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2017 Summit Schedule

13th Annual Illinois Pioneer Coalition Summit

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Monday, March 27th 9:00am-4:30pm
Staff Stability Boot Camp – presented by Cathie Brady & Barbara Frank, B & F Consulting
Your organization’s performance, and survival depends on staff stability.  To prevent avoidable hospitalizations, provide excellent dementia care, and deliver person-centered care, stability is more crucial than ever. Yet, across the country, long-term care providers are experiencing more turnover and greater difficulty filling vacancies. This is not a temporary situation. Long-term care employers are facing an increasingly tight labor market that will create even greater instability in the near future as competition for employees intensifies.
This session is a hands-on practical working session for participants to analyze your own turnover and attendance data, and plan action to recruit, hire, and welcome good staff. These efforts will be for naught unless you also create a work culture that values and engages staff. Long-term care is a calling. Learn how to attract people who have that calling and build a workplace where they can perform at their best.
Handouts:   PowerPoint Slides   Staff Memo
Lunch included in this session.

Tuesday, March 28th 8:30am-10:00am – Opening Session presented by Vivian and Mary Tellis-Nayak, National Research Corporation
“Listen to your patient, he is telling you the diagnosis,” Sir William Osler (1849-1819)
The idea of person-centered care has been around for a long time. As we know, however,  sometimes the whole person gets lost in the task of treating the symptoms of the diagnosis.
Vivian and Mary Tellis-Nayak, a husband and wife team, have toiled in health care for a cumulative eighty-plus years. In 2013, the American Health Care Association honored them with the Mary Ousley Champion of Quality Award in recognition of their contributions to quality in the long-term and post-acute care community. In their recent book, Return of Compassion To Health Care, they list the five basic needs and rights of humans: the need and right to be, to become, to belong, to be your best and to reach beyond.
We often check ourselves. How are we doing? Are we meeting these basic needs with the people we serve and their care-partners? Do we celebrate our successes while continuing to strive to do better? In 2016, CMS announced new Rules of Participation. Person Centered Care has become the focus. Finally! Our passion to do better has made a difference!
Vivian and Mary-Tellis-Nayak are going to help us look back to remind us how far we have come, what we are doing to make a difference and what still needs to be done to Stay on Track.
Coffee Break and Trade Show 10:00am-11:00am
11:00am-12:30pm Concurrent Sessions
Leadership Styles and Strategies – presented by Alexander Brown, MBA, PhD, LCSW, Friedman Place
Handouts: PowerPoint Slides
Person-Centered End of Life – presented by Nancy Flowers, Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly About Thickened Liquids -presented by Debbie Harper, Speech Pathologist/Endoscopist, Mobile Dysphagia Specialists
Handouts: PowerPoint Slides
12:30pm-2:00pm Lunch and Trade Show
2:00pm-3:30pm Concurrent Sessions     
Why Do People Complain? What Do I Do? – presented by Mary Tellis-Nayak, RN, MSN, MPH, VP Quality Initiatives 
The Music & Memory Journey – 2015 Music & Memory grant recipients
Bundle and Alternate Payment Models – How Do Post Acute Providers Get In, Stay In and Survive?! – presented by Ron Scharff, RehabCare
Handout: PowerPoint Slides
“How to Start a Regional Coalition in Your Area” – Lee Moriarty, IPC Board Member and Cathy Weightman-Moore, Ombudsman
Handout: Regional Coalition Development Outline
3:45pm – 5:15pm Concurrent Sessions
It’s Not Life or Death. It’s Lunch and Dinner – presented by Emily Bruegge
Facilitating the Best Ability to Function for Memory Impaired Residents – presented by Lisa Meyer, MBA, PT, Life Care Centers & Cindy Kempf, MA, OTR/L, Director of Clinical Services at RPI Therapy Services
Handouts: PowerPoint Slides
Major Changes and Updates Since the Adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code by CMS – presented by Dennis Schmitt, IDPH LSC Division
5 :15pm-6 :15 – Trade Show and Appetizer/Drinks

Wednesday, March 29th
7:30am-8:30am Breakfast Buffet
8:30am-10:00am Concurrent Sessions
I’ve Got A Lot of Living Left To Do – presented by Amanda Spade, B.S. Petersen Healthcare
Person Centered Discharge Planning – presented by Lee Moriarty, BS, CTRS, Quality Therapy and Consultation
Handouts: PowerPoint Slides    Discharge Planning Tool
Best Practices for ‘Staying on Track’ – presented by Bill Keane
10:30am-12:00pm Concurrent Sessions
Physical Design and Culture Change: More Than a First Impressionpresented by Karen Gullick
Handouts: PowerPoint Slides
Dementia Care Based on Montessori Principlespresented by Kayla Wersal, Meridian Senior Living
“Are You Ready?: Moving “MEMORY CARE” to the Next Paradign of Person Centered Care – presented by Bill Keane
Chrysalis: Transforming the End of Life Experience” – presented by Dawn Mondschein, LCSW, LNHA, and Loretta S. Downs, MA, Founder, Chrysalis End-of-Life Inspirations
Handouts: PowerPoint Slides     PowerPoint Note Taking
 12:00pm-2:00pm Lunch and Closing Session
Let’s Get Unreal! Therapeutic Play for Care-Partners and the People They Serve – presented by Kareen King, Registered Drama Therapist, Creative Engagement Specialist and Recording Artist
During a television interview which featured a family who dealt with the nightmarish events that unfolded around them during Hurricane Katrina, the adolescent grandson commented, “We tried to play games to get our minds off of drowning.” Capitalizing on the aforementioned metaphor, this session provides an overview of rules of improvisation and their intentional use to achieve therapeutic results for both caregivers and the older adults they serve. Kareen King, a Creative Engagement Specialist and author of Engage! 28 Creative Enrichment Experiences for Older Adults (ArtAge Pub.) will share the positive shift in energy and camaraderie that occur when coworkers spontaneously co-create playfully in the workplace.
Handouts: PowerPoint Slides