Lunch and Learn Sessions

2018 Lunch and Learn Sessions

 Saturday, May 5, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

LL1: Perceptions of Culture Change from a Geriatric Nurses’ View

Joyce Eisenbraun, Owner, Gateway Marketing

Research from two organizations delved into the perceptions geriatric nurses have about working in an Eden Alternative environment as compared to nursing in traditional care environments. These needs were analyzed using Taylor’s Strategy Wheel (1999), which identifies needs that help cue decisions, such as choosing a place of employment. The research identifies potential social identity messages that would help attract needed workers to long-term care.

Participants will be able to:

  • List 2 issues that contribute to the nursing shortage;
  • Name 2 perceived needs of geriatric nurses in an Eden Alternative care environment; and
  • Identify 2 qualities of effective messaging for recruiting nurses.

Learning Level: Intermediate

Living Environment: SN, AL, SH, CCRC/LPC, HCBS


LL2: Combating Loneliness, Helplessness, and Boredom Through Intergenerational Relationships

Ryan Bahan, Manager of Intergenerational Care, Eden Care Communities

This session features how the Regina Lutheran Home and Eden Care Communities have enhanced our Human Habitat through intergenerational partnerships, specifically involving  students, volunteers, and younger children.  Participants will explore best practices based on what we’ve learned from efforts to combat loneliness, helplessness, and boredom by cultivating these meaningful relationships.

Participants will be able to:

  • List 2 ways that intergenerational relationships can support the antidotes to the 3 plagues;
  • Identify 2 qualities of a successful intergenerational initiative that produce close and continuing relationships; and
  • Name 2 unique strategies employed by Regina Lutheran Home to cultivate ongoing intergenerational relationships.

Learning Level: Advanced

Living Environment: SN, SH, CCRC/LPC, SmRC


LL3: Managing Active and Healthy Aging with Use of Caring Service Robots

Cheryl Kruschke, Associate Professor, Regis University

Person’s living with dementia can experience loneliness, isolation and depression.  These issues impact an individual’s ability to be resilient when changes in their routine or lifestyle occur.  Emerging research is combining the issues associated with dementia and the use of robotics.  This research is intended to build on current knowledge regarding the use of service robots as companions for individuals living with dementia.

Participants will be able to:

  • List 2 things that a service robot can accomplish;
  • Name 2 ways service robots might support the needs of those living with dementia; and
  • Identify 2 potential applications for the use of service robots in their own setting.

Learning Level: Advanced

Living Environment: SN, AL, SH, CCRC/LPC, SmRC, HCBS


LL4: Developing a Strong Fundraising Request to Support Person-Directed Care

Jane Simpson, Chief Development Officer, A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab

There is a critical mandate to change the culture of skilled nursing healthcare to reflect the values of person-directed care. Culture-change benefits from additional funding. Typically, these funds are available from government grants or philanthropic dollars; however, the process is competitive. This session gives tools and formulae to create organized, compelling requests. It informs organizations that have never submitted grants and focuses on best-practices for experienced grant-writers. The session is especially for non-profits and includes a PowerPoint presentation and handouts.   Approximately 30% of nursing home operators are nonprofits and government.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify 2 strategies for advancing a program that is ready for funding;
  • Name 2 components of a strong request for funds; and
  • List 2 steps one can take for a request that has been denied.

Learning Level: Intermediate

Living Environment: SN, HCBS


LL5: Elders Leading The Way In Community Involvement

Barry Cotton, Nursing Home Administrator, Signature HealthCare

This presentation will explain how Elders can serve as active community members, whether they participate in larger community events outside the home, or they bring the community inside our home. Doing so combats the 3 plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom by providing a sense of purpose and connectedness, and overall, an improved  quality of life. Participants will hear success stories and learn from excerpts from interviews with Elders and community members. The session will also review strategies for building important relationships with local/regional clubs and organizations.

Participants will be able to:

  • List 2 strategies for engaging Elders in developing opportunities for community involvement;
  • Name 2 resources one can access to help build community relationships; and
  • Identify 2 ways to determine the needs, preferences, and interests of the Elders.

Learning Level: Advanced

Living Environment: SN


LL6: The Eden Alternative  Journey in Community Adult Day Initiatives

Megan O’Hara, Community Development Coordinator, Kings Way LifeCare Alliance

Community adult day initiatives are a more common service within care communities that can empower family care partners to continue to provide care at home. They also give Elders a chance to meet people from the community who may also be socially isolated and/or living with dementia. This session will explore the benefits of incorporating an adult day option, and how it fosters growth and friendships amongst attendees and people living within the homes. We will also look at how this approach encourages a level of spontaneity, community spirit, and a growing acceptance of care communities.

Participants will be able to:

  • List 2 steps one must take to create an adult day setting committed to person-directed care;
  • Name 2 ways that stand-alone adult day settings differ from those integrated into a care community: and
  • Identify 2 ways that adult day initiatives can support the Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being.™

Learning Level: Intermediate

Living Environment: AL, SH, HCBS