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2015 Pioneer Network Conference Video Streaming

Now Available for Online Viewing

Pioneer Network offered exclusive livestream video coverage of select 2015 conference education sessions. The following sessions are now available for on-demand online viewing (full session descriptions below):

Brought to you by a generous donation from Kimberly Clark Corporation.

Session A: Monday, August 3, 2015
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association "essentiALZ® Dementia Care Certification Program":

What's New in Dementia Research and Care?

This session will officially welcome participants to the special area of dementia focus sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association essentiALZ®. The session will begin with an update on current biomedical and clinical research, directly from the July 2015 Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC) in Washington DC. It will also provide an update on new research on social, behavioral and care treatments and interventions.  

Heather Snyder, Director of Director of Medical and Scientific Relations, Alzheimer's Association
Sam Fazio, Director of Special Projects, Alzheimer's Association 

Session B: Monday, August 3, 2015 

The Chrysalis Room: Transforming the End-of-Life Experience

Increasing numbers of people are experiencing the end of life in long-term care communities.  Regulations, lack of preparation, inability to acknowledge turning points, and denial of death often lead to underutilization of hospice care, poor pain management, lack of support for the person dying and distress in staff and family.  This session reveals ways to transform the end-of-life by integrating "Quality of Death" into "Quality of Life".  A case study will be presented about how an Illinois long-term care community created "sacred space for dying" with an award-winning Chrysalis Room.

Loretta Downs, Founder, Chrysalis End-of-Life Inspirations
Dawn Mondschein, Administrator, Central Baptist Village

Monday, August 3, 2015

Inside the Black Box of Green House Homes® – The Impact of Decision-Making to Reinforce or Erode Culture Change

This session utilizes new insights from The Research Initiative Valuing Eldercare (THRIVE), a collaborative of top researchers created to learn more about what contributes to higher quality in nursing homes. We will explore the factors impacting problem-solving in long-term care organizations that lead to reinforcement or erosion of an empowered workforce, and person-centered models. Participants will explore the four factors that the research determined to most greatly impact sustainability, while discovering organizational strengths and growth opportunities to create a slip-resistant change. 

Marla DeVries, Director of Resource Development, The Green House Project®
Susan Frazier, Chief Operating Officer, The Green House Project®
Cheryl Van Bemden, Guide, Porter Hills Green House Project®

Session D: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Failure Free "How To's" on Initiating and Sustaining Your Culture Change Journey

How do you initiate the first steps of culture change? What can you do to sustain it? This session will offer practical elements that can easily be implemented to achieve and maintain culture change. Participants will learn how to create a vision, support processes that facilitate implementation of the vision and move staff from acceptance to commitment, investment and enthusiasm. Our culture change coaches will describe various strategies and processes that will help you to successfully initiate and sustain person-centered practices as you begin your culture change journey.

Peggy Brenner, Regional Director of Nursing, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.
Kari Gansky, Assistant Director of Nursing, Southampton Estates / An ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.
Lain Crichton, Chaplain, Granite Farms Estates / An ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.
Scott McNeish, Director of Resident Nursing, Plantation Estates / An ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.

Session E: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Reframing the Organization / One of the Three Pillars of Culture Change – But What Do You Mean: "We're Going to Work Differently"?

Renewal of the spirit, renovating into home, and reframing the work we do to bring decisions to the leaders, or as close as possible, are the three pillars of culture change. This session will focus on reframing - changing the organizational design, new roles, versatile work and the outcomes experienced by a variety of homes. Come hear from those who are doing it, and take home practical ideas to continue your journey of deep change.

Megan Hannan, Executive Leader, Action Pact, Inc.
Wendy Ager, Administrator, Western Homes Communities
Nancy Hamilton, Administrator, Hearthstone
Brad Stanford, Assistant Administrator, Rosedale Green  

Session F: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
ManActive: Getting Men Engaged in Living Life to the Fullest

Most activity plans or Life Enrichment programs continue to be based around large group activities. These activities often include crafts, cooking and maybe even visits from the Red Hat Society. The reality is that these types of activities appeal more to women. This session will explore a variety of ways to get men more engaged with living active lifestyles, whatever the setting of care. Ideas for independent leisure pursuits, small peer group development and other options will be discussed.

Glenn Blacklock, Consultant/Trainer, Action Pact, Inc.

Session G: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Facing Risk: Care Planning for Resident Choice and Self-Determination

Some care communities don't offer residents meaningful choices because of fear they will get cited by the surveyors or get sued by the resident's family if there is a negative outcome. Examples include a resident's wish to eat foods that might be considered a choking hazard; wanting to not be tied to an alarm despite being at risk for falling; or wanting to go outside without a caregiver. From the Rothschild Person-Centered Care Planning Task Force, this session will identify specific code language that supports residents' right to make decisions, even when it carries some risk. The program will outline the 6 steps of the "Care Planning for Resident Choice" process.

Jennifer Brush, President, Brush Development
Karen Schoeneman, Owner, Karen Schoeneman Consulting
Margaret Calkins, Board Chair, IDEAS Institute