Lutheran Services in America will convene the Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative for a training conference this fall at the Chico Hot Springs Resort in Chico, Montana. The dates for the event are September 30-October 2.
Background: Older adults in rural communities experience poorer health, higher poverty rates and have limited access to community-based programs. The Great Plains Collaborative provides services and supports to underserved rural older adults in Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana. The Collaborative’s programs help vulnerable seniors maintain their independence, remain in their homes and communities, and live with purpose and meaning.
This goal of this conference is to provide a training, networking and teambuilding experience that equips Great Plains Collaborative program staff with new skills and tools to improve service delivery.
Potential training content includes:
- LSA SeniorConnect, a new LSA health care product which helps seniors stay healthy and independent
- Service coordination
- Program marketing
- Motivational interviewing
- Program sustainability
- Simply Connect, a software solution for client tracking and care coordination
For more information about this event, please contact David Zauche at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new wave of complexity is hitting the senior living & care sector. More Americans are entering retirement than ever before, but economic pressures from the pandemic and increasing complexity of the care for seniors are driving many nonprofit senior services providers to either affiliate or undergo acquisition with private sector companies. Many not-for-profits are taking a hard look at their long-term viability as they reconcile their extensive history of caregiving, vast industry knowledge, deep connection to the community, and mission-driven culture with the goals of remaining competitive, relevant and financially sound. During this webinar, Ziegler will talk about trends in the not-for-profit senior living & care sector and will highlight what providers need to consider as they look to preserve their Lutheran heritage and not-for-profit spirit.
This is not the first time that the nonprofit senior living industry has had to combat change. Lutheran social ministry organizations alone have provided health and human services in the U.S. for roughly 150 years and shown tremendous resilience in times of great social and economic upheaval. They have also become leaders in all-encompassing care, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, long-term care, memory support, and home and community-based services.
Please join us for this data-driven and motivational presentation from Ziegler on how to move forward to ensure perpetuity of your not-for-profit and Lutheran-based heritage, whether as an independent organization or in partnership with another. Ziegler will also share what newly combined organizations — not-for-profit and private — can each learn from the other to ensure success in our changing world.
- Dan Hermann, President & CEO
- Lisa McCracken, Director of Senior Living Research and Development
Handbooks, policies and forms . . . oh my! In 2020, many organizations had to quickly adapt to working remotely, and keep up with rapidly changing new health and safety requirements. Even though the dust seems to have settled a little and we are trending back towards some normalcy (knock on wood) it is not yet time to ease up if you are responsible for your organization’s handbook or policies. With these changing work environments coupled with new legislation, your handbook may be (probably is) outdated. There are over 50 new laws that took effect July 1 alone that impact 20 different states. How can you keep up? How do you know if your handbook is compliant for federal, state and local laws? Join us for a webinar to discuss handbooks where we will:
- Share best practices on updating your handbook
- Discuss key employment areas to review or create
- Provide guidance for returning to the office or considerations for remaining remote
- Give an overview of the online HR Support Center
- Share how you can stay up to date with legislative changes
- Beth Jones, Director of Ministry Solutions at Concordia Plans
Beth Jones is a Human Resources professional with over 15 years of progressive human resources experience. She has experience in a variety of industries, including education, health insurance, financial services and nonprofits. She has led teams, consulted and provided services to employers of all sizes from large Fortune 100 or 500 employers to small nonprofits and for a wide range of HR disciplines including workforce relations and planning, culture and engagement, compensation and benefits, reward and recognition, payroll, and training and development.
As an active SHRM member, Beth has found it rewarding to mentor and guide new HR professionals entering the field and has volunteered her time and skills to help small nonprofits with HR issues. As she is most passionate about serving nonprofits, she finds her current position as Director of Ministry Solutions at Concordia Plans fulfilling as she gets to focus exclusively on helping nonprofit ministries obtain affordable products and services that ease administrative burden, help nonprofit ministries focus on their missions, and reduce employer risk. Current solutions available to some ministries include: HR, payroll and compensation services.
Senior living providers embraced new strategies and tools to keep residents, their families, and the workforce safe, healthy, and happy during the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many new engagement technology, communication strategies, and workforce strategies evolved out of necessity and have become the “new normal” in day-to-day senior living operations. While the feeling of crisis mode has begun to subside or slow down, what do senior living leaders think are the tools and strategies that are here to stay beyond the pandemic? How will leaders continue to think differently and more strategically — what considerations should be made moving forward?
During this webinar, Dave Gehm, President and CEO of Wellspring Lutheran, and Sloan Bentley, President and CEO of Lutheran Life Communities, will discuss with Jack York, Cofounder of IN2L, the innovative strategies that their teams adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic and what they think will remain part of the norm of senior services in the future.
- Dave Gehm, President & CEO of Wellspring Lutheran Services
- Sloan Bently, President & CEO of Lutheran Life Communities