by Timothy L. Gieseke, MD, CMD
CALTCM Past President

Dr. Dan Osterweil, our CEO since 2012, has faithfully and masterfully steered CALTCM through a time of great change and tumult in healthcare.  Under his leadership, we have become the medical voice of long-term care in California.  Dan has notified the board that he plans to step down from the CEO position in early 2021.  The board has set up a search committee and I have been selected as the chair.  I have worked closely with Dan for the last 15 years and will miss his strong organizational skills and forward thinking ideas.  This column doesn’t have the space to pay adequate tribute to the many ways he has contributed to the success of CALTCM and our members.   

As chair of the search committee, I am pleased with the CEO profile (see attachment) we have created.  We want our readers to know we are optimistic about our future and ask that you will review the profile to see if you or someone you know might be a good fit for becoming our future CEO.  

2020 has been a year of great change.  I’m optimistic about 2021 and look forward to transitioning to a new CEO that will expand our voice for promoting quality patient care across the long-term care continuum.

"Mom Behind Bars"
This was a picture I took in May of my 93-year-old mother-in-law who (along with all other long-term care residents) had been confined to her group home due to Covid-19. We could only visit her through the bars on her front door. We were not permitted entry and she was not allowed to come out to touch us or get a hug from us. She did not understand why this was happening or when it would end. The unhappy expression on her face speaks to the plight of these vulnerable elderly residents during Covid 19. It highlights the psychological impact Covid-19 has on older adults confined to long term care facilities. As a Geriatrician, this scene was heartbreaking and yet an honest depiction of what has been happening to these older adults.
Gary Salzman, MD, FACP
COVID-19 Pay What You Can Program

CALTCM recognizes that COVID-19 has caused unforeseen financial burdens to the post-acute and long-term care community (PALTC), to their families, and beyond.  

CALTCM remains focused on promoting quality patient care through medical leadership and education. As such, CALTCM announces a "Pay What You Can" program for the 2020 CALTCM Summit for Excellence. As a non-profit association, CALTCM respects that you have hard decisions to make every day and registering for our annual meeting to improve your knowledge and meet your CME/CEU needs during this pandemic should be an easy one.

We believe that the CALTCM COVID-19 Pay What You Can Program will allow more PALTC family members to attend our excellent program during this pandemic. 

About the 2020 CALTCM Summit for Excellence
by Michelle Eslami, MD, FACP, CMD
Chair, CALTCM Education Committee

For many years CALTCM—the California Association of Long-Term Medicine has provided cutting edge education and gold-standard practice management tools through their Summit for Excellence annual meeting.  Join me and other physicians, advance practice nurses, nursing home administrators and other healthcare providers on October 8-10 as we virtually come together for engaging and interactive educational sessions and panels.

As a geriatrician who had a robust nursing home practice for many years, one of my passions was helping the residents meet their highest level of function as possible.  I’ll be presenting and moderating during the “Is Functional Decline Under Our Control?” portion of the conference and am excited to show how residents benefit from a true interdisciplinary approach to maintaining and improving their function.

Covid-19 Training Video Series: Brought to you by the California Partnership to Improve Dementia Care
by Jennifer Birdsall, Ph.D
Chair, Education Committee of Dementia Partnership
Clinical Director, CHE Behavioral Health Services
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for every aspect of our day to day routines.  This is especially true of those living with dementia. 

The California Partnership to Improve Dementia Care is pleased to present the following webinars to address the additional challenges that COVID-19 has brought to both staff and residents. 

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