In September 2015, the Avila Institute of Gerontology launched a Membership Program offering monthly in-services as a yearly Subscription. The Membership Program also offered articles, a community forum, and discounts for all AIG educational events. Recently we have renamed the program to the “In-service Subscription Program” and will continue to offer the Program with new in-services and live streaming.
On April 19-20, 2017 the Avila Institute sponsored a 2-day conference on forgiveness for those who administer to spiritual health of those they care for. The conference was well received and had approximately 50 participants in attendance. The conference included 9 hours of presentations as well as time for reflection on the beautiful grounds at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse which is located on the shore of the Hudson river overlooking the Catskill Mountains.
The world of long-term care is changing at an increasingly rapid pace. Medicaid funding for home care has been increased, at the expense of long-term care funding, in order to avoid a monumental economic shortfall in senior health care. This has resulted in older, more acute seniors transferring to our long-term care facilities for shorter periods of time. Concurrently, an economic upturn has made recruiting and retaining care staff more difficult as the traditional pool of direct care workers we draw from find higher paying, less stressful jobs in other industries.
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.
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 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.
Next month on June 4th, the Avila Institute of Gerontology will be going to Orlando, Florida to be a Pre-assembly for the Catholic Healthcare Association (CHA). Our seminar "Effective Palliative Care in Long-term Care" will be one of the events proceeding the Catholic Health Assembly. We have been part of this assembly for many years and we are grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful event and the chance to unite with so many Catholic Healthcare Associations.
AIG’s Annual Conference, “Building Relationships Throughout the Continuum of Care,” took place October 12-14 at the Carmelite Motherhouse in Germantown, NY. Sisters and employees of homes served by the Carmelite Sisters other various long-term care organizations gathered to examine topics in-depth relating to holistic care. Our lifespan is increasing and medicine is advancing, so it is paramount to ensure that we care for our elderly in a way that gives them compassion and dignity. With zeal for this common goal, the October Care Conference participants assembled.
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