Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

Pioneer Network’s Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action Webinar

April 19, 2018: The New Alzheimer’s Association’s Dementia Care Practice Recommendations: Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Individuals Living with Dementia
Guide: Danelle Hubbard, BSW, MA, Director of Family Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter

This webinar will provide a brief overview of the New Dementia Care Practice Recommendations related to the emotional well-being of individuals living with dementia. Participants will learn about behavioral and communication challenges along with person-centered care strategies that offer healthier emotional support.

May 17, 2018: Meet and Go Beyond New CMS Regulations by Engaging Residents with Real LIfe (focus: Activities Critical Element Pathway)
Guide: Carmen Bowman, MHS, BSW, Owner Edu-Catering

The institution has failed us by compartmentalizing parts of the persons we serve and then compartmentalizing who serves which part of the divided person. All staff need education, encouragement and permission to engage residents. Contrived group activities often fail people, they need personalized and purposeful engagement to fill their otherwise empty days. See what can happen when all team members learn the value of meaningful engagement to move from “activity programming” to meaningful engagement with real life. Soon gone are the days of groups. Residents are telling us they don’t want them, and many can’t function in them. We need to design the use of budgeted time differently. Engagement holds promise for reducing depression, anxiety, falls and more. If Bingo is the best we can do, that is not a compliment; be inspired to compete with Bingo. Residents want meaning and purpose, to give and contribute. From serving Baby Boomers, to people living with dementia, it needs to be different.

June 21, 2018: Activities of Daily Living – Supporting Independence (Focus on ADL and Rehab Restorative CEP)
Guide: Dr. Kathleen Weissberg , Select Rehab

As a caregiver, it is important to encourage independence in seniors and to provide the opportunity for them to maintain a better quality of life for themselves. Because of the many demands on our time in our daily roles in health care, it is easy to get into the habit of doing things “for” individuals rather than “with” them. Let’s face it — it can be more efficient to do everything yourself. But is that helping elders to maintain function, improve quality of life, stay healthier and live independently longer.

The true art of caregiving for the elderly extends beyond task-oriented responsibilities and includes engaging in activities that help maintain a healthy spirit and body.

In this session, you will learn about ways in which you can assist an individual with everyday activities of daily living while supporting independence and helping him/her keep a sense of self-respect.