Since 2011, The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and the Avila Institute of Gerontology have been teaming up to offer webinars to the religious communities. The webinar topics are chosen by NRRO and AIG and reflect the needs and expressed interests of the religious communities. By the end of 2016 we will have presented 20 webinars on topics of dementia, spirituality, aging and more.
In August, seven American young women between ages 18-40 traveled to Ireland to serve alongside the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm at Our Lady’s Manor in Dalkey, Ireland. Stacey Sumereau, AIG’s Program Coordinator, led SALT along with Sr. Mary Donovan, the Carmelite Sisters’ vocation director, and Sr. Peter Lillian Di Maria, director of AIG. The volunteers came from across the United States as a result of national advertising efforts speaking on college campuses, service fairs, radio and Catholic magazine advertising. This is SALT’s second year, and first international program.
Ann Spenard will lead a session on the 2014 IMPACT (Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation) Act. This session builds on the preceding sessions at the Avila Institute’s October Conference that will highlight the changing face of healthcare. The healthcare market is shifting to value-based arrangements which will require post-acute facilities to transform their care to longitudinal care across the continuum by partnering with acute care facilities.
On August 16, the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and the Avila Institute of Gerontology (AIG) cosponsored the thought-provoking webinar titled “Understanding Compulsive Hoarding” for religious communities. The webinar had over 600 viewers. Presented by Alfred W. Norwood, a faculty member of AIG, the webinar educates its listeners as to what hoarding really is and how it affects people with or without dementia and solutions to help those who may exhibit hoarding.
Ms. Carlson’s talk complements Mr. Feorene’s, because in order to successfully implement value-based arrangement reforms, facilities need to improve their care coordination. This is not only financially beneficial to facilities, but is also necessary for their survival in the changing landscape of healthcare. Additionally, person-centered care coordination has been proven to improve the patient experience and outcomes moving us toward the triple aim of healthcare reform.
This October 10-11, The Avila Institute of Gerontology will present its annual long-term care Conference. The opening speaker is Brent Feorene, Vice President of Health Dimensions Group, who will discuss the upcoming shift toward value-based arrangements in healthcare.
On May 19, 2016 six Sisters from China arrived at St. Patrick’s Manor to study a geriatric educational program designed and facilitated by the Avila Institute of Gerontology.The program was part of the Maryknoll China Education Project coordinated by Fr. Timothy Kilkelly which allowed six Sisters from five communities in China to study caring for the elderly in mind, body and spirit.
This June, the Avila Institute of Gerontology and the Carmelite System, Inc. sponsored a two-day event to discuss effective strategies on how to create a successful learning environment. Designed for the homes served by the Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm and other long-term care organizations who work closely with the Avila Institute of Gerontology, the event provided staff educators with the how-to and encouragement to effectively provide education to all staff.
In June 2016, a new group of students completed the Geriatric Spiritual Care Program offered by the Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc. Each month, January to April, the students spent one weekend at Avila in Germantown, NY to receive training from multiple experts and faculty in Spiritual Care. Topics focus on spiritual care, suffering, listening and ethics. In May, the students fulfilled a week of clinical experience with supervision at a long-term care facility Carmel Richmond in Staten Island, NY which is served by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. The students were celebrated and given awards during a special award ceremony in June.
On June 4th, 2016 the Avila Institute of Gerontology had the privilege to once again be a pre-assembly at the annual Catholic Healthcare Association Assembly in Orlando, FL. Our five-hour seminar "Effective Palliative Care in Long-term Care" focused on palliative care and how to implement and maintain a palliative program in long-term care facilities. We’ve been part of this assembly for many years and we were very grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful event. We were also participated at the exhibit hall where Director, Sr. M. Peter Lillian Di Maria, O.Carm along with faculty, Sr. Annelle Fitzpatrick, CSJ and AIG staff member Erin Pietrak had the pleasure to meet and discuss the many educational programs for long-term care that AIG offers.
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