The College of Saint Rose of Albany, NY has been sending social workers to the Carmelite Sisters’ Motherhouse for over a decade to enhance their education on the care for the elderly. Each year, AIG’s director and Saint Rose faculty collaborate with the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm to lead a two-day workshop to teach the students about end-of-life issues, dementia and the admission process in long-term care. As millennials will soon become the dominant generation in America’s workforce, it is important to help them understand and carry on the mission of compassionate, person-centered care held by the Carmelites.
On March 6-8, 2017 the Avila Institute of Gerontology sponsored a conference for leadership and mission. As staff retention and hiring has been progressively becoming more difficult, we focused on staff retention and talent acquisition, also including sessions on reflective leadership, ethics and overcoming fears of change.
The Avila Institute and the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) began the 2017 cosponsored webinar series with “The Future Shift of Dementia Research.” Presented on February 14th by AIG faculty Alfred W. Norwood, MBA, MS, the webinar had over 300 viewers and is now available to watch for FREE on our website.
As you may have noticed the Avila Institute of Gerontology is passionate about palliative care. Not only did we work with the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) to create a palliative care education program for the facilities sponsored, co-sponsored or served by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, we are working to help all implement successful palliative care programs.
AIG was proud to cosponsor another webinar in an ongoing collaboration with the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO.) The webinar, called “Living at Home- Thriving at Home,” aired on November 15th, 2016 and was presented by Dayna Larson-Hurst to approximately 200 live listeners.
On November 1 and 2, past Roots of Caring graduates came back to Avila for a special workshop designed just for them. Faculty member, Terrance P. McGuire, Ed.D. facilitated the workshop which focused on the importance of recognizing opportunities by using the process of Reflective Leadership.
It is not a surprise that the long-term care industry is transforming. Many of you have probably heard, discussed and maybe even taken a stab at navigating through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's lengthy Final Rule. In order to thrive in this developing environment, post-acute providers must shift toward a value and outcome-based model of care in alignment with the CMS's Final Rule with a "warm handoff" approach.
You may have seen some new names here at the Avila Institute of Gerontology (AIG) in emails, marketing and more. We’d like to take the time to formally introduce our three new employees Tricia Misonznick, Erica Balazs, Katarzyna (Kasia) Siwik and Michelle Rogers who has been working with us for over a year.
The Avila Institute was recently featured in Catholic Health World about our assessment that addresses the needs of the aging religious communities it serves. “Care Transitions Assessment: A Community Tool for Addressing Care Concerns” is a 54-page workbook-style guide that is designed to help religious Sisters and Brothers age safely in place with their community, according to their preference. The Tool covers everything from rating a community members’ proficiency at activities of daily living, to finding grant assistance in funding and to equip homes with adequate assistive devices.
Excitement is building at the Avila Institute office as we prepare to launch new streaming capabilities that will provide multiple benefits for us and for the homes we serve. Sr. Peter Lillian, Director of AIG, said she is looking forward to reaching more people, and offering more programs. She says, “We will still be able to individualize the education we provide according to the home’s needs but we will be able to provide programs to multiple homes in one day!”
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