CALA is dedicated to the betterment of Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities through leadership to providers and other stakeholders in these residential settings, advocacy to protect the interests of providers and the people they serve, and education to support high-quality programs and services. In 2017, we took a close look at our leadership efforts which are all made possible with the effort and dedication of our volunteer leaders. See below for highlights or read the entire 2017 Year in Review on the CALA website. Happy New Year!
Protecting Providers and the People You Serve
CALA worked tirelessly this legislative session to protect providers and residents. When we put the call out, members wrote en masse to the Governor in support of SB 219 and in opposition to AB 859. Your voices were heard! Now anti-discrimination protections for LGBT seniors in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) and skilled nursing facilities will be clarified, and providers won’t be faced with fighting frivolous claims.
Two CALA-supported bills, SB 449 (Monning) and SB 294 (Hernandez), were also signed into law. SB 449 requires all certified nurse assistants (CNAs) to receive dementia-specific training. CNAs in RCFEs already receive dementia training. SB 294 allows a licensed hospice to provide services, including palliative care, to patients with a serious illness even while continuing to receive curative treatment. CALA was pleased to support both bills which provide protections for vulnerable populations.
Growing the Workforce Together
Recognizing the increased demand to grow the senior living workforce and the ongoing challenges members face in this regard, three subcommittees have been hard at work behind the scenes developing tools and resources to ease your burden and support your efforts. The Outreach Subcommittee worked hard to heighten awareness of senior living and its career opportunities by connecting with various school programs throughout the state; in support of these efforts, CALA participated in numerous career events throughout the year.
To support members in their recruitment and retention efforts, as well as to help those entering the profession navigate successful career paths, the Career Entry and Professional Development Subcommittees developed and updated multiple tools. In the new year, you and your team will have access to these valuable resources in the new “Workforce Development” section on the CALA website. Stay tuned to learn more in 2018!
Building Connections to Support Residents
CALA has always been lucky to have members who are truly engaged with us and each other. But this engagement and dedication was highlighted even more so this year as hundreds of residents and employees evacuated in the wake of destructive wildfires in Northern California. Each time CALA raised a call to action, members responded…whether it was to welcome evacuees, to care for residents in their new temporary homes, or to give to CALA’s “Care for the Caring Fund” which provides support to member employees who lost homes and possessions to the fires.
Thank you to each and every person who selflessly stayed by residents’ sides during such a scary time, and to the many who gave to help employees in their recovery. While these fires left a path of destruction in their wake, we are left with a sense of the true connection and dedication our members have to their residents and to each other.