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Friday, March 16, 8:45 -10:00 AM Concurrent Sessions


Charting a Path for New Graduate RNs: Experiences with a Nurse Residency Model


Barbara Bowers, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, UW-Madison School of Nursing, Center for Aging Research and Education, Madison, WI

Nurse residency programs are being used as an enhanced orientation to improve quality of care in a variety of healthcare settings. Research shows residencies also improve nurse recruitment and retention. Learn from the experiences of organizations and their nurses who have implemented Geri- Res, a nurse residency program for long-term care settings. Participants will also be invited to discuss their experiences working with new graduate nurses and strategies for successful nurse orientation and retention. 


Medication Policies: Do you Have One and When to Update it


John Perham, Director of Key Accounts and Sales, Prescriptions Plus, West Allis, WI

We will discuss best practices for medication management in an assisted living facility. From topics like staff training, medication packaging and storage, to proper administration and eMAR (to name a few) — we will address the procedures and policies that any provider should have in place for the safety of their residents and compliance of their license. We will also look at the common questions that providers have about pharmacy practices and procedures that affect their facility’s care.


Do’s and Don’ts for New Assisted Living Communities


Becki Kiefer, Executive Director, Countryside Manor West, Sheboygan, WI

Marsha Snyder, Executive Director/Owner, Creative Health Care Solutions, Inc., West Allis, WI

Jennifer Totzke, Owner, Aspire Generation Liberty, LLC, Madison, WI

This will be an open Q&A session for new providers who want to know what you have learned along your way working in AL. To springboard this session, we’ll ask about sticky employee situations or management, dealing with difficult families, working with the state, and how to be best prepared for surveys, finance issues, and successful marketing strategies.


Support for Members: Creating Positive and Member-Centered Behavior Plans


Holly Onsager, MS, RN, GCNS-BC, Behavioral Health Director, Community Care, Inc., Milwaukee, WI

Behavior has meaning and serves some purpose or need. Rather than seeing a member as a “behavior problem,” think about what the member is coping with, asserting, or trying to accomplish. Our goal for this session is turning the focus on a method for describing the problem or issue, exploring positive supports and interventions, and evaluating the effectiveness of our plan. Learn how Community Care, Inc., incorporates the Behavior Support Plan (BSP) “snapshot.” The care management team (including the member!), residential and other providers, behavior health staff, caregivers, and family members all collaborate on developing effective plans.


Legislative Update!


Forbes McIntosh, Government Relations Consultant, Government Policy Solutions, Madison, WI

Are you aware of legislation changes that could impact your operations? This session will discuss legislative updates, regulatory changes, as well as what effect the budget will have on assisted living. Attendees will also learn what they can do to help the legislative process.


Who Makes the Decisions?

Powers of Attorney and Guardianship


Grace Knutson, Managing Attorney, GWAAR Guardian Support Center, Madison, WI

 This workshop will discuss different methods of advance planning, including living wills and powers of attorney. Example scenarios will provide an opportunity to see how advance planning is used, what may happen when an individual does not complete any advance planning, and the differences between guardianships and powers of attorney. Participants will learn about an individual’s decision-making rights and the possible authority of a power of attorney agent and  guardian.


How to Create an Engaging Activity Program


Patty Morter, Activity Director Certified and Board Certified Ac, WI Representatives of Activity Professionals (WRAP), Lodi, WI

Everyone living in a care community needs opportunities to continue to grow, learn, and have meaningful social connections. They need to make choices and be engaged to the life of their home. A thriving activity program makes all the difference. Join us as we explore ways to develop a program that everyone will enjoy.


Answers with Alfred


Alfred Johnson, Director of BAL, Bureau of Assisted Living, Madison, WI

Attend this session for a frank and open conversation with the director of the state’s assisted living regulatory agency. Take this opportunity to ask him about assisted living regulations, the licensing process, what’s happening nationally in assisted living, the bureau’s initiatives, the staffing crisis, and much more. 

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