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Past Summits

Illinois Pioneer Coalition Summit 2015

The speakers’ handouts are still available below.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
1:00   pm  Intensive: Alive Inside Documentary and Introduction of the Music and Memory Program
5:00   pm Your Way! How to Find Dignity and Choice in a Nursing Home 
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Turnover  Reduction Made Easy: “Keeping the Best” – Lori Porter
11:00 AM
One Home’s Journey: Culture Change 101 – Dave Walker, LTC Leadership Coach (additional handouts: Sleep is the Golden Chain and My Typical Day)
Strategic Planning to Achieve Organizational Cultural Change – Alexander Brown, MBS, PhD, LCSW Friedman Place
Pain the Fifth Vital Sign – Dr. Chuck Gokoo
“Knowing the Person” Living with Dementia and “Supporting their Well-Being”: A Two-Part Experience! (Part one) – Bill Keane (additional handouts: Session Summary; Top Ten Assessment Form; and Facing the Darkness as Children of Light)
From the Outside In: “Un-homed” in a Dementia Unit – Jim VandenBosch, Terra   Nova Films (See below for more information about Jim and this program)
3:45 PM  
Overcoming Resistance to Change: Isn’t it obvious? – Dave Walker, LTC Leadership Coach   Sinclair School of Nursing (additional handout: Inspire Change)
Wound Healing Food for Thought – Dr. Chuck Gokoo, Chief Medical Officer, American   Medical Technologies
Providing Person Centered Services for the Short Stay Rehab Patient – Lee Moriarty, Quality Therapy Consultation
“Knowing the Person” Living with Dementia and “Supporting their Well-Being”: A Two-Part Experience! (part two) – Bill Keane (handouts are linked to part one of this two-part program)
Friday, October 30, 2015
8:30 AM
Recruiting, Interviewing and Evaluating Excellent Employees – Alexander Brown, MBS, PhD,   LCSW Friedman Place
Compassion Fatigue & Burnout in Geriatric Care Manager – Carolyn Peck, University of Illinois Springfield
Life IS a Remarkable Journey: The Power of Life Stories – Cindy DeGroot
Finding Solutions To Frequently Cited Tags in Illinois, Let’s explore F-Tags 314 and 329 – Connie Jensen, IDPH and Lisa Bridwell, Telligen
10:30 AM
Culture Change through the Physical Environment: Trends in Senior Living Design – Karen Gulick, Grubbs and Associates
Memories & Mobility: Maintaining Function in the Cognitively Impaired – Theresa Meyer, RehabCare
The Effects of Impersonal Care for Persons Living with Dementia – Jim VandenBosch, Terra Nova Films and Deb Greiner, River Bluff
Can You Hear Me Now? – Dee Mayfield, Mayfield Health Care Seminars
Closing Plenary:
Culture Shock: Improving Results by Improving Your Culture – Judy Ryan, Life Works Systems (See below for more information about Judy and this program)
General Plenary:
From the Outside In: “Un-homed” in a Dementia Unit – Jim VandenBosch, Terra Nova
This presentation will explore how our deeply ingrained and commonly accepted notions of “caregiving” can affect the quality of living for persons who need daily support in a long term care setting.  Changing our perceptions of caregiving might then also help us change the care setting from a work place to a living place, and shift us away from the idea of doing for and move ustoward the deeper and richer work of enabling the individual who needs our assistance.
As part of this exploration, Jim will share his thoughts and reflections on the time he spent living as a “resident” in a dementia unit, and how his experience there helped him understand in a deeper way what is needed to carry out living-centered support for persons who are living with a cognitive disability.   Short video clips will also help illustrate the core issues involved in providing this kind of support. 
Closing Keynote
Culture Shock – Improving Your Results by Improving Your Culture
People are your greatest asset. Knowing how to offer them a compelling and uniquely supportive culture is key to attracting and keeping the best people, building upon their strengths and expanding their human potential. Conference participants leave this powerful presentation understanding the current dilemma underlying disengaged behavior, mediocrity and sabotage and gain insights into the type of systems and culture needed to enhance the healthy development of all people. At this presentation, participants learn about a 7-step process for creating a responsibility-based workplace culture and why it is so important to do.
Judy Ryan founded LifeWork Systems, an award-winning training and consulting company, in 2002. Business owners, educators and community leaders hire Judy Ryan because they want the advantages of an extraordinary workplace culture. They know responsible, conscientious employees help them grow their businesses, stand out in their industry, enhance their reputation and keep customers coming back. Judy is a consultant, trainer, writer, coach, and presenter, with guest appearances on TV and radio. Since 2006, she has a columnEmotional Intelligence in Women’s Journals across the US and since 2012, a column The Extraordinary Workplace in St. Louis Small Business Monthly. Judy’s purpose is to help all people love their lives, including at work.

2015 Summit Sponsors

Meaningful Living Sponsor
Sanofi Diabetes
Elder Choice Sponsor
Edward Ambulance Services
Forum Extended Care Services
Green Tree Pharmacy
Long Term Care Rx
My Resident Dental
Petersen Health Care
Uvanta Pharmacy
Neighborhood Sponsor
Alzheimer’s Association
Bio Tech X-ray
Calmoseptine, Inc.
Everspring RX
Farnsworth Group, Inc.
Gordon Food Services
Illinois Activity Professionals Association (IAPA)
Just Jewelry
LifeWork Systems
Martin Brothers Distributing
M.E.S. of Illinois, Inc.
Mobile Endoscopix
One Legacy
Professional Medical
Select Rehabilitation
Southern Bus and Mobility
Specialized Wound Management
United Scripts
Young Living Essential Oils


Illinois Culture Change Champion of the Year 

At the 2015 Summit, Angela Simmons was named Illinois Pioneer Coalition’s Illinois Culture Change Champion Award. Her commitment to the mission, vision and efforts to change the lives of elders in long-term care has made her the ideal recipient for this award. Angela is the Administrator at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna, IL.
Angela was born and raised in Southern Illinois. She graduated nursing school in 1997 and started employment at Daystar Care Center, an 83 skilled nursing facility.  Shortly after that Angela took a position at Community Health & Emergency Services.  In 2006 Community Health acquired Daystar Care Center and became the Administrator and started implementing culture change practices in 2007. In 2013 Angela was appointed the Administrator of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Home in Anna.
Nominated for this award by her staff and residents, Angela is being credited with changing the dining experience for the veterans and offering them more choices in their routines and care. She encourages staff to create an environment more like home and less like an institution. Angela’s staff states that she has an ample amount of training, oversight, compassion, empathy, and professionalism when dealing with her daily responsibilities surrounded with the implementation of culture change and the love she has for elders.
Angela’s love and compassion is shared amongst many senior communities and elder care organizations. Being an advocate for this change in long-term care culture and her positive energy infusing the staff and residents of the Veteran’s Home in Anna, Il, makes her the perfect award recipient for the Culture Change Champion Award.