HEALTH CARE ASSISTANTS EDUCATION CONFERENCE

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AND TOPIC INFORMATION

December 13, 2017
 

      8:00 a.m.     Registration Open/Continental Breakfast

      9:00 a.m.     Surviving and Thriving in the Ever-Changing Healthcare World
                         
Speaker: Steve Siemens

This fun upbeat session will help you prosper during these times of change in the healthcare industry. Very few people like to change, and it seems the older we get, the harder it is for us to change.  Healthcare professionals who are successful in the worlds of today and tomorrow will be the ones who can look at waves of change and see opportunity.  Steve’s entertaining and simple solutions will help you move swiftly and efficiently through the growing pains of organizational change, so you will not only be able to survive but also thrive in the days and months ahead.


     10:15 a.m.     Dealing with Difficult Dementia Behaviors
                          
Speaker: Lisa Uhlenkamp

From angry outbursts to more physical manifestations of behavior, understanding and dealing with behaviors in residents/ patients with dementia may be one of the most stressful parts of being a caregiver. In this session participants will learn to recognize the value of consistent positive reinforcement and active programming to promote well-being in reducing challenging behaviors throughout the disease process. The focus will be on strategies caregivers can use to reduce conflict, improve interactions, and work together with the people in their care.


     11:45 a.m.     Lunch (Provided)

     12:30 p.m.     Infection Control and Proper Glove Use
                          
Speaker: Chris Barten

This session offers health care assistants the opportunity to refresh and enhance their knowledge of infection prevention and control, in accordance with the latest issues, current practice standards, and developments in infectious disease management. The training will include a review of basic modern infection prevention and control principles, the role and responsibilities of the health care assistant in infection control, and a discussion on the proper use of gloving in healthcare settings.


       1:30 p.m.     Dental Hygiene for Seniors
                          
Speaker: Mary Kelly

Healthy teeth are important for more than just smiling and socializing; they support nutrition, speech, and overall health. Many seniors enter a nursing or assisted-living facility have a healthy mouth, but have serious health issues that adversely affect their oral health. This presentation will give caregivers an overview on the connection between oral health and the elderly’s health issues, and tips and tricks to provide oral care to even the most challenging resident/patient. Participants may even learn how to brighten their own smile too!


       2:45p.m.     Activities Department and CNAs - Collaborating for Fun
                         
Speaker: Tracy Sherzer

To meet the leisure needs of all the people living in our facilities, it is not just one department’s responsibility, it is a team effort, and the Activity department relies heavily on CNAs to help meet the resident’s activity needs. This presentation will help CNAs better understand the role that the Activity Professional plays, and how CNAs can work collaboratively to create meaningful moments for our residents. We will brainstorm beneficial activity ideas for CNAs to do in the time that they have, how resident centered activities can benefit everyone in the facility and how Activity Professionals can help the CNAs in their profession.


       3:45 p.m.     Adjourn