Pioneer Network is pleased to be launching an all-new educational program, “Listen, Learn, Explore.” This wonderful new educational innovation pairs a recorded audio podcast with a virtual-variation of a learning circle. Starting with a podcast, listeners will have an opportunity to hear unique insights on a variety of topics from thought leaders in the field of resident-directed care. Following the podcast, Pioneer Network invites listeners to register for an interactive program where they will have the opportunity to join others in a deeper, live conversation with the podcast guest speaker.
LISTEN, LEARN, EXPLORE SERIES
Episode 10: Happily Ever Older: Revolutionary Approaches to Long-Term Care
Join Penny Cook as she talks with Moira Welsh, an investigative journalist with the Toronto Star. She started as a breaking news reporter and soon joined the investigative team where she has written on social justice, the environment, and the lives of people living in senior living communities. She is also the author of Happily Ever Older: Revolutionary Approaches to Long-Term Care. Moira and Penny discuss the book, the reasons Moira wrote it, and the extensive research she did on various communities throughout the world where those who live and work are thriving and growing. You won’t want to miss this conversation. You can find Moira’s book at https://www.pioneernetwork.net/product/happily-ever-older-revolutionary-approaches-to-long-term-care/.
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LISTEN, LEARN, EXPLORE ARCHIVE
Episode 9: Operationalizing Dignity
Dignity. It’s a word we hear and use all the time. For those of us working in aging services, we know that in the long-term regulations as far back as OBRA ’87 you will find that the word ‘dignity,’ along with ‘respect,’ are two of the more commonly seen words in the document. And it makes sense — who doesn’t believe that it is a fundamental right for residents in nursing homes to be treated with dignity, and don’t we all want to be treated with dignity as well?
Marianne Schmenk, who spent the last 15 years of her career managing a regional long-term care ombudsman program in NW Ohio, has recently had an “A-ha” regarding the concept of dignity, and she is here to share her thoughts with you, and hopefully stimulate some thinking. No, she doesn’t’ have all the answers on how to operationalize dignity, though there is surely a tie to person-centered care, but she is eager to share ideas and get the conversation going.
So we hope you’ll enjoy the conversation between Marianne and Pioneer Network’s Director of Education, Joan Devine, and that it will inspire you to join us for the virtual learning circle on Tuesday, July 27 at 1PM EDT so that you can continue the conversation with us — and together, we can gain insight into how to operationalize dignity.
Episode 8: Dignity & Respect – Are Our Aging Parents Getting What They Deserve?
The title says it all and it’s also the title of Phyllis Ayman’s latest book. Join Penny Cook for this transparent discussion with Phyllis about nursing homes, senior living and the advocacy needed to change the culture of care and support. Start by listening to the Podcast, then listen in on the lively discussion that followed at the virtual learning circle.
Phyllis Ayman known as “The Voice for Eldercare Advocacy” is an Eldercare Consultant, Advocate, Speaker and Speech & Language Pathologist who brings an insider’s view into the nursing home industry after working in 40+skilled nursing/short-term rehabilitation facilities for over 25 years. In her second book about the industry, “OVERDUE Quality Care for Our Elder Citizens” she provides valuable insight and necessary information for individuals and families so they can become more informed and effective advocates for themselves and their loved ones.
Episode 7: Living in A Dementia Unit: A View From the Inside
Like so many of us, Jim Vanden Bosch, a filmmaker and the founder and executive director of Terra Nova Films, a not-for-profit company specializing in films and videos on a wide variety of aging related issues, was curious about what it must be like to live in a “dementia unit” in a nursing home. Unlike most of us, Jim decided he needed to know – first hand, and so with the support of his family and a local nursing home administrator, he moved in and lived there for 4 days.
This episode of Listen, Learn, Explore provides the opportunity to listen to Jim’s story and learn what he experienced.
The learning circle offers further opportunity to explore this topic with Jim, along with his special guest Leslie Pedtke, author of What Living as a Resident Can Teach Long-Term Care Staff, whose community, Aviston Countryside Manor is featured in Villa Nova’s film, Through the Looking Glass II.
Episode 6: Specialized Seating for Residents and Caregivers: Why Chairs Designed for Use by Older Adults Need to Swivel, Turn and Roll!
CNAs and other caregivers shoulder a great burden every day. In particular, the task of moving elders up to or away from the dining table requires a great deal of push-pull-shove-twist. Chairs get damaged and lose their structural integrity. Floors get damaged from the dragging and the weight. Most importantly, the risk of personal injury to care staff from such exertion adds to an already burdensome workday.
ComforTek Seating seeks to provide care communities with caregiver-focused solutions that benefit the resident, the caregiver, and the administrator. With chairs that swivel, turn, roll, and lock for safety. ComforTek President, Randy Schellenberg, shares the mission of ComforTek and explains why it’s all about the caregiver.
After listening to the podcast, we hope you will join us for a virtual Learning Circle where you can chat with Randy and members of the team from Pioneer Network. Together, we will share thoughts about this and other caregiver-focused solutions that benefit all. Come prepared with your questions.
Episode 5: A Toolkit to Help State Policymakers Promote Person-Centered Care
In Episode 5 of Listen, Learn, Explore, you’ll learn about a new toolkit from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston that outlines steps that policymakers at the state level can take to implement a pay-for-performance (P4P) program that uses Medicaid funds to promote person-centered care in nursing homes. The toolkit focuses on lessons learned from implementation of the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK 2.0), a program that helps Kansas nursing homes implement person-centered care.
You will hear from Laci Cornelison, Program Director of PEAK 2.0 at Kansas State University and Natasha Bryant, Managing Director and Research Associate of the LeadingAge LTSS Center at UMass Boston as they talk about how the toolkit can help you advocate with your state to integrate person-centered care expectations and incentives into state policy.
Episode 4: Spring Is Here-Time to Reconnect with Mother Nature
Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and except for those quick April snowstorms, we’re in the throes of spring and itching to be outside. After the year long-term care residents have had, we know that they are as well. Are the outdoor spaces in senior living and care communities ready for spring? Are they accessible to everyone so that no matter where people live or whatever their abilities or disabilities are, they can go outside too? Join Maggie Calkins from IDEAS Institute and Matt Richardson from WhisperGLIDE Swing Company as we discuss Designing Gardens to Attract Activity.
Episode 3: Urinary Incontinence: No, We’re Not Kidding, Let’s Talk about It!
In this Listen, Learn Explore episode sponsored by Seni, we talk with Dr. Rosemary Laird about the importance of person-centered incontinence care; that incontinence is not inevitable as we age; the ways to maintain continence; and the importance of knowing a person well, both for the type of care and the products you provide.
Aging Impacts: Urinary Incontinence White Paper
Episode 2: Do you know … your residents?
In this Listen, Learn, Explore podcast, Dr. Lynn McNicholl offers insights into an array of COVID related issues such as brain fog, delirium and sepsis showing how a person centered lens can make a world of difference in supporting the care of elders. As you listen and learn, Dr. McNicholl will share examples from high performing organizations, opening up a world of ideas that will illuminate and guide.
Episode I: Did You Know…?
This Listen, Learn, Explore episode is titled “Did You Know?” In the podcast, Dr. Stefan Gravenstein will share his considerable knowledge and deep insights into the COVID-19 pandemic. Did you know about band wagoning, information about the new strains, and using video to improve quality?