Category Archives: Aging

Berks Elder Network Meeting – February 8, 2023

Fellow Senior Advocates,  
You are invited to attend the February 8th BEN Meeting. Holisticare Hospice will be our host.    

The RSVP deadline is Friday February 3rd and RSVP’s go directly to Allison Heller, Program Director   Host address: 1150 Berkshire Blvd, Suite 209 (2nd floor) Wyomissing, PA 19610   Masks are required   Speaker: Holisticare’s Pauline Broberg-Lewin AARL Method; Making Music with the Dying.   Breakfast & refreshments at 8am. Meeting starts at 8:15 AM
Jennifer Teller, Owner & CEO Comfort Keepers 610-678-8000 referrals 484-824-1084 Direct
Comfort Keepers 

PA Link Lebanon County Partner Meeting 2-3-23 at 8:30 am

Join our “Spotlight presenters” from The Arc of Lancaster Lebanon Maureen Westcott, Executive Director and Amy Fisher, Advocacy and Family Support

Via zoom on Feb. 3, 2023 at 8:30.

We will be inviting partners from Lebanon and Lancaster to participate.
They will provide an overview on The Arc of Lancaster Lebanon and a presentation for Life Course Tools.The Arc’s Facing Forward Program works with families of transition aged students (14-21) using the Charting the LifeCourse Framework to develop a vision for what a good life looks like and identify the path to get there by discussing goal setting, employment, independent living, waiver funding, natural and paid supports, social security, guardianship, financial planning, safety and security, and discussions among families about their successes and challenges. 
Nicki Habecker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: PA Link ADRC Lebanon County Monthly Partner Meeting

Time: Feb 3, 2023 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)    

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Manor at Market Square – Welcoming New Residents

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Consumer Voice – quality long term care

View this message on our website.The Voice logoSHARE:  November 1, 2022

In this Issue:Staffing in Nursing Homes and How It Affects Residents
See the Agenda for the Virtual Consumer Voice Conference
Save the Date: Virtual Office Hour on Visitation During the Holidays

Inadequate Staffing in Nursing Homes and How It Affects Residents

Chronic understaffing has been a serious problem in nursing homes for decades and has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are numerous factors contributing to this problem, one major cause is the lack of adequate minimum staffing standards at both the state and federal levels.  Consumer Voice has continued to focus on staffing in nursing homes as an advocacy priority.Report: High Staff Turnover: A Job Quality Crisis in Nursing Homes – Our report sheds light on how nursing homes with higher staff turnover perform poorly in a variety of measures. It examines how staff turnover harms residents, the causes of high turnover, and offers solutions to this endemic problem.Last Spring, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that included requests for information regarding the implementation of a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes. Minimum standards ensure that staffing will not fall to a level that would be harmful to residents. Consumer Voice submitted comments to CMS strongly supporting the proposal for a minimum staffing standard.  CMS stated it planned to propose a minimum staffing standard within one year.Report: Staffing Matters – Our report looked at federal data regarding nursing home staffing levels and how it affects outcomes for residents. It found that nursing homes with higher staffing levels have higher overall, health inspection, and staffing ratings. Plus, the data also revealed that as staffing levels decrease in nursing homes, the instances of resident abuse rise.
Learn more about our work around staffing in nursing homes on our website.

See the Agenda for the Virtual Consumer Voice Conference

Join us online December 8-9, 2022 for the virtual portion of the Consumer Voice Conference!Listen to key experts discuss the latest policy updates; Hear the voice of long-term care consumers; Connect with advocates nationwide and learn about best practices;Gain skills relevant to your work; and Get revitalized and equipped with new tools to put your systems and individual advocacy into action!2022 Virtual Conference AgendaPlus, view select recorded sessions from the in-person conference. Register for the virtual conference to participate in the live event and to have access to session recordings and materials for 60 days.

Save the Date: Virtual Office Hour on Visitation During the Holidays

The National Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) is hosting a virtual open office hour the last Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm ET for long-term care Ombudsmen representatives. The next call is Wednesday, November 30th. This is an opportunity to ask questions, share information, and have open conversations with your peers and NORC staff.

The focus of the November call will be visitation in nursing homes during the holidays. These Zoom calls do not include a structured presentation and are open to all State Ombudsmen and their program representatives. These calls will not be recorded and do not require registration. Use this link to join:

Call With Surgeon General: Increasing Bivalent Vaccination of Older Adults and People With Disabilities

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Call With Surgeon General: Increasing Bivalent Vaccination of Older Adults and People With Disabilities Tuesday, November 8, 2022 | 12-1 PM ET
    Register here  
The HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) invite you to join a webinar with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and other subject matter experts on how we can work together to accelerate vaccination of people with disabilities, older adults, and others who are at greatest risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Staying up to date on vaccinations is the most important thing we all can do to protect ourselves from serious illness due to COVID-19, and it’s particularly crucial for older adults and people with disabilities. This webinar will address the questions and common misunderstandings that prevent many people from getting their updated shots.

Dr. Murthy will share the latest information about COVID-19 and what people need to know about staying up to date with their vaccines to protect themselves from serious illness.

You’ll also hear from boots-on-the-ground organizations in Connecticut about how the aging and disability networks partnered – with each other and with local public health systems – to get shots into the arms of older adults and people with disabilities. They’ll also share lessons learned and successful strategies that can be employed in other communities.
In addition, Dr. Meg Sullivan, Chief Medical Officer for the HHS Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), will talk about what people need to do if they have symptoms.

Agenda: Welcome: Marvin Figueroa, Director, IEA Vaccine update: Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General How the aging and disability networks can accelerate vaccination: Alison Barkoff, Acting ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Walter Glomb, Director, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities Beverly Kidder, Vice President of Community Programs, Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut What to do if you have symptoms: Dr. Meg Sullivan, Chief Medical Officer, ASPR Q&A If you have a question you would like to submit for the panelists, we encourage you to submit it in advance through the Zoom registration link. The webinar will include live captioning and ASL. If you need additional accommodations to participate, please indicate your requirements when registering for the webinar.

Berks County: Win a Stairlift!

Penn Cares Upcoming Webinar

Senior BlueBook – Resources for Aging Well

Seniors Blue Book of South Central PA

Phone: 717-344-5580 Fax: 866-319-7222

Join the PA Link for Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Counties mini-summit in person or virtually!

Improvig Quality of Care, Together