Tuesday, December 5, 2023 from 12-4pm EST
CREATING MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS FOR PERSON-DIRECTED LIVING
Person-directed care has been a goal of eldercare providers and regulators for years, but the term falls short. Nursing homes, assisted living communities, and other residential settings aren’t just places where people receive care: they’re places that people call home. During the pandemic, far too many elders and families experienced the harm that can arise from care models that emphasize physical safety above all other social determinants of health.
Person-directed living goes beyond care to foster an environment where elders truly feel at home – where caregivers honor their unique daily rhythms and routines, incorporate resident interests and preferences into daily programming, and give equal time to the non-medical factors that affect quality of life.
Join us for a one-day summit on person-directed living with experts from across the eldercare continuum. You’ll learn about evidence-based tools that help caregivers achieve a healthy balance between elder safety and autonomy, and gain a vision for creating effective care partnerships among activity professionals, CNAs, and elders to form a true community of whole-person care.
Participants who attend the live event can earn up to 3 CEU credits.
- Compare/contrast person-directed care with person-directed living
- Develop strategies for implementing person-directed living practices in a variety of eldercare settings
- Understand “the dignity of risk,” the fulfillment that elders can achieve through retaining autonomy
SESSION 1: 12:00 – 1:00PM EST
Let’s Put the Fun in Fundamentals
- Participants will analyze their organization’s approach to meaningful engagement using the Pioneer Network’s continuum of person-directed culture
- Participants will describe the four components of meaningful life to support a community of whole person care
- Participants will illustrate team approaches to meaningful engagement
Chief Learning Officer, Center for Innovation
Stacey Bergmann, MS, CTRS, CDP
Director of Community and Network Relations, Center for Innovation
BREAK 1: 1:00 – 1:30PM EST
SESSION 2: 1:30 – 2:30PM EST
The Power of Normal: Real Engagement with Real Children and Pets
Interacting with pets and children is a joyous, meaningful part of life for people of any age. Substituting those natural human experiences with robotic pets and baby dolls is one of the many ways we fail to treat elders with dignity and respect — and there’s plenty of evidence that it’s completely unnecessary.
This session will demonstrate how leaders and caregivers can work together to foster individualized, meaningful engagements among elders, children, and pets. Instead of infantilizing elders with toys, attendees will discover the power of normalizing environments and approaches that facilitate empowering, respectful, and dignified experiences for elders of all abilities.
- Participants will learn about the concept of the “power of normal,” and how elders in communal care settings thrive when they are empowered to pursue the activities and interests they enjoyed prior to move-in
- Participants will be equipped to evaluate their organizations’ practices and philosophies for opportunities to foster more “normal” interactions
- Participants will be able to Identify methods for balancing safety and risk regarding interactions among elders, children, and pets
Lynette Dunlap-Estes, RN
Green House Guide and Model Integrity Champion, Green House Cottages of Belle Meade
Activity Director, Green House Cottages of Belle Meade
CEO of Center for Innovation, Inc.
BREAK 2: 2:30 – 3:00PM EST
SESSION 3: 3:00 – 4:00PM EST
There is Dignity in Risk-taking: Developing a Program for Decision-making In aging and dementia for autonomy (DIGNITY)
- Participants will understand the principal dignity of risk-taking in older adulthood in long-term care
- Participants will identify how their personal attitudes around risk-taking in everyday life impacts residents’ risk-taking
- Participants will identify components of a novel strategy for managing risks associated with resident preferences for care and activities of everyday living
Liza Behrens, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor, Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, Pennsylvania State University
Betsy Kemeny, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT
Associate Professor, Chair, Recreational Therapy Department, Slippery Rock University
Kaléi Kowalchik, BSN, RN
Project Coordinator, DIGNITY Pilot Study, PhD Candidate, Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, Pennsylvania State University
POST-CONFERENCE MIXER AND HAPPY HOUR HOSTED BY BRYAN RIFE
4:00 – 5:00PM EST