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SL Week Open House Day!

Supportive Living Week will be celebrated from April 23 - 27, 2018.

On Wednesday, April 25, Supportive Living communities throughout the state will be celebrating and promoting the benefits of the Supportive Living Program by hosting Open Houses in their communities. Join us by hosting your own Open House to show off the work you do and the warm, caring environment you provide for today’s seniors and persons with disabilities.

Invite the general public and elected officials to come tour your community on April 25 to talk to your residents and educate them about the many benefits of Supportive  Living!

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5:30 PM17:30

Annual Reception

Please mark your calendars for the Annual AALC Reception, which is held every year during the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo. This is an opportunity for all AALC members, including Premier Associates and Associates, to meet and network while enjoying drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Click Here for Annual Meeting Info

The AALC Reception will be held at Sam & Harry's in the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

Sam & Harry's
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Please RSVP by April 11, 2018.

Click here to RSVP!

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State Capitol Visit - CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen scheduling issues AALC is cancelling its Capitol Visit scheduled for 4/17/18. The Governor is unavailable and legislators will be tied up with Session and Committees that day. We regret this turn of events, but feel it would be fruitless to have the event. Please schedule visits with your legislators in their district offices and stress the importance of the Supportive Living Program and that we cannot survive 4% Medicaid cut and taking back of the 2.8% rate increase from last year!

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to Jun 8

Joint Training Sessions

Supportive Living Joint Training for Providers and Reviewers


June 6, 2017
Illinois Education Association Professional Development Center
3440 Liberty Drive
Springfield, IL

June 8, 2017
Bobak's Signature Events and Conference Center
6440 Double Eagle Dr.
Woodridge, IL

9:00 - 9:15 Opening remarks Wayne Smallwood
9:15 - 10:15 - Uniform Assessment Tool
Faculty: Giuseppe LaCandia, Department of Healthcare & Family Services
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:30 - Update on Medicaid Eligibility Status
Faculty: (Springfield): Anne Bradley Local Office Administrator for DHS ; (Woodridge) Rochelle Haywood Region 1 Administrator, DHS , Yolanda Lampkin-Diming Local Office Administrator, DHS
11:30 - 12:30 - The Importance of Spirituality for Your Resident
Faculty: Clark Beckley MSW, LCSW Your Story Counseling, P.C.
12:30 - 1:15 - Lunch will be provided
1:15 - 2:45 Compassion Fatigue? A Prescription for Improving Your Organization's Emotional Health
Faculty: Clark Beckley, MSW, LCSW Your Story Counseling, P.C.
2:45 - 3:00 - Break
3:00 - 4:30 Best Practices in Dementia Care: Ask the Panel
Faculty: Maggie Rodriguez, Nursing Supervisor, Asbury Gardens Memory Care, Andrea Graunke, Activity Director, Asbury Gardens, Scott Cozza, Administrator, Heritage Woods of South Elgin, White Oaks Memory Care, Johna McFadden, Legacy Coordinator at Evergreen Place Decatur

LeadingAge Illinois/AALC Member Rate: $149 per person
Non Member Rate: $299 per person

To register on-line: Click on the Location below. (will need a credit card to register)

Click here to register by fax or mail. Administrative fee will apply. Event Registration

Select a link below to register:

IEA Professional Development Center - Springfield, IL - Presented By: LeadingAge Illinois

Bobak's Signature Event & Conference Center - Woodridge, IL - Presented By: LeadingAge Illinois

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to Jul 31

2017 Photo & Testimonial Contest

Show Us What Supportive Living Means to You by
Participating in AALC’s 2017 Photo & Testimonial Contest

Each year, we look forward to the launch of our Photo & Testimonial Contest. We receive hundreds of photos capturing the true essence of what Supportive Living (SL) is all about.  We hear stories of what SL means to residents and family members.  We see the success of Supportive Living in the photos of friends laughing, sharing special moments, playing games and living a healthy active life. Each entry we receive should demonstrate the important role Supportive Living plays in the lives of Illinois’ seniors and individuals with disabilities, and reinforce what we’ve always known: Supportive Living = Healthy Living.
This year, help AALC capture the essence of SL by participating in our “Happiness is Ageless” photo and testimonial contest.  We’re looking for entries that showcase how seniors and individuals with disabilities are living the Supportive Living lifestyle - a lifestyle filled with happy moments.  Whether participating in physical fitness activities or cooking with friends, volunteering, creating art, singing, etc, we want to see what your residents are doing that brings them joy.

So get your camera out and your pencil ready! It’s time to start capturing the joys of life and sharing your moments with the rest of the SL family during the 2017 “Happiness is Ageless” photo and testimonial contest!

Photo Contest Overview
Your photo entries should capture the spirit of Supportive Living and demonstrate why “Happiness is Ageless!” Photo ideas might include:

  • Residents taking a field trip to a local park to hike.
  • Residents participating in activities that bring them joy.
  • Residents taking part in arts and crafts, music, dancing and more!


Submit photos online no later than July 31, 2017

Testimonial Contest Overview
Each testimonial entry should describe how Supportive Living has helped residents lead a full, happy life. For instance, a testimonial could mention:

  • How community activities have encouraged the resident to try new things and experience new adventures.
  • How a resident found a network of friends who have greatly improved their sense of well being.
  • How a resident has become more outgoing and self assured through Supportive Living.
  • How friendly competitions such as Wii bowling or trivia give the resident something to look forward to.
  • How family is at ease knowing the resident is surrounded by friends and a necessary support system.

 Each entry will be limited to 50 words or less. All entries should be accompanied by a photo of individual in testimonial.

Submit testimonials online no later than July 31, 2017

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AALC State Capitol Visit

Location: South Hall 


Capitol Visit
Join us at the State Capitol! At AALC, we’ve found that one of the most effective ways of showcasing the many benefits of Supportive Living is by having residents and staff members share their Supportive Living experiences in person with elected officials during our annual SL Week Capitol Visit!

Each year, we make a powerful impact by filling the halls of the Capitol with Supportive Living residents. This April 26th, residents and staff members will travel to the Capitol to meet with the governor and elected officials to discuss issues relating to the Supportive Living program. We know it works! We’ve witnessed firsthand the impact these visits can have on both our residents and elected officials. 


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Last day for SL Week Product Orders

"Happiness is Ageless" products are now on sale! AALC’s 2017 Supportive Living activities will focus on living a healthy life – mind, body and soul and many of our products emphasize health living.  

In order to make sure you receive your products by SL Week, we are asking that orders are placed on or before April 1, 2017.

Grab your favorite items now, while they are still available!

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Deadline for Statewide Project Submissions

Each community will be asked to compile and submit photos of your residents as they participate in hobbies and events that make them happy. Be sure to describe the activities, take lots of pictures of residents as they participate, and ask them for quotes about the enjoyment they get while doing something they love. AALC will display all the entries at the State Capitol to showcase how Supportive Living communities continue to provide a positive, fulfilling and happy environment for today’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Together, we can raise awareness of the Supportive Living program and the reasons residents firmly believe, “Happiness is Ageless!”

Creating Your Happiness is Ageless Overview 
AALC will select the most creative “Happiness is Ageless” overview display in the halls of the State Capitol in April to showcase how our Supportive Living communities are creating healthy and happy living environments for residents. 

We’ve provided you with instructions for compiling/designing your overview below.

Display Board Directions
Type up a one-page activity overview with the following information:

  • Name of the community
  • Describe what activities your residents participate in to bring joy to their lives
  • Get quotes from your residents
  • Take photos as your residents participate in activities
  • Design a colorful display on foam core highlighting what your residents do to prove “Happiness is Ageless!”
  • Include photos of your residents participating in the activities
  • Include fun quotes/testimonials and any graphics
  • Include the one-page activity overview on the display board

Submission Process

Mail Display Boards to AALC by April 1, 2017.

  1. “Happiness is Ageless” overview should be typed on standard white paper and glued to foam core. (No poster boards please!)
  2. Decorate your foam core display with photos, testimonials, and fun stories.
  3. Displays will not be returned. They can be picked up at State Finals in Springfield.
  4. Place display board in sturdy container and mail to:

601 W. Monroe
Springfield, IL 62704

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to Mar 30

Person Centered Planning Workshops

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), LeadingAge Illinois (LAI) and The Affordable Assisted Living Coalition (AALC) are co-sponsoring special regional workshops on "Person-Centered Planning" (PCP) in March 2017.

PCP is one of the key elements of 2014 Federal regulations related to community settings and State Transition Plans for assuring that Medicaid waiver programs (including the SLP) are in compliance. The 2-hour workshops will cover Federal and State requirements for incorporating PCP into each resident's service plan and provide case studies to illustrate how PCP is to be used. The workshops are intended for clinical staff, but are also relevant for managers/administrators and corporate staff responsible for assuring PCP. HFS nurses will also attend.

Continuing Education Credit

LeadingAge Illinois, as an approved sponsor of continuing education through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, will provide the following professionals licensed in Illinois:

Nursing home administrators, Nurses, Clinical social workers/social workers, Registered and certified public accountants, Physical therapists/physical therapy assistants, Occupational therapists/occupational therapy assistants, Professional counselor/clinical counselor

With up to 2.0 continuing education credit hour with full participation.  

Faculty: Dawn Wells, Area Manager, HFS and Ruta Prasauskas, VP of Health services at LAI

Workshops will take place as follows, time for all locations is 10am - 12:15pm:
Mt. Vernon - March 9, 2017
Holiday Inn Event Center
222 Potomac Blvd
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Peoria - March 16, 2017
Embassy Suites East Peoria~ Hotel & Riverfront Conference Center
100 Conference Center Drive
East Peoria, IL 61611

Woodridge - March 30, 2017
Signature Events at Seven Bridges
6440 Double Eagle Dr.
Woodridge, IL 60517

Registration fees:
Member Rate: $99
Non-member Rate: $198
Click on the conference name above to register.

Included: light continental breakfast, handouts and two hours of CE will be available for these workshops.

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