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Registration Open for LeadingAge NY/FLTC's Latest Free Webinar Series Funded by Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

Registration is now open for LeadingAge NY/Foundation for Long Term Care's latest free webinar series funded by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation! Earn up to eight hours of continuing education credit for Nursing Home Administrators, Adult Care Facility/Assisted Living (ACF/AL) Administrators, and Social Workers. See the session titles below for the registration links; please note that you must register for each separately.


Tues., Feb. 22nd, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Quality of Life – Social Engagement and Visitation Strategies

COVID-19 seems to be persisting, and the need for balancing diligent infection prevention with social engagement and visitation continues. Welcoming visitors to the community and resuming group activities requires careful planning and consideration. The emotional fallout from the pandemic for residents, staff, and families may present in a variety of ways, all of which can be anticipated as a necessary part of healing and recovery from this traumatic period. How do we restore our communities’ vibrant social lives and maintain close connections among residents and loved ones, while protecting them from infection? This session will offer insight into the importance of socialization and productivity in the process of healing and recovery. More than busy work or entertainment, person-centered, therapeutic engagement should be an integral part of trauma-informed care. Successful strategies for this type of therapeutic engagement and visitation in the context of COVID-19 will also be discussed.

Barbara Speedling, quality of life specialist, Innovations for Quality Living, Bayside


Thurs., Feb. 24th, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Elevating CNA Skills

Given the ever-increasing demand on leaders in long term care settings from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, staffing shortages, regulatory changes, and more, this webinar is designed to help in training your current and new staff to ensure that your residents are receiving quality care. Join us as our presenters describe how to set up a certified nurse aide (CNA) skills lab in your own facility and review the required annual CNA competencies that need to be performed. The presenters will also answer questions about the requirements for transitioning temporary nurse aides to CNAs. Short training modules, directed at the CNA level, will also be presented on infection control (non-COVID-related), proper personal protective equipment (PPE) usage, and hygiene control to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). These short training modules will be recorded and available for use as training aids with CNA staff on demand. Time will be allotted for questions and answers.

Amy Nelson, RN, policy analyst/consultant, LeadingAge NY ProCare, Latham

Mark Kepner-Clough, RN, policy analyst/consultant, LeadingAge NY ProCare, Latham


Wed., March 2nd, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Advance Care Planning in Response to COVID-19

Life-threatening illnesses, such as COVID-19, bring to the forefront the importance of advance care planning. Advance care planning can help ensure that individuals’ health care decisions are respected and honored. Some core issues to keep in mind for advance care planning during the COVID-19 pandemic are having the conversation that identifies a person’s values, beliefs, goals, and treatment preferences. Clinicians and patients should also consider issues that have evolved as a result of COVID-19 as they prepare advance care planning documents – including advance directives, such as the health care proxy, and medical orders, such as Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) or eMOLST. The particular benefits of eMOLST will also be discussed, and a case study from a skilled nursing facility (SNF) system that uses eMOLST will be shared.

Katie Orem, geriatrics and palliative care program manager, Excellus BCBS; eMOLST administrator for New York State, Rochester

Dr. Kim Petrone, medical director, St. Ann’s Community, Rochester


Wed., March 16th, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Communication with Residents, Families and Staff: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Effective communication among residents, families, and staff in senior living settings can promote positive outcomes for everyone involved. This session will give you the good, the bad, and the ugly on what successful information exchanges can look like. The presenter will share real-life examples and strategies for effective and efficient collaboration across the care team.

After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • describe at least two characteristics of a successful information exchange between residents, families, and staff;
  • identify the appropriate style of communication for individuals involved; and
  • describe at least three strategies to increase collaboration with residents, families, and staff.

Bailie Hillman, licensed nursing home administrator, Look Beyond Dementia, Azle, TX


For more information, contact Cathy Bongermino at cbongermino@leadingageny.org or 518-867-8383.