Host: Tom Clopp, BA, MSEd, VP of National Accounts for Skin Health, Medline Industries
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “person centered care” is a focus on residents’ emotional needs and care preferences consistent with their lifestyle. Relationships, rather than tasks, are the focus in this holistic approach assuring quality of life for the whole person. It means encouraging a resident’s creative passions as well as understanding culturally, spiritually, and socially who they are. Residents suffering from dementia deal daily with the theft of their memories and identities. Additionally, recent statistics show that those diagnosed with dementia from the LGBT population face uniquely challenging circumstances in that they are twice as likely to age without a spouse or partner, and three to four times less likely to have children. 40% of LGBT older people in their 60s and 70s say that their health care providers do not know their sexual orientations. All these factors make “person centered care” a challenge in a memory care environment. This session will provide you with the latest methods and strategies to ensure you are meeting the emotional and lifestyle needs of your memory care residents.
Melissa Batchelor, PhD., RN-BC, FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN, Associate Professor, The George Washington University School of Nursing; Director, Center for Aging, Health and Humanities
Kelly Focht MSW, Senior Director, Memory Care, Spectrum Retirement Communities LLC
Beverly Lunsford, PhD., RN, FAAN, Co-Director, Center for Aging, Health and Humanities Assistant Professor, George Washington University
Rita Alman, SVP, Memory Care & Program Services, Sunrise Senior Living
Statistics for serious infections contracted by long term care residents are sobering: between 1 and 3 million contract a serious infection annually, even under normal operating conditions. These infections are increasingly becoming antimicrobial resistant and lethal, causing over 380,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone. While senior living has always been hyper-vigilant to contain outbreaks, COVID-19 has upped the ante for infection control across the continuum of care, including the need to effectively balance infection prevention and safety with operational efficiency. Topics such as isolation practices and their impact on resident quality of life, as well as the role of testing and health screening for residents and employees, will also be discussed.
Rosie Lyles, MD, MHA, MSc, FACA, Director of Clinical Affairs, Medline Industries, Inc.
Schekesia Meadough, BSN, RN, CDP, Vice President of Quality & Clinical Operations, American House Senior Living Communities
Ruth Petran, PhD., CFS, Senior Corporate Scientist, Food Safety and Public Health, Ecolab
Charles E. Trefzger, President and CEO, ALG Senior
Kevin W. O’Neil, MD, FACP, CMD, Chief Medical Officer, ALG Senior
Marijuana for medicinal use is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia – however, on a federal level marijuana is illegal, and is listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance by the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration. Such federal preemptive and state exception issues make this an operational problem for senior living. Additionally, psychopharmacological effects associated with marijuana use can present risk management issues to communities. Policies around storage, administration, usage areas, care planning, and communication are vital in balancing resident rights against potential risks to your staff and business. This session will provide a roadmap for navigating the cannabis conundrum.
Zachary J. Palace, MD, CMD, FACP, Medical Director, Hebrew Home at Riverdale
Brittany Pape, Vice President of Compliance & Counsel, Senior Lifestyle
Steve Levy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Senior Lifestyle