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2017 Fall Symposium
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August 30 - 31, 2017

Madison Marriott West


Come see how Innovation Through Technology makes more possible in your community while retaining the deeply personal quality care for which your community is known. 


Session descriptions:



Tech Buzz: How Global Technology Trends Will Impact Assisted Living

Tom Paprocki, Managing Director, Technology and Innovation Center, Direct Supply, Milwaukee, WI

The accelerating rate of technological change will continue to affect all areas of our lives. Adult and elder care are no exception. Come learn about some new, emerging forms of technology and how they will positively impact our industry. As the assisted living world continues to evolve it is imperative that we take a proactive approach. Your assisted living communities have grown up in the era the fax machine, dial up email, the World Wide Web, the Blackberry, and other implements since obsolete. The pace continues and quickens, so make the trend your friend. Do not miss out on this presentation by the national leader in post-acute care technology.



Gadgets and Design Track


Resident Monitoring - Doors, Alarms, Call Systems (Beginner)

Paul Hildebrandt, Owner, Actinion, Oconomowoc, WI

This session is an introduction to the monitoring systems that help keep our residents safe and direct care where it is needed most.  We will look at the physical requirements and operational benefits of these types of systems and how they can improve safety, efficiency, and resident care.


Space Planning Tools Require Strategy (Beginner)

Randy Bremhorst, Senior Designer, Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc.

Trevor Lord, Assoc AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc.

This session highlights current and emerging technologies used to provide space planning design services.  Technology provides tools for designers and architects, but by themselves the tools do not establish innovation.  Strategy is necessary to inform how tools are to be used to serve and add value to clients.


Enhancing Resident Care Through the use of Integrated Life Safety and Security Technologies (Advanced)

David Miller, Senior Living Account Executive, ClearPath Connections, Pewaukee, WI

The focus of the session will be to identify the challenges for owners and operators to understand how "historically" disparate security technologies can be simplified and integrated to reduce the overall community risk and provide staff with tools to empower a higher level of care.


Advancing Community Based Technology (Advanced)

Geoff Ebner, Director of National Accounts, Direct Supply, Milwaukee, WI

Explore the latest technologies that impact you, your staff, and your residents.  This session will look into existing solutions you can put to use in your community today and technologies that are just around the corner.  We will also cover smart technology design for operators looking to grow and build.


Residents and Employees Track


Selecting Software for my Community – Where do I Start? (Beginner)

Joel Moyer, Account Executive, M3 Insurance, Madison, WI

After sitting through sales presentations from lots of great vendors we want it all. They all have unique benefits, features, support and cost of implementation/maintenance. Sometimes all of the options can be overwhelming and delay your selection process. Use my two year selection process, confusion, overpaid consultants, and total frustration to help create a plan of how you can more easily enter the world of technology.


Life in the Fast Lane: How Technology Can Help With Efficiency (Beginner)

Jennine Engen, Clinical Specialist, ResiDex Software, Lino Lakes, MN

Susan Roberts, Marketing Director, ResiDex Software, Lino Lakes, MN

If you like to make the most of your time, this is the session for you! Learn a few timely tips on successfully using software to make your work more efficient. Transitioning to computers does not have to be scary! Hear how others are giving technology a chance in their businesses. Don’t wait until you HAVE to have software! Make a specific plan to include technology in your future budget.

OMG!!! Computers Are Taking Over the Human Resources World (Advanced)

Brian Meyer, Director of Risk Management, M3 Insurance, Madison, WI

Zach Penshorn, Vice President of Human Resources, M3 Insurance, Madison, WI

It’s true!  And, in the HR world it is not to the determent of the “human” element.  On the contrary, from a human resources perspective, technology has enabled employers to better meet employee needs and has improved the employee experience. In this session, we will introduce technology from recruitment to training and from communication to employee management that can reduce your transactional management time and increase the engagement from your most important asset.


What's Next vs. What Works! (Advanced)

Warren Scurlock, Partner, WEHAB, LLC, Milwaukee, WI

Advancements in technology are supporting health care providers with improved outcomes and operations efficiencies, especially for those involved in assisted living and housing. The 1st step is developing a well thought out plan, with a focused goal to support your corporate mission.  Every new device or technology concept promises to reduce admissions, improve outcomes or reduce cost and increase efficiencies; but how many promise to perform or provide alternates in down times or failures?  


Who should attend?

  • Team Leaders
  • Managers
  • Investors
  • Administrators
  • Owners
  • Operators
  • Administrator Assistants
  • RNs
  • LPNs  

Schedule / Registration Information:

Networking Reception

Wednesday, August 30  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Thursday, August 31  8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, August 31  8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.


Pre-registration is closed - Walk-ins are welcome!


Additional Information:

Room temperatures may vary, so you may want to dress in layers.  If you are in need of special dietary options, please contact the WALA office at (608) 288-0246.


Exhibitor and Sponsor Information:

We are sold out of exhibit space!  Contact Amanda Ryan at (608) 442-0376 or for more information! 


Sponsorship offers your company a means of expanding your competitive edge to those in the assisted living industry by putting your name in front of a targeted group of professionals. Contact Victoria Lauersdorf at (608) 442-0378 or for more information.  Or download a sponsor registration form.


Hotel and Travel Information:

Hotel room blocks fill up quickly!  WALA strongly recommends reserving your hotel at the time of your Fall Symposium registration.  Please note the room block release dates; prices may increase significantly after these dates.

  • Madison Marriott West

Discounted WALA rate: $135 per night

Call (608) 831-2000 for reservations

Be sure to mention you are part of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association room block

Rooms held at this rate until August 2, 2017 - Use promo code ALAALAA

Thank you to our 2018 Spring Conference Sponsors

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