Should Your CCRC Expand into HCBS?

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Published On: Oct 28, 2014

Expanding into home and community-based services (HCBS) is a natural progression for a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). That’s because the primary benefit of the CCRC model is to allow people to age in 1 community even if they need additional health care services over time.
We find that some of our most successful HCBS members started as CCRCs. I don’t believe that is a coincidence.
The leadership and staff of CCRCs have the skill set to attract and maintain quality staff, promote wellness and prevention, and facilitate care coordination for the older adults they serve. CCRC leaders also have risk-management skills that can help them succeed as operators of Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and other types of HCBS.

Why Would a CCRC Want to Move Toward HCBS?

There are many reasons why a CCRC might want to begin offering home and community-based services. This move could help you: Read rest the rest of the story on the LeadingAge website.

Modifying Heart Health May Boost Brain Health

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A timely article about how cardiovascular health can affect cognitive ability…

Modifying Heart Health May Boost Brain Health

by Roscoe Nicholson on June 18, 2014

The American Heart Association has released an assessment tool called Life’s Simple 7 that focuses on modifiable health behaviors, which can be used to promote cardiovascular health. Previously researchers have shown a relationship between cardiovascular problems and a greater risk of cognitive decline. In light of the earlier research, researchers wondered whether scores on Life’s Simple 7 could be associated with a greater risk of cognitive decline. If so, this association of decline with a tool focused on modifiable health behaviors could provide motivation for making lifestyle changes that will benefit the heart and brain.

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Aging with Dignity

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Here’s a quick read about engaging seniors to stay healthy, something we strive to achieve every day at FPH! We especially look for opportunities for multigenerational experiences. So check this out…

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Aging with Dignity

Building relationships with seniors

Anne Basting, a UW-Milwaukee professor of play analysis, is using her talents to help benefit seniors. “Transforming Care for Elders through Creative Engagement”—a collaboration between the Peck School of the Arts, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, TimeSlips and Sojourn Theatre—will be held June 23-25 at the UWM School of Continuing Education. The effort aims to help teach students, artists and caretakers the important link between person-centered care and creative engagement.One of the goals of this collaboration is to help seniors feel less lonely by engaging with younger people. Why is that important?

The isolation of living alone at home or in a facility can be profound. The majority of seniors are at home, and they try to stay at home for as long as they possibly can. But you can begin to feel really isolated—especially if your family has moved away. We want people to have independence, but also reduce the sense of isolation. We try to create currents between people.

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Community Engagement: A Winning Strategy

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Education Spotlight: Social Accountability
Published On: Mar 10, 2014 on the LeadingAge website

With implementation of the Affordable Care Act and challenges to tax exemption looming, it is increasingly important for senior living organizations to engage the greater community beyond their four walls.

Partnership building is critical in these times, and fulfilling the not-for-profit mission requires a broader view of who the provider organizations’ constituents truly are. 

Faith-Based CCRC Article in NY Times

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This is a great article explaining what faith-based continuing care retirement communities like Florida Presbyterian Homes are all about.

Faith-Based Housing That Meets Evolving Needs
MARCH 12, 2014

Residents at Pennswood Village in Bucks County, Pa., a “spiritually vibrant” retirement community founded on Quaker values. When Elaine Daniels turned 60, she made a small deposit on a senior living apartment at Pennswood Village, knowing that one day she might want to move into the retirement community founded on Quaker values.

In November, at age 78, she finally did.

“I didn’t want to worry any more about the roof leaking or shoveling snow,” said Ms. Daniels, an artist who had previously lived in nearby New Hope, Pa. “I did not have a husband. I did not have a child. I wanted to go someplace that would take care of me the rest of my life. “

Ms. Daniels chose what is called a continuing care retirement community, which provides a range of care from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing. Some are faith-based, like Pennswood, where she now lives independently in a newly renovated apartment with access to three dining rooms, various services, including health care and shuttle bus service, and excursions to chamber music concerts in Princeton, N.J.

continuing reading article on the New York Times website

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