Mt. Vernon Register-News

March 20, 2013

Elderly care workshop to be held

By RICK HAYES
rick.hayes@register-news.com

MT. VERNON — — A workshop designed for anyone concerned with in-home and long-term care of elderly citizens will be held from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 11 at the Mt. Vernon Airport.

The workshop is being co-sponsored by the Illinois Pioneer Coalition, the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging and the Midland Area Agency on Aging, which serves five area counties including Jefferson.

Aging advocate Bill Keane will be the featured speaker. Keane, of Chicago, has been involved on the state and national level with long-term nursing facilities in various positions, according to Sylvia Mahle of the Midland Area Agency on Aging, based in Centralia.

"This particular workshop is going to explore the culture change practices that are being promoted by the National Pioneer Network and CMS (Center for Medicare Services), and it's designed to help nursing home personnel to understand and adopt the culture change practices," Mahle said.

She said that anybody who works in long-term facilities, which include nursing homes, assisted living center, and developmentally disabled, or any family members who are interested in how long term in nursing homes could change should attend the workshop.

The registration fee is $60 per person or $40 for IPC members. This fee includes lunch at Wilkey's and CEU's for licensed nursing home administrators, RN's, LPN's, and social workers.

Keane will be exploring the changing landscape of long-term care, shares strategies for developing successful care teams within long-term care facilities, and reducing staff turnover. He also provides tools that help staff know residents better and shares examples of meaningful and personal engagement, a Midland Area on Aging news release stated.

The purpose of the IPC is the improvement of the quality of life for individuals and staff in all long-term settings. The values, practices and approaches of person-centered care are the tools that can transform the culture of care for elders and persons with disabilities, the release stated.

Pre-registration is preferred. For more information on the workshop you may call Leslie Pedtke at (618) 228-7615 or e-mail at info@illinoispioneercoalition.org. Registration is available online at www.illinoispioneercoalition.org.