Psychiatric Care of the Terminally Ill
Recorded on December 10, 2015
Delirium and Depression are commonly experienced by patients with advanced disease. These psychiatric symptoms often cause significant suffering at the end of life. Caregivers who work with terminally ill patients should develop an expertise in the recognition and management of these syndromes. The presentation will focus on the description, causes, evaluation and management of Delirium and Depression in the terminally ill patient.
The Psychology of Retention
Recorded on December 3, 2015
This program will define the "perfect" labor storm facing the long term care industry and recommend specific tools and strategies management may employ to reduce staff turnover by meeting. Viewing turnover from a psychosocial perspective dictates that administrators and managers understand the shifting availability and needs of age shifting labor pool. This year, in the USA, the population Millennials (18-34 years old) will exceed the Baby-boomers (51-69) and as retiring baby-boomers are replaced by Millennials and Gen Xers (35-50) changing how competent and dedicated staff can be obtained and retained. Using a combination of observations of current LTC performance, peer reviewed research on successful retention strategies and traditional management processes this program provides a path to increasing retention and thereby improving care quality without increasing labor costs. Attendees will be encouraged to look at retention from a new perspective and provided tools and techniques to build a program to increase their retention rate.
Caring for and Understanding Members in the Dying Process
Recorded on August 18, 2015
This session will describe changes that occur during the dying process, and how to respond to those changes. Included will be discussion of the last months of life, as well as the "actively dying" process, including physical signs and symptoms, functional status and psycho-social changes. The impact of therapeutic presence will also be reviewed.
Get in the Habit of Living Well with Hearing Loss
Recorded on May 19, 2015
Hearing loss is a growing problem as people age and living in a community with (potentially) many different communication partners can be challenging. Learning to adjust and compensate for a hearing loss can be confusing, costly and frustrating for the person with hearing loss let alone their community as well as caregivers. This webinar will focus on the effects of hearing loss, effective communication strategies, how to choose among the many different hearing aid technologies, basic hearing aid care, effective communication strategies and options available when hearing aids alone are not enough to hear well in the dining room, chapel or church.
Interacting with Religious Members with Memory Impairment
Recorded on February 17, 2015
Working and living with dementia is a growing problem as our population ages. People with dementia require more care and each year the number of people with dementia increases. To better care for those with dementia, it is important to understand the disease process and how the needs of those experiencing dementia change throughout the stages of the disease. We will look at the human brain and how it works to explain why people with dementia change over time and become more dependent on the caregiver knowing his or her history. This webinar will discuss different approaches to use when interacting with a person who has dementia.
Preparing for Close Encounters of the Healthcare Kind
Recorded on November 18, 2014
This presentation will utilize a real-life case study approach to discussing proactive approaches to getting the most from healthcare encounters - both planned and unplanned.
Be Healthy Body, Mind, Spirit
Recorded on August 19, 2014
Intimacy, Loneliness and Solitude
Recorded on May 13, 2014
This webinar will focus on the relationship between intimacy, loneliness and solitude.
Establishing an Emergency Operations Plan
Recorded on February 11, 2014
This webinar will provide an overview of the criteria needed to establish an Emergency Operations Plan. All emergency operations plans should include plans for organization recovery as well as some suggestions for training and drills. Training on the Emergency Operations Plan is critical to support your response and recovery from a potential disaster. Paul McManus will describe the purpose of a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) as well as how to complete one for your community living space. The HVA will help identify what procedures are necessary, what emergency situations could have the most significant impact, and what areas should be the focus of mitigation and training efforts. The webinar will also outline how to develop and emergency policy and review the pieces that are important to include.
The Art of Self-Care for the Caregiver
Recorded on January 28, 2014
This presentation will discuss how the stress experienced by caregivers, impacts the body and the long term effect this stress has on caregiving. Mary T. O'Neill will provide solutions with some self-care steps that reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, and empower us as caregivers. Participants will also learn about setting goals, staying motivated and dealing with feelings of anger, guilt and depression, and ways to develop increased confidence and ability to cope with the demands of caregiving.
Engaging Aging: BLESSING OR BURDEN?
Recorded on November 19, 2013
This webinar will examine several aspects of aging including our own attitudes toward aging. Some of the topics to be covered: where am I in the aging process; value of reaching out; ongoing formation; living and working with negative personalities; working with non-compliant elders; and can we laugh at ourselves as we age?
2013 Legal and Regulatory Updates for Long-term Care
Recorded on November 6, 2013
This session will provide an overview of survey and certification protocols and requirements. The discussion will also focus on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) discretionary authority in levying fines and sanctions against Medicare and Medicaid long term care facilities. A presentation of recent CMS imposed sanctions, along with frequently cited deficiencies and how to proactively address situations will be included. The session will cover current actions taken by the Office of the Inspector General and other law enforcement bodies to fight healthcare fraud and abuse.
Caring for Aging Persons in Body, Mind and Spirit
Recorded on October 31, 2013
This webinar will provide the importance of using appropriate interventions in the care of a frail older person. Fr. Myles, using the Catholic Tradition as an example will discuss the common barriers to good palliative care and explain some of the guiding principles on the value of life and the excessive use of medical interventions. A review of three trajectories of dying will be included along with a discussion of the common findings that are associated with frailty in elders. This session will cover the different palliative care paradigms and outline key questions for the assessment of the frail older person.
Understanding Dementia and the Approaches that Work
Recorded on August 20, 2013
The presentation will cover the presenting signs and symptoms of dementia, how a diagnosis is confirmed, the stages of the disease, what to expect, and successful strategies for continuing to support quality of life including communication skills, connecting with things remembered, managing environments, supporting safety and assisting with day to day care.