KSLA would like to introduce some recently joined Associate members. You may have learned about some of these companies at our recent Conference in April - a few of whom were Conference sponsors and/or facilitated a table at the "Idea Share" General Session. We're excited that they've joined our membership!
Graham Company has the experience to develop specialized products that fit your needs. Whether you are looking for an alternative risk financing mechanism, insuring a large project, making a critical acquisition, structuring coverage to protect your leadership, expanding your business or dealing with environmental issues, they can develop a solution that is customized for your business and your specific situation.
Your contact person is Hunter Henderson, Consultant, 801-680-7947, HHenderson@GrahamCo.com.
ILDP is an independent clinical reference laboratory committed to providing fast, reliable results to health care providers and patients.
Your contact person is Patty Hansel, 502-358-9724, PHansel@ildp.com.
A Revolutionary Staffing Solution BY the Industry FOR the Industry. KARE is thoughtfully brought to you by seasoned industry professionals.
With decades of combined experience operating senior care companies, we understand the impending threats of the labor crisis and the need to solve it.
Your contact is Rich Kortum, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, 832-380-8740, 402-560-2278, RKortum@DoYouKare.com.
OdessaConnect turns your residents' TV screen into a computer screen. No apps, downloads, or passwords. Designed to be simple and safe for seniors. Residents can control their TV and navigate OdessaConnect with one remote, which was designed in collaboration with geriatric specialists, our universal remote is easy to see, hold, and operate. It's a private TV channel with no spam, no junk mail, no robocalls. Only people your residents approve can join them on OdessaConnect. And your residents can connect simply with family, friends, caregivers via voice message or video call with one click.
Your contact is Angie Honza, Community Ambassador, 502-383-8439, 303-505-8086, Angie@OdessaConnect.tv.
Sedna Senior Advisors provides 100% free senior referral services to consumers. Jessica Heck and Shauna Darbyshire, long-time KSLA members and both veterans in the senior living industry, assess the consumers' needs, match them to a few communities based on those needs, go on tours with them, assist in coordination of moves, and provide follow up consulting once the resident moves in.
You can reach Sedna Senior Advisors at Jessica@SednaSeniorAdvisors.com, 502-255-2500 or 502-689-6909.
We are saddened to share that Kevin Hansen, Associate Representative on the KSLA Board of Directors, passed away on Sunday, March 6.
Anyone who knew Kevin, knew he was an extremely kind and compassionate person with a passion for many things including family, education, his students, and softball. His vast knowledge of the senior living landscape and his efforts to educate future leaders in the senior living industry will be missed by so many.
We will miss our conversations with Kevin, the knowledge and experience that he shared in service to the KSLA members, his leadership on the KSLA Education and Conference Planning Committee, his wit, charm and enthusiasm for bettering the lives of aging adults in Kentucky. Rest in Peace Kevin - Godspeed.
Good news! SB-11 passed the House last Tuesday, unanimously, 96-0!
SB-11 was delivered to the governor last Wednesday. It awaits his signature which would pass the bill into law immediately. If for some strange reason the governor vetoes the bill, we will have the votes to override the veto.
Thank you all for your support in getting this very important bill to this point.
Each year, Louisville Business First announces it's list of "Fast 50" companies, which ranks private companies in the Louisville area by revenue growth over a period of time. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, three KSLA Associate members and one KSLA Provider member persevered and had some of their best years ever.
Each company is independent, for-profit, and privately held and must disclose three years of financial documentation to be considered for the list of "Fast 50" companies in our area. The 50 companies with the highest percentage of revenue growth from 2018-2020 made the "Fast 50" list. Among those 50 are these four KSLA members:
#7 Schaefer General Contracting: Eric Schaefer, Senior Vice President, made the list, reporting a whopping 134.3% revenue growth
#14 Arcadia Communities, LLC: Brian Durbin, President (and KSLA At-Large Board of Director) reported a 79.6% revenue growth
#17 Miranda Construction: Ryan Miranda, President, made the list, reporting 66.7% revenue growth
#27 Jacobs Group, Inc.: Scott Jacobs, President, reported a 39.4% revenue growth.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has amended its emergency use authorizations for several actions regarding booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including allowing the use of heterologous, or “mix and match” booster doses: using a different type of vaccine from the primary dose for a booster dose.
Amendments also address times between primary doses and boosters and clarify that people with “frequent institutional or occupational exposure” to COVID are eligible for Moderna and Pfizer boosters.
The FDA amendments stated in full:
There is a new webpage for LTC administrators and managers, linked below, that outlines steps to ensure LTC settings have access to vaccine. LTC providers are encouraged to consider the option that works best for their residents and staff when coordinating access to COVID-19 vaccines, either in the local community or at their facility.
Additional information about potential booster doses can be found here, and more information will be shared as it becomes available.
KSLA recently shared an article about drumming exercises in senior living communities. McDowell Place in Danville has been doing the drumming exercise for a few months and their residents love it! They've even had to buy more balls in order to accommodate more residents. Check out these photos of some of their residents drumming on their front patio. Lookin' great McDowell Place!
KSLA would like to welcome "Aging With Grace 55+(TM) to its membership!
The audio podcast, Aging With Grace 55+™, debuted in October 2020 as an attack on rampant Ageism and is designed for upbeat Baby Boomers. This audio series provides useful tips for not only taking care of self, family, and friends but options for enjoying life more abundantly than many even thought possible for people making the most of advancing years.
This national series can be heard on Google, Apple, Spotify and other popular on line listening platforms. Creator and host Dale Josey combines subject matter experts with topical content on this 30-45-minute engaging lifestyle podcast for aging well in Kentucky and beyond. Sponsored in part by Kentucky AARP (100G+ listeners) Dale needs sponsors for 5-7 minute segments within each episode. He also is inviting seniors to share favorites recipes, milestone events, and other gems of life as part of I Remember When... Episode 8 is scheduled for release next month for everyone who is planning to or are currently aging with grace.
More information can be found at AWG55.com or call 502.876.1689.
From the CDC: As of April 12, 2021, approximately 6.85 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine (Janssen) have been administered in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are reviewing data involving six U.S. cases of a rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J COVID-19 vaccine that were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS).
In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women aged 18–48 years. The interval from vaccine receipt to symptom onset ranged from 6–13 days.
When these specific type of blood clots are observed following J&J COVID-19 vaccination, treatment is different from the treatment that might typically be administered for blood clots. Usually, the anticoagulant drug called heparin is used to treat blood clots. In this setting, the use of heparin may be harmful, and alternative treatments need to be given.
CDC convened an emergency meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to further review these cases and assess potential implications on vaccine policy. The FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution.
The purpose of this Health Alert is, in part, to ensure that the healthcare provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events and can provide proper management due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot.
View the CDC Health Alert.