Breakout Session D

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:30 am

D1: Dementia Emancipated: Practical Pathways to Inclusion (Part 1)

Jennifer Carson, Director, Dementia Engagement, Education and Research Program, University of Nevada Reno
Al Power, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation, University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging

Increasingly, locked and segregated ‘memory care’ is being challenged by people living with dementia who are demanding their human rights and the freedom to live in a restraint-free world. Provider communities are being called to create inclusive communities for people of all abilities. But it’s a complex issue that requires knowledge, planning, communication and teamwork. In Part-1 of this 2-part session, we will fully explore the case for inclusive living, including moral, clinical, evidence-based, and demographic arguments. Then, in Part-2, we will consider practical pathways to inclusion, highlighting practice-based examples from providers who are making strides and leading the way.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 2 factors that influenced the birth of the memory care model.
  • Name 2 important takeaways gained from reflecting on the lived experience of segregation for people living with dementia.
  • Name 5 arguments that support the case for inclusion and integrated living.

Dementia 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; Home & Community-Based Services


D2: Wendy’s Neverland: The Integration of Arts and Aging for Community Building

Angie McAllister, Director of Quality of Life and Culture Change, Signature HealthCare
Roni Anderson, State Quality of Life Director, Signature Healthcare

What if programming in nursing homes was so interesting that families and neighbors wanted to come and participate alongside Elders? What if it was so “out of the ordinary” that it sparked interest all over the community? Join us for an interactive journey into the world of “Wendy’s Neverland”, a site specific performance performed by Elders, employees, volunteers and artists in 3 Kentucky nursing homes in 2019.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 2 benefits of creative engagement in community building.
  • List 2 development phases of long-range creative, community projects, using the example of Wendy’s Neverland.
  • Name 2 positive impacts of Wendy’s Neverland on all parties involved.

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


D3: Break Through the Walls! Empowering and Engaging Support Services Staff

Glenda Bergen, Manager of Laundry and Environmental Services, Sherbrooke Community Centre

Breaking through departmental “walls” can seem daunting at first. Take a journey with us, as we detail how our housekeeping and laundry teams have stepped into their role as empowered change agents and evolved into the dynamic, and integral part of Sherbrooke’s culture change journey that they are today. This session will explore how deconstructing “department culture” creates a powerful sense of ownership, regardless of role or title.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 2 barriers to change that are created by departmental silos.
  • Name 2 advantages of Elders and employees stepping out of traditional roles.
  • List 2 keys to creating a constructive culture.

Workforce Engagement 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; Home & Community-Based Services


D4: Digital Intimacy: Expand Your World Personally & Professionally

Kari Henley, Co-Founder, Age Without Borders
Judy Rough, Co-Founder, Age Without Borders

The current #1 browser in the world is not Google. It is YouTube. The use of video has transformed our communications and can also transform your business, family connections and impact. Learn the three critical insights to use video tools to leverage your business, host dynamic events online and expand your reach around the world. Creating Digital Intimacy is not just a series of technology tools; it is an art of human interaction. We will help you capture and create interactive experiences as lively as a cocktail party or as intimate as sitting around a kitchen table.

Attendees will be able to:

  • List 2 top digital tools for leveraging impact in your organization.
  • Identify 2 examples of utilizing current technologies in specific professional situations.
  • Name 2 ways to overcome initial resistance to using digital tools.

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


D5: Two-part presentation

Part 1: From “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” to Mindful

Ryan Bahan, Executive Director of Community Supports, Eden Care Communities

Picture an overcrowded apartment complex that has the police visiting weekly. This same complex has thousands of dollars in repairs every year. The environment has become toxic with crime, fear, and hopelessness. In short, it has become a mess. Fast-forward three years later, and that same space is home to 130 people – people of all ages, experiences and abilities. This session will share the story of how a shell of a place transformed from scary to beautiful in every way through the application of the Eden Alternative Domains of Well-BeingSM and a community of people who cared about each other.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Specify 2 challenges often encountered during big transitions.
  • Name 2 key elements of transforming a community.
  • Identify 2 signs of success as a transformative process unfolds.

Part 2: Beyond Aging: The Eden Journey for Institutionalized Adults Living with Different Intellectual Abilities

Jordan Varey, Manager of Care, Eden Care Communities

Eden View was established to support a different population with similar, yet divergent challenges. Our supports started as a response to the closure of Saskatchewan’s last large institution. Starting in May of 2018, fourteen men from this setting moved into 3 community homes in Moose Jaw. Our presentation will demonstrate the profound impact that The Eden Alternative has had on these men’s journey. It will also highlight the key differences between supports for adults living with different intellectual abilities and Elders accepting care.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Name 2 differences between large institutions and community-based homes for people living with unique intellectual abilities.
  • Use 2 examples to distinguish the lived experience of adults living with different intellectual abilities in care environments from experience of those who have lived independently and are now living in a care-based setting.
  • Provide 2 examples of how The Eden Alternative has positively impacted the experience of 3 men living in Eden View.

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


D6: Reaching Beyond the Ageism Plateau: Overcoming Stereotypes and Finding Common Ground

Sonya Williams, Recreation Therapist and Activities Director, A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab
Mary Helton, Corporate Human Resources Director, A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab

“Millennials don’t have a good work ethic,” “Baby boomers can’t keep up with technology,” “These Gen Z kids can’t do anything without their phones.” We’ve all heard these stereotypes when it comes generations and age, but are we really so different after all? It’s becoming increasingly important in eldercare settings to better understand our generational differences—but more importantly our commonalities—as multiple generations live together, work together and volunteer together. Learn how A.G. Rhodes, a nonprofit nursing home provider in Atlanta, is overcoming ageism through education, programming, and perhaps most importantly, through listening and understanding.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 2 age-related stereotypes that exist among elders, employees, volunteers and others in their communities.
  • Name 2 effective strategies for addressing and overcoming stereotypes.
  • List 2 ways that the Eden Alternative the Domains of Well-BeingSM can help build meaningful intergenerational 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; Home & Community-Based Services


D7: Using Care Plans to Promote Well-Being

Ruth Minnema, Director of Nursing, Shalom Park

The regulatory focus of the MDS/RAI Care Plan process is palpable. Despite regulations that identify the importance of person-directed care, our care plans often are ignored until survey. When our care plans are found “deficient,” we identify ways in our plans of correction to never make the same mistake again. With these limitations in mind, Shalom Park developed a crosswalk between the MDS CAA’s and the Eden Alternative Domains of Well-BeingSM in order to reinvent their care planning process.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Name 2 ways that well-being is relevant to MDS/CAAs.
  • Identify 2 barriers to care planning paradigm shift.
  • Specify 2 positive outcomes of using care planning stories.

Suggested for: Formal Leaders, Decision-makers; Elders, Families, Volunteer Care Partners; Skilled Nursing; Employee Care Partners; Nurse Leaders


D8: Sexuality and Intimacy: Exploring the Myths

Evy Cugelman, Eden Educator, Contract Educator with The Eden Alternative (in USA and Canada), Retired
Hope Carwile, Innovations Specialist, Vivage Senior Living
Lisa Kendall, Proprietor, Lisa Kendall Counseling & Consulting

How do we meet our need for intimacy as we age? What does “normal” mean when we are talking about human sexuality? What are the ethical boundaries in our care home? This session will explore facts, myths, and challenges of human sexuality and intimacy. The role of ageism, sexism, and other biases will be discussed, as will current challenges in the larger community, in long-term care, and for families.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 2 challenges associated with living in more secured environments, which limit opportunities for intimacy.
  • Name 3 different ways Elders, employees, and family members may interact around Elder sexuality and/or intimacy issues
  • Specify 2 scenarios where the Eden Alternative Domains of Well-BeingSM can support matters of sexuality and/or intimacy

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; Hospice & Palliative Care