PARCR - Posts Tagged with "Meeting"

January Quarterly Meeting

1/26/2017 - PARCR Admin

The January PARCR Meeting happened on January 11th at Cross Keys Village in New Oxford.

Jennifer Holcomb presented on Memory Support. You can view her presentation here (PDF). Please find her contact information below.

Jennifer Holcomb M.S., NHA, CDP, CDCM, CADDCT
Director of Memory Support
Cross Keys Village - The Brethren Home Community
2990 Carlisle Pike
New Oxford, PA 17350
Phone: (717) 624-5474

Scott and Steve Dardick from AIA Benefits Resource Group also gave a presentation titled Understanding Medicare. You can view the presentation here (PowerPoint).

For more information, please see the minutes from the meeting.


Tidbits for the New Year 2017

2/1/2017 - PARCR Admin

The Department of Heath Services and Aging Announced the delay in Community Health Choices implementation. The implementation will now begin January 1, 2018 in the Southwest region; July 1, 2018 in the Southeast region; and January 1, 2019 in the remainder of the state (as previously planned).

The 2017-2018 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly officially started on, January 3, 2017, when members of both the House and Senate were sworn into office. While there are 28 new freshman, 6 in the Senate and 22 in the House, there are little changes in the leadership. The only new leader is Stan Saylor (R-York) who was elected chair of the House Appropriations Committee following the retirement of Bill Adolph (R-Delaware). The other change of committee chair that is relevant to LeadingAge PA is the Senate Health and Human Services Committee which will now be led by Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) following the retirement of Pat Vance (R-Cumberland). The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team is scheduling legislative breakfast across the state for spring. More details will be shared as plans are finalized.

At the January 11, 2017 Quarterly PARCR Meeting, Scott and Steve Dardick from AIA Benefits Resource Group gave a presentation titled Understanding Medicare and Jennifer Holcomb, Director of Memory Support at Cross Keys Village - The Brethren Home Community presented on Memory Support Today and Tomorrow. The power point presentations can be seen on the PARCR website.

The General Assembly came back in session Monday, January 23 through Wednesday, January 25, 2017. According to LeadingAge PA 's report, as an open solvo to the budget, House Republicans led by Stan Saylor (R, York), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced HB 218. LeadingAge PA is currently reviewing the bill to determine Medicaid funding for long-term care and will provide additional information at a later date.

As a reminder, the Governor will unveil his budget proposal on Tuesday, February 7. There is no information on this time regarding what the Governor will include in his proposal for long-term care and senior service providers The LeadingAge Government Affairs team will closely monitor the budget process and provide you with information as it becomes available.

On January 27, 2017, LeadingAge PA participated on a conference call with Governor Wolf’s office regarding his intention to form a brand new state agency which will bring together the Departments of Health, Human Services, Aging and Drug & Alcohol Programs into the Department of Health & Human Services. This change is being made in order to better serve Pennsylvanians as well as to provide efficiency in state government. All affected state agency staff were also informed of this change the same day. A public announcement will be made early next week and further details will be shared in the Governor’s Budget address on February 7, 2017. LeadingAge PA will inform you as further detail becomes available.

Save the Dates! LeadingAge PA's 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition happens June 21-23 in Hershey. This year's theme? CONNECT.






October PARCR Meeting Presentation

11/16/2019 - PARCR Admin

At the October 2019 PARCR meeting, Dr. Kenneth Brubaker gave a presentation titled "Caring for Persons with Memory Loss". You can view the slides here.

Dr. Brubaker now serves as corporate medical director for Masonic Villages and a board member for the national AMDA Foundation for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. He also speaks regularly on geriatrics topics and leads a caregiver support group with his wife. He is the former Chief Medical Director for the PA Dept. of Aging and the office of Long Term Living.

Working long hours as a physician never fazed Ken Brubaker, M.D. He says “I grew up on a farm, I was used to getting up at 5 a.m. to milk the cows, going to school, then coming home and working till dark.”

Dr. Brubaker, said medicine has changed a great deal in his 44-year career – mostly for the better. He will continue to work with older adults and educate those who care for them. He was in private practice for many years but found that he really enjoyed older patients’ wealth of wisdom and desire to build a relationship with their doctor. After completing a fellowship in 1989, he practiced solely in geriatrics, seeing patients at Geriatrics since 1999 and at Masonic Villages since 1991. He also led the LGH Geriatrics Fellowship Program. During his long career, Dr. Brubaker also did mission work in Puerto Rico and saw patients in Lancaster County Prison. Teaching and learning have always been important parts of his life. In retirement, Dr. Brubaker, will continue to educate others in geriatrics; spend time with his wife, three children and 11 grandchildren; and tend to his large garden and fruit orchard. He also serves as president of Brubaker Families of America, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in Lancaster in August.


April 8th PARCR Meeting Cancelled

3/11/2020 - PARCR Admin

The PARCR Executive Committee voted at their meeting on March 9 to cancel the April 8 Quarterly Meeting due to the concerns of influenza and the COVID-19 coronavirus. It was felt we needed to take precautions as seniors are more susceptible to infections from these diseases.

I refer you to the PARCR Legislative Tidbit sent out on March 9. Please pay attention to the information. I am repeating a portion of it here.

What Are Five Things Everyone Can Do?

Like so many of the easily-transmissible diseases and viruses we prepare for every day in our work with older people, everyone can use a few simple reminders:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze.
  • Maintain “social distances” of a few feet near people who show symptoms.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home and get medical attention if you are sick.

More information from LeadingAge PA about COVID-19 and what we can do can be found here.

Ida Jeanne Smith, PARCR President


Important Notice from the PARCR Executive Committee

3/15/2020 - PARCR Admin

At the March Executive Committee meeting, the committee made two decisions which directly effect PARCR members and other general meeting attendees in terms of meal charges and meal payment procedures. The changes are as follows:

1) Effective with the July 2020 general meeting, the meal charge for each attendee will increase from $10 to $12.

We have been charging $10 per attendee for lunch. PARCR has been subsidizing an additional $2 per person to cover the host community $12 charge per lunch. After surveying a number of CCRCs for comparative catering charges, we have found it necessary to increase our payment to the host communities to $14 per attendee to cover the increasing costs for food, plates, cups, utensils, napkins, staffing, etc. Obviously, it is important for us to be fair and equitable with our gracious hosts for their hospitality. PARCR will continue to contribute $2 per attendee to cover the charge of $14.

2) In addition to the above, the Executive Committee adopted a new procedure for registration for meeting and the payment for the lunch. The new process requires meal payment at the time of registration, rather than on the day of the meeting. The process will be clearly defined in your meeting notice letter. It will be very important for our members and attendees to have their payment to Susan Martin by the deadline specified in the notice. Your payment will not be refunded in the event your plans should change and you are unable to attend. We will no longer be able to accommodate “walk-ins” at our meetings.

There are two primary reasons for this change. First, we are required to give a final count to our host community a week prior to our general meeting. The host community is counting on that as a reasonably accurate number of persons attending and eating lunch. When we have a substantial number of “no-shows”, someone needs to cover the cost difference. Up to this point, our host communities have essentially absorbed that expense.

The second reason is to reduce or eliminate the bottlenecks and confusion at the registration table. We are having more and more persons attend our meetings and as this happens, in any given scenario, it requires appropriate change to accommodate the increase in volume.

We realize that change isn’t always easy, but we trust that you understand the rationale for these adjustments to our process and will do your best to support them. Thank you for your kind attention to these items.


July 8 Quarterly Meeting Cancelled

5/6/2020 - PARCR Admin

The PARCR Executive Committee has decided to cancel the July 8 Quarterly Meeting due to the concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Gov. Wolf has extended stay at home until May 8. This is a target date and could change. It was also said any change will be a slow process and take time. It was also mentioned that gatherings should be limited. We would rather be safe than sorry as it was felt we needed to take precautions as seniors are more susceptible to infections from this disease.

We look forward to seeing all of you at future meetings.

Ida Jeanne Smith, PARCR President


PARCR Meeting Procedures

8/27/2020 - PARCR Admin

The PARCR Executive Committee and the Task Force subcommittee have developed the format for our virtual Zoom Quarterly Meeting which will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Community Delegates and Individual Members will be sent an Invitation Notice and Agenda which will outline the registration process and the highlights of the meetings program and agenda.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM and run approximately 1½ hours. The focus of the meeting will be the presentation “Technology Trends in CCRCs” by our speaker, Corey Miller, Director of Information Services at Cross Keys Village. Corey’s presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A session. We will have an update from Anne Henry of LeadingAge PA also followed by a brief Q&A session.

IMPORTANT DETAIL: The Delegates and Individual Members who register by the deadline date will be sent the link to enter and participate in the meeting. As participants are welcomed into the meeting, their attendance will be monitored, and the membership roll will be taken. If a name does not appear on the membership/registration list, an individual will not be permitted to participate in the meeting.

It is the delegates’ responsibility to share information gathered at the PARCR meetings with their residents following each meeting and receipt of special bulletins. Individual residents of a community who wish to become a part of PARCR are encouraged to join the organization with an Individual Membership of $20. An application form is available on the PARCR website,

Thank you for your interest and participation in the offerings that PARCR provides for your community. You are an important liaison between PARCR and your community. Participants will be sent a survey which will help the Executive Committee in planning future meetings.

Nancy Hann
PARCR President

(PARCR Bulletin 20-04MP)