Gail Harmon, Executive Director at TALA visited with congress for the ALFA Advocacy Fly-in. The ALFA Advocacy Fly-In is the premier public policy event for senior living advocates. Open to ALFA members only, this two day event brings together leaders from across the country to Washington, DC to advocate for the principles of choice, independence, and quality of life for seniors. Learn more about the ALFA Advocacy Fly-In.
Addison, Texas | September 26-27, 2013 Join us in Dallas this year for TALA's Fall Conference and Trade Show. "Adding Value in Addison” is a two day event that will include a trade show and various educational offerings to earn CEUs. Download the Attendee Prospectus to view the program and schedule of events, and register online. Register Now! Hope to see you in Addison.
Take Time Texas is on a mission to get the word out about respite care to Texas caregivers and service providers. Through its website, taketimetexas.org, Tex-ans can learn about caregiving and respite care and find the professional help they need to refresh, recharge, and return to caring for their loved one. Take Time Texas is a project of the Texas Respite Coordination Center and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. The web-site is designed to raise awareness of respite care services in Texas [...]
Previous research has linked antipsychotics with an in-creased risk of stroke and mortality in older adults, and a new study indicates that most seniors with dementia may be withdrawn from these medications without suffering any detrimental effects. Seniors with dementia are often prescribed antipsychotics to treat behavioral and psychological symptoms, However, there is very little evidence to support their efficacy, and they often lead to negative side effects in addition to health risks for seniors. Researchers from the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group assessed [...]
Background: This Policy Conversion Option allows a life insurance policy owner the ability to convert a life insurance policy into a Long Term Care Benefit Plan instead of abandoning their policy to qualify for Medicaid. The Conversion option extends the time a per-son remains private pay and delays their entry onto Medicaid. The Long Term Care Benefit Plan is a regulated, Medicaid qualified financial vehicle to help cover the costs of long term care. Policy owners/families, long-term care providers, State Medicaid programs and state tax [...]
TALA had a very successful session this year. TALA sponsored four pieces of legislation that we believe will be helpful to assisted living providers in Texas. Our Senate Continuing Resolution naming the first Tuesday in March as Assisted Living Awareness Day in Texas (for the next 10 years). HB 33, our Independent Dispute Resolution bill, leveling the playing field for providers entering the appeal process, HB 1971, our CARF pilot project bill, and HB 3729, the provisional licensing bill, have all been signed by the [...]
Friends; It seems like I was wearing a coat to work a week ago, and now the air conditioning is running all day! And speaking of hot, things have been very warm this legislative session. TALA has had a very busy and productive session. Check out our Under the Dome Report for details. We had great attendance at our Spring Conference in Houston in February with 80 assisted living professionals networking and 25 vendors visiting with every-one. The Executive Director Round Table held in con-junction [...]