Helen Crunk is the owner of Helen Crunk Consulting and Leven Senior Healthcare. She specializes in facility management in assisted living and direct care staff education. Prior to starting her own business, Ms. Crunk worked as an administrator and assisted living consultant in the Omaha metro area for 15 years. She was elected to the National Center for Assisted Living’s Board of Directors as an At-Large Member in September 2011 and currently serves on its Executive Board of Directors.
Ms. Crunk is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience in long term care. She is the only two-time winner of the NCAL Administrator of the Year Award. As an NCAL Board member, Ms. Crunk served as Chair of its Finance and Policy Committee and Quality Committee. She currently co-chairs the Independent Owner Council and sits on the AHCA Business Management Committee. In 2012, she was appointed to the American Health Care Associations Clinical Practice Committee and served on AHCA’s Quality Cabinet. In addition to these commitments she has testified as an expert witness in assisted living litigation and spoken to many state associations about quality in assisted living and dementia care best practices. Helen was a previous task force member of the National Association of Board of Examiners for long term care administrators.
Helen is Immediate Past Chair of the Nebraska Assisted Living Association, sits on the Nebraska Health Care Association Executive Board of Directors, and is secretary to the Nebraska Health Care Foundation’s Board of Directors.
In 2011, Helen was named Nebraska Business Woman of the Year and was given an honorable mention as Nebraska’s Nurse of the Year. In December 2011, she was named one of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40 in Omaha, Neb.
Helen was the keynote speaker for the Midlands Chapter Alzheimer’s Association in April 2015. She has presented for many AHCA/NCAL state affiliates on quality in assisted living and dementia related care topics, and served as a keynote speaker for the Iowa Assisted Living Association in 2017.
Executive Senior Living Advisor
In Summer’s previous position as an Executive Director for two different Assisted Living communities, she became well versed in Assisted Living regulations put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services. She has experience with Medicaid, Medicaid waiver, Home Health and Hospice processes for the post-acute settings. Community collaboration is the key when assisting patients after an emergency department (E.D) visit, hospital or rehab stay to reduce re-hospitalizations and elicit better outcomes for healthy living options. Working with post-acute services to allow residents to age in a place where they are comfortable, is an initiative Summer is a firm advocate of fostering with community partners.
In 2016, Summer and her team transitioned 27 general assisted living apartments to memory care in an effort to provide more services to those with an Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia diagnosis. Along with the memory care transition, she increased the Assisted Living licensure from 40 to 160 potential residents. A partnership was created with Genesis Home Healthcare for a complete therapy gym that opened at a previous property on October 1, 2015.
Summer served as the Omaha District Chair and Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Assisted Living Association from 2015-2017. This position allowed her a front seat to new legislation in long-term care, the opportunity to connect with lawmakers and assist with advocating for better ways to care for our aging population. In addition to serving as the Chair and Vice-Chair, Summer was a pioneer participant in the State of Nebraska L.E.A.D (Lead, Educate, Advocate and Develop) program.
In the spring of 2017, she received her certificate as a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner through the NCCDP.
Now, Summer is our Executive Senior Living Advisor using her community connections to build a solid foundation for our new residents to thrive in.