DementiaWise’s Director of Special Populations, Deborah Bier, PhD, will present: “Game-Changing Approaches to Dementia Care for Helping Professionals,” on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 — 3 Contact Hours for RNs and 3 CEUs available for Social Workers.
This informative workshop is designed specifically for health care professionals who are working with individuals with dementia and will topics including:
• Preventing Difficult Dementia Behavior
• Surprising Sensory Changes in Dementia
• How Dementia Complicates Pain Management
• Different Types of Dementia and Their Care Needs
• Delirium and Dementia: A Hidden Epidemic
• Drugs That Can Make Dementia Worse
• Working With Challenging Families
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I’m very excited to announce that IPCed is now part of the OnCourse Learning family. This is a good thing for us all. We keep the best of IPCed: our office, our existing team, our services, and our leadership. And we plan to continue running IPCed the way we have always run IPCed – focusing on what we believe is best for our industry, our customers and our business.
OnCourse Learning, based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin, encompasses a wide range of educational offerings to multiple industries. With IPCed joining the Healthcare division, OnCourse now becomes a “one-stop shop” for healthcare education across the continuum of care.
We are excited about this for 3 main reasons:
Like us, OnCourse has built its reputation as a content company first. They are leaders in healthcare education, are recognized for the quality and accuracy of that content and offer it in many different modalities to meet the needs of different types of learners.
Like us, they have a world-class content development team, led by an impressive team of experts who are involved in creating educational content that meets the needs of an increasingly complex, fast-changing healthcare environment.
Like us, OnCourse is a leader, not a follower. Their forward-looking approach is in lockstep with how IPCed approaches healthcare continuing education in the 21st century.
Here is a link to the press release with more details about the transaction, but I wanted to share with our clients, partners and friends why we believe this is such a good fit for IPCed.
In the very near future, you will see our content offering grow in the areas where OnCourse excels. You will see new training technology designed to provide the best possible user experience when taking advantage of the vast content only OnCourse can provide. As our clients and partners expand their services into other points along the continuum of care, we will be able to support providers and practitioners in every setting.
At the request of Mass-ALA, Governor Baker has issued a proclamation designating the week of September 11 – 17 as National Assisted Living Week. Attached is a copy of the resolution which you can display in your residence. How is your community celebrating?
Look at how these residences celebrate National Assisted Living Week each year, and get inspired:
Autumn Glen in Dartmouth parties each day of National Assisted Living Week, including a summer concert with Billy Couto, a Patriots Day-themed pizza party, karaoke and even a sock hop! Across the country, Gulf Point Village in Texas crowned a king and queen for senior prom; Brandywine Senior Living in Princeton, New Jersey, does a flash mob; it was “cruise week” at Benton House in Georgia; Utah’s Retreat at Sunriver featured a wheelchair/walker obstacle course; and over in St. James, Minnesota, it was a day of 1950s fun.
Join in the fun and promote your community. Mass-ALA members are encouraged to share their community events and activities. Let’s honor the individuals we serve while having fun and educating the public about the role assisted living plays in caring for America’s older adults and individuals with disabilities! Send us your stories and photos, and be sure to use hashtag #NALW.1
1. Butters, Julie. “Re: Celebrate National Assisted Living Week!” 09 September 2016. E-mail.
A colleague sent me a link to this excellent article today and I wanted to pass it on – it’s a great window into the psychosocial challenges family caregivers face, in addition to the daunting tasks that often face the caregiver. So many times I’ve talked with families about the value of their emotional role and relationship with the person in their care, and how necessary it is for them to safeguard that role and not let tasks take over their time. Anyone, including paid caregivers, can do the tasks (often easier, in fact), but no one can take their place in the person’s heart. Read more »
Some of you have heard me share my personal story about the day my professional view on caregiving became a family member’s view. It’s a story I share often, but rarely do I include all the details. Some are private; some just too painful. I bet most family caregivers can relate.
It started late one night when the phone rang. One the other end was an emergency tech who said my parents had been in an auto accident and that I should immediately drive to the city hospital to meet the ambulance bringing my mother in.
“Where’s my dad? Is he OK?” was the first question I asked.
“Just go to the hospital – they’ll explain it all,” was the response.
Fast forward several hours, and I was faced with making funeral arrangements for my father while being on standby to see, hour by hour, if my mother was going to live.
All of my years of experience as a hospital social worker, management consultant for senior care and educator about issues related to caregiving just flew out the window.
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I’ve been hearing about it more and more frequently: first responders taking training in working with individuals with dementia. Today, I ran across a news article that reinforced not only the need but the interest on the part of emergency workers for this type of training.
Of course, it got me thinking…what might happen if you, as a service to your community, offered a series of community classes to EMT, ER workers and other emergency personnel on this very topic? Read more »
Employee turnover is a fact of life, certainly in the senior care business. If you’re really lucky, your biggest on-boarding needs aren’t related to turnover but rather to business growth.
Either way, you’ve got some training to do. And surprisingly, online learning can be your secret weapon to saving time and money with a super-fast on-boarding process. Read more »
I’ve been on a speaking mission across the country these last few months, attending and presenting at conferences ranging from Sacramento, California to Orlando, Florida. At every session, providers mention that their #1 concern is staffing: attracting good quality applicants (or any applicants at all, in some cases) and keeping their best and brightest (or just keeping people, period).
We often spend most of the time talking about how to attract and engage the younger millennial workers today and how training fits into the whole picture.
With this topic in the front of my mind, when a friend sent me a link to this article, “3 Ways to strengthen the senior living workforce” from McKnight’s Senior Living, I clicked through and read it.
Surprise, surprise: the report that forms the basis for this article starts out, “Training of direct-care workers has been shown to improve quality of care and worker satisfaction and reduce turnover.”
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If you were one of the 300 or so individuals at my session on reducing turnover at CALA you know that one of the topics we had the most fun with was Technique #3: Hire Better. If you’re hiring this guy, thinking “He’ll clean up OK and I’m sure his heart is in the right place,” you’re setting yourself up. You’ll lose him, and likely some of your good staff (and clients) along with him.
As the group shared techniques to hire better one of the most fun ideas we explored was the “stress interview.” I have to admit I didn’t even know this was a real interview technique, or as my kids would say, “it’s a thing.” In fact, it’s apparently “the job candidate’s worse nightmare,” according to Monster.com. It is designed to put candidates in an uncomfortable situation and see how they react, with the level of discomfort apparently varying widely, possibly depending on how sadistic the interviewer is.
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We’ve been talking about employee engagement here quite a bit lately. You may have listened in on our webinar on June 16 on that topic, presented by two of the best “engagement specialists” on our team here at IPCed.
You’ve probably heard me talk about how much engaged employees improve your overall satisfaction ratings and the bottom line success of your business.
Or maybe you caught the news story about McDonalds and Walmart copying Chick-fil-A’s approach to investing in employees and building engagement (and happier customers).
If you’re looking for good new hires, listen to Aaron Marcum, Home Care Pulse’s founder and CEO, on the recent results they found that connected employee’s satisfaction with the quality of training with the likelihood of that employee to recommend you to someone else.
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