Live In Person Seminars

Activities & Life Enrichment Conference 2023

2/8/2023 - 2/10/2023

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Activities & Life Enrichment Conference - 2023

February 8, 9, 10, 2023

Welcome to the 2023 Conference where activity & life enrichment 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.

It's been too long since we've all been together. We can't wait to see you again!

In Person Location:
Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel
409 Altair Parkway
Westerville, OH 43082
(614) 882-6800

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 prior to the cut off date. It is unlikely that they will be able to extend the cutoff date of January 18 due to the busy nature of their hotel and since rooms go quickly, there may not be any available rooms left at that point.

To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at 833-427-0292 and ask for Reservations. Mention you are attending the Activity Conference . The group rate is $159

Click here to reserve a room now

We can't wait to see you!


February 8, 2023

12:30 pm Conference Check In

1:00 pm Mini Sessions

These quick sessions allow you to get a lot of great ideas in a short time period. As always, plan to share your experience and ideas in each of these sessions as well. Learning from each other is a highlight of this event. Each session will be 25 minutes long. You will be able to attend each of the mini sessions in a small group setting to allow for maximum interaction

1. Managing Independent and 1:1 Activities
2. Let's Eat - Cooking Activity Ideas
3. Ask the Expert - Life Safety Code, Fire & Emergency Preparedness - Kenn Daily
4. Ask the Expert - Survey, Immediate Jeopardies & More - Mandy Smith

3:30 pm Break

3:45 pm Image of LTC - How Activities Can Help - Dean Palombaro

4:45 pm Break

5:00 pm New Staff, Onboarding, Recruitment & Retention

6:00 pm Adjourn

February 9, 2023

Two sessions will be available during each time slot on this day. Listed below are the skilled nursing focused sessions. Final details regarding sessions of interest to assisted living or general senior care will be added shortly.

8:30 am Conference Check In

9:00 am Concurrent Session -
1. SNF - Review of Documentation Guidelines - Christine Twombly

2. AL - Opening Minds through Art: Connect generations and transform art programming

10:45 am Networking Break

11:00 am Concurrent Sessions -
3. SNF Managing The MDS- Christine Twombly

4. How to Inspire with Balloons, Magic, and Storytelling - Erica Carlson

12:15 pm Networking Luncheon

1:15 pm Concurrent Sessions -
5. SNF Care Area Assessments (CAAs) AND Care Planning- Christine Twombly

6. AL - Cognition - Brain Therapy - Lori Horstman

2:45 pm Networking Break

3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions -
7. SNF Survey Management and the Revised RoP for Activities- Christine Twombly

8. Cognition Game - Lori Horstman

4:00 pm LTC Heroes - Sharing Stories from Across the Country - Peter Murphy Lewis

5:00 pm Adjourn

Optional Evening Event:

At the end of the day grab a beverage and enjoy heavy appetizers as you reconnect with attendees, and continue sharing best practices prior to the evening's 'Let's Make It!' event.

6:15 pm Let's Make It!

1.5 CE is available for this event
Appetizers and drinks will be served throughout the evening.
No additional fee is required for this event, however, pre-registration is required.

8:15 pm Adjourn

February 10, 2023

8:00 am Conference Check In

8:30 AM Activity Programming: The Keystone of Operational Effectiveness

For most of long-term care history, the activity department in many facilities has been treated as a necessary but less important part of the organizational structure- a way to keep residents occupied while professionals go about the challenging tasks of finding new residents, moving them in and assisting them with medication, food, ADLs, managing chronic illnesses and other physical needs. This engaging presentation, designed for administrators, marketing directors, and nurses as well as activity directors, will turn such thinking on its head and help participants understand
*How a truly effective activity program drives high occupancy and marketing efforts
*Ways programming can be used to increase both staff and resident retention
*How to overcome 'departmentalized' thinking
*How to avoid the 'Task TRAP'
*Ways to leverage great programming that leads to better survey outcomes
*Ways the industry can and should set our own measures of success rather than relying on surveys and rules to set the bar

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM The VITAL 5 Pillars of Effective Dementia Care

Most people know that good communication lies at the heart of effective dementia care, but many struggle to know how to make sense of the many techniques and strategies out there. The VITAL 5 Pillars cuts through the clutter of possibilities by focusing on the five over-arching principles that good dementia care techniques derive from. When family and professional care partners understand the VITAL 5 Pillars they are empowered to assess and understand challenging behavior and choose approaches that are truly individualized and person-centered.

Participants will learn:
*The true nature of emotional experience and what it means to validate another?s emotional experience.
*What it means to be 'in the moment'.
*The biggest roadblock to person-centered care and how to remove it.
*Sensory deficits that commonly affect people living with dementia and how to accommodate them.
*The two things knowing another's life history gives us that are critical to successful interactions.

12:15 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Understanding Behavior From The Inside Out

Humans cannot avoid communicating and everything we do communicates with those around us. Communication is also an outward expression of a physical state. This program leveraging cutting-edge research to help participants better understand what those they serve are trying to say and how to respond.

Objectives include:
*Develop greater understanding of the role of environment and context as influencers of behavior.
*Recognize physical changes that affect a person's mood, cognition, and behavior.
*Learn strategies to be a better detective and figure out what is driving a person?s behavior.

2:00 PM Break

2:15 PM Leveraging Programming to Improve Resident Outcomes

Activity programs that leverage current research, tools and insights are often able to help participants improve balance, mood, behavior, and cognition. This exciting presentation paints a picture of where programming is headed and gives participants actionable steps to begin moving their programs into the future.

Objectives include:
*Learn about well-researched devices and tools that can be incorporated into an activity program.
*Develop a greater understanding of how great programming can improve staff and resident retention.
*Understand how activity and nursing professionals can work more closely to facilitate and monitor resident improvements.

3:15 PM Workshop Concludes

Eric Collett, Principal & CEO of A Mind For All Seasons, LLC, is a nationally recognized speaker, consultant and dementia expert, a licensed ALF administrator, and teaches about dementia at the college level. Eric passionately believes that lifelong learning is a key to finding powerful new solutions to significant challenges and has worked since 2000 to change lives through innovative dementia care techniques and leadership strategies. Prior to starting A Mind For All Seasons, Eric worked in traditional assisted living as a program director and executive director for 9 years, then spent almost seven years as the Executive Director of a memory care community where he developed innovative approaches to person-centered care that made a significant difference in how persons living with dementia experience the world. Eric has served on the board of the Idaho Healthcare Association and currently chairs the education committee. He previously served as a board member and chairman of Alzheimer?s Idaho.

Ashlee Cordell is Director of Curriculum & Outreach at Promoting Art and Intergenerational Relationships (PAIR) . She started her involvement in the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program in 2014 through her interest in aging and dementia research. Over the course of her involvement, she has served as an OMA student volunteer and leader, assisted with facilitating undergraduate service-learning courses and running research studies related to OMA, become a certified OMA facilitator, and co-founded a business in greater Cleveland, OH area that is a certified OMA training site. Ashlee has also been invited to share her diverse experience with and knowledge of the OMA program both locally and internationally.

Kenneth Daily is President of Elder Care Systems Group, and President of a national long term care consulting firm specializing in quality improvement, regulatory compliance, and education. A licensed NH administrator, Mr. Daily has been involved with working with facilities developing and implementing emergency preparedness plans for more than decade. He is a member of the Ohio Health Care Association Board of Trustees and chairman of the OHCA's Life Safety and Disaster Management Committee as well as a former member of the AHCA Disaster Committee and current member of AHCA's the Life Safety Committee and the NFPA's Healthcare Section. Mr. Daily has lectured nationwide on ways to improve the service and integrity of long term care. He is an author of numerous articles and professional guides.

Nancy Foust is the Facilitator for the Opening Minds Through Art program at OLWT, Volunteer at Ohio Living West Minister. Her journey in long-term care began in 1985 as a Medical Sales Rep calling Nursing Homes, followed by 3 years marketing all levels of care within a CCRC. In 2018, Nancy launched the Opening Minds Through Art program at Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber. While OMA training at the time centered on Assisted Living, Nancy?s efforts focused on the Nursing Home population. Working independently, Nancy organized art exhibits and auctions, coordinated and trained volunteers, budgeted for and procured art supplies and promoted the program. Garnering universal support, Nancy turned the OMA program into a self-supporting /self-funded program through donations and art auctions.

Peter Murphy Lewis - Originally from Kansas, Peter decided to travel the world in 2004 and landed in Santiago, Chile, after passing through some 10+ countries in Latin America. While working a few years as a professor and a CNN Foreign Affairs correspondent, Peter took a leap of faith in 2007 and on his entrepreneurial journey: travel + tv + podcasting. Peter and his business partner have been mentioned 2x in New York Times and recently gave Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Paul McCartney tours in Chile. In 2018, Peter became a TV host for , a cultural program on the TVN station, which is headed for its 3rd season. Today, Peter lives and breathes long-term care: tech solutions, marketing, sales, community and growth.

Dean Palombaro, Director of Vibes | Capturing the Stories of Older Adults | Senior Living Content Creator. '𝑰𝒕'𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆.' My philosophy in life and as a leader in aging services. My mission is to support 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆, inside and outside of community doors, by? Changing the narrative around what it means to age; Helping older adults and their loved ones through the aging process; Shining a spotlight on the breadth of options out there that support older adults? mental health, independence, physical health and aging with respect and dignity. There?s nothing more rewarding than serving others. Over the years, serving older adults has given me unique experiences that have helped me on this journey. Which is why ? fast forward to today ? I?m thankful that it has led me to create content on TikTok that has reached 3.9M likes, gained 104K followers, and has been viewed 200M+ people.

Mandy Smith, CEAL, CEHCH, 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. Mandy has been the Regulatory Director with Ohio Health Care Association since 2010. In this role, 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.

Christine Twombly, RN-BC, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, HCRM, CHC, Clinical Consultant. Christine is a clinical consultant with Proactive Medical Review and Consulting. Ms. Twombly is a certified gerontological nurse, a certified resident assessment coordinator (RAC-CT), a certified AANAC master teacher for both the RAC-CT and RAC-CTA certifications, a health care risk manager (LHRM), and is certified in healthcare compliance (CHC). Christine has more than 28 years of experience in post-acute care, including many years of hands-on experience with MDS assessments and related care planning. She has worked under Medicare PPS for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) since its inception and has a strong working knowledge of PDPM for Medicare as well as RUGS for Medicaid CMI. She has extensive experience working with SNFs to conduct Medicare documentation and billing compliance assessments and providing assistance with third-party medical review and the appeals process.

Meghan Young is the Associate Director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA) at Scripps Gerontology Center. Her career in aging and the arts began in a service-learning class during her first year at Miami University when she facilitated storytelling experiences for residents living with dementia in nursing homes. Since then, Meghan has worked on research projects dedicated to making communities age- and dementia-friendly, instructed intergenerational service-learning courses, and assisted long-term care providers with implementing arts-based activities for their residents. She believes everyone, regardless of age or ability, can share their life stories through the arts.

Continuing Education Credits:

Full Conference registrants are able to receive up to 18 hours of credit are available.
(February 8 = 4.5 hours; February 9 =8 hours; February 10 = 5.5 hours)

Activity Professionals:
Application for 18 credits have been submitted to 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, 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 for more details.

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)
Lunch Buffet Thursday & Friday
Wednesday Evening Welcome Reception
Thursday Reception
Thursday Evening Event

One Day: (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday)
Continuing Education Credits for day attended
Continuous refreshment service
Handouts of all education sessions
Lunch Buffet (Thursday & Friday only)

Registration Fees:

Full Conference:
$289 before January 16
$329 January 16 and after

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

One Day Only: (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday)
$199 before January 16
$229 January 16 and after
Register 4 or more people from the same organization online and save an additional 15% off the fees above

Sign Up Now.pdf
Need CEs document.pdf
Let's Eat-Cooking Activity Ideas-White.pdf
Additional Handout-Let's Eat-Recipes-White.pdf
Ask the Expert-Life Safety Code, Fire & Emergency Preparedness-Daily.pdf
SNF Review of Documentation Guidelines-Twombly.pdf
Opening Minds through Art-Young.pdf
SNF Managing the MDS-Twombly.pdf
How to Inspire with Balloons, Magic and Story Telling-Carlson.pdf
SNF CAAs and Care Planning-Twombly.pdf
AL-Cognition-Brain Therapy-Horstman.pdf
Survey Management and Revised RoP-Twombly.pdf
Journaling & Your Brain-Horstman.pdf
Additional Handout-Brain Therapy-Horstman.pdf
Additional Handout-Activities Critical Element Pathway-Twombly.pdf
Additional Handout-Dementia Care Critical Element Pathway-Twombly.pdf
Button Art Presentation.pdf
Activity Programming- The Keystone of Operational Effectiveness 2.10.23_Handout.pdf
The VITAL 5 Pillars 2.10.23_Handout.pdf
Understanding Behavior From The Inside Out 2.10.23_Handout.pdf
Leveraging Programming to Improve Resident Outcomes 2.10.23_Handout.pdf
In Room and One to One Program Policies and Purposes Power Point.pdf
In room and One to One - Activity Carts power point presentation 2.pdf
Image of LTC.pdf