Undoubtedly, healthcare and elder care will be in the public eye for years to come. The intersection between the ballooning cost of healthcare and an aging Baby Boomer population will force legislation and public policy decisions that will impact generations.
It is with great pleasure that I introduce our next contributing writer, focusing on public policy, legislation and regulatory compliance impacting elders.
Karen Love is a former speech pathologist and long-term care administrator with more than 25 years experience in aging services. Through her company, Pathways to Care, Ms. Love works as a consultant and educator. Besides a commitment to identify and promote effective evidence-based practices to enhance practices in aging services, she has a passion for quality dementia care. She innovated a nationally-recognized program utilizing Montessori-based principles to improve physical function and psychosocial well-being for elders and individuals with disabilities known as therapeutic engagement.
Ms. Love serves as the managing director for the national Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL). CEAL is a national organization of diverse assisted living stakeholder organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, AAHSA, the National Center for Assisted Living, and the Pioneer Network among others that champions the belief that better outcomes can be achieved through true collaboration.