2017 Conference Session Videos

It may be over…but the learning and sharing continues!

If you weren’t able to attend the conference or you were there, and of course, with so many sessions, you couldn’t get to everything you wanted to do, there are still opportunities to be a part of it all!

We are offering the opportunity to watch five sessions that we recorded at the conference free of charge.


A4:  Diminished Capacity: Compassion and Support, Not Control

Few late life issues are more troubling to older adults than the fear of loss of self-determination; few issues are more troubling to their adult children than fear for their loved one’s safety. In this session, we explore the difference between competency and capacity; the ethical and practical implications of diminished capacity; and, alternatives to guardianship, including the emerging fields of team mediation and supported decision-making (or SDM).

Susan Wehry, MD, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine


B4: Recruiting Employees that Share Your Pioneer Values

Finding employees who are the best fit for your organization isn’t easy. As the number of qualified applicants dwindles, and vacancies remain unfilled, it becomes increasingly challenging to hire employees you believe will genuinely be successful. This workshop will explore how to recruit employees who share your mission and values. Together, we’ll discuss how to message your mission in recruiting materials, how to maximize the impact of your website, how to conduct a values-based interview and how to attract new people into the caregiving profession.

Sue Misiorski, National Director of Coaching and Consulting, PHI
Anna Ortigara, Organizational Change Consultant, PHI


C4: Living Our Aspirations, Promote Resident Empowerment: Resident-led Initiatives to Bridge the Gap Between Generations

One of the main culture change aspirations for Schlegel Villages is Promote Resident Empowerment. David Kent, a resident at the long-term care home The Village of Erin Meadows in Mississauga, Ontario is a perfect living example of this aspiration. He is a retired educator who has been inspired by the opportunity to facilitate programs that connect students and elders through the power of observation and storytelling. David was one of the winners of the 2016 life time achievement award as presented by the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA), at their Awards Gala which took place on November 24, 2016.

David Kent, Resident, Village of Erin Meadows
Denis Zafirovski, General Manager, The Village of Erin Meadows
Sami Kermani, Director of Recreation, The Village of Erin Meadows


D4:  The Stigma of Being Other: Exploring the Prejudices of Aging and Care

“ISMs” such as ageism and ableism are prejudices which, seemingly innocuous, can cause people to feel stigmatized and less than worthy. They are so pervasive and socially acceptable that we often fail to realize their unintended consequences. These prejudices create an “us/them” mentality with messages that are often internalized by the recipients, causing a loss of well-being and usually fostering loneliness, helplessness and boredom.  This session will explore multiple stigmas which can affect people as they age and receive support, and will provide insight into actions we can take to restore their dignity and respect.

Mel Coppola, President/Owner, Hearts In Care, LLC
Kim McRae, President & FCTA (Family Caregiver Turned Advocate), Have a Good Life


E10:  Peer Enabled Dementia Care – Using Group Problem Solving to Promote Relationship Focused, Resident-Centered Care

The Peer Enablement Program (PEP) endeavors to enhance person-centered, relationship-focused care practices based on a group-problem solving process that support organizational culture change. Workshop facilitators act as change agents by modeling the group problem-solving approach during the workshops and acting as mentors to support professional care staff when they trial the process in between workshops within their work environment. This session will provide an overview of the scope of the program and involve attendees in a practical session to apply the group problem solving process and thereby provide insight into the potential value of the PEP program for advancing care practices.

Dr. Sanet du Toit, PhD, University of Sydney