Mass-ALA News

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Mass-ALA is hard at work staying on the cutting edge of the assisted living industry. From CEUs to public policy, if it matters to the assisted living industry, it matters to us. Our news stories feature happenings from our member locations, our business partners, as well as the assisted living industry at large. Check this section often to keep up with news that affects seniors and those who care for them in the state of Massachusetts.

Tools and Resources

 

The following documents have been designed to help seniors, families and professionals navigate the assisted living industry. For more information, call Mass-ALA at 781-622-5999 or email us at massala@mass-ala.org.

 

Mass-ALA Membership is Growing!

New Members

It is wonderful that each month I can report that Mass-ALA membership is growing. Our ranks increased by seven this past month.

 

This month, we had three new business partners join us. They are:

  • Moving Mentor is a company that specializes in mentoring individuals and families when they need to deal with relocating aging parents or themselves from the family home.  http://movingmentor.com

 

  • Transitions & Liquidations is also a member of the growing industry of senior move managers and offers consultation, advice and support when it is time to move from the family home. http://www.transitionsliquidation.com

 

  • UnitedHealthCare offers health insurance plans to meet the needs of individuals and employers as well as dental, vision and many other insurance plans to help keep you and your family healthy.   http://www.uhc.com

 

Laurentide at Masphee Commons joined us as a new pre-provider http://laurentidemashpeecommons.com Welcome, and I look forward to you opening your doors.

 

Berkshire HealthCare Systems has joined us a new Management, Owner, Parent (fondly known as MOP) organization. http://berkshirehealthcare.org 

 

Linda DuFresne joined as an individual member and David E. Creamer is our new student member.

 

Welcome to everyone and thank you for your membership!

Martha’s Mass-ALA Membership Matters

Hard to believe that it’s almost September. Is it me, or does time seem to go faster in the summer and just drag in the winter?

 

It really has been a great summer, though. I got to spend time with my amazing niece and two identical twin great-nieces who are just bundles of grins and giggles.

 

We had the very cool lunar eclipse just a few days ago, which I got to see thanks to a wonderful stranger who loaned me her special glasses. Nature never ceases to amaze me.

 

And like the photo says, Thanksgiving will upon us before we know it. Excuse me while I go run screaming into the night.

 

What’s Going On at Mass-ALA

 

In a word………..LOTS! And as the photo says above, September is going to be a really busy time for all of us at Mass-ALA. We are working on several exciting events that will benefit all of you, our outstanding members.

 

Our next Member Networking Reception will be on September 19 at the Fieldstone at the Overlook Community in Charlton. I am looking forward to going out there and meeting executive director Kathleen Walker and her staff. This reception takes place from 4 to 6 pm. I hope many of you in this region can join us. I am finding that these receptions are a lot of fun and some great ideas are shared by everyone in attendance. To register, please go to https://massala.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=936102&group=

 

Also on September 19, we are holding one of our informative, intensive Boot Camp trainings. New administrators and managers in assisted living: Get six hours of hands-on training in regulations and policies while networking with colleagues at Mass-ALA’s Boot Camp. To register for this training, please go to https://massala.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=935448&group=. This is the second to last Boot Camp for this year; the last one will be on December 7 in Worcester.

 

Have you heard??? We are holding the first-ever We Care Inaugural Golf Classic on October 3 (rain date October 17) at the Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson. Proceeds from this event will benefit the MASS-SALC Foundation Workforce Education Fund, whose mission is to support educational programs to help the senior living industry attract the most qualified, caring and dedicated staff to serve older adults in senior living residences. Founded in 2015, the Massachusetts Senior and Assisted Living Communities Foundation (MASS-SALC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with Mass-ALA.

 

There is still room to sign up to play golf as a foursome, a twosome or even a onesome. Don’t play golf but would like to support the foundation? Then you can join us for a wonderful dinner. Can’t do dinner but still would like to help out? We are looking for sponsors. Levels range from as low as $150 to $5,000. We also can use raffle items such as gift baskets. If you are interested in providing something like this, then give me a call at 781-622-5999 x110 or email me at mchamberlin@mass-ala.org.

 

For more information and to sign up for the Golf Classic, please go to http://www.assistedlivingfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/GolfSponsorship_2017_UPDATED_8_10.pdf.

 

And finally, preparations are under way for our very popular, always informative Annual Fall Conference and Tradeshow. This year’s conference will be a two-day event, October 25 and 26. The first day starts at 11 am with an Executive Roundtable moderated by Argentum President and CEO James Balda and a panel discussion that includes Tom Grape, Benchmark Senior Living; James Coughlin, Northbridge Company; and Larry Gerber, EPOCH.

 

On Thursday, October 26, Steve Moran, founder and publisher of Senior Housing Forum, will be the morning keynote speaker. He will present “How to Be the Best Senior Living Sales Person in the World without Breaking a Sweat.” For more information on this year’s conference, please go to https://massala.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=980238&group=

 

On the Road

On August 11, I had the pleasure of going to Broadview Assisted Living Community in Winchendon along with Mass-ALA President Richard T. Moore to present Lindsey Connor with a check in the amount of $14,000. Lindsey is the second recipient of the MASS-SALC Foundation’s Scholarship for Management of Aging Services Online Master’s Program.

 

Congratulations Lindsey, I know you are going to make us all proud.

 

Lindsey Connor, Broadview business manager, and Richard T. Moore, Mass-ALA president, and the VERY big check

 

On August 15, Bridges by EPOCH–Westwood hosted this month’s Member Networking Reception. This was a wonderful, very well-attended event for Mass-ALA provider and business partner members. Thank you so much to everyone at Bridges by EPOCH-Westwood for all the hard work and delicious food you provided. I heard the strawberry margaritas were excellent. And thank you to everyone who came; it was great to see all of you.

 

A good time being had by just some of the many wonderful Mass-ALA members

 

 

New Members

It is wonderful that each month I can report that Mass-ALA membership is growing.

 

This month we had three new business partners join us. They are:

  • Moving Mentor is a company that specializes in mentoring individuals and families when they need to deal with relocating aging parents or themselves from the family home.  http://movingmentor.com

 

  • Transitions & Liquidations Is also a member of the growing industry of senior move managers and offers consultation, advice and support when it is time to move from the family home. http://www.transitionsliquidation.com

 

  • UnitedHealthCare offers health insurance plans to meet the needs of individuals and employers, as well as dental, vision and many other insurance plans to help keep you and your family healthy.   http://www.uhc.com

 

Laurentide at Masphee Commons joined us as a new pre-provider http://laurentidemashpeecommons.com Welcome, and I look forward to you opening your doors!

 

Berkshire HealthCare Systems has joined us as a new Management, Owner, Parent (fondly known as MOP) organization. http://berkshirehealthcare.org 

 

Linda DuFresne joined as an individual member and David E. Creamer is our new student member.

 

Welcome to all our new members and thank you for your membership.

 

Member Survey

Just a reminder: we are currently conducting a member survey and if you haven’t had a chance to participate, here is the linkhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z8N3P59

 

Your opinions matter to us. By participating in the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for either a $100 gift card or one ticket to the Mass-ALA Annual Excellence Award Dinner being held on May 15, 2018.

 

New Mass-ALA Office Coordinator

Ellen McGean joined us on August 14 as our new office coordinator. She brings great enthusiasm and knowledge to the role. When you call in, be sure to introduce yourself and welcome Ellen to this great industry.

 

Final Thoughts

As you can see we are all working hard to improve the services, opportunities and educational offerings for all of you, our amazing members! And none of this happens by one person, so I want to take a quick moment to thank my incredible co-workers Chris Cassidy, manager of education, and Christina Greenberg, manager of marketing. The three of us work and support each other and whatever projects we might be working on. These two women keep me sane and I just have to acknowledge them and all the good they are doing for Mass-ALA.

 

And now that Ellen has joined the team, I just know we are going to be an incredible force.

 

Have a good September and I will be seeing many of you down the road.