ALASD Assisted Living Association of South Dakota.
Newsletter October 2014.
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Thank you to all who attended the 17th Annual ALASD Conference and Tradeshow in Yankton, September 18th and 19th.

It was a very informative and motivating conference. Many positive comments were received from the attendees.  Break-out sessions were helpful in providing information more tailored to people’s needs and interests. The motivational speakers were very effective and entertaining.

Some suggestions for next year’s conference agenda included; staff mandatory Influenza shots, staff team building activities and employee retention.  Suggestions for the website included; more education to assist new Directors, including other member and facility contact information.  Also, members would like more email communication between Newsletters. 

Stay tuned for another October Newsletter with detailed information regarding the new Board positions and the Administrative Director position.


Each Region honored a staff member at the Hero Awards breakfast.  Congratulations to our Heroes of the Year!
Cassandra Cotney, Region 1; June Scher, Region 2; Sara Langerock, Region3; and Janeen Hlavka, Region 4. Thank you to them and all of our staff who make a huge difference in our Resident’s lives and our facilities.


The Department of Health gave updated information on the new proposals for the additional optional services of Feeding Assistance, and Total Assistance. For Total Assistance, a facility would need the optional services of Cognitive Impairment, and Medication Administration on their license. Staff would need CNA or equivalent training, and a full-time licensed nurse on duty. For Feeding Assistance, a facility would need the optional service of Therapeutic Diets on their license. Staff training would be CNA or a ten hour feeding and hydration training program.  If these pass through the Legislature, they would begin implementation January 6th, 2015. Medication Aides administering insulin is also being considered as an option. Additional training by an RN would be required and these details are being worked out by the B.O.N.


South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) has joined with the national Million Hearts® campaign in seeking to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  As part of this initiative, we have joined with healthPOINT and the South Dakota Department of Health to present the Million Hearts Symposium.  We would like to invite you to join us for this symposium scheduled to be held in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, October 7, at the Holiday Inn City Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
When you leave the Million Hearts Symposium you will walk out with tools you can actually use, such as:
  • Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) Decision Tool
  • EHR Vendor Guides on How to Use a Registry to Track Chronic Care Patients
  • Hypertension Control Action Steps for Clinicians (CDC)
  • Steps for Patient Self-Management Through Use of Patient Portals
  • Clinical Protocols for Hypertension
  • Patient Information Cards
Plus you will also have great information from Christopher Tashjian, MD, FAAFP, Ellsworth Medical Clinic (Ellsworth, WI), Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion on Team-Based Care and the ABCs of Million Hearts.  Capt. Zachary Taylor, MD, MS, Department of Health and Human Services Regional Health Administrator for Region VIII (Denver, CO) will discuss the Integration of Public health with Clinical Medicine.
Register today at You can also email or call 605-256-5555 for additional information.



November 6, 2014. 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Holiday Inn City Centre Sioux Falls, SD $30 advance, $40 at the door. 
Tickets available now!

Putting Palliative Care and Quality of Life in Prime Time. 
Over the last ten years palliative care has been one of the fastest growing trends in American health care. This patient centered approach to chronic disease has the potential to deliver better care, better outcomes and lower costs, yet public awareness of palliative care is almost non-existent.

Special Guest: United States Senator Tim Johnson
Featured Speaker: Rebecca Kirch, Director, Quality of Life and Survivorship, American Cancer Society

Sponsored by: Sanford Health, Avera and AARP.

Contributions or gifts to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc., are not tax-deductible.


  • One of six (17.3%) employed South Dakotans estimated to see wage increases
  • The majority of “affected SD workers” are adults who have completed high school or college   
  • One of seven (13.8%) SD children have at least one affected parent
  • Two-thirds of affected workers live in households with incomes below SD’s median household income
  • One in five affected SD workers are part time (less than 20 hours per week)
  • Specific industries and occupations dominate affected worker employment
  • According to Congressional Budget Office estimates, SD could lose 357 job secondary to minimum wage increase

PDF of complete analysis and data sources
Mission: promote responsible and equitable fiscal policy through research and education.


Nominations Open October 1st.

ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. We invite members to share their insights, the challenges they face and the solutions created to dissolve them by visiting One of last year’s winners, American House Senior Living Residences partnered with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to enrich the lives of residents through music. Take a look at their award-winning partnership.

ALFA 2014 Best of the Best Award Winner
American House Senior Living Residences of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra of Detroit. Program: Seniors at the Symphony (Detroit Symphony Orchestra Resident Concert Engagements)

Research shows that music engages and uplifts people on many levels—intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. American House Senior Living has chosen to give residents an exceptional musical experience. Thanks to a new partnership with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, DSO musicians visited 29 American House communities in the Metro Detroit area last year, performing 42 customized programs for more than 2,700 American House residents. Residents received “front row” treatment from the musicians, who graciously shared their insights and love of music. The highlight came in May, when the DSO opened the doors of Orchestra Hall to perform a free, private concert for more than 600 American House residents, led by Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams.

The year-long collaboration led to many “magical moments,” including a resident dusting off his old trumpet to play alongside a pair of DSO musicians and a resident being moved to tears as a duet granted his request to play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” says Rob Gillette, American House COO. The importance of the DSO to many residents is “iconic,” says Gillette. “Residents remember going downtown as young adults or being musically inclined or listening to the music, and now here they are—the musicians are in their own living rooms,” says Gillette.

In the second year of their partnership, American House plans to expand the program by involving residents in the making of the music they enjoy. One initiative will pair DSO pianist Donna Edwards with American House community members to learn the piano through hands-on instruction. A second initiative will unite DSO composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank and the American House Choir to compose a special work to be accompanied by a string quartet; the work will be inspired by the stories of the choir, which consists of 70 residents across the communities.

The above best practice was recognized as an ALFA 2014 Best of the Best Award Winner. Do you have a best practice, product, service or solution at your community or company that is advancing excellence in senior living? The Call for Nominations for the ALFA 2015 Best of the Best Awards opens October 1, 2014. Learn more about the Best of the Best Awards by visiting ALFA’s website The nomination period for the Best of the Best will close January 23, 2015.
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