LeadingAge Ohio is a nonprofit trade association that represents approximately 400 long-term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities. The continuum of care reflected by the member organizations serve an estimated 400,000 elderly Ohioans annually and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide.
OUR MISSION: Advancing solutions for exceptional care and successful living.
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Membership with LeadingAge Ohio means joining a network of senior services leaders committed to supporting, enabling and empowering Ohioans to live fully as they age.
The LeadingAge Ohio Foundation is a not-for-profit subsidiary of LeadingAge Ohio.
LeadingAge Ohio offers a vast array of programs to meet the needs of our membership with a commitment to recognizing accomplishments in service from front line caregivers to industry leaders.
With regulatory initiatives and developments often taking center stage in our members’ quest for operational compliance, the ability to quickly learn the basics and have access to more in-depth information about regulatory initiatives and developments becomes critical.
LeadingAge Ohio advocates for policies that remove barriers to care, develop new services, improve reimbursement and make Ohio a better place to age. Our advocacy team tracks legislation and regulatory updates to make sure that policy makers understand how changes will impact our members and the people they serve.
But we can't do it all without you. Your work as an advocate is crucial to motivating legislators and other policymakers. We make it easy with a range of tools that summarize the issues, provide sample letters and help you contact your members of Congress.Take Action
The LeadingAge Ohio Political Action Committee supports lawmakers who have demonstrated commitment to and understanding of issues important to older Ohio, their caregivers, and the communities that serve them..
“Pathways” is part of a national initiative spearheaded by LeadingAge, the SCAN Foundation and AARP, to draw attention to the coming challenges in long term care financing, and model possible “pathways” to a tenable solution.
LeadingAge Ohio offers relevant and timely educational programs for professionals at all levels in your organization. These programs provide our members with opportunities to network and share ideas at workshops, our Annual Conference & Trade Show, and through distance learning. Many of our educational programs offer continuing education credits through Ohio’s Board of Executives of Long-term Services & Supports (BELTSS) as well as the Ohio Nurses Association.
View our Event Calendar for information on our upcoming programs.View Calendar
Ohio is experiencing a tidal wave of baby boomers increasing the demand for long-term services, creating increased demand for long-term care services over the next three decades. LeadingAge Ohio’s efforts to address the workforce shortage include a range of employee recruitment and retention solutions, from working in grades K- 12 to foster awareness of careers in aging to working with OSU’s Alber Enterprise Center to create frontline supervisor training programs.
Our Workforce Center is designed to provide members with proven resources to help recruit the highest quality staff, retain exceptional team members and train career caregivers. Whether we are sharing data about our current workforce environment or designing new initiatives with valued stakeholders, our members are working to elevate our state’s aging services caregiving workforce. Together, we are advancing innovative workforce solutions that ensure all Ohioans have access to the services they need.Learn More
“Careers that Love You Back” is a campaign to promote awareness of careers in the aging services workforce sector. From posters that will introduce students to careers in this important field to a video that shares the range of opportunities available to help make a career out of making a difference, Careers that Love You Back offers insight into the rewarding careers available in the aging services field.
Staff from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) staff recently asked LeadingAge for assistance in reminding home health agencies to create an account and establish credentials for the new system.
As reported in last week’s edition of The Source, in October, billers will need to include two items for nursing facility care on their monthly claims, reflecting two different rates for the month of October.
In last week’s newsletter, LeadingAge Ohio alerted providers that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had announced that Nursing Home Compare would be updated in October to identify nursing homes with a history of abuse citations.
Connect your employees with outside-of-work resources through the Employer Resource Network and United Way
When it comes time to find additional support and services for yourself or a loved one, you want to find the care that is right for you. Everyone is different. Some people may require a greater level of care or support within a senior housing community or their own homes, while others will utilize the services of Adult Day Programs to meet their health, social, recreational and therapeautic needs as the age.
It is important to evaluate your options and find out what kind of services, care or housing will help you meet your goals.
LeadingAge Ohio is one of your most important voices at the state and national level and a respected leader that policymakers and media turn to for information. We support members in your mission through education, member technical assistance and advocacy with a focus on increasing access to quality care. From top notch education at reduced pricing, members only toolkits that walk you through step by step impact solutions to industry concerns, technical assistance from industry experts on staff and one of a kind value added member discount programs being a part of LeadingAge Ohio means more.
2019 Hospice Veteran Partnership Meeting Schedule
All meetings will be at the LeadingAge Ohio offices unless otherwise noted.
February 6, 2019 (Conference Call)
April 17, 2019
June 19, 2019
August 7, 2019
October 9, 2019
This is the seventeenth consecutive year that the former Midwest Care Alliance, now LeadingAge Ohio, will be working with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Ohio, Hospice Grant Fund, supporting an opportunity for Small Hospice Providers to apply for funding which is primarily meant to support small hospice programs that provide services to the underserved and/or rural populations, to patients and families without the financial or insurance needs for end-of-life care.
The application requirement for programs to complete for disbursement of funds is described below. The funds available will be distributed in May 2019. All applications are competitively reviewed by a grant committee. The committee will determine the grant distribution amounts. We anticipate distributed funds will vary in amounts between $1500 and $5000 for this year’s application process.
The grant monies to be distributed are primarily designated for direct patient care cost(s). The application process requires the hospice to submit a written proposal for the use of these funds. The application may be for direct patient care needs occurring anytime within the calendar year 2018 or anticipated in the current 2018 year. Application deadline extended to March 1, 2019.
Small hospice providers are entities that provide care to underserved populations or individuals in rural communities and have a patient Average Daily Census of less than or equal to 70. The eligible entity will also be either a public health, county health, or tax exempt, non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization. Grants will not be awarded to individuals, for capital campaigns, endowments or for-profit corporations.
The goal is to provide support to community-based small hospice organizations that have direct patient care costs beyond the means of normal reimbursement. The cost may be used for direct care costs, staff support for caregiver needs, or to cover the cost of indigent care, equipment related to direct care, and / or palliative care treatments.
The VFW intends to award the grants during the month of May 2019. The grant awards may be affected by the quality and quantity of the proposals received and/or the amount of funding available. It is anticipated that the VFW Charities will award approximately $20,000 in grants this year. The grants are not renewable. However, if the VFW chooses, it may consider additional grant opportunities for the same eligible entities in the future. Grant amounts typically will not exceed the amount of $5000.00 per organization.
To apply for this grant, the hospice provider organization needs to provide the following basic demographic information, grant application narrative and agree to adhere to the program reporting requirements.
Grant Application narratives must be double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins. Applicants should write an essay of not more than 1500 words explaining the need for and how these funds will be used to meet the criteria of “providing direct care costs.” The essay may be specific for an individual patient or for general program use to provide direct care. Part of the application process may involve a phone interview from a representative of the grant committee. All grants shall be awarded on a competitive basis.
Entities must submit a final report upon the expiration of the grant funds or by December 31, 2019. The report shall account for the expenditure of grant funds and describe program accomplishments. The final report should be in the same format described in the Application Process. All funds must be expended within one year from the date funds are received from the VFW. Extensions can be granted, but requests for extensions must be made in writing two months before the end of the grant year.
Grant applications shall be evaluated against the following criteria:
The VFW Grant Coordinator will review Grant applications, for completeness, upon receipt. Organizations completing the necessary information will have their application reviewed by the VFW Grant Review Committee, which will make final recommendations. The Grant Committee may ask applicants for additional information before the Committee makes any decisions. Decisions by the Grant Review Committee are final.
The VFW reserves the right to request the return of funds if the work of the grantee is not taking place as proposed, or the grantee is not complying with reporting requirements. Applicants may be asked to clarify certain aspects of their funding proposal, which will become part of an approved agreement with the VFW. Funds granted for the operations of this project must be used exclusively for the purposes stated in the approved proposal and expended in accordance with the program’s budget categories and the grantee’s policies and procedures related to such expenditures. Any budget changes will have to be pre-authorized by the VFW Grant Review Committee during the grant period.
Mail the application to:
Ervin Yoder, Grant Coordinator
VFW Rural Hospice Provider Grant
35 E Chestnut St., Suite 506
Columbus OH 43215
Applications must be RECEIVED by close of business, Friday, March 1, 2019.
No EMAIL or FAX copies of an application will be accepted. All applications that are funded by the VFW will be available for public review. For additional information about this grant application contact Ervin Yoder by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 614-224-1838 or contact Jennifer Taylor by email at email@example.com or at 614-545-9028.