Member Newsletter October 30, 2018
Senior Living Works: Recruit and Retain a Quality Workforce
Please join FSLA and Argentum for a  free  webinar.

Our workforce is the biggest challenge facing the continued growth and prosperity of the senior living industry. This free webinar focuses on innovative solutions.
Brent Weil, Argentum’s Vice President of Workforce Development, will introduce Senior Living Works, a program to raise awareness of senior living careers, broaden our recruitment pool, and make positive and impactful connections with education providers to be the pipeline of talent we need. 
This webinar is exclusively for operators and senior living professionals in Florida and will focus on our particular workforce challenges and opportunities. Participants will be eligible for 1 CEU credit at no cost.
Join us November 7, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
DOL Announces Revised Overtime Rule Will Be Published in March 2019

Changes to the White Collar Exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are coming, very slowly. Back in May 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Final Rule updating the regulations for the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime executive, administrative, and professional exemptions. That rule would, among other things, have increased the minimum salary required for most employees within these exemptions from $455 a week ($23,660 a year) to $913 a week ($47,476 a year), meaning anyone falling below the minimum salary would potentially be eligible for overtime wages.

In November 2016, a federal judge in Texas instructed that regulation just nine days before it was to go into effect. In July 2017, the DOL issued a Request for Information seeking public comment on a whole series of questions relating to whether and how the DOL should update the existing regulations. The DOL has now indicated that it will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding these exemption regulations in March 2019.
The Negative Impact of a Vacant Position

Julie Rupenski, President & Founder, MedBest

Due to the booming economy, job candidates are turning down more job offers now than they did one year ago. What once seemed like an enticing offer then, may now seem average to them. This trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Combining this dilemma with the fact that 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring each day , means we could see a number of open positions that could remain vacant for an extended period of time.

Industries that deal with people’s health are in a more precarious position. Vacancies of senior health care executives and providers within the senior living industry could adversely affect the quality of care that a facility provides. However, that’s not the only negative impact of a vacant position. One or more of the following may also happen:

Valuable Informational Resources For FSLA Members Provided By

Social workers are vital for our community's health. However, the opioid crisis currently gripping our nation has created an even greater demand for social workers, as both treatment programs and child welfare services are overwhelmed. With projections estimating that the social work sector will grow by 16% in the next 10 years , the importance of educating and ensuring a steady labor force for the future cannot be understated.

In response to this need for social workers, the team at put together a series of useful guides breaking down what earning a degree in the field entails. Licensing and certification information, scholarship opportunities, and a directory of universities offering social work programs are included. In addition, we discuss online options that offer a flexibility often preferable to nontraditional students. You can check out our work below:

You can find our social work education guide for your specific state here .
New Ownership of Superior Residences Selects SRI Management

Leading Management Firm Retained as Manager of Five Florida Communities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2018) – SRI Management LLC , one of the fastest growing privately held management companies in the Southeast, announces its selection as the management firm for five Superior Residences communities. Overseeing the transition and capital investment at five Florida-based communities ( Lecanto , Cala Hills , Clermont , Brandon and Niceville ), SRI will make exterior and interior capital improvements along with implementing new technology available for seniors housing. Acquired by a Texas-based nonprofit organization in late June, Superior Residences will now offer affordable rate-lock options to existing and new residents.
“The injection of capital coupled with the mission of the new ownership to provide affordable senior care options will allow our leadership to create new opportunities for current and potential residents,” said Don Bishop, chief executive officer, SRI Management. “In addition, the long-term and generational ownership is very positive for our associates.”
SRI Management has planned various repositioning to each of the communities, with new logos and uniform designs, a branded sense of arrival and proprietary programming including signature Artful Dining and Zestful Activities, all with SRI’s focus to continue seeking a seniors housing experience that values each individual resident and recognizes a customer-first approach. Soft renovations including updated paint and new furnishings brings a fresh look and feel.
Since its inception in 2000, SRI’s leadership has consistently sought to be in the forefront of changes in the industry and forging strong relationships with owners. SRI currently manages 21 independent, assisted living and memory support communities, encompassing over 2,000 units. The company is slated to end 2018 with 25 properties under operation or in phases of pre-opening. Once completed, the additional properties will increase the SRI portfolio to over 2,550 units. More information on SRI Management can be found at
Aging Network Advocacy Summit - Nov. 28, 2018

The Florida Council on Aging is hosting an aging network stakeholder event, the Southeast Florida Advocacy Summit, at The Volen Center in Boca Raton, Florida, on November 28, 2018. The summit will bring together aging advocates, industry providers, and local Aging and Disability Resource Center staff. To find out more information, contact event organizer Kelly Wilson at 561-373-3888.