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Activities 2020 - Transforming Lives

2/5/2020 - 2/7/2020

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Activities 2020 - Transforming Lives
February 5, 6, 7, 2020
Embassy Suites Columbus Airport

Welcome to the 2020 Activity Conference where activity professionals from across the state get together to discuss challenges, solve problems, share resources, have a good time and get to know each other better.

Over the next three days, you'll take in a noteworthy lineup of education sessions and keynote speakers who will share a wealth of information. We know you will find incredible takeaways at this year's conference.

Anyone who has been to our event in the past may tell you the speakers are only the icing on the cake. They?ll tell you about the fun they had, the insights they gained, the resources they discussed for their activity and resident enrichment programs, the inspiration they took back with them and the great people they met. We?re confident you?ll go home feeling refreshed, invigorated and ready to use and share all you learned.

Back by Popular Demand! Association members registering for the full conference will also receive a complimentary one day registration to OHCA2020 - the Association's annual convention in Spring 2020 featuring over 100 educational sessions and a 300+ vendor trade show, CEUs and more! A great opportunity to experience both events!


Conference Location:
Embassy Suites Columbus Airport
2886 Airport Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43219
614-536-0500

Group Rate: $148.00 (king suite or queen/queen suite)
Includes complimentary internet and fully cooked to order breakfast as well as a manager's reception each evening.

A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the OHCA rate. The hotel may have additional rooms available once all of the OHCA rooms are gone, but they may not be at the special rate, even if you contact them before the cut-off date. It is unlikely that they will be able to extend the cut-off date of January 14, 2020. Due to the busy nature of their hotel and since rooms go quickly there may not be any available rooms left at that point.


The Embassy Suites Columbus Airport brings you the quality amenities and services that you've come to expect from a Hilton family brand. Additional property features:

198 two-room suites offering a separate living area with a sofa bed and Private bedroom with Serta Suite Dreams mattresses featuring our Embassy Essentials Bedding Collection

Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast daily and a complimentary nightly Manager's Reception (subject to OH state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age).

Complimentary parking with complimentary shuttle service to Columbus airport and Easton Town Center, an upscale lifestyle center with numerous restaurants, shopping center, spa and other amenities

Private bath with Blooms Energy Collection? bath products, walk-in shower or tub

Two 42-inch HDTV televisions with in-suite movies

Wired and wireless HSIA, and Complimentary wireless HSIA in all public areas

Refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, wet bar, iron with board, and laptop safes in guest rooms

Spacious desk with ergonomic chair and mobile furnishings so guests can create their own living space

Open air-atrium with a signature water feature featuring the Flying Spoons restaurant

24-hour complimentary BusinessLink Business Center and Sundry shop

Enlarged 24/7 fitness center featuring leading-edge cardio and resistance training equipment from Precor and an indoor pool, whirlpool, and sun deck

Dry cleaning and in-house laundry services

Download the brochure above for full session descriptions

Schedule of Events:

Pre-Conference - February 5, 2020
12:00 pm Check in

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Pre-Conference Sessions
2 CEs

1. Move It! Games for Muscles & Memory
2. ARTiculation

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Networking Break

2:45 pm - 4:45 pm Pre-Conference Sessions
2 CEs

3. Move it! Games for Muscles & Movement
4. ARTiculation

4:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Welcome Reception & Point Click Care User Group Discussion
1 CE  

February 6, 2020

8:30 - 9:00 am Conference Check In

9:00 - 10:15 am 1.25 CEs
General Session - Agents of Change

10:15 am Networking Break

10:30 - 12:15 pm 1.75 CEs

5. I Am Not My Diagnosis: Living with Mental Health
6. Fighting the Burn-out Bug & the Documentation Demon

12:15 - 1:30 pm Networking Luncheon (included in your registration fee)

1:30 - 3:00 pm 1.5 CEs

7. When Two Worlds Collide: Substance Abuse & Mental Health
8. Variety is still the 'spice of life? giving pizzazz to your schedule

3:00 - 3:15 pm Networking Break

3:15 - 5:00 pm 1.75 CEs

9. Serving with Empathy: Trauma Informed Care
10. Navigating around the Barriers: programming for lower ability and younger residents

5:00 pm Adjourn

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm Networking Reception

6:15 - 8:30 pm Let?s Make It!
1.25 CE is available for this event 

February 7, 2020

7:30 - 8:00 am Check In / Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 am 1 CE
General Session - How Prepared Are You?

9:15 - 11:15 am Quick Idea Sessions
2 CEs

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Networking Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 pm 1 CE

9. No Resident Left Behind - Quality of Life Review of your Residents
10.Death & Empathy

1:30 - 1:45 pm Networking Break

1:45 - 3:15 pm 1.5 CE
Closing General Session: All Hands on Deck ? involving all staff in activities

3:15 pm Adjourn
Rachelle Blough CTRS, CDP, CADDP, VP of Corporate Training at National Council for Certified Dementia Practitioners, Corporate Director of Memory care at Gardant Management Solutions. Rachelle has worked in senior living since 1995. Rachelle is a Certified Recreational Therapist, a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer and serves as Vice President of Corporate Training for the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) Rachelle serves as Corporate Memory Care Director for Gardant management solutions. Most recently she has served an independent consultant for senior living specializing in memory care and life enrichment areas supporting clients across the US. Prior to that Rachelle had served as Memory Care Specialist for Wallick Communities and prior to that as Vice President of Life Enrichment and Innovation for a Senior Living company based in Toronto Canada, where she established progressive and innovative Life Enrichment and memory care programs for this quickly growing company. Rachelle has worked in many community level positions including Activities Director, Program Director, Associate Executive Director, and Director of Community Relations. Rachelle also served as Regional Director of Memory Care/Program Manager, supporting over 100 communities in the Midwest and Canada for Sunrise Senior Living. In this position, she trained and coached Assisted Living Coordinators, Activities and Volunteer Coordinators, and Alzheimer?s Program Directors throughout North America and gained practical insight of many best practices. Rachelle also served as Assistant Vice President of Quality of Life Programs and Corporate Director of Memory Care Services for a Chicago based skilled nursing group involved in the oversight of a culture change in the design of a memory care program. She also served as National Director of Assisted Living and Memory Care Resident Enrichment Programming for Watermark a senior living company based in Tucson AZ. Rachelle loves teaching and meeting other passionate senior living professionals as we work together to improve the lives of those we serve. In her free time she loves the Ohio state buckeyes, camping and the outdoors and traveling with family and friends.

Vicki Coy has been involved in the long term care environment since she was a child. Her mother was a business office manager at a facility where she encouraged Vicki and her sister Emily to volunteer whenever possible. Vicki was hired as an activity assistant in March of 2003 and became director in March of 2007. She earned her STNA certification in 2005. Vicki took the Activity Directors course at the Lorain County Community College. She truly enjoyed the years of volunteering at the nursing facilities and continues to enjoy enriching the lives of the residents today as Activity Director. Vicki is currently the Activity Director at Kingston Care Center of Sylvania.

Jessica Fox has over 15 years? experience in activities. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1998 and her Bachelors of Science in Music Therapy in 1999. She attended the State of Ohio Activities Director Certification course. Jessica is currently the Director of Activities in at Koester Pavilion.

Jan Free, Director of Marketing with Bella Care Hospice. I have 14 years of hospice experience and a true passion for educating the community on the benefits of hospice. Hospice is more than end of life, it is quality of life and support for the patients and their families.

Dennis Goodwin obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1970 and began working in the long-term health care field in 1978. More than 30-years of that experience was in directing, programming and later consulting as a Divisional Activity Consultant with Beverly Enterprises. He maintained certification through NCCAP until he retired (kind of) in 2012 after spending 16-years as the activity director at Golden Living Center of Briarwood in Tucker, Georgia. During his career in recreation, he specialized in developing and modifying activities that perk up an activity program both for the residents involved and the activity staff and volunteers. He found that although an enthusiastic attitude is vital in 'selling' an activity to potential participants, it is much easier to maintain a long-term enthusiasm when the activities themselves are novel and innately interesting.

Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN BSN RAC-CT IPCO QCP CIC, Manager of Clinical Consulting is a graduate of Kent State University's School of Nursing. She has over 20 years of healthcare experience including Corporate Reimbursement Specialist, Director of Nursing, MDS Coordinator and Staff Development Coordinator. Jennifer is currently the Manager of Clinical Consulting for Richter Healthcare Consultants where she has been a State and National level speaker and author with a focus on the LTPAC communities. Jennifer's focus areas include regulatory compliance, process review and redesign, and education and training.

Cindy Koester, ADC, has 25 years experience in long term care. She is vice-chair for the Activity Tack Force at OHCA. She stays active in her local Activity Professionals group JCAP (Joint County Activity Professionals) and the Resident Activity Professionals. Cindy has begun the journey of Person Center Care at Briarwood Village. She has a strong focus with dementia and memory support. To enhance her journey in Person Center Care, she received training in Food Safety, Chemical Awareness, as a STNA and is First Aid Certified.

Linda McNeal White, ACC, received her certification in Activity Therapy in 1988 and became a Nationally Certified Activity Consultant in 1990. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in alternative therapies and became a certified Aroma Therapist in 1998. She served as an Activity Consultant to a number of nursing facilities, Assisted Living facilities and Adult Day Cares. She received the Dr. Charles Peckham Award, which is the highest merit in the field of activities. It honors the recipient?s contributions to the health and therapeutic care areas that exemplify an Activity Professional?s dedication and service demonstrated by their accomplishments and leadership in local, state and national activity associations. She also received the following awards from the Ohio Health Care Association Activity Director of the Year and the Riverside Methodist Hospital Volunteer Staff Appreciation Award. Linda has had two activity manuals published and has written a new program to improve the quality of life for nursing home residents. She served as consultant to a number of facilities in several states. Linda has worked with facilities that have had actual citations in tags F-248 and F-249 now F-679 and F-680 by both state and federal surveyors to become compliant. Linda owns her own consulting company for activities and behavior management. Currently she is the Community Life Coordinator for Friendship Village Columbus overseeing the Assisted Living, Memory Support Unit and the Health Care Center. Linda?s greatest passion is to have all facilities see their elders as persons who have hopes, dreams, desires and something to contribute to life that brings the sparkle to their eyes

Nancy Richardson, ADC, EDU, MC, CDP has enjoyed working with elders in all levels of long-term living, including physical rehabilitation, skilled nursing, assisted living, and geriatric psychology- her sub-specialty since 2001. She has had real-life experience as a home-based caregiver for aging relatives living with cancer, dementia and post-stroke challenges, designs and delivers live workshops, keynote presentations and webinars. Nancy is a Graduate of Wesley College and the Gerontology Certificate
Program from Gwynedd Mercy University. She is an NCCAP Certified Activity Professional, an approved MEPAP Instructor, a Certified Dementia Practictioner, a Chair Chi Instructor and Certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Nicole Root?s passion is creating unique combinations of sensory stimulating materials that work well together to help Activity Professionals and Caregivers and the adults they care for, feel inspired, empowered, and rejuvenated. She realizes that it can be challenging to offer fresh, engaging, and purposeful activities on a regular basis, especially when a wide variety of cognitive abilities need to be addressed. She spends her days facilitating the Tray Play experience in Assisted Living/Memory Care facilities, Health and Rehab Centers, and Adult Care settings in Charlottesville, VA. She received her BA in Psychology from the College of Wooster (with a minor in Art) and MA in Human Development and Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College.

Mandy Smith, CEAL, LNHA, LMT, LPTA, RAC-CT, WCC has 20 years of experience in the long-term care industry. Starting her career out in the physical therapy field when PPS was implemented, Mandy quickly realized the importance of case-mix scores and the MDS. She became certified as a Resident Assessment Coordinator through the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators to better understand the MDS, Case Mix, Quality Measures, and nursing?s role in the long-term care environment. Having been in management for years she felt the need to further her career potential and began educating fellow providers through her company and associations. Mandy received her license as a Nursing Home Administrator after a 6 month Administrator in Training (AIT) internship which allowed her to experience all of the areas of nursing home management and care. She is also a Certified Executive for Assisted Living (CEAL) and is Wound Care Certified (WCC) through the Wound Care Education Institute. Mandy has been the Regulatory Director with Ohio Health Care Association/Ohio Centers for Assisted Living/Ohio Centers for Developmental Disability since 2010. OHCAis comprised of around 1,000 nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home care and hospice providers and II/ID providers including waiver providers which represent over 300 associate members. Mandy oversees assisted living, Regulatory, and Council of Nurses Committees along with MDS and case mix specific issues. She assists providers and associate members with the survey, regulatory, clinical, and operational issues. She advocates for providers through state agencies and national association affiliations. She is an educational resource for conferences and a daily resource for providers.
Continuing Education Credits:

Full Conference registrants are able to receive up to 18 hours of credit are available.
(February 5 = 5 hours; February 6 = 7.5 hours; February 7 = 5.5 hours)

Activity Professionals:
Application for 18 credits have been approved by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals.

Certified Executives for Assisted Living (CEAL):
Up to 18 hours are available during this program and can be used toward renewal of the CEAL certification.

Nurses:
Nurses, please note any continuing education that has been approved by BELTSS (or any other accredited body) can be accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing in the State of Ohio. Nurses may use this continuing education to meet their licensure requirements. Please refer to OBN continuing education rules 4723-14-01 thru 4723-14-19. Nurses may obtain up to 18 hours utilizing this rule.

Ohio Administrators:
The Ohio Health Care Association is an approved provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Board of Executives for Long Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) and has approved this program.

Ohio Social Workers:
The Ohio Health Care Association is an approved provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Social Work Board. Only certain classes apply for Social Work credit - see below.
February 6 ? General Session ? Agents of Change (1.25); I am Not My Diagnosis (1.75); When Two Worlds Collide: Substance Abuse & Mental Health (1.5); Serving with Empathy (1.75); February 7 ? Death & Empathy (1.0)
Registration Information:

The Activity Professionals Conference is offered to all activity professionals at the low Association member rate. Take advantage of this great offer! Enjoy top-notch educational programming!

What Is Included in My Registration Fee?

Full Conference:

Up to 18 Continuing Education Credits
Continuous refreshment service each day
Handouts of all education sessions
All Sessions (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)
Continental Breakfast Thursday & Friday
Lunch Buffet Thursday & Friday
Wednesday Evening Welcome Reception
Thursday Reception
Thursday Evening Event
Complimentary Copy 'Activity Director's Bag of Tricks' by Dennis Goodwin


One Day: (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday)

Continuing Education Credits for day attended
Continuous refreshment service
Handouts of all education sessions
Complimentary Copy ?Activity Director?s Bag of Tricks? by Dennis Goodwin (Wednesday only)
Continental Breakfast (Thursday & Friday only)
Lunch Buffet (Thursday & Friday only)

Registration Fees:

Full Conference:
$279 before January 14
$299 January 14 and after

One Day Only: (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday)
$179 before January 14
$219 January 14 and after

Register 4 or more people from the same organization online and save an additional 15% off the fees above

Back by Popular Demand! Association members registering for the full conference will also receive a complimentary one day registration to OHCA2020 - the Association's annual convention in Spring 2020 featuring over 100 educational sessions and a 300+ vendor trade show, CEUs and more! A great opportunity to experience both events!




Register Now