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Session Descriptions


October 18th

Opening Keynote: Leading and Living with Soul: Denise Boudreau-Scott; Drive
What if I told you that I could give you a gift that would be vitally important to your career success, your personal and professional fulfillment, and your overall happiness? Would you scream, “heck yes Denise, give it to me NOW!?” Most sane people absolutely would. Well, what if I told you that gift is already inside of you, you just have to tap into it?

Turns out, that gift is your personal values. Who you are, what you hold dear, what upsets you, and what underlies your decisions as a leader and as a unique individual, are all connected to your personal values. But the missed opportunity is, most people never take the time to learn what those precious and powerful intrinsic things are! In this session you will have the opportunity to do an introspective reflection on your very own personal values by completing an online Personal Values Assessment. I will then share practical strategies you can implement immediately to apply these values in your daily routines, allowing you to use your values as a driving force and a personal true north star. And since we know it is up to each and every one of us to save and lift up our field, you will learn how to share this exciting experience with your team and the whole organization, AND our field, benefits!

Following the session, you will be able to seek out the things in life that are aligned to the values you have uncovered and this my friend, is a real game changer. Soon you will use what you learn to unleash a life and career that you love, one that makes you feel healthy, fulfilled and balanced.

Move Your Organization Forward Through Your People: Kristen O'Shea; O'Shea Strengths Coaching
One person in your company has 70% variance on your employee’s engagement: the manager. Great managers of people make or break productivity. Learn what the best bosses do to engage, develop, and grow their employees to move companies forward. Through Kristen’s interactive speaking style you'll learn the latest research on workplaces and application practices to get the most out of your people by setting clear expectations for your team, positioning your people to play to their strengths, praising your team for excellent work and helping people grow in their careers.

Introduction to the Cost Report Navigator Tool Bob Dick, CPA, CVA & Kailey Riskowski, CPA, CHFP; Bland & Associates P.C.
In today’s world, data analysis is more critical than ever. It can be the difference between survival or closure, the difference between profit or loss, etc. Data analysis may sound overwhelming, but it does not have to be. Leading Age provides you with an excellent tool called “the cost report navigator” which will enable you to easily analyze your own 2020 cost report data (including occupancy, employee turnover, Medicaid rates, case mix acuity, and expenses) as well as benchmark various metrics against other Kansas Nursing Facility providers. Our session will introduce the navigator tool and enable attendees to feel confident as they evaluate the data and determine the best course of action for their facility.

Tuesday, October 19th

Fixing the Senior Care Staff Stability Challenge Part 1: Lou Ann Brubaker; Brubaker Consulting
Long before COVID-19 SNFs & ALFs were in a recruitment/retention crisis. For most facilities the pandemic simply exacerbated it. Part one addresses all the PRE-hire strategies effective in attracting applicants, creating the desire to WANT to be chosen, and what part current staff should play in the process in driving success.

COVID-19 and Infection Control: Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA; Harmony Healthcare International
This session will address current information on infection prevention and control programs (IPCP) leveraging best practices from those who have faced the challenge of infection control with the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides the knowledge you need to have for an active functioning IPCP and to create policies and procedures that meet regulatory requirements. Attending this webinar will provide a review of infection prevention and control principles and will assist you in avoiding citations from a Focus Infection Control Survey.

Life Plan Community Forum: Nicole Fallon, Vice President of Health Policy and Integrated Services; LeadingAge 
Description coming soon!

Today's Documentation Tomorrow's Defense: Cathy Knopf, BSN, RN, NPD-BC, RAC-CT; AssuredPartners Senior Living
The medical record plays a critical role in defending the nursing care provided by nurses. This session will focus on the purpose of the medical record and discuss common methods of nursing documentation. A review of federal and state regulations, other miscellaneous organizations, and an institutions’ policies and procedures will be conducted. Guidelines to improve nursing documentation, situations requiring an incident report, nursing documentation practices to avoid misconduct, guidelines for correcting medical entry and completing late entries will be discussed. Examples of documentation that increase liability risk will be provided.

Wednesday, October 20th

Fixing the Senior Care Staff Stability Challenge Part 2: Lou Ann Brubaker; Brubaker Consulting
Part two addresses all of the POST-hire and long-term retention strategies necessary to achieve staff stability: preparing for the employee's first day/weeks, the two activities HR should make happen every year, and correcting the major drivers for why people quit.

LeadingAge National Update: Ruth Katz, Senior Vice President of Public Policy/Advocacy; LeadingAge National
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COVID-19 and the Relief of Suffering: Dr. Diane Meier, FACP, FAAHPM; CEO of Center to Advance Palliative Care
This session will describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on long-term care staff, residents, and families. Dr. Meier will discuss best practices for engaging family members in decision making about goals of care. After attending this session, you will be able to identify and relieve suffering for individual residents living with serious illness.

KDADS Update: Scott Bruner & Lacey Hunter; KDADS
Description coming soon!

Thursday, October 21st

Supporting your Families to Create a Cohesive Team: Hollie Glover, MA, LPC, NCC; James L West Center for Dementia Care
To explore best practices in supporting family members of senior living residents to build trust, manage expectations, and create a team that works together for the benefit of the resident. Family members advocating for the well-being of their loved one in senior living is necessary and encouraged, especially for the residents who cannot fully participate in their own care. However, there may come a point when a family member has unrealistic expectations of the senior living staff. In this session, an expert in family support services of long-term care will impart best practices in respectful and transparent communication, and how to work collaboratively with family care partners. Teaching methods include interviewing and role plays.

OSHA Now Panel: Kevin McFarland, President of KING; LeadingAge Kansas & Travis Bennet CHST, CRIS, COEE, Director of Loss Control; Thomas McGee Group
The presenter panel will bring us up to date with the latest from OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and the most frequent citations. Available resources from OSHA will be reviewed to help providers fully comply with the ETS during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Legal Issues in LTC Nursing: Cathy Knopf, BSN, RN, NPD-BC, RAC-CT; AssuredPartners Senior Living
Historically, professional negligence claims against licensed nurses have been increasing. This session will focus on the purpose of the state nursing laws and rules; definitions of nursing liability and professional negligence; types of torts related to nursing care; identifying and reporting misconduct and the disciplinary process; and rules and responsibility of nursing delegation.

Friday, October 22nd

Advance Your Advocacy: Rachel Monger, VP of Government Affairs; LeadingAge Kansas
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Closing Keynote: Resiliency - Become the Person that Can Bounce Back: Kit Welchlin, Welchlin Presentations
Resilience is one’s ability to bounce back from a negative experience and regain functional competency quickly. Resilience is our ability to adapt successfully in the face of stress and adversity. Resiliency helps people stay focused under pressure and make better decisions. Resiliency is the key to coping with change. The very essence of resiliency is adaptability. People who demonstrate resilience are people who balance negative emotions with positive ones. These are people who may stumble; however, they have strategies to pick themselves back up.