Live In Person Seminars


Assisted Living Summit

7/11/2023 - 7/12/2023

, Columbus/Westerville , Ohio


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Assisted Living Summit
July 11 - 12, 2023

OHCA's annual Summit for assisted living communities provides participants the opportunity to hear from outstanding presenters with a broad range of expertise. After attending the Summit, attendees will walk away with ready-to-use information, ideas, and best practices that both challenge and inspire them.

Don't Miss Out!

So much packed into just a day and half, we can't wait to see you and your team this July in Columbus.


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 June 16, 2023 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 mention OHCA Assisted Living Summit Jul2023

Click here to reserve a room now

We can't wait to see you!

Assisted Living Summit
July 11 - 12, 2023
Columbus/Westerville

July 11, 2023

11:00 - 11:30pm Summit Check-in

11:30pm - 12:30pm Awards Ceremony & Lunch

Celebrate with us!


Join us as we celebrate outstanding individuals in the profession and leaders found in our communities. This is your opportunity to be part of the industry's biggest celebration of assisted living professionals across the state. We are looking forward to coming together with you all to celebrate and highlight the amazing achievements and teams in the profession. Lunch will be provided during this inspirational and exciting event. Included for all Summit attendees.

12:45 pm Great Expectations in Dementia Care
presented by Adria Thompson, Owner | Be Light Care Consulting


Unmet expectations are the root of all frustration and disappointment. This is especially true in dementia care! In this course, delve into the diverse types and stages of dementia, gaining a profound understanding of their predominant symptoms. Recognize the significance of diagnosis education for residents and their families, empowering you to set appropriate expectations for the care team. By doing so, you can reduce staff turnover, alleviate frustration, and ensure each resident receives the necessary supervision and support. Discover the invaluable benefits of physical, occupational, and speech therapy services in equipping your staff with the knowledge of realistic expectations as individuals progress through the disease. Join us on this journey to determine the power of having great expectations for individuals with dementia.

1:45 pm Break

2:00 pm Navigating Resistance: Unacknowledged Needs in Individuals with Dementia
presented by Adria Thompson, Owner | Be Light Care Consulting


This comprehensive course tackles the intricate challenges associated with caring for individuals with dementia who require supervision and support but resist accepting it. Through an in-depth exploration of dementia symptoms, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the unique dynamics involved in caring for those who are unaware of their cognitive deficits. Resisting care can not only result in not meeting the needs of the resident, but it will have an impact on family satisfaction, fall risk, staff turnover, hospitalization rates, and staff safety. Practical examples and strategies will be shared, empowering participants to practice developing non-confrontational interventions that foster support and respect while honoring individual autonomy. Join us to enhance your caregiving skills, gain valuable insights, and inspire creativity while working with individuals navigating brain changes.

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm The Bartender's Guide to Dementia Care
Vicki McNealley, PhD, MN, RN


Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia are fickle conditions; the changes in brain functioning can affect each person in vastly different ways?and on different days! By creating a basic arsenal of anticipated and actual event responses, the staff person can find ways to support the person's strengths while downplaying their shortcomings. One of the best caregivers I had the pleasure of hiring and training had come from the local pub; her natural and friendly approaches made her perfect to care for the residents living in a memory care unit. This innovative presentation will infuse the most common tricks of a successful bartender with the artform known as memory care.

4:15 pm Break

4:30 pm Technology Showcase

The Technology Showcase provides a unique opportunity highlighting a range of exciting products and services that can assist operators with staffing shortages and more. This session provides a rapid-fire introduction to new technology, updated software solutions and demonstrates the latest technology for your work.

5:30 pm Cocktails & Conversation
Join OHCA's Mandy Smith for a guided networking session which will allow assisted living providers to network with their peers while sharing thoughts and concerns regarding various initiatives in the assisted living field. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear different perspectives from both OHCA and other attendees as well as share implementation strategies that have been successful for their organization

6:30 pm Adjourn

July 12, 2023

8:00 am Check In & Breakfast Buffet

8:30 am National Update - What's Happened & What's on the Horizon - Jill Schewe, NCAL

9:30 am Break

9:45 am Straight from the State

What is better than hearing directly from the state agencies that oversee assisted living? This expert panel will include key representatives from the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA), and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). As you know, Ohio assisted living communities are surveyed for licensure by ODH while the waiver program is managed and regulated between ODA and ODM. Attendees will hear updates from the agencies as well as learn what tools are available to the providers from these state agencies.

An excellent opportunity for Ohio assisted living providers to hear first-hand, 'Straight from the State.'

10:45 am Break

11:00 am OSHA/First Aid - Brad Hunt

12:00 am Lunch (included)

12:45 pm The Role of the Medical Director in RCF - Dr. Jessica Coleman

1:45 pm Break

2:00 pm Rules, Regulations & HCBS
It is very important that we have an understanding of the challenges and changes in the assisted living profession. Whether it is the latest trends, regulatory issues or dealing with the impact of the state budget, assisted living professionals have a lot to keep abreast of. This session will discuss the state issues as well as provide a general update. A must attend session for all attendees.

Presented by: Erin Hart, Strategy Director, Mandy Smith, Regulatory Director and Pete Van Runkle, Executive Director, OHCA

4:00 pm Adjourn







Vicki McNealley, PhD, MN, RN, is the Director of Assisted Living for the Washington Health Care Association (WHCA). Vicki is directly responsible for supporting WHCA member assisted living providers through regulatory clarification, nurse consultation, facility system evaluation, advocacy, and education. As staff liaison for the Assisted Living Quality and Regulatory Executive Advisory Committee, Vicki works with members to promote quality care and services at every level. Vicki spent ten years as the assisted living director for WHCA prior to serving as the Corporate Director of Regulatory Compliance for Village Concepts for over six years. She has extensive experience as an instructor, consultant and provider, and has been involved in assisted living operations and policy work since 1999. Vicki has served as a national award reviewer for the American Health Care Association and worked closely with the American Assisted Living Nurses Association to develop its certification exam. Vicki is a registered nurse with a master?s degree in community health nursing and a doctorate degree in nutrition.

Adria Thompson is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with over 9 years of experience in dementia care. She is the owner of Be Light Care Consulting, where she creates educational content for professional and personal caregivers on social media platforms. Adria also provides one-on-one caregiver consultations, creates continuing education courses, and works with senior care companies and brands to market their services. She holds a master's and bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Eastern Kentucky University. With a passion for increasing awareness of dementia care, Adria is a sought-after speaker who has presented at conferences and events across the country.
Continuing Education Credit:

Day 1 - 5 CEs
Day 2 - 5 CEs

10 CE credits

Ohio NHA - Ohio BELTSS approved
Ohio Nurses
Certified Executive for Assisted Living

NHA - NAB credit approved

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Members:
Before June 27 $215
June 27 and after, $255

Non Members
Before June 27, $329
June 27 and after, $379

Sign Up Now.pdf
Need CEs document.pdf
Great Expectations in Dementia Care-Thompson.pdf
Navigating Resistance_ Unacknowledged Needs in Individuals with Dementia (003).pdf
The Bartender's Guide to Dementia Care-McNealley.pdf
Whats on the National Horizon for Assisted Living - OH-Schewe.pdf
OSHA & First Aid-Hunt.pdf
Additional Handout-Hunt-1-NIOSH - Slip Trip and Fall Prevention in Healthcare.pdf
Additional Handout-Hunt-2-Updated Joint Commission Monograph - Worker and Patient Safety - final 42020.pdf
Additional Handout-Hunt-3-OSHA Plan and Overlap - May 2023 - ACRISURE - BHunt_.pdf
The Role of the Medical Director in RCF-Coleman.pdf
Rules & Regulations-Smith.pdf


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