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Conference Intensives


Pioneer Network Workshop Intensives allow for a deep dive into crucial topics.
 Experienced Guides, who can demonstrate with hands-on practical approaches, will get to the heart and soul of the subject matter, while giving you the nuts and bolts that you can take home and use immediately. These Workshop Intensives are designed especially for YOU – the Pioneer attendee. So prepare for a day of interactive intense learning experiences.

For our 2016 conference, the Workshop Intensives will take place on the first day of the conference: MONDAY, AUGUST 1, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be four full-day Intensives and nine half-day Intensives offered. You can register for one full-day intensive or the pair of half-day Intensives that works best for you.

 Monday, August 1 Intensive Schedule
 8:00 – 11:45
 Intensives 1
 11:45 – 1:15
 Lunch (Exhibit visits & networking)
 1:15 – 5:00
 Intensives 2


FULL-DAY INTENSIVES (click on Intensive name for details)

INT #1: Working Together to Put Living First: A Culture Change Guidebook  

INT #2: Building a Culture of Person-Directed Living: Four Key Elements

INT #3: Person-Centered Life in Assisted Living: Navigating a Shifting Landscape 

INT #4: Getting It Right for Each Resident: Creating a Culture of Prevention and Continuous Improvement


HALF-DAY INTENSIVES 8:00-11:45 (click on Intensive name for details)

INT #5: Sisters: Still Called to be Pioneers, Poets and Prophets 

INT #6: Love Matters: Leadership Lessons from Wise Women (repeated in afternoon time slot)

INT #7: We're All In This Together: Multiple Stakeholder Insights on Integrating Quality Improvement In a Large System

INT #8: Supporting Well-being for the Person with Dementia: It Begins with Comfort

INT #9: Integrating Complementary Therapies in Our Elder's Lives and our Work


HALF-DAY INTENSIVES 1:15pm – 5:00pm (click on Intensive name for details)

INT #10: Love Matters: Leadership Lessons from Wise Women (repeat of morning session)

INT #11: From the Executive's Desk: Motivations, Experiences, and Outcomes 

INT #12: Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACE.S): Integrating Nursing Skills for Person Centered Care

INT #13: Culture Change Dining Can Work from Trayline to Household

INT #14: Let's Get Unreal! Practical Tools to Incorporate Creativity for Life Enrichment

 

 Full-Day Intensives: 8:00-5:00 (with 90-minute lunch)

INTENSIVE #1

Working Together to Put Living First: A Culture Change Guidebook  

This all-day intensive explores one organization's award-winning, collaborative culture change journey, guided by Appreciative Inquiry, and engages participants in a variety of practical resources from a new, research-based guidebook organizations can use to begin or strengthen their culture change efforts. This comprehensive intensive will feature a variety of perspectives, from researcher, senior leaders, care partners, and elders themselves. First, participants will engage in self-reflection and strategic-planning activities aimed at building a solid foundation for culture change. Then, participants will engage with practical, yet fun, strategies and resources to mobilize a culture change journey guided by Appreciative Inquiry.

Guides:
Jennifer Carson
, Researcher, University of Nevada, Reno
Susan Brown
, Research Coordinator, Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging 
Jessica Luh-Kim
, Director of Program Development and Education, Schlegel Villages

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INTENSIVE #2

Building a Culture of Person-Directed Living: Four Key Elements

Everything in the area of aging services is moving towards an approach that recognizes the sovereignty of the individual receiving supports and services.  Terms like 'person-centered care' and 'person centered planning' are bandied about, oftentimes without a clear definition or framework of what is meant by these words.  This presentation provides a highly experiential glimpse into the four core elements of person directed living, the ultimate expression of elder empowerment that effectively shifts power and focus to the elder and the care partner closest to them. 

Guides:
Cean Eppelheimer, Organizational Change Consultant, PHI
Anna Ortigara, Organizational Change Consultant, PHI
Sue Ellen Clark, Educator, Westminster Canterbury

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INTENSIVE #3

Person-Centered Life in Assisted Living:
Navigating a Shifting Landscape
 


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This intensive will explore current trends and best practices in person-centered assisted living. Your interactive day will confront some of the myths and realities of assisted living. You will explore how meeting clinical, social, and emotional needs in the face of increasing acuity can be done without compromising person-centered principles. At the same time, you will accrue useable tools and best practices to create better person-centered living environments.

Guides:
Juliet Holt-Klinger
, Senior Director of Dementia Care, Brookdale Senior Living
Jeanne Heid-Grubman
, Administrator, Franciscan Retirement Community

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INTENSIVE #4

Getting it Right For Each Resident: Creating a Culture of Prevention and Continuous Improvement

Your performance outcomes are measured by each person's daily experience in your care. This session will help you get to yes for these three questions:

  1. Do people who can, get better?
  2. Do you catch early warning signs and use your best clinical skills to intervene and prevent avoidable events?
  3. Do residents maintain their routines for when they eat, take their medicines, get up and go to bed?

Learn how to be a leader who engages all your staff in a continuous loop of communication and collaboration. Everyone knows what needs to be done, and their part in it.

Guides:
Barbara Frank
, Co-Founder, B&F Consulting
Cathie Brady
, Co-Founder, B&F Consulting
David Farrell
, VP of Sub-acute Operations, Telecare Corporation

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 Half-Day Intensives 8:00-11:45 (with 90-minute lunch before the afternoon sessions begin) 

Build your own full day intensive 

INTENSIVE #5

Sisters: Still Called to be Pioneers, Poets and Prophets  

Pioneer Sisters coming to this country came without any blueprint for meeting the needs of an immigrant population in their new environment. Yet, we are bearers of a rich legacy of diverse ministries, executed with vision, competence and compassion. We again find ourselves at a place without blueprints: when aging-related services for our members require the bulk of personnel, finances, and planning. We are still called, by our vocation to respond with vision, competence and compassion. This session provides tools for seeing with new eyes how aging services should be seen and implemented as a profound element of Congregational mission.

Guide:
Sister Imelda Maurer

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INTENSIVE #6

Note: This is session is repeated in the afternoon

Love Matters: Leadership Lessons from Wise Women

Wise women, including our mothers and grandmothers, have taught us valuable lessons in life. Through their caring we have learned to laugh, play, sing, dance, dream, and then realize those dreams. Through their wisdom we have learned values and manners, how to treat people, and how to persevere through difficult times. Through their hearts we have learned unconditional love. These are all meaningful lessons for leaders working to transform the culture of aging. In this powerful session, you will be embraced in the caring heart of wise women leaders, and you will be nurtured and transformed as a leader for change.

Guides: 
Nancy Fox
, Chief Innovation Officer, Vivage Senior Living
Susan Ryan
, Senior Director, The Green House Project
Denise Hyde
, Community Builder, The Eden Alternative
Sarah Rowan
, Elder Wisdom Keeper
Sandy Ransom
, Great Grandmother
Jude Thomas
, Founder and Mother of Eden

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INTENSIVE #7

We're All In This Together: Multiple Stakeholder Insights On Integrating Quality Improvement In a Large System

Change presents challenges and opportunities. How change happens determines success. This intensive engages participants in learning about and using an evidence-based approach that makes quality improvement (QI) easier and more likely to achieve its full potential. The step-by-step method integrates QI into staff members' everyday habits, enabling continuous innovation. Stakeholders from the Department of Veterans Affairs— including residents, frontline staff, managers, and national leaders—will share insights from their experiences using the method and will engage participants in hands-on learning. Participants will practice applying the approach and will leave with individualized plans for their own QI projects.

Guides:
Christine Hartmann
, Researcher, Bedford VA Medical Center
A. Lynn Snow
, Researcher, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center/University of Alabama

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INTENSIVE #8

Supporting Well-being for the Person with Dementia:
It Begins with Comfort

As the US population ages, long-term care organizations are called to address the ever changing needs of persons with dementia. Questions regarding autonomy and personhood are at the center of quality of care and quality of life for people who have trouble thinking.  Adopting comfort-focused strategies for people with dementia is answer.  This session will explore the theories and evidence supporting a comfort model of care as well as how to implement this best-practice model in your organization.

Guides:
Tena Alonzo
, Director of Education & Research, Beatitudes Campus
Karen Mitchell
, Comfort Matters Nurse Educator, Beatitudes Campus
Karen Harper
, Community Director and Dementia Coordinator, Isabella Geriatric Center
Deidre Downs
, Corporate Director for Social Work and Supportive Care Programs, Cobble Hill Nursing Home
Robert Herel
, Director of Social Work, Cobble Hill Nursing Home
Liza Long
, Dementia Care Unit Manager, Cobble Hill Nursing Home
Sharon Blake
, Dementia Coordinator, The New Jewish Home

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INTENSIVE #9

Integrating Complementary Therapies in Our Elder's Lives and Our Work

You will experience "a taste" of many complimentary therapies in this session to have an understanding of their benefits and identify ones you may want to dive into in a deeper way.  Program goals include bringing about social integration, relaxation, a sense of community and a healthy approach to our human needs.  Other benefits are ways of managing pain, stress and isolation and demonstrated positive outcomes for elders and staff.  We will discuss challenges and successes of incorporating these therapies into everyday life of our Elders. 

Guides:
Evy Cugelman
, Innovations Specialist, Vivage Quality Health Partners
Elizabeth Flatter
y, Wellness Director, Friendship Haven
Raquel Jarrard
, Assisted Living Director/RN, Friendship Haven

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 Half-Day Intensives 1:15-5:00 (with 90-minute lunch after the morning sessions end) 

Build your own full day intensive

INTENSIVE #10

Note: This is an exact repeat session from the morning Intensives.

Love Matters: Leadership Lessons from Wise Women

Wise women, including our mothers and grandmothers, have taught us valuable lessons in life. Through their caring we have learned to laugh, play, sing, dance, dream, and then realize those dreams. Through their wisdom we have learned values and manners, how to treat people, and how to persevere through difficult times. Through their hearts we have learned unconditional love. These are all meaningful lessons for leaders working to transform the culture of aging. In this powerful session, you will be embraced in the caring heart of wise women leaders, and you will be nurtured and transformed as a leader for change.

Guides:
Nancy Fox
, Vivage Senior Living
Susan Ryan
, The Green House Project
Denise Hyde
, The Eden Alternative
Sarah Rowan
, Elder Wisdom Keeper
Sandy Ransom
, Great Grandmother
Jude Thomas
, Founder and Mother of Eden

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INTENSIVE #11

From the Executive's Desk: Motivations, Experiences, and Outcomes  

Are we really moving from flavor of the month to a widespread change in culture? Hear from executive leaders about their case for deep, sustained organizational change.  What motivated these innovators' personal and organizational transformations?  Participate in a candid conversation and reflections from these pioneers about their experiences and approaches to change, including the most significant barriers that got in their way and the drivers that kept them moving forward.  We'll discuss the outcomes they achieved and leave you with strategies for influencing leaders in your organization to commit to deep and sustained change.

Facilitator:
Megan Hannan
, Executive Leader, Action PACT

Guides:
KaraLe Causey
, Owner, Haven Nursing and Rehab Center
Steve McAllily
, CEO, Methodist Senior Services
Jeff Jerebker
, Blogger, Author, Elder Care Influencer
Glenn Van Ekeren, President, Vetter HealthServices

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INTENSIVE #12

Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACE.S): Integrating Nursing Skills for Person Centered Care

Calling all nurses!! The National League for Nursing (NLN) and PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute) have partnered to provide evidence based training tools for gerontological nurses, using as a foundation the NLN's Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACE.S) program and PHI's Coaching-communication skills. With funding from the Retirement Research Foundation (RRF), this curriculum is being taught to practical nurse educators across the country.  Join us to engage in conversations and interactive teaching strategies that explore the role of nurses through the eyes of the person served and that identify aspects of self-awareness and self-management as core to effective gerontological nurses. Participants will leave the workshop with ideas about how to integrate coaching communication skills and ACE.S teaching strategies to improve the quality of care for older adults and their caregivers.

Guides:
Anna Ortigara, Organizational Change Consultant, PHI
Laureen Tavarola-Ryley, Assoc. Professor of Nursing, Community College of Philadelphia

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INTENSIVE #13

Culture Change Dining Can Work from Trayline to Household

In this session, we will show communities at all stages of Food Service in Skilled living how to implement Culture Change and deep seeded resident choice.  Just because you have not gotten off a trayline or using a satellite does not mean you cannot implement aspects of Culture Change that will have significant impact on the lives of your residents.

Guide:
Jonathan Addess
, Regional Director of Culinary and Nutrition Services, ACTS Retirement Communities

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INTENSIVE #14

Let's Get Unreal! Practical Tools to Incorporate Creativity for Life Enrichment

Discover thrilling possibilities when relationship-centered enrichment occurs in an experience that leaves elders saying things like, "You're a brain stretcher. You make us look outside our world," and "This makes the week. Do we think of pains and aches? No we don't." Kareen King, Creative Engagement Specialist, shares field-tested tools that foster the desire Elders have to learn, play, discover, create, belong, and express themselves. Groundwork will be laid on the basics of creative improvisation and how it works with storytelling, poetry, conversation, music, and more. Participants will both learn and experience techniques, and will discover how creativity can occur during personal care and mealtime, not just during planned activities. 

Guide:
Kareen King
, Registered Drama Therapist, The Golden Experience

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