studies done free of charge.

  • Food and Dietary Services
  • Janitorial and Housekeeping
  • Medical Supplies
  • Office Supplies

Cost studies help to identify potential savings by comparing what you are currently paying to pricing available, for the same products, through Value First group purchasing organization.

Contact your Value 1st Representative
Georgia ▪ North Carolina ▪ South Carolina
For additional information contact your Value First representative Vanessa Ceasar at (404) 421-3956 or send an email to Value First group purchasing is owned by LeadingAge. This is your GPO!



Unemployment Services Trust


Could Your Community be Overpaying?
Last Year, nearly $30 million in potential unemployment liability was mitigated for over 2,200 nonprofits. Prevent your community from overpaying by gaining valuable insights from the latest webinar recording presented by the Unemployment Services Trust (UST).

The short webinar recording reveals the most common unemployment & HR risks and how to combat those risks. In the webinar, UST covers:

  • Reducing unemployment tax liability as a 501(c)(3)
  • Benchmarking unemployment costs
  • Protecting funding from claims and liability
  • Efficiently managing unemployment claims, protests, and hearings
  • Avoiding costly HR mistakes
  • Getting free outplacement services as a nonprofit

About UST
LeadingAge has partnered with UST since 2002 to help our members lower the cost of unemployment at their nonprofit. UST's extensive program, created by and for nonprofits is designed to help communities like yours lower unemployment and HR liability.

To find out if UST can help your community reduce paperwork burdens and unemployment costs, submit a free Unemployment Cost Analysis online. Use priority code 2018LA to expedite the process. Should you have any questions, please contact UST directly at 888-249-4788.



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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 April



April 1 Easter Sunday

April 7 National Beer Day

April 15 Income Taxes Due

April 22 Earth Day

April 27 Arbor Day

April 30 Passover






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Public Policy

LeadingAge Georgia Public Policy Report

By Tom Bauer, LeadingAge Georgia Policy Advisor

The 2018 Georgia General Assembly started Monday, January 8th and-as of this writing-is just passed the one-third mark of its 40 day session. The pace on the House and Senate floors has remained very slow. However, in the last few days committees have begun to meet and pass legislation onto the Rules Committees, which set the floor calendars. Also, leadership has set the calendar for the rest of the session, and the legislature is scheduled to adjourn March 29.


LeadingAge Georgia will be working to achieve success on the items in the 2017-2018 public policy agenda. In addition, LeadingAge Georgia will monitor two legislative issues of the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly (CO-AGE), dealing with the identification of direct caregivers to vulnerable adults who have a history of abuse.

Public Policy Agenda/CO-AGE

Many of the issues on the public policy agenda for 2017-2018 require work in the executive branch (as opposed to the General Assembly), but immediate attention will be focused on adult day center issues, particularly related to an increase in the Medicaid reimbursement rate under both the Community Care Services Program (CCSP) and SOURCE.


LeadingAge Georgia staff, including President Ginny Helms, have had several meetings with legislators at the Capitol-including the chairmen of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees- in order to advocate for at least a 5% increase in reimbursement rates for adult day health center providers,


In addition, LeadingAge Georgia is closely following expected legislation to implement one of the priorities of the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia's Elderly (CO-AGE), which carried over from 2017: establishment of an Abuser Registry to help prevent the hiring of caregivers with a known history of abusing vulnerable adults. With the interest of the Department of Community Health (DCH) the issue has evolved into one to require fingerprint checks. Governor Deal's office and DCH are working on a bill, and LeadingAge is waiting to see which direct caregivers are affected, as well as whether it will require fingerprints for exiting-as well as prospective- employees.


It now appears that one of the other CO-AGE priorities- Medicaid Assisted Living, an issue which also touches upon Leading Age's interest in Georgia, i.e., developing a new waiver to serve persons whose needs are less than those requiring nursing home care, will be addressed after the 2018 General Assembly.


Senior Week at the Capitol

LeadingAge Georgia will be participating in Senior Week at the Capitol the week of February 5. A contingent of residents from Clairmont Oaks will come to the Capitol on February 8 to advocate for CO-AGE priorities.

Georgia Institute on Aging









Leadership Academy - First Event (class is full)

February 14, 2018


GAAP Meeting
February 20, 2017



Service Coordinators Forum Call

February 21, 2018
11:00am - 11:30am
Topic : Senior Legal Aid and Advanced Directives Preparedness

1-712-432-6100 Pass code 27514617


Marketing Professionals/Occupany Specialists Webinar

February 21, 2018
1:00—2:00 pm

Topic: Detaching from the Outcome: How to Make More Sales by Not Selling


Maintenance Professionals Forum

February 22, 2018


Adult Day Services Symposium

February 23, 2018



Elderly Housing Symposium
February 28, 2018





Certified Eden at Home Training

March 6-8, 2018



Assisted Living Symposium

March 13, 2018

Registration coming soon


Leadership Academy - Second Event

March 14, 2018


Workforce Summit

March 28, 2018





2018 Annual Conference
April 17-19, 2018
Greenville, SC

Attendee Registration

Exhibitor Prospectus

Hotel Reservations




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Center for Positive Aging







Random Acts of Kindness

In addition to celebrating African American History month in February, I love acknowledging Random Acts of Kindness week. Although Random Acts of Kindness is recognized nationally February 11-17, I affirm it throughout the year. When we give of ourselves through acts of kindness, it has been scientifically proven that we experience everything from life satisfaction to self-realization and our physical health is significantly improved. We live longer, we have less depression and our well-being and good fortune are increased.

As I contemplated the theme of Acts of Kindness, I was reminded of a story about a man who loved his wife, but as a result of his job, he traveled a lot. He very seldom expressed his love for her. On one of the occasions when he was away, she became sick and died. He did not make it home in time before she passed away. As he grieved and was going through her personal items, he found a journal she kept. In reading her entries about how she longed for special time with him and the lavishing of love she wanted to share with him, he wept. It was on his last trip before she died that he had bought a gift he wanted to surprise her with … he had waited too long and it was too late. I remembered this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon … it will be too late."


As we age, we have a better appreciation of life and all that it brings. We feel warm inside when we think of the person, someone we may or may not even know who helped us by simply holding a door open as we approached, maybe gave us a friendly smile in passing, or someone we had not been in touch with for a while who called just to say hello and see how we were doing. How would those acts of kindness make us feel?


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Culture Change News

2018 CCNG Advisory Group Meeting Dates & Update

Friday, April 20, 2018 | 9:30am – noon | Location: TBA
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 9:30am – noon | Location: TBA
Friday, October 12, 2018 | 9:30am – noon | Location: TBA



Certified Eden at Home Associate Training

Space is limited.


This annual certification will be offered at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta March 6-8, 2018.

Over 200 LeadingAge Georgia members have become Certified Eden Associates over the last four years. Members continue to use the information, materials, and principles in their planning, programming, and to support organizational change to become more person-centered.


This 3-day training empowers participants to serve as change agents, prepared to infuse person-directed practices into the daily operations of their organizations. Participants learn how to apply the Eden Alternative Ten Principles in all settings to create a life worth living for all members of the care partner team. Since education is central to this process, Certified Eden at Home Associates are also prepared to facilitate Eden at Home Care Partner Workshops, a turn-key learning experience designed to share Eden at Home concepts with a variety of care partners (employees, family members, volunteers, and the Elders themselves). Certified Eden at Home Associates focus on inspiring care partners to build collaborative teams that include the active participation of the Elders themselves.


Grant funds are available via the Georgia Institute on Aging thanks to support from Alliant Health Solutions, Inc.


These funds are limited and will provide for a $200 per person refund for no more than two people per LeadingAge Georgia member organization as long as funds last


NOTE: Members receiving grant funds must be able to attend all three days of the certification, must arrive on time and stay for the full day.

If you want to use grant funds, please check with Susan Watkins at LeadingAge Georgia to make sure funds are still available (



Register directly with The Eden Alternative and forward your completed registration receipt to Susan Watkins at LeadingAge Georgia ( to receive your refund.


Early Bird Rate: $495 (sign up 10 days or more prior to training)
Group Rate: $475 (4 or more people from same organization)


NOTE: If you register 4 staff, remember you can only access $400 of grant funds to cover the first two.


NAB approved for 19.5 CEU hours


Click HERE to register


Adult Day Services (GADSA)



2018 Adult Day Services Symposium

Agenda includes information and updates on the following:

  • Regulations and Surveys
    Elaine Wright, GA Department of Community Health
  • Public Policy Roundtable
    Ginny Helms, LeadingAge Georgia; Ned Morgens, Skylark Senior Care; Claire Russell, The Homeplace
  • Medicaid Non-Emergency Transportation Update
    James Peoples (DCH, Medicaid Transportation)
  • Various Shared Learning Topics

Click HERE to register


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: Carla Jones, Rosswoods; Peggy Padgett, Georgia Infirmary Adult Day Health



GA Association of Activity Professionals




2018 Training Events

February 20, 2018 GAAP Winter Symposium

Register now for our kick-off event at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Topic: Care Plan: "GAAP Stantdard of Care in Documentation and Planning for Residents and Client Engagement"


Click HERE to register


July 20, 2018 GAAP Summer Symposia - Save the Date


Activity and Life Enrichment professionals are a critical asset to creating an environment for lives worth living in the senior living and aging services arena.
That's why we're happy to announce the return of the Georgia Associaiton of Activity Professionals! Your significant involvement will ensure the future of this great organization contiues its mission of providing Activity Professionals with quality and affordable opportunities for professional development and personal growth.


2018 GAAP Leadership Team

President: Scott Bassett (Philips Tower, Decatur)
Vice-President: Amanda Bennett (Campbell-Stone Sandy Springs; Atlanta)
Membership: Melissa Scott-Walter (A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab; Atlanta)
Program/Education: Liana Sisco (Lutheran Towers; Atlanta)


So much of the success of Activities professionals depends on the networking and ideas shared by those of us "in the trenches". Opportunities for collaboration with peers, in addition to the vendors and speakers, helps to expand our knowledge, our inspiration, and our personal emotional investments in our communities. Every community is different, to be able to attend events that encourage the sharing of our success stories and positive experiences, is vital for the industry as a whole.


- Amanda Bennett, Campbell-Stone Sandy Springs

LeadingAge Georgia Business Connection

The Cost of the Health Care Work Force One of the biggest factors health care providers deal with, when it comes to cost, is labor. Retention, hiring, recruiting and training are all factors that go into the labor cost. Also, since the ACA has been implemented the cost of benefits has risen dramatically in most areas. It is estimated that labor costs make up at least 60 percent of a health care organizations budget (Attendance on Demand, 2015). The very complicated balance faced by all health care providers is reducing labor cost without risking the quality of care being provided. In 2011, the oldest Baby Boomers (defined by those born between 1946 and 1964) began celebrating their 65th birthdays and each day through 2029, 10,000 more will cross that threshold nationwide. As this demographic trend plays out, there will be an increased demand for services providing care for the elderly, with a significant shortage of staff available, (PHCA, 2017).


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Tax Reform Act Overview

Nick Rider, CPA with Mauldin & Jenkins gave the LeadingAge Georgia board a great overview of the changes in the tax code based on the Tax Reform Act of 2018.  Three topics that might be of particular interest to our members are the changes in medical expense deductions, the new charitable contribution limitation and individual tax rates and brackets.  The good news is the 7.5% medical expense deduction threshold for medical expenses is temporary for 2017 and 2018.  The charitable contribution deduction limitation increase to 60% will require members to have even better messaging on the value of mission based services. The changes in the individual tax rates and brackets will result in deductions for most income brackets. However, since there are changes in what is allowed for deductions you may want to share the information with your employees in case they care to adjust their tax withholdings.


Nick Rider generously agreed to share his Power Point presentation with our members.  Click here for the presentation.




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.




Georgia-Pacific Professional (GP Pro) is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. The company employs more than 30,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North America and South America.


Main Contact:

Beth Gunter, Strategic Accounts Executive
GP Pro | Georgia Pacific

133 Peachtree Street, 36th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-652-2845




Hekman Contract, a division of Howard Miller Clock Company, is an industry leader in design, manufacturing, and insight into the senior living market. Headquartered in West Michigan, Hekman Contract offers unique and compelling products which span resident rooms, dining rooms, lounge areas, theaters, and accent pieces. Products are meticulously designed and crafted in consideration of the diverse needs in senior living. Producing world class products that are fully functional, aesthetically relevant and offer lasting durability is the essence of Hekman Contract..


Main Contact:

Bryan Durkis, Principal

Southeast Contract Sales, LLC

2135 A Defoor Hills ROad
Atlanta, GA 30318

Phone: 678-516-5766



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Value-based Population Health

Assessing the terrain in value base population health management

Series 2 of 5


In the early 1800s the names Frederick Tudor and Nathaniel Wyeth were synonymous with the commercial ice shipping business. After learning of the first shipment of ice from New York to Charleston South Carolina in 1799 these two men decided this was their opportunity for fortune. Aware of the tremendous demand for ice in tropical locations their combined innovations, persistence and business savvy allowed them to dominate this industry. Frederick Tudor designed and developed insulating materials that reduced the melting of ice in transport from 66% to less than 8%. He then established ice houses for all his major markets to aid in the preservation and distribution of their product. Nathaniel Wyeth designed a mechanical device that could cut ice more consistently then the manual technique allowing more efficient and effective stacking of the ice once harvested. Their success fueled the growth and profitability of the ice shipping industry. As demand for sources of natural ice grew processes developed to maximize the identification and harvesting of this resource. One account suggests that by 1847 one thousand tons of ice was being removed from Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond daily1. After suffering early financial setbacks they went on to control the majority of ice shipping in the world and set the price for their product. Both men would leave behind considerable fortunes upon their deaths.


In 1803, while Tudor and Wyeth were attempting to monopolize the collecting and distribution of natural ice, Thomas Moore was being issued a patent for the first refrigeration unit. By 1834 John Hague had developed a working refrigeration device using compressed vapor. In 1844 Dr. John Gorrie designed an air cycle refrigerating machine for making ice and by 1855 Alexander Twining had constructed the first commercial ice making plant in Cleveland Ohio2. Records show that in 1921 there were 5000 mechanical refrigerators produced in the US and that 80% of American farms and 90% of city residences had one of these devices in 19501. In the space of 150 years the ice shipping industry had gone from providing an indispensable commodity for an evolving middle class to near obsolescence. The tectonic shift that dethroned the ice business was driven by the Industrial Revolution and the technological advances it brought which made the efforts invested in ice shipping supply chain efficiency outmoded and irrelevant.


The healthcare industry in America has likewise undergone tremendous change as a result of the Industrial Revolution. One of the best chronicles of that change is Paul Starr's book The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The rise of a sovereign profession and the making of a vast industry. For those interested in a deeper dive in the evolution of America's fee-for-service care delivery model I recommend it highly. Starr makes note that physicians were generally the first in most communities to purchase automobiles and telephones because both of these devices increased their availability to clients and turnaround time for service delivery. He also brings insight as to why a payment model based on monetization of units of care would evolve from a fragmented delivery model taking shape in a new Republic built on capitalism. But as the responsibility for the cost of care shifted largely from the individual receiving the services to first the employer of the individual to a government sponsored tax payer underwritten model the treatment of disease evolved from a community specific service governed by colloquial social contracts to the corporatization of American Medicine.


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News Throughout the Spectrum of Aging Services

Assisted Living Communities/Personal Care Homes

Assisted Living Communities Top Nursing Homes for Caregiver Pay
Assisted living communities pay staff nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses and
certified nurse aides more than do nursing homes, on average, according to the 20th annual "Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report," published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Full Article



Federally Assisted Housing (HUD-Subsidized)

HUD Security/CyberAwareness Annual Training Updated
EIV users are required to complete online security training annually as outlined in HUD Notice H 13-06. To meet this requirement, EIV users must complete the new online CyberAwareness Challenge 2018 training program. At the end of the training, EIV users must save, print and maintain the Certificate of Completion provided.

Full Article


LeadingAge Submits Three-Year Certification Interim Rule Comments
As previously addressed, HUD is implementing FAST Act provisions that, among other things, allow public housing agencies (PHAs) and multifamily housing owners to conduct less-than-full income and asset verifications for families with 90 percent or more of their income coming from fixed-income sources, so full verification will only be required every three years instead of annually. This interim final rule takes effect on March 12 for owners who wish to take advantage of the new flexibilities.

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Home and Community Based Services

2018 Brings Major Changes to HCBS for Veterans
Even though we have seen a positive move towards the use of community home health services by the Veteran's Health Administration, there has been challenges in ordering and paying for adult day services, non-emergency transportation and hospice through the VA CHOICES program and the VA Extended Care budget. Also, the inconsistency in policy concerning utilization and payment of adult day services, and non-emergency transportation has also been a barrier for Veterans to obtain needed services.

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Cuts Threaten National Program that Transitions Seniors out of Nursing Homes
Money Follows the Person, a 12-year-old program that helps seniors and people with disabilities move out of nursing homes, may run out of money. The National Council on Aging Monday called the initiative "one of the longest running and most successful Medicaid demonstrations," noting that it has helped more than 75,000 people in 47 states since it was enacted in 2006.

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Medicaid Home Care Demand Grows, States Grapple with Spending
More long-term care spending is going toward home- and community-based services (HCBS), according to a recent survey of all 50 states and the District of Columbia by Kaiser Family Foundation. Through the three main Medicaid HCBS programs in 2014— mandatory state plan home health services, personal care services, and Section 1915 (c) waivers—nearly 3.2 million people received services. Forty-seven states offered 287 waivers, which allow states to expand financial eligibility and offer HCBS to seniors and people with disabilities who would otherwise qualify for institutional care.

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Life Plan Community/CCRC

How One CCRC Transformed Vacancies into Great Local Publicity
In senior housing, it may prove worthwhile to consider vacant units as unique
opportunities, as opposed to just empty space waiting to be sold. That's exactly what happened recently at Henry Ford Village in Dearborn, Michigan. The continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is the largest of its kind in Michigan as well as the thirdlargest CCRC in the country, with 854 independent living apartments and approximately 900 current residents across all of its care settings.

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Nursing Care/Rehab

New Bundled Payment Model May Leave SNFs at Disadvantage
A new voluntary bundled payment model announced this week doesn't focus on costsaving innovations in the long-term care setting and limits benefits for those providers, observers said January 10th. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced the long-awaited Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced, or BPCI Advanced, on January 9th.

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Trump Administration Eases Nursing Home Fines in Victory for Industry
The Trump administration is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury, part of a broader relaxation of regulations under the president. The shift in the Medicare program's penalty protocols was requested by the nursing home industry. The American Health Care Association, the industry's main trade group, has complained that under President Barack Obama, federal inspectors focused excessively on catching wrongdoing rather than helping nursing homes improve.

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Alzheimer's Association Issues New Guidance for Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
The Alzheimer's Association published new recommendations meant to shape
dementia care practice at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care and community care providers. The recommendations, posted online and to be published as a supplement to the February issue of The Gerontologist, outline 56 recommendations across 10 content areas.

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General Notes of Interest

How Amazon Could Take on Home Care Amazon (NYSE: AMZN) is entering the health care market, and its momentum could carry the retail giant into the home care space. Watching Amazon's actions and guessing at next steps has become a spectator sport, and as the home health care space is in the midst of a major consolidation period, industry players are looking for opportunities to both benefit from Amazon and defend from potential competition.

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Expect Labor Challenges to Continue in 2018: Report Expect continued modest growth of approximately 1.5% in the senior living workforce this year, according to Argentum's "Senior Living Labor & Workforce Trends: 2018 Forecasts" report. By comparison, the industry added jobs at a 2.9% average annual rate between 1990 and 2016, states the report, which makes projections using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Nearly 100% of Caregivers Ready to Leave Jobs At Any Time The competition for labor is old news for many home care agencies, but the number of workers who are ready to jump ship might be surprising even to industry veterans. Specifically, 65% of caregivers are "always looking for a better job," while 97% are open to a job opportunity at any given time, according to new research findings from, a company of Healthcare Research. MyCNAjobs, which is based in Chicago, offers a suite of recruitment tools for senior care workers.

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Provider Finds Formula to Beat Industry Averages on Retention Though some senior living providers must focus solely on higher wages or robust benefits to attract and retain top industry talent, that's not the case at Presby's Inspired Life. The Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania-based nonprofit, which has four senior living communities and more than 30 affordable housing properties in and around the greater Philadelphia area, recently reported that 41% of its workforce had been with the company for five or more years. The faith-based organization also currently has a 24% turnover rate, which falls below such industry benchmarks as the 31% national assisted living turnover rate reported in the latest Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report from the
Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.


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Donating Unused Medications

Did you know that you could be donating your unused medications instead of destroying them?


Georgia's long-term-care sector destroys millions of dollars worth of perfectly good medications each year! By opting to donate these medications instead, communities can save valuable staff time, reduce destruction costs, and improve the health of fellow Georgians.


Donation is legal thanks to the passage of HB 897, which created the Georgia Donated Drug Repository Program allowing nursing homes, assisted living, and other organizations to donate unused medications. Donated medications must be unexpired, non-controlled, and in unopened packaging, which includes "bubble" packs with some pills still un-popped.


Watch this WSB/ABC Channel 2 Evening News story to see how this new program is already helping Georgians!


If your community would like to start donating, register with the nonprofit SIRUM here SIRUM will help train your staff and coordinate your donations. To find out more, download this information packet or contact Gina De Biasi at or 650-488-7434.


The Next Big Thing at 2018 CES: Gadgets with an Older Crowd in Mind Every year, CES — that's the Consumer Electronics Show — unveils the world's latest and greatest in technology. Many of the "wow" items are often aimed at younger consumers who are willing to pay dearly to be early adopters. But this year, serving an aging population safely and efficiently emerged as an early, and possibly lucrative, theme.

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CAST Releases Cyber Security White Paper CAST has released a Cybersecurity White Paper and a Benchmarking Questionnaire to help LeadingAge members and other aging services organizations understand what cybersecurity threats are, how to mitigate risks, and how to respond if attacked. The Benchmarking Questionnaire will help providers identify best practices, and where providers may be at risk, so that they can work to plug those vulnerabilities.



3 Technology Integration Lessons for Senior Living in 2018 As senior living providers continue to embrace technology to deliver the most up-to-date care techniques, five areas of tech will be booming in 2018: wearables, Internet of Things, telemedicine, voice activation and security. More important than any one technology, though, is how they work together.

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Job Mart

Administrator - Calvin Court

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Chief Operating Officer - A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab

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Director of Operations - Athens Community Council on Aging

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Home Services Director of Nursing - Lanier Village Estates

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Executive Director - Campbell-Stone Apartments

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Executive Director - Wesley Woods of Newnan

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