Action Pact – Conversations with Carmen

January 20, 2023: Back to Food = Love, Life, Health and Wellbeing = Compliance and Culture Change

This is the first in the 2023 series, Back to the Future: Moving Dining Forward.

From token to true choice, using regulations and standards to help people living in long-term care to eat what they want to eat, and to live the lives they want to live.

Come out of the pandemic better. Take advantage of this time and do it different. Learn how to shift your culture to honor each individual and get back to normal, to HOME, particularly in all things dining and vibrant daily living.

Each webinar will be framed by culture change practices, the Dining Practice Standards, leaning into CMS requirements and the Artifacts of Culture Change 2.0, the domains of wellbeing embedded in the CMS RoPs, and Kitwood’s basic human needs.

Virtual MC5 Meeting

January 17, 2023: Changing the Culture of Aging Through Meaningful Engagement
Presenter: Joan Devine, RN, Former Director of Education, Pioneer Network

Historically as we age, society has told us that our days of contributing are over and it’s time to sit back, relax and become the receiver of care and services. Based on this belief, the goal for many providers of senior services has been to design passive activities, things to keep people busy; to help pass the time. Communities around the country and around the world have heard the voice of Elders, and that voice is telling them that keeping busy is not enough!

It’s about engagement, meaning and purpose, and a chance to contribute to the greater good. What communities are learning is that when Elders are part of a “community commitment”, it not only benefits them and their senior living community, it sends a message that Elders are still valuable members of society.

This virtual session will explore what active engagement looks like based on the principles of the Citizenship Model as well as by the stories of nursing homes and assisted living communities that were recipients of the Pioneer Network’s Community Commitment Awards.

MC5 Events

November 18, 2022: Person Centered Care While Individualizing Activities Year Round
Location: Cape Girardeau

This group of activities professionals will share ideas on how to individualize an activity program to meet resident’s needs. With the upcoming holiday season, they will focus on activities that are fun, engaging, and person centered throughout the holiday season as well as throughout the entire year. Come prepared to share your robust activity program ideas and learn how to develop activities program that residents can’t resist.

MC5 Meetings

West Central MC5 Region

November 2, 2022: Are We Making Progress or Spinning Our Wheels?
Presenter: Carol Scott, BS, Former MO Ombudsman, Trainer

This presentation will take a look at the past and discuss what the future can hold. Culture change doesn’t have an end date. It’s a continuous road that organizations must commit to on a daily basis.

 

Farmington MC Region

November 4, 2022: Psychiatry and Culture Change
Presenter: Gabe Crawford, NP

This program will give attendees the opportunity to learn new approaches to psychiatry related to culture change. Attendees will learn alternate treatments for dementia residents and will learn how to decrease the use of psychotropics.

The Green House Team and Pioneer Network – FREE Fall Webinars

September 27, 2022: Person-Directed Leadership: Creating a Coaching Culture
October 4, 2022: Invest in Your Workforce for 2023
October 11, 2022: Communicating for Policy Success

Join Amanda Loomis of SWBR for a dynamic exploration of the ways that design can promote vitality and wellbeing for elders – and how small touches can go a long way toward revitalizing a nursing home, assisted living community, or other eldercare setting.

VOYCE 2022 Long-Term Care Conference

June 15, 2022: Care – Who We Are. What We Do. Where We Go From Here.
Location: Maryland Heights Community Center, St. Louis

The program will explore and highlight insights and learned experiences from internationally renowned geriatricians, educators, and leaders in the long-term care community. Join us as we reflect on the journey we have made together as a community and gain inspiration for the steps that we are yet to take.

Other presentation topics include residents’ rights, addressing loneliness and isolation for long-term care residents, and the interplay between ageism as a social determinant of health and end-of-life care.

Pioneer Network ‘s Annual Conference – Save the Date

July 24-27, 2022: Pioneering a New Culture of Aging: Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future
Location: Sheraton Downtown Denver in Denver, Colorado

Pioneer Network’s goal is to bring together individuals from across the United States and other countries who care deeply about changing the culture of aging and to make this event meaningful to people who support culture change in all settings within the elder care continuum.

NHSN Updated COVID-19 Data Tracking Worksheet

National Healthcare Safety Network Users:

Recently, some NHSN users were unable to use the COVID-19 vaccination data tracking worksheet for surveillance weeks in 2022. The vaccination data tracking worksheets for the COVID-19 Vaccination Modules have been updated, and facilities can now enter data for 2022 in the worksheets. You can find the updated vaccination data tracking worksheets on the following CDC NHSN webpages under the “Data Tracking Worksheets” section:

Long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 vaccination data on residents and healthcare personnel:
LTC Weekly HCP & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination

Inpatient and dialysis facilities reporting COVID-19 vaccination data on healthcare personnel:
Non-LTC Weekly HCP COVID-19 Vaccination

Dialysis facilities reporting COVID-19 vaccination data on patients:
Dialysis Weekly Patient COVID-19 Vaccination

Conversations of Culture Change with Carmen

This year Carmen Bowman will be hosting and presenting the Proactive Practices to Prevent Falls series.

Action Pact has exhausted the same old list of “interventions.” Replace old, institutional “interventions” with individualized approaches and proactive practices. Learn how to create a proactive fall reduction culture by all. Teach everyone they have the SUPERPOWER to help prevent falls.

January 28, 2022: Moving from the same old “interventions” to Proactive Practices to Prevent Falls
February 18, 2022: Proactive Practice to Prevent Falls: Anticipating Needs, particularly bathroom needs, by all
March 18, 2022: Proactive Practice to Prevent Falls: Proactively checking in with residents by all

Pioneer Network’s Virtual Symposium

December 8, 2021: Envisioning the Future: More to do in 2022

Pioneer Network is pleased to offer the fourth in its series of four Symposia for 2021, based on the theme, Envisioning the Future, and recognizing that there is More to Do in 2022. As the previous symposia have shared, we have learned a lot, but now the key is to take the lessons we have learned and use them to help us shape the future, one that is grounded on the principles of person-centeredness. The work ahead of us will not be easy, but Pioneer Network is pleased to be able to bring together a group of leaders who not only have the vision to lead the way, but who have begun the work needed to take us into the future.

Pioneer Network Hot Topics – Culture Change in Action

November 16, 2021: Recharge with a Nature Fix
Speaker: Tammy Marshall, Biophiliac & Longevity Expert and Founder & CEO of Biophilia Pharma

Join Pioneer Network for the last of the 2021 Share the Vision webinars, where speaker, Tammy Marshall, Biophiliac & Longevity Expert and Founder & CEO of Biophilia Pharma, will share with attendees the power of nature in supporting health and well-being – not only the residents you support, but for you!

Tammy will explain the value of nature as a health equity and the science behind nature immersion (Yes, spending all those hours outdoors engaging with nature has value beyond just the fact that you like it and it is fun!) She will share tips on how you can find yourself a nature fix, how it is all about knowing thyself.

In Tammy’s work, she has seen how supporting residents so that they can enjoy the outdoors is often very challenging for care communities, and as we approach the winter months, that challenge can become greater, and so Tammy will also be sharing ways to bring the outdoors in.

Action Pact’s Conversations with Carmen

November 19, 2021: Creating Connectedness
Presenter and Host: Carmen Bowman

LTC communities face daunting challenges when it comes to the difficulties of staffing right now. Employees have increased expectations of their leaders and managers than in the past. For organizations to thrive during rapid change, they need a mindset shift from traditional problem solving to an increased emphasis on the needs of the employee and the vital roles they hold. Learn to identify the top reasons why employees leave, and ideas for a culture that honors and includes employees like never before.

Pioneer Network Hot Topics – Culture Change in Action

October 21, 2021: Someone Just for Me: Recognizing a Critical Role for Volunteers
Speaker: Dr. Paul Falkowski, Ph.D., Gerontologist, Author, Speaker, Educator

Long before COVID-19, professionals working in long-term care knew about the devastating effects of social isolation. Now because of COVID-19, social isolation has become an all too familiar term to the general population. We heard reports of people passing due to being disconnected from their families and friends during the past year. But what about the people who did not have family or friends?

Creating and sustaining intimate relationships takes time and commitment. In this session, you will learn the critical components for creating “authentic” relationships. You will learn how to recruit, screen for, and train a cadre of volunteers, who go on to become “companions” or, as one older woman observed, “…someone that is here just for me.” We’ll look at the transformational power volunteers like these can have on the people you serve, the people serving them, the volunteers themselves, and your surrounding community.

Action Pact’s Conversations with Carmen

October 15, 2021: Why Employees Leave and Ideas for Honoring, Retaining and Recruiting Them
Guest: Linda Shell, RN, PhD; with Host Carmen Bowman

LTC communities face daunting challenges when it comes to the difficulties of staffing right now. Employees have increased expectations of their leaders and managers than in the past. For organizations to thrive during rapid change, they need a mindset shift from traditional problem solving to an increased emphasis on the needs of the employee and the vital roles they hold. Learn to identify the top reasons why employees leave, and ideas for a culture that honors and includes employees like never before.

Action Pact’s Conversations with Carmen

November 19, 2021: Creating Connectedness
Presenter and Host: Carmen Bowman

LTC communities face daunting challenges when it comes to the difficulties of staffing right now. Employees have increased expectations of their leaders and managers than in the past. For organizations to thrive during rapid change, they need a mindset shift from traditional problem solving to an increased emphasis on the needs of the employee and the vital roles they hold. Learn to identify the top reasons why employees leave, and ideas for a culture that honors and includes employees like never before.

Empowering Elder Well-Being with Supportive Technology

August 26, 2021: Empowering Elder Well-Being with Supportive Technology

Today’s elders have more ways than ever to stay connected with their loved ones, but tech support at Life Plan Communities and other senior living campuses isn’t always geared toward them – and common resources online may not include solutions unique to their needs.

Even though the strict lockdowns at nursing homes and other communal settings have eased considerably, the pandemic revealed the very real need for elders to master technology in order to combat loneliness, provide entertainment, and even stay on top of their health through apps and wearables.

On August 26 at 3 p.m. ET, Join GroovyTek, The Green House Project, and the Pioneer Network for a can’t-miss discussion on empowering elders with technology.

Using the International Council on Active Aging’s Seven Dimensions of Wellness as a guide, we’ll:

  • Explore the current state of older adults’ relationship with technology,
  • Discuss strategies to overcome barriers to adopting common tech tools,
  • Discover how tech can promote elders’ independence, wellbeing, and health,
  • Hear directly from an elder about her personal experience with tech,
  • And much more.

Pioneer Network’s Virtual Symposium

September 22, 2021: Envisioning the Future: Finding Meaning & Purpose

Pioneer Network is proud to present the third in its series of four Symposia for 2021, each based on the theme, Envisioning the Future. In this symposium, the focus is on Finding Meaning & Purpose. Speakers include residents and innovators in the field who will draw on their experiences, including the collective experiences encountered as we all lived through the pandemic. They will explore how to find meaning and purpose for those who live and work in senior living communities as well as how we can move forward in a way that assures that isolation becomes a thing of the past, acknowledging that wherever we may reside, life is lived best in community.

Conversations with Carmen

August 20, 2021: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Guest: LaVrene Norton, Action Pact Founder & Executive Leader and Megan Hannan, Action Pact Consultant; with Host Carmen Bowman

Need help getting everyone out of the doldrums of COVID? Let free the spirit of joy and love – work together to bring back the simple pleasures of home. Create team on the fly. Let music and laughter rock the halls. Wave!

Think Neighborhood. Have a block party.

We begin again with a short presentation on the Artifacts of Culture Change as they can offer us a measurable road map. We will then head down the path to Neighborhood where culture change begins. Where good neighbors work together to enjoy and share the simple pleasures of daily life.

Conversations with Carmen

July 16, 2021: Lots of Ideas for Getting Outdoors – An Artifact of Culture Change
Guest: Maggie Calkins, PhD, EDAC, Ideas Institute

Join us to grow your list of possibilities for getting people outdoors. We all know it is important but consider during this conversation taking a step into making it a priority for your culture. Getting outside benefits all of us. Do you ensure getting outdoors is on each person’s care plan?

This is a new Artifact of Culture Change along with the already existing artifacts of raised gardens and a walking/wheeling path. Don’t let your expensive courtyards or your vast grass lawns become wasted space. We’ve also learned we are all at lower risk of infection when spending time outdoors. Dine outside and hold meetings and other events in the great outdoors. Hear some of the insights from Dr. Calkins’ new white paper “Designing Gardens to Attract Activity: A primer for elder care communities.”

Pioneer Network’s Hot Topics Webinar

July 15, 2021: Giving and Receiving: Creating a Culture of Relationship with Persons Living with Dementia
Speakers: Anna Ortigara, RN, MS and Chris Mulrooney, MPS, PhD

Direct care workers face many challenges every day. Leaders also face many challenges if we are to be in right relationship with direct care workers. Do we understand, and are we sensitive to the needs of the direct care workforce? Do we provide education and support to help staff to be their best selves? Do care staff believe in us?

Anna and Chris will begin this webinar by discussing these and similar questions to assess where we are from an “organizational relationship” perspective post-pandemic. They will then explore the components of outstanding person-directed and relationship-based care, as well as identify what is different or added to these components for those who work with individuals living with dementia.

Attendees will gain an understanding of theories and applications they can draw on. These will include the work of Tom Kitwood, as well as Chris’ own research on the characteristics that distinguish outstanding caregivers, such as service orientation and empathy.

If you are looking for practical tools to help you create a culture of relationship, you won’t be disappointed.

 

August 12, 2021: Innovative Intergenerational Arts Programming in Response to the Pandemic: Five Programs in Three Countries
Speakers: Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, MGS, PhD, Founder/Director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA), Scripps Gerontology Center; Cindy Paulin, Executive Director for Art for the Journey (AFJ); Amy Skeels, third-year medical student at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MUCOM); Kathryn Bender, Recreationist, Trinity Village Care Centre in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada; Chloé Bradwell, Drama Practitioner, PhD Candidate at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom; and Meghan Young, MGS, Associate Director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA), Scripps Gerontology Center

Five organizations responded to the challenge created by the pandemic: How to maintain intergenerational connections around the arts when in-person visits are not possible? Three programs went virtual and two programs did not. All five programs are rooted in person-centered philosophy, yet distinct from one another. They address the older adults’ needs for social and creative engagement while providing students with opportunities to develop communication skills and to build relationships with older adults, with and without dementia, outside their own families.

Presenters include faculty members, a recreationist, a visual artist, and students, representing universities, a non-profit arts organization, and retirement communities in three countries, the USA, Canada, and the UK.

The goal of this workshop is to inspire attendees to think outside the box and consider limitations imposed by the pandemic as opportunities to diversify offerings. Videos, example artistic creations, research findings, and tools for replication will be shared.

Conversations with Carmen

June 18, 2021: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Guest: LaVrene Norton, Action Pact Founder, Executive Leader/CEO

Need help getting everyone out of the doldrums of COVID? Let free the spirit of joy and love – work together to bring back the simple pleasures of home. Create team on the fly. Let music and laughter rock the halls. Wave!

Think Neighborhood. Have a block party.

We begin again with a short presentation on the Artifacts of Culture Change as they can offer us a measurable road map. We will then head down the path to Neighborhood where culture change begins. Where good neighbors work together to enjoy and share the simple pleasures of daily life.

Pioneer Network’s Virtual Symposium

June 16, 2021: Envisioning the Future – Dementia Care: 2021 and Beyond

The second in our 2021 four symposium series based on the theme, Envisioning the Future, this virtual event is designed to provide valuable learning on the topic of Dementia Care. Held within a 6-hour window, there will be four general sessions followed by an opportunity to gather together with the general session speakers to ask questions, explore the topics, and further define our vision for the future.

Pioneer Network: Hot Topics – Culture Change in Action

May 6, 2021: Spring Forward: Three Person Centered Care Strategies to Change the Trajectory for Residents in Senior Living
Speakers: Rosemary Laird, M.D.,M.H.S.A; Deanna Vigliotta, National Sales Manager, TZMO USA, Inc; and Penny Cook, President & CEO, Pioneer Network

Join us for a discussion on some Hot Topics, including the importance of a person-centered approach to care; how now may be the perfect time for senior living communities to reevaluate their outdoor space for residents; how rethinking a community’s indoor space may help to increase social engagement for residents; and how revisiting current policies related to continence care may lead to better outcomes and costs savings. Three strategies will be explored in hopes that through education and understanding, together we can change lives.

Conversations with Carmen

May 21, 2021: Artifacts of Culture Change (ACC) 2.0 and ACC – Assisted Living: Part 3
Presenters: Host Carmen Bowman and her Guest Karen Schoeneman

An Artifacts 2.0 version for nursing homes, and a first-ever Artifacts for Assisted Living are now available, thanks to the Pioneer Network. The ACC is an internal self-assessment tool — inspirational and educational, reflecting concrete practices that change institutional culture or “artifacts” of culture change. Walk through each of the over-130 items with the developers Karen Schoeneman and Carmen Bowman in three sessions (March 19, April 23 and May 21) and be inspired to learn culture change practices you may have not considered – to shift the focus from institutional to individual, and institution to home.

These detailed and in-depth sessions build on the overview provided during the Pioneer Network’s webinar (Feb. 18, 2021) introducing the Artifacts.

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Pioneer Network’s Hot Topics

April 22, 2021: Compassionate Leadership in Action

A characteristic we look for in leaders is compassion, but what does it look like in practice? How do leaders support a culture of compassion in their organization? What characteristics do they share?

Our panelists are leaders at organizations known for their compassionate cultures. Donna Moore, serves as COO at Isakson Living, Deke Cateau, is the CEO, at A.G. Rhodes, and Jill Vitale-Aussem, who through most of the pandemic served as CEO of The Eden Alternative and is now CEO of Christian Living Communities. Each will share the beliefs and values that guide their leadership philosophies and discuss how they have put them into action to grow and support a culture of compassion in their organizations. They will also provide tangible ideas you can take away as you work to support and grow a culture of compassion in your organization.

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