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Aging Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-04-30 Spotlight: America’s graying. We need to change the way we think about age.

The Harvard Gazette, By Alvin Powell. April 25, 2024 People in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s run marathons, write books, and go to work daily. But the predominant national conversation on aging focuses on disability rather than ability, something experts say is a problem as participation of America’s older adults grows more important, economically […]

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Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Overview

Marsters Lawsuit

Final order approving a landmark cross-disability Settlement Agreement in Marsters v. Healey. June 18, 2024 – Following the fairness hearing on June 17, 2024, at the United States District Court in Boston, Judge Nathaniel Gorton entered a final order approving a landmark cross-disability Settlement Agreement in Marsters v. Healey. Marsters Lawsuit Settlement Agreement Reached April […]

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Housing Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-04-16 Spotlight: Need, Access, Impact, and Opportunities: Findings From a Multi-Site Evaluation of Elder Justice Shelters in the U.S.

New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)By Elisa Fisher, MPH, MSW; Sheaba Daniel, MPH; Mayssa Gregoire, BSMarch 2024 Need, Access, Impact, and Opportunities: Findings From a Multi-Site Evaluation of Elder Justice Shelters in the U.S. IntroductionAt least one in 10 older adults in the U.S. experiences abuse or exploitation, a rate that is believed to have […]

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Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-04-02 Spotlight: The Wisdom of Humpty Dumpty

By Richard MooreDignityMA’s poet laureate (aka, Chair, DignityMA’s Legislative Workgroup), with an AI assist Humpty Dumpty, policy bold,Sat on a wall, so we’re told.A vision of streamlining, a central core,For long-term care, they’d have us explore. All the Governor’s horses, men and women,Would centralize forms, again and again.No more local helpers, with faces so kind,Just […]

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Facilities Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-03-19 Spotlight: How for-profit nursing home regulators can use the powers they already have to fix growing problems with poor-quality care

By Charlene Harrington, RN, PhD, University of San FranciscoThe Conversation, March 14, 2024 Governments at both state and federal levels have yet to fully wield their authority to fight poor-quality care at for-profit nursing homes nationwide, leaving the pressing need for elder care accountability unmet. Medicare has the power to improve financial accountability at nursing […]

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Long Term Services and Support News Study Session

Study Session – Care Planning Made Simple & the New POLST Program

Wednesday, March 13, 2024Presenter: Ellen DiPaola, JD, President & CEO, Honoring Choices Massachusetts Topics covered: Download the Presentation Slides: Health Care Planning Made Simple and the new POLST Program (pptx format)

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Advocacy Facilities Home and Community Based Housing Long Term Services and Support News Overview

Benjamin Healthcare Center Saga

The news below, on Benjamin Healthcare Center’s announced closing, is listed most recent first. DignityMA Offers Help to Attorney Feaster Below are excerpts from an April 5 email sent to Attorney Feaster as he begins to navigate the conditions and options at Benjamin Health Care Center. Best case is for the Center to remain open, […]

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Facilities Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-03-05 Spotlight: Shedding Light on Nursing Home Industry Spending and Profits

Shedding Light on Nursing Home Industry Spending and Profits Long Term Care Community ConnectionTuesday, March 19, 2024, 1:00 p.m. On this program, Tyler Braun (Weill Cornell Medical College) discusses findings of a new study that unveils the obscured financial landscape of U.S. nursing homes. Register for LTCCC’s March 19 Webinar

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DignityMA meets with DPH and EOHHS

On February 2, several DignityMA members met with Secretary Kate Walsh of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Dr. Robert Goldstein, Commissioner of the Department of Public Health. DignityMA presented their thoughts and recommendations regarding various issues affecting the delivery of long-term services and care in the Commonwealth especially those involving nursing […]

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Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-01-09 Spotlight: New Way to Care for Older People in Britain

In a British Town, a New Way of Caring for Older People Is Bringing Hope New York Times (free access)By Megan Specia, December 29, 2023 For 12 years after her husband died, Norma Fitzgerald tried to maintain her independence, living alone in an apartment on the outskirts of Hull, in northern England, despite her mobility […]