Site Visits 2018

Site Visits

Sunday, August 12, 2018 — Half Day: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (ticket required)

Let’s Take This Outside!
A Site Visit to Chelsea Place Memory Care in Aurora

Jenni Dill, Life Engagement Specialist, Anthem Memory Care
Erich Odenweller, Life Enrichment Assistant, Anthem Memory Care

Attendees will leave Sheraton Denver Downtown at 1:00 pm and travel to their first stop on the trail, Chelsea Place Memory Care an Anthem Memory Care Community. The happy campers will be treated to a tour of the community as well as visit eight guideposts designed to give attendees a glimpse of the many transformative intergenerational and community-building experiences Chelsea Place is pioneering.

In celebration of fanning the flames of culture change, we will then head to Cherry Creek State Park for s’more fun. Trail blazers will gather around the campfire with elders and family members and Anthem staff for a more in-depth conversation about community building. The session will wrap up with a good ol’ Campfire Sing-Along.


  1. Attendees will be able to define eight aspects of community and intergenerational involvement by visiting Guideposts during their tour of Chelsea Place.
  2. Attendees will evaluate their current practices, reflecting on their own culture change journey and create a path for growth based on ideas presented.
  3. Attendees will explore further the Pioneer Network value that “Community is the Antidote to Institutionalism” through a fireside learning circle.

Jenni Dill serves as the Life Engagement Specialist at Chelsea Place Memory Care an Anthem Memory Care community. Jenni has a profound passion for elders and changing the culture of long term care through the development of deep human connections. She is an experienced life enrichment professional and Certified Eden Associate who believes in the beauty of spontaneity, creating moments of joy, and enhancing the lives of elders physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. She is especially talented at incorporating intergenerational programming, using technology wisely and connecting elders with the community at large.

Erich Odenweller graduated from University of South Alabama in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Leisure Studies and Recreation Therapy after completing an internship at William F Green State Veterans Home in Bayminette, AL. He is a CTRS with passion for disrupting dementia by taking risks and exploring the strengths of people living with dementia. In his spare time, Erich volunteers as an adaptive alpine ski instructor and lends his time to Craig Hospital, a world-renowned rehab specializing in people living with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. He is looking forward to tying the knot with the love of his life, Louise, in November.

Sunday, August 12, 2018 — Half-Day: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm (ticket required)

Using Person-Centered Care to Enhance the Life of Your Older Community

Hope Carwile, LSW – Vivage Innovations Specialist

Meredith Eder, NHA, CTRS – Administrator, Brookshire House
Ken Kerver, NHA, Administrator, Amberwood Court
Megan Marama, NHA, Administrator, Rowan Community

Join us for a site visit to three very special skilled care communities located in South Denver; Amberwood Court, Brookshire House and Rowan Community. These communities meet the needs of complex resident populations with limited resources, and all have physical plants built more than 40 years ago. In spite of challenges with older buildings, the teams of care partners are proud of their communities and have created dynamic and award-winning care communities. These three communities, all located on the same cul-de-sac, are excited to showcase to attendees their great love of elders and how person-centered care has made an enormous difference in service to elders, and their operational success. With this in common, the communities each offer something different for you to see and learn about. At Amberwood, you will visit their Korean Community, tailored to non-English speaking residents, and also see how Amberwood’s focus on short-stay complex care has included person-centered care. At Brookshire, you will learn how their recognized memory care meets the needs of elders living with dementia. Finally, at Rowan you will see how person-centered care has positively impacted the needs of younger individuals with movement disorders, mental health issues and Veterans in this person-centered community.


  1. Participants will experience how person-centered care can be achieved without the need for significant up-dates to the physical plant.
  2. Participants will see and discuss with community care partners how to create person-centered care for diverse populations such as younger individuals, veterans or those living with dementia.
  3. The participants will experience how care and services are designed to meet the needs of non-English-speaking residents and those with cognitive issues.
Wednesday, August 15 — Full Day: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (ticket required)

A Site Visit and Pioneer Adventure: The Green House® Homes in Loveland and an Afternoon at Rocky Mountain National Park
Lisa Bryant, Assistant Administrator/Guide, Mirasol Senior Community
Susan Anderson, Registered Dietician, Mirasol Senior Community
Ann Roberts, Nurse Manager, Mirasol Senior Community
Shelly Gfeller, Life Enrichment, Mirasol Senior Community

Have you ever experienced life in a Green House® home? Here is your chance to tour the six beautiful homes located in Loveland, Colorado, about a one-hour drive from Denver. On your drive to Mirasol, a guide will share with you the story of the community and tell you about how they are Reimagining Eldercare through meaningful life, empowered staff and real home. Once you get to Mirasol, you will be able to visit with care team members and elders in one of the six homes.

And since you’ve come this far, after your time at the Green Houses®, we have planned for you a chance to experience one of Colorado’s greatest treasures, Estes Park, located in Rocky Mountain National Park. You’ll have about three hours to enjoy the scenery, do a little hiking and grab a bite to eat in this majestic setting before heading back to Denver.


  1. Participants will be able to explain the philosophy of the Green House® model.
  2. Participants will discuss how meaningful life and empowered staff are key to creating real home for the elders.
  3. Participants will discuss how elements of the Green House® model can be incorporated into their homes.

Lisa Bryant has been with The Green House® homes since August 2014 before the first doors opened for business at Mirasol Senior Community on October 1, 2014. Lisa worked as an Activities Director, Social Service Director, and in Sales and Marketing within the nursing home setting since 2002. Lisa has been active in Culture Change since 2008 and has been helping make changes to traditional nursing homes ever since. Lisa believes that the Green House® Homes provides a real home and a more meaningful life to their Elders.

Christian Living Communities, Denver area
Tim Rogers, Executive Director, Someren Glen
Ronnie Brown, Executive Director, Clermont Park
Jeanne Barnard, Executive Director, Holly Creek

On this site visit you will have the opportunity to visit three different Life Plan Communities owned and operated by Christian Living Communities (CLC) and located in the South Denver Metro area. While there you will have an opportunity to tour each community, but the visit will be so much more as they share with you educational sessions on some of the Resident-Centered projects on which they have been working. At Someren Glen, you will learn about their Rhythms Dementia Services, a program which provides Dementia Education for residents, family members, and associates. At Holly Creek, the team will tell you about the Keepers Committee, a committee made up of residents and care team members that is identifying best practices for retaining associates, the Connections Committee, and HC Radio Station.  And at Clermont Park you will have the opportunity to experience the Showstoppers Music Group and learn about their Fall Theatrical Production; all designed, selected, and totally run by residents.


  1. The participants will experience and discuss community integration, which is a part of Christian Living Communities philosophy.
  2. The participants will be gain knowledge about best practices that have been incorporated into the different communities and how they enhance resident quality of life.
  3. The participants will experience the Showstoppers Music Group and Fall Theatrical Product which have been designed, selected and run by residents.

Tim Rogers has more than 30 years of experience in the business community as a small business owner, and also working for large companies including AT&T and QWEST (now Century Link). He has spent the past 12 years in the field of aging services in both Sales/Marketing and in Operations. Tim is a 2016 Fellow of the Larry Minnix LeadingAge Leadership Academy and has developed a passion around supporting those with dementia in the greater community by taking much of what is offered to residents in Senior Living environments out into the public square.

Ronnie Brown has over 15 years’ experience working in senior care currently serving as the Executive Director at Clermont Park, a Christian Living Community (CLC), where she is responsible for overall operations of a Life Plan Community that includes a 63-suite HCC, 33 AL apartments, 166 Residential Living apartments and free-standing adult day program.  Ronnie previously worked in leadership and regional roles with Life Care Centers of America and Brookdale Senior Living.  Ronnie earned her MBA in Health Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and she is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.  Ronnie is also a Certified Eden Educator and serves on the Budget and Finance Committee for LeadingAge national.

Jeanne Barnard currently serves as the Executive Director at Holly Creek, a Christian Living Community (CLC).  She has over 20 years experience in senior living, and before joining the CLC team, she worked at Regional Director of Operations for Enlivant Senior Living and prior to that in various leadership positions with Brookdale Senior Living / American Retirement Corporation.  Jeanne holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from Bethany Nazarene University and a Master of Education Degree with a focus on Adult Education / Gerontology from the University of Central Oklahoma.  Her awards include the ALFA Leadership Award and she is a Certified Personal Connections Coach.

Wait Listed? First come, first served if seats are available when bus prepares to depart. You must have a valid site visit ticket to board the bus. We will make the registration switch on your behalf.