Rules of Participation: Helping to Drive Person Centered Engagement


Join us as we take a deep dive into this hot topic. For those communities on their culture change journey, the Rules of Participation, the first major overhaul in the federal regulation and survey process in over 30 years, is good news, with Person-Centered Care and Engagement at its epicenter. This focus on Quality of Life has been long over-due and is great news for Activity Professionals and for all who are serving Elders in long-term care settings.

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Growing Person-Centeredness Series

Guides Dawn Worsley and Alisa Tagg will present stories and examples of how to navigate the new federal regulations in order to support regulatory compliance and more importantly, to provide quality engagement for the residents in your community — whether you work in skilled care or assisted living.

They will share accounts of their work with surveyors during a survey process — and even some insight on their experiences in Federal Surveys. You will learn more about the professional standards of practice established by the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) as authorized by CMS under F Tag 658. These standards were established to help activity professionals and their organizations to meet the new requirements.

And then, Dawn and Alissa will be joined by Pioneer Network Director of Education, Joan Devine, to help bring everything together by sharing examples of best practices that will take your community’s program beyond compliance to leading in providing opportunities to residents that support true meaning and purpose.

Alisa Tagg, BA ACC/EDU CADDCT CDP CDCS, President of the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) 
Dawn Worsley, ADC/EDU/MC, MDEC. President of the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP)
Joan Devine, RN, LNHA, Director of Education, Pioneer Network

Dawn Worsley ADC/EDU/MC, MDEC, 
Dawn is the owner of Dawn on the Horizon, LLC in Baltimore, MD and she serves on a variety of boards including her current position as President of National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). Dawn is an Activity Director Certified (ADC) with a specialization in Memory Care and Education, a Certified Eden Alternative Associate as well as Montessori Dementia Engagement Certified. She is also an authorized certification instructor with the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals. In addition to serving as an Activity Director, Corporate Program Development Consultant, Admissions & Marketing Director, Director of Alzheimer’s and Gero-psych units, Dawn serves as a Regional Clinical Specialist. She has a vast knowledge base in many facets of long-term care and community services and is considered a pioneer in her field regarding resident rights and culture change. She is a National Speaker on a variety of topics for Health Care Workers, is published in both print and video, working in collaboration with The University of Maryland Video Press.

Alisa Tagg, BA ACC/EDU CADDCT CDP CDCS, President of the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP), has been a certified activity consultant since 2006 and an activity director working primarily in nursing homes since 1995. She enjoys teaching the MEPAP education course to new activity professionals. She also works as an independent consultant in various homes throughout southern Nevada. Alisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a provider’s Certificate of Completion specializing in Aging with the Nevada Geriatric Education Center and is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, a Certified Dementia Practitioner with the National Certification Council for Dementia Practitioners, and a Certified Dementia Communication Specialist with the Silver Dawn Training Institute. She speaks on local, state and national levels on various topics relating to health care and the activity profession.