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LeadingAge Colorado Workforce News

April 26, 2018



Top 6 Tips for Successful Senior Living Employee Recruitment

Employee recruitment and retention has been a hot-button issue in the senior housing industry for some time—and the topic was front and center at last week’s LeadingAge Illinois 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Two not-for-profit senior living providers and one workforce management software company shared best practices that have helped operators keep staffing numbers high and turnover at a minimum.

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New perks that really do work

It's no secret that recruiting and retaining employees is the biggest challenge facing senior living and long-term care operators.

Survey after survey back up with data what providers know anecdotally. In February, for instance, specialty investment bank Ziegler reported the results of a poll of senior living chief financial officers that found that staffing and labor issues are by far their biggest concerns. They were cited as top worries by 79% of the not-for-profit company executives who participated.

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LeadingAge Promotes Workforce Legislation

The long-term services and supports field faces a growing workforce crisis, as the pool of potential workers shrinks at the same time that more people are aging into needing our services. LeadingAge is backing several bills to help alleviate the shortage.

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HRA seeks to sharpen its image with prospects via employee etiquette training

As many senior living operators look to add more healthcare services to their offerings, one regional senior living development and operating company is instituting a new program to help ensure that hospitality doesn't get lost in the mix.

Vero Beach, FL-based Harbor Retirement Associates has announced plans to train all community executive directors and sales directors, as well as corporate staff, in etiquette, hospitality and image by the end of the year.

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70% of Nonprofit Senior Living CEOs to Retire in 10 Years


The senior living industry is bound to look much different by 2028, where leadership is concerned. Yet, many nonprofit senior living providers are still not focused on succession planning.

More than 70% of not-for-profit senior living CEOs are expected to retire in the next 10 years, according to the latest CFO Hotline report from Ziegler. That’s an uptick from when this poll was conducted in 2015, when about 68% of respondents said their CEO would retire within a decade.

For the report, the Chicago-based specialty investment bank polled approximately 145 not-for-profit senior living CFOs and financial professionals. About 62% of respondents worked at single-site organizations, while 38% came from multi-site providers.

Approximately 33% of the respondents said that their CEO will probably retire in under five years. Another 40% predicted that their CEOs would retire sometime in the next 5 to 10 years.

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2018 LeadingAge CCRC & Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Studies Underway

Hospital and Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS), in cooperation with LeadingAge, is currently conducting its 21st annual CCRC Salary and Benefits Report and invites LeadingAge members to participate. Last year’s study contained data from 500+ CCRCs.

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Importance of Incorporating Fair Housing into Staff Training

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.  Training staff and volunteers in fair housing may help prevent having avoidable fair housing complaints filed against you. Here are some low-cost (or no-cost) suggestions to keep on top of issues.

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How Members are Testing New Workforce Solutions and Housing Models

Innovation is alive and well among LeadingAge members, whether they are devising new solutions to address workforce challenges, or developing new residential models that appeal to future consumers. Here’s the latest news from forward-looking providers.

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Dangerous profession: nursing home assistants report three times the injuries of other workers

Certified nursing assistants have one of the highest reported rates of injury across the country and in Ohio, according to a review of injury data and first-person stories reported this week by The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.

Nursing assistants are injured three times more often than the average worker, researchers and government statistics show.

Nursing assistants provide almost all the front-line care in nursing facilities -- in Ohio that's for about 75,000 residents in 960 nursing facilities.

Nationally, the rate of injury among nursing assistants is similar to the rate among construction workers, police and firefighters, according to 2016 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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