Element Care Receives Green Building Award

Element Care has received the 2016 Green Building Award for its property on Central Street in Lowell, MA. Lowell Mayor Ed Kennedy presented the award from the Lowell Sustainability Council at a ceremony on May 17 at Lowell City Hall.

The Green Building Award recognizes projects that best demonstrate green practices and foster greater interest and adoption of sustainable building practices community-wide.

Trinity Health PACE Acquires LIFE UPenn Program

Trinity Health PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) has acquired LIFE UPenn, in Philadelphia, PA, which was formerly owned and operated by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

WCAS Finances InnovAge Conversion to For-Profit

Private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe has agreed to provide financing to InnovAge, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®), which is converting from nonprofit to for-profit. InnovAge has locations in California, Colorado and New Mexico.

Catherine Nierenberg Promoted to Director of Rehabilitation at Element Care

Catherine Nierenberg, MS, CCC-SLP, has been promoted to director of Rehabilitation at Element Care PACE in Lynn, MA. She will provide leadership and administrative and clinical oversight for the rehabilitation programs at the eight Element Care PACE centers, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule today to update the fire protection guidelines for certain health care facilities, including Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®), to improve protections for Medicare beneficiaries.

Employee Caregiver Benefits Help Work/Life Balance

"Providing employee caregiver benefits through an employee assistance program (EAP) is an effective way for an organization to help employees balance work and life," states Maureen Hewitt, president of InnovAge, in an article for HR News.

Businesses that offer caregiver benefits often see less attrition due to employees quitting to provide full-time care, an improved reputation as an employer, and greater employee loyalty.

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President Signs Older Americans Act Reauthorization

President Obama signed the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 into law yesterday.

This action, said Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for Aging, "reaffirms our nation’s commitment to the health and well-being of older adults."

Last summer, the president called on Congress to reauthorize the important legislation as part of his remarks at the White House Conference on Aging.

Hattie Forney, CNA, Named Outstanding Professional in Aging

Hattie Forney, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Alexian Brothers PACE, in Chattanooga, TN, received the Eleanor Johnson Outstanding Professional in Aging Award at the Southeast Tennessee Active Aging Forum on April 1. The forum was sponsored by Chambliss Law Firm, The Bridge at Ooltewah, Garden Plaza of Greenbriar Cove, and the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities.

New PACE Hope Mobile for Hope HealthCare Services

A new PACE Hope Mobile for Hope HealthCare Services will be on the road soon as the result of an $84,750 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Hope HealthCare Services was awarded funds from the FDOT Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program to add to its fleet of vehicles for Hope PACE.

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Update on PACE Pilots to Be Presented at ANCOR Conference

Peter Fitzgerald, executive vice president of Policy and Strategy at the National PACE Association (NPA), and Angela King, president and CEO at Volunteers of America of Texas, will discuss "PACE Pilots: An Update" at the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) Conference next month in Chicago.


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