FLiCRA Flash – January 2016

FLiCRA Flash – January 2016

In the December FLiCRA Flash, I summarized the programs your local FLiCRA Chapter had provided for all John Knox Village residents during 2015.

It is also important to be aware of accomplishments statewide FLiCRA Chapters, working together over the years, have supported or secured for all Florida Continuing Care Retirement Communiy (CCRC) residents.

Some of these issues are especially meaningful because they have helped save all of us money! They include:

-defeating a proposal to charge sales tax on resident meals and CCRC entrance/maintenance fees;
-defeating a proposed $10 daily nursing bed tax;
– securing the “homestead exemption” benefit.

There are also numerous instances of FLiCRA supporting or securing greater transparency in CCRC financial processes, urging participation of residents in Board activities and improving nursing/Health Center regulations.

Bennett Napier, FLiCRA Executive Director, will be our speaker at the January 14 General FLiCRA Meeting. He will provide more detail on FLiCRA’s successes as well as areas of future concentration.

Bennett will also give us an overview and explain the importance of NaCCRA (National Continuing Care Residents Association), a nation-wide version of FLiCRA.

Please mark your calendar for Thursday, January 14. Join us in the Village Centre Auditorium at 1 p.m. for refreshments/50-50 tickets, and stay for the 1:30 p.m. program.

Everyone is invited. Come and bring a friend. Thank you for your support.

Diane Barton, President
John Knox Village Chapter 26 – LS 317

FLiCRA Flash – December 2015

FLiCRA Flash – December 2015

This is the last FLiCRA Flash for 2015! It is time to take that look back through the year and reflect on what your FLiCRA Chapter has done for you. Your local FLiCRA Chapter usually has five General Meetings a year with programs that relate to senior interests and are open to all residents. To enhance that interest, we also have refreshments and the chance to share in a 50/50 drawing.

In January, we hosted representatives from the Broward Legislative Delegation Administrative staff who presented information on how to effectively lobby and communicate with our legislators. March brought an AARP Speakers’ Bureau program about how to spot fraud, scams and identity theft.

The Senate Legislative Committee and your FLiCRA Chapter co-sponsored sessions in April and May with our Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, Pompano Beach City Commissioner Barry Moss and our State Representative Gwendolyn Clarke-Reed.

Vehicle and bicycle theft prevention was the emphasis of our May General Meeting with input, as well as bicycle registration assistance from our Security Manager and a Broward Sheriff’s Deputy. We also took a survey among attendees as to what areas they would like to have covered in our General Meetings. Future programs will speak to these responses.

One area of interest from the survey was to have a discussion about the different types of Medical Insurance Plans available to seniors. Our September General Meeting featured a representative from Florida SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) who gave us valuable information about traditional Medicare, Medigap Supplementals and Medicare Advantage Plans.

Our last General Meeting for 2015, presented by LeadingAge Florida, the providers’ counterpart of FLiCRA, coincidentally related back to our first meeting in January. Once again, we are trying to find the most effective way to communicate with our legislators through Grassroots Advocacy.

I believe we have had a good year with a number of interesting and useful programs. Never fear, 2016 promises to carry on in that direction! Your FLiCRA Board already has several General Meeting agendas planned and will be utilizing the suggestions you made on our May survey.

A big “Thank You” is deserved to the FLiCRA Board of Directors and to the residents who volunteer to serve our delicious refreshments and conduct the 50/50 drawings.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a good New Year. Thank you for your support.

Diane Barton, President
JKV Chapter 26 – LS 317

LeadingAge Florida at John Knox Village

LeadingAge Florida at John Knox Village

Today, LeadingAge Florida held a Grassroots Advocacy Workshop at John Knox Village.Guest speakers included Steve…

Posted by John Knox Village on Thursday, November 12, 2015

FLiCRA Flash – November 2015

FLiCRA Flash – November 2015

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 12. Our FLiCRA General Meeting will host LeadingAge Florida, which is the care providers’ association as FLiCRA is the residents’ association.

Leading Age representatives are planning four workshops statewide and chose John Knox Village as the only site in southeastern Florida. So, we will be inviting other CCRCs in our region to attend.

The program will deal with the outlook for aging services issues during the 2016 legislative session, and how we can best work with the State Legislature. Current plans are to follow our usual schedule in the Village Centre Auditorium. Enjoy refreshments and 50/50 tickets at 1 p.m. The program starts at 1:30 p.m.

Your local Chapter 26 FLiCRA Board of Directors voted to make a contribution of $1,000 to The Woodlands at John Knox Village and also to the Employee Scholarship Fund. We believe both these causes are a benefit to our residents and employees.

Don’t forget, if you would like to join NaCCRA (National Continuing Care Residents Association), contact me for a membership application form.

Thank you for your support.

Diane Barton, President, JKV Chapter 26
LS 317 (Phone number listed in the Directory)

FLiCRA Flash – October 2015

FLiCRA Flash – October 2015

I just mailed my NaCCRA (National Continuing Care Residents Association) Membership Application. NaCCRA functions a lot like FLiCRA, but on a national scale.

Several years ago, your John Knox Village FLiCRA Chapter 26 joined NaCCRA as a Community Association. As part of that membership, we receive 10 copies of the NaCCRA bi-monthly publication “Life Line.”

These copies are distributed to your FLiCRA Chapter Board Members. Periodically, a Board Member joins NaCCRA as an individual member and receives his/her own copy of Life Line. When this happens, I leave the extra copies in the Village Centre lobby.

My decision to join NaCCRA has been a journey. I feel that Florida CCRCs are in a “good place” regulation-wise (in a large part through FLiCRA’s efforts), so how could NaCCRA benefit us.

However, I know that many states have little CCRC regulation and that resulting negative situations affect the entire CCRC industry. Also, lack of state regulation could prompt Federal regulation and NaCCRA would be a good way for CCRC residents to be represented. As always there is strength in numbers!

The Life Line has some excellent articles and gives interesting insight into how similar/different CCRCs can be. I have passed on information about some activities John Knox Village might consider.

I hate to admit it, but I think the thing that really got me to send in my NaCCRA application was a challenge. Indian River Estates, a CCRC in Vero Beach, had 101 residents listed as new NaCCRA members in the January/ February 2015 Life Line, and John Knox Village only had eight!

NaCCRA yearly dues are $20 for one individual and $15 for the second individual; there is also a lifetime membership ($200/$150). I have a supply of Membership Applications and would be happy to share a Life Line with you.

Just give me a call, and I will send you a Membership Application by campus mail. It sure would be nice to beat Indian River Estates!

Thank you for your support.

Diane Barton, President, JKV Chapter 26
LS 317 (Phone number in Directory)

FLiCRA Flash – September 2015

FLiCRA Flash – September 2015

To quote Pat Arends, a resident of Freedom Village and President of the FLiCRA State Board of Directors, “FLiCRA has delivered again for you – more legislative success.”

She is referring to the FLiCRA/Leading Age (providers’ association) Continuing Care bill passed in the last legislative session, and which becomes law on October 1.

Included in this legislation is additional financial protection for residents, a stronger role for the residents’ council, and access to third-party audits. More detail on the legislation is in your Second Quarter 2015 FLiCRA Resident Connection newsletter.

John Knox Village residents have enjoyed many of these protections for years, but now all CCRC residents will benefit.  Improvements in the Continuing Care industry reflect favorably on all CCRCs.

The FLiCRA Annual Conference will be held Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Edgewater Pointe Estates in Boca Raton.

The keynote speaker, Katherine Pearson, is a law professor, and will discuss “CCRC Residents – Driving Business Models for Now and the Future.” Unfortunately, this is the first day of our John Knox Village Passport to The Woodlands Bazaar, but please contact me if you are interested in attending.

To continue FLiCRA’s efforts to deliver for you, your local Chapter will have a General Meeting on Monday, September 21, on a subject you expressed interest in at the May General Meeting.  A representative from FL SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) will present a program titled “Medicare 101.”

This agency was recommended by Joanne Avis, Resident Relations, and will provide useful information to consider before the Medicare open enrollment period.

As usual, the General Meeting in the Village Centre Auditorium is open to all residents. We serve refreshments and offer 50/50 tickets at 1 p.m. with the program starting at 1:30 p.m. Mark your calendar for September 21 at 1 p.m., and bring a friend!

Thank you for your support.

Diane Barton, President, JKV Chapter 26
LS 317

FLiCRA Flash – July 2015

FLiCRA Flash – July 2015

On May 14, at FLiCRA’s General Meeting, we hosted Alex Viscardo, John Knox Village Security Manager, and Deputy Mike Johnson of the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO).

Alex gave us an update on John Knox Village Security projects, and Deputy Johnson discussed bicycle and vehicle theft prevention.  If you have not registered your bicycle with BSO, contact Alex at (954) 784-4734.

During this meeting, resident attendees were asked to complete a survey indicating what subjects they would like to see featured in future FLiCRA General Meetings.

Attendees were most interested in programs that would:

  • Clarify the “legalese” that surrounds terms such as DNR (Do Not Resuscitate), Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Surrogate, Living Will, Last Will and Testament;
  • Give an overview of Health Care Programs, including Advantage Plans, Managed Care, Medicare and Medicaid;
  • Explain the benefits of FLiCRA and NaCCRA (National Continuing Care Residents’ Association) with a”tour” of both organizations’ Websites;
  • Help enhance our personal safety. Deputy Johnson indicated he would like to bring this program to John Knox Village.

Your FLiCRA Board will work to arrange these programs for residents at our General Meetings in 2015-16. The next meeting is scheduled for September 10. We will keep you informed.

FLiCRA Flash will be on vacation in August, but we’ll “see you in September.” Thank you for your support.

Diane Barton, President, JKV Chapter 26
LS 317

FLiCRA Flash – June 2015

FLiCRA Flash – June 2015

All Florida’s seniors, not just Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) residents, stand to benefit from legislation spearheaded or supported by FLiCRA.

These include:

  • a requirement that hospitals inform Medicare patients of their status as it relates to admitted or observation status;
  • an Assisted Living Rating Guide that would allow consumers and caregivers to compare facilities;
  • revisions to the duties of the Office of State Long Term Care Ombudsman ; and
  • revisions to FL Statute 651, which regulates CCRCs. This legislation was a joint effort between FLiCRA and LeadingAge Florida, the providers association. This legislation strengthens certain regulating requirements pertaining to CCRC contracts and practices.

The next stop for this legislation is the Governor’s desk for his signature. Once this process is completed, we will be hearing more details about these legislative changes.

However, much of the detail in FL Statute 651 will have little impact on John Knox Village residents.  For example, because of the positive working relationship with our Resident Senate, our Administration and our Board of Directors, we have enjoyed the benefit of Resident Board Members and transparent third -party audits for years.

Our next FLiCRA General Meeting is scheduled for September 10.

Diane Barton, President
JKV FLiCRA Chapter 26

FLiCRA Flash – May 2015

FLiCRA Flash – May 2015

Thank you for making FLiCRA’s (Florida Life Care Residents Association) Membership Drive a success. Congratulations also on getting a wonderful return (approximately $8,000 per year, per resident) on your investment of $18 or $31 (for a couple). Keep up the good work!

Speaking of good work, I would like to acknowledge your FLiCRA Board Members.  They include Jackie Cork, Pat Costigan, Rudy Frei, Linda Kleingartner, Barbara Kuntz, Vera Leip, Phyllis Liedtke, Jan Spalding, Dave Thomson and Sam Townsend.

Our FLiCRA Chapter and the Senate Legislative Committee believe that communication with our local elected representatives is important and enlightening. To enable this exchange, FLiCRA and the Legislative Committee are partnering to provide several sessions this year.

Future planned meetings will include State Representative Gwendolyn Clarke-Reed, State Senator Chris Smith and U.S. Representative Lois Frankel. Watch the Thursday Flyer for specific details.

Thank you for your support.

Diane Barton, President
JKV Chapter 26

FLiCRA Flash – April 2015

FLiCRA Flash – April 2015

April is FLiCRA (Florida Life Care Residents Association) Membership Month. Our local FLiCRA Resident Board is not large enough to contact each John Knox Village resident.

John Knox Village Administration values the work FLiCRA does and agreed years ago for the Accounting Department to include the yearly membership fee ($18 for one and $31 for a couple) on our April Maintenance Statement. Membership is not mandatory, but approximately 95 percent of Village residents are members because they realize the benefit of FLiCRA’s efforts.

FLiCRA affects us in many ways. Most of us know that FLiCRA’s efforts with the Florida Legislature have saved each Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) resident about $8,000 a year by avoiding a tax on our entrance fee, monthly maintenance fee, meals and skilled nursing beds.

Statewide FLiCRA work groups also had impact on and continue to contribute to FL State Statute 651 that regulates CCRCs. Your local FLiCRA Chapter 26 provides programs of interest such our recent presentation to help you avoid scams and identity fraud.

There is strength in numbers. Continue to support FLiCRA – because FLiCRA supports YOU! Thank you.

Diane Barton, President, JKV Chapter 26
LS 317