LTC Coalition Meeting
Date and Time: October 10th, 2018; 12pm-2pm
Location: Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW, Meyer Conference Room, 2ndfloor
Update on DCHCF
DC Care Connect, a dynamic web-based system that provides transparent care coordination and communication across the District’s home and community-based Long-Term Services, has been active for 3 months. A feedback session with providers was held that is informing changes to improve functionality for users. The system has been fairly successful. DCHCF meets with vendors on a weekly basis and provides technical assistance if any barriers are encountered.
All issues from the transition of data from Legacy to new system have been resolved.
In regards to the recent fire at the Arthur Capper Senior Building in Southeast D.C., all residents have been placed across the District either in hotels or with family. The DCHCF is working to identify permanent housing; over 250 apartments have been identified as possible housing. The DCOA is working with Senior Service Network and DCHCF on the logistics of this operation. No specific deadline has been placed yet.
Concerning Services My Way, changes must be made for a quicker pace of enrollment. The amount of cases per manager is also an issue.
Update on ADRC
Senior MedExpress, operated by Yellow Cab Company and grant-funded by DCOA, provides non-emergency life-sustaining medical transportation services for DC residents age 60 or older. This program is for individuals not on Medicaid. If individuals were already registered for this program under Seabury, then they are grandfathered into this new one. Individuals with Medicaid may book otherMedicaid eligible rides directly with Yellow Cab.
Update on BON
The last BON open session meeting on October 3rd, 2018 discussed Trained Medication Employee (TME) regulations. Topics that related to the Coalition included, whether TME’s should be allowed to administer insulin via a pre-filled syringe; the minimum qualifications for Master Trainers; and supervision of TMEs by a registered nurse. In Assisted Living Facilities, an on-call RN will need to be hired in addition to a TME.
Julie Sweetland of the FrameWorks Institute recently gave a presentation on Reframing Aging, in which she discussed the connotations of the phrases “older person” and “older adult”, avoiding the myths of aging, and viewing the aging process as the “building of momentum.”
The next LTC Coalition meeting will be on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018!