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Education Session A

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Session A1
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association "essentiALZ® Dementia Care Certification Program":
What's New in Dementia Research and Care?
ROOM: Rosemont A-B

This session will officially welcome participants to the special area of dementia focus sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ®. The session will begin with an update on current biomedical and clinical research, directly from the July 2015 Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC) in Washington DC. It will also provide an update on new research on social, behavioral and care treatments and interventions.


Heather Snyder, Director of Director of Medical and Scientific Relations, Alzheimer's Association
Sam Fazio, Director of Special Projects, Alzheimer's Association

Session A2
Using a Resident Passport Tool during Transitions of Care

The "Resident Passport" is a tool that can be used to document resident preferences, medications, health and well-being goals, as well as advance directives. During transitions of care older adults are particularly vulnerable. Research indicates that residents often arrive in hospitals with little accompanying information about who they are and where they have been. Likewise, residents often return from hospitals with missing or incomplete information that can impact pain management, continuity of care, and overall quality of life. The Passport is a tool that can be completed in partnership with residents to keep them safe during transitions of care and ultimately prevent readmissions.


Jill Harrison, Gerontologist/Researcher, Planetree
Jim Kinsey, Director of Client Experience, Planetree

Session A3
The Future of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care
ROOM: Grand A

This session will discuss current and anticipated trends in demography, health care financing, population health and medical care. Participant interaction will focus on their impact on health care delivery and "culture change" in the future.


Jonathan Evans, Immediate Past President, AMDA: The Society for Post-Acute and Long- Term Care Medicine

Session A4
Navigating Your Course: The Artifacts of Culture Change
ROOM: DaVinci A-B

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services first funded and released the "Artifacts of Culture Change" measurement tool in 2006. Designed to be used by an individual home to document concrete changes and reflect a move from institution to true home, this tool will be explained in detail by the Guides who developed it. Participants will learn how to use the Artifacts and how it has been used in grant projects around the country. You will identify culture change practices you may not have considered and give input on ideas for an "Artifacts 2.0" being considered.

Carmen Bowman, Owner, Edu-Catering
Karen Schoeneman, Owner, Karen Schoeneman Consulting

Session A5
Less is More - Polypharmacy and Frail Elders - A Guide to Reducing Inappropriate Prescribing
ROOM: United A-B

Two thirds of long-term care residents take 10+ drugs, often with limited or no potential for benefit and significant risk of harm. For frail elders studies have shown that up to 60% of drugs can be successfully withdrawn without undesirable effects, often resulting in an improved quality of life. This session will explore the rationale for reducing this drug load and introduce frailty- specific, evidence-informed guidelines for diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipemia and asymptomic bacteruria. A common sense approach to other frequently prescribed drugs such as antipsychotics and anxiolytics will also be presented

Brian Steeves, Physician and Mentor, Eden Alternative

Session A6
Well-Being is a Rainbow Flag: Putting Well-Being Back into the Lives of LGBT Elders through Person-Directed Practices
ROOM: Grand B

The current cohort of LGBT Elders are those who spent their lives fighting for the rights of the LGBT population. Although it was difficult, they were proud to show their colors. Now, as they find themselves needing care, many are going back into the closet, fearful of being neglected, hurt and/or abused. Society's deeply imbedded negative attitudes against LGBT persons, as well as the aging population in general, are at the core of this issue. Through person-directed practices, we can help them once again enjoy the domains of well-being with pride: identity, growth, autonomy, security, connectedness, meaning, and joy. This session will clarify these domains and their implementation in the LGBT community.

Mel Coppola, Owner, Hearts In Care, LLC

Session A7
Our Story of Sustaining Culture Change: 12 Years and Still Going Strong!
ROOM: Grand C

In 2002, the first teams were formed to create a model of care in the nursing home based on what we knew and valued about our own homes. The years have quickly passed and today the Household Model of Care continues to be the foundation that upholds our vision of home for 96 persons. We will share with you the stories of success and the challenges that we encountered and continue to face in our never-ending journey of sustaining deep culture change. We would never go back to the traditional medical model nursing home!

Marnie Ammons, Quality of Life Coordinator, Perham Health and Living
Katie Lundmark, Vice President of Long Term Care, Perham Health and Living
Deborah Kaspar, Director of Nursing, Perham Health and Living

Session A8
Seeing New Life through the Lens of Well-Being: One Man's Journey in Long-Term Care
ROOM: International A-B-C

When David Kent made the decision to move to long-term care, he thought he had been sentenced. Learn about his journey and how one long-term care home embraced him in their own journey to change the culture of aging. Through exploration of the 7 domains of well-being within his new home, David has found renewed purpose in life and is experiencing life like he never thought possible. Embracing his life role as teacher, David is sharing his experiences with fellow residents that he now regards as neighbors, and is helping to influence the culture change journey within the home.

Anneliese Krueger, General Manager, Schlegel Village
Alisa Anguine, Assistant Director of Nursing Care, Schlegel Village
David Kent, Resident, Schlegel Village

Session A9
Missing the Target on Wellness - Who Controls Your Conflict Thermostat?
ROOM: Heathrow A-B

Wellness programs promote health and lifestyle alternatives in support of improving staff well-being and a healthy work environment but often miss the intended target. Adverse health conditions are often symptoms of internal and external stressors complicated by conflict between interdependent staff in providing compassionate and person-centered care. An organization's strategic approach to communication, cooperation, collaboration and controlling personal behavior is a focused wellness support program. Discuss® a collaborative system that supports positive interactions and fosters person-centered interactions at all levels.

Raymond Rusin, Chief, Office of Facilities Regulation, Rhode Island Department of Health

Session A10
Using Person-Centered Care to Engage Staff
ROOM: London International

This session describes how person-centered care leads to more engaged, satisfied staff who share their understanding of resident preferences and values with others in the delivery of care. Staff become more engaged and realize their work is important and valued. Staff members who care about residents also care about each other and support each other, sharing information and ideas. We achieved measurable, positive results for staff, such as decreased absenteeism, increased satisfaction, decreased turnover, and improved quality at The Hill at Whitemarsh. Hear our experiences as we involved C.N.A.s in care planning, outside educational programs, decision-making and more.

Michelle Morton, Assisted Living Administrator, The Hill at Whitemarsh

Session A11
Building a Stronger Workforce: Person-Centered Apprenticeship in Aging Services
ROOM: Florence

New workforce challenges call for innovative solutions. By working with federal, state and industry leaders, hear how one state association created a new career in older adult services through registered apprenticeship. The Health Support Specialist (HSS) Registered Apprenticeship Program in Minnesota aims to elevate the status of career caregivers while strengthening quality of person-centered care for residents through education and on-the-job training. Learn what it takes to build a new career and how organizations are responding to the changing workforce landscape in Minnesota.

Sally Nadeau, Communications Manager, Health Support Specialist Program, LeadingAge Minnesota
Marilyn Oelfke, Health Support Specialist Consultant, LeadingAge Minnesota
Julie Reginek, Program Instructor / Health Support Specialist / Online Curriculum Specialist, Ridgewater College

Session A12
The Best Friends Approach: Bringing the Power of Relationships to the Full Spectrum of Living and Care in a CCRC
ROOM: International D-E-F

This session will describe the "Best Friends" philosophy of dementia care and how its two creators have traveled their own journey to a focus on relationships and care partnership. Next meet two practitioners from a Florida CCRC who have participated in a team to implement a culture change initiative. This is based upon the "Best Friends" model at all levels of care featuring innovative and interactive training and a reboot of activity programming. Participants will leave with a thorough understanding of "Best Friends" and a road map to implement a "Best Friends" campaign in their own work setting.

David Troxel, Writer & Consultant, Sacramento
Virginia Bell, Writer & Consultant, Christian Care Community
Celeste Lynch, Director of Wellness, Moorings Park
Lily L'Esperance, Assistant Living Administrator, Moorings Park

Session A13

Who Said There is No Research in Culture Change?
ROOM: Rosemont C-D

There seems to be a common belief that little is being done in research about "culture change" and "personcentered care." However, there is actually a good bit of research going on! This session will review highlights of research from the last year and reflect upon how to access research, translate it to those who need it most, and identify opportunities for additional research.

Sonya Barsness, Owner, Sonya Barsness Consulting LLC
Tammy Marshall, Director of Education, The New Jewish Home

 Session A: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
 Session B: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 2:00 to 3:30 pm
 Session C: Monday, August 3, 2015 - 4:00 to 5:30 pm
 Session D: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 8:00 to 9:30 am
 Session E: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 10:30 to 12:00 Noon
 Session F: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 2:15 to 3:45 pm
 Session G: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 4:00 to 5:30 pm




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