Breakout Session C

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 3:00 to 5:00pm

C1: Principles of Leadership Colorado Style

Beth Irtz, Chief Guide, Focus Consultation, LLC
Jeff Jerebker, Blogger, Author and Eldercare Influencer
Diane Carter, Nurse Consultant
Nancy Schwalm, Business Development and Marketing Specialist

Come to this session ready to muster up courage and take risks to commit to person-directed care.  Learn about the theory of U and suspending attitudes. This presentation is a “get out of the way” approach to leadership. The presentation team will provide insight to effective approaches and styles.  A panel of Colorado long-term care leaders will be available at the end of the presentation to answers questions from participants.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 2 benefits of a spiritual framework for leadership in communities where Elders live.
  • List 2 qualities of servant leadership.
  • Specify 2 new skills to lead others through organizational change.

Leadership Track

Suggested for: Formal Leaders, Decision-makers; Skilled Nursing; Assisted Living; Senior Housing; CCRC/Life Plan Communities; Home & Community-based Services


C2: Select, Inspire and Grow Highly Engaged Care Partners

Roberta Gallagher, Leader – Human Resources/Administrator, Central Haven Special Care Home
Kim Schmidt, Leader Resident Care Services, Sherbrooke Community Centre
Dolores Campbell, Director of Care, Central Haven Special Care Home

Sherbrooke and Central Haven’s vision is to be the “best place to live and work”, but we need amazing staff to get us there!  Learn how we attract and retain people who want more than a paycheck… people who want to make a real difference in the lives of the people we support.  Although we have a reputation as employers of choice, we have experienced challenges along the way. We will highlight how we have overcome them by attracting and engaging the right people as active participants in an empowered culture. The session will also demonstrate a simple coaching framework and a mock annual review that will help people learn and grow.  

Attendees will be able to:

  • Name 3 challenges in recruiting and retaining the right employees for the job.
  • Identify 3 key principles of coaching that strengthens retention.
  • Specify 3 aspects of an annual review process that promotes culture change ideals.

Workforce Engagement Track

Suggested for: Formal Leaders, Decision-makers; Skilled Nursing; Assisted Living; Senior Housing; CCRC/Life Plan Communities; Home & Community-based Services


C3: Going Back to the Why

Sonya Barsness, Gerontologist, Sonya Barsness Consulting LLC
Karen Stobbe, Chief Purpose Officer, In the Moment

As we support people living with dementia to live well, we start from a place that sees people with dementia as no different than us. Just like we have reasons for nearly everything we say and do, so do people with dementia. We need to continually ask ourselves why – why might the person be saying or doing that? Why are we responding in this way? Is it truly meeting the needs of a person living with dementia? Join us as we explore why we need to get to the why, and how we can get to the why.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Name 3 ways that understanding the why behind the actions and expressions of persons living with dementia helps us meet their needs.
  • Identify 3 examples of how seeking the why has a positive impact on the lives of persons living with dementia, as demonstrated through different scenarios.
  • Specify 3 tools/processes for exploring the why behind the actions and expressions of persons living with dementia.

Dementia Care Track

Suggested for: Elders, Families, Volunteer Care Partners; Skilled Nursing; Assisted Living; Employee Care Partners; Senior Housing; CCRC/Life Plan Communities; Home & Community-Based Services


C4: MAGIC: Multi-Ability, Multi-Generational, Inclusive, Community Building

Kavan Peterson, COO, Minka
Kyrie Carpenter, Ageism & Dementia Coach

MAGIC stands for Multi-Ability, multi-Generational, Inclusive, Community. This concept, coined by Dr. Bill Thomas, is what it will take to move mountains and create places and spaces for humans to thrive now and in the future. In this introduction, participants will explore the dynamic complexity of building inclusive communities for people of different ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Come prepared to have some serious fun uncovering how you can infuse MAGIC into your life and projects.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 2 ways that we segregate and isolate.
  • List 2 qualities of a community infused with MAGIC.
  • Name 2 steps for an action plan that brings MAGIC connection back to individual communities.

Suggested for: Formal Leaders, Decision-makers; Elders, Families, Volunteer Care Partners; Skilled Nursing; Assisted Living; Small Residential Care Settings and/or Host Homes; Employee Care Partners; Senior Housing; CCRC/Life Plan Communities; Home & Community-Based Services


C5: Mental Health Dis-ease and The Eden Alternative: A Paradigm Shift (Part 2)

Rebecca Hubbard, Eden Educator, Independent Contractor

The Eden Alternative has shifted the paradigm for how we view Elders and Elderhood. This session expands that paradigm shift to those living with mental health dis-ease and addiction, by replacing stigma with understanding and providing tools to foster well-being. Reaching beyond clinical and diagnostic perspectives alone, we’ll explore how applying the Eden Alternative Ten Principles and the Eden Alternative Domains of Well-BeingSM to mental health dis-ease can transform our beliefs and facilitate meaningful care partnerships. Participants will learn practical approaches to promote supportive, trauma-informed, and person-directed behavioral health.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Name 2 types of mental health challenges Elders may face.
  • List 2 ways to reframe negative stereotypes about and/or responses to mental health dis-ease, addiction, and other behavioral health challenges.
  • Identify 2 best practices that support well-being and positive care partnership.

Trauma-Informed Care Track

Suggested for: Formal Leaders, Decision-makers; Elders, Families, Volunteer Care Partners; Skilled Nursing; Assisted Living; Small Residential Care Settings and/or Host Homes; Employee Care Partners; Senior Housing; CCRC/Life Plan Communities; Home & Community-based Services; Behavioral Health Communities or Providers


C6: Elder Power Moves Mountains

Mary Kim Smith, Executive Director, Wesley Meadows Retirement Community
Michelle Daniel, VP of Philanthropy and Leadership Development, Methodist Senior Services
Tarlyn Gates, Shahbazim, Traceway – Methodist Senior Services

Elders will share engaging, heartwarming, and empowering stories that can help others move mountains, by transforming the daily rhythm of life within their communities. They have moved Wesley Manor from a period of frost to a warm thriving community full of opportunities to grow, engage and share talents. Their endeavors are Elder-directed, Elder-centered and continue to enhance the well-being of everyone. Lastly, these Elders are teaching other Elder and employee care partners to have the courage to learn new things, make new friends, build relationships and share their individual talents.

Attendees will be able to:

  • List 2 examples shared where Elder-directed contributions helped create home, well-being and trust.
  • Name 2 ways that Elder-directed life builds relationships.
  • Identify 2 ways that Elder-directed life connects to home and community-based services to strengthen relationships.

Suggested for: Formal Leaders, Decision-Makers; Elders, Families, Volunteer Care Partners; Skilled Nursing; Assisted Living; Small Residential Care Settings and/or Host Homes; Employee Care Partners; Senior Housing; CCRC/Life Plan Communities


C7: Change Your Conversations, Change Your Culture

Cera Meintzer, Senior Partnership Specialist, Masterpiece Living
Rachel Klumpp, Director of Sales & Marketing, Christian Living Communities – Someren Glen Life Plan Community

This session will teach attendees a fresh way to use current communication skills to engage and empower employee, family, and Elder care partners. Recent research has proven that how we view aging is a self-fulfilling prophecy – for better or worse – making it more important than ever to challenge ageist beliefs, whether self-inflicted or imposed by others. Thought-leading senior living communities across the country are working to change the stereotypes of aging, one conversation at a time, cultivating a new perspective on growth and goals in later life.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 2 examples of Elders defying the negative messages our culture projects about aging.
  • Name 2 dysfunctional listening filters that interfere with fostering understanding and connection.
  • List 2 benefits of using open-ended questions in everyday conversations.

Suggested for: Formal Leaders, Decision-makers; Elders, Families, Volunteer Care Partners; Skilled Nursing; Assisted Living; Small Residential Care Settings and/or Host Homes; Employee Care Partners; Senior Housing; CCRC/Life Plan Communities; Home & Community-Based Services


C8: Out of the Box and Ahead of the Curve

Mel Coppola, President and Owner, Hearts In Care, LLC
Kim McRae, President and FCTA, Have a Good Life
Laura Beck, Learning and Development Guide, The Eden Alternative

Conversations about culture change tend to begin with providers. Yet, if we connect the dots across different care services and living environments, consumers are the common denominator. It’s time to change the culture of culture change! As the aging population rapidly increases, we must be ahead of the curve in terms of creative solutions to care that maximize choice and engage many voices. A general public that understands person-directed support raises the bar for standards of care and helps dismantle silos across care services. Through more integrated education and collaboration, we can make person-directed living a reality no matter where people choose to grow old or call home. This interactive session will ask participants to consider their own vision (as we are all consumers) for conversations about care that puts each individual first.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 2 barriers to engaging consumers as advocates for person-directed care.
  • Describe 2 potentially successful ways to engage consumers.
  • List 2 ways that engaged consumers benefit and support the advancement of the person-directed care movement.

Suggested for: Formal Leaders, Decision-makers; Elders, Families, Volunteer Care Partners; Skilled Nursing; Assisted Living; Small Residential Care Settings and/or Host Homes; Employee Care Partners; Senior Housing; CCRC/Life Plan Communities; Home & Community-Based Services; All Humans Who are Aging


C9: Beyond Opioids – Where are Older Adults Finding Relief?

Cari Levy, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center
Evy Cugelman, Eden Educator, Contract Educator with Eden Alternative USA and Canada, Retired

This session will explore the safe use of CBD’s and medical marijuana in long-term care and it’s use at end of life. Dr. Levy speaks nationally on evidence base and the legal barriers surrounding the use of Medical Marijuana in long-term care. This session will also introduce the use of complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy, drumming and rhythm circles, and therapeutic touch, as well as awareness and insight into functional medicine – a more comprehensive and root cause approach to health care.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Name 2 reasons why functional medicine is the health care of the future.
  • Identify 2 complementary therapies that can introduced to enhance well-being.
  • List 2 aspects of the clinician’s role in supporting older people who use medical marijuana.

Suggested for: Formal Leaders, Decision-makers; Elders, Families, Volunteer Care Partners; Skilled Nursing; Assisted Living; Small Residential Care Settings and/or Host Homes; Employee Care Partners; Senior Housing; CCRC/Life Plan Communities; Home & Community-Based Services