Memorial Day was a heartbreaking reminder of lives lost during this pandemic. And while we’re making progress, the coronavirus is not over yet. As news continues to shift daily, the Avila Institute of Gerontology will continue to source and share credible resources to help you navigate new challenges. The health of residents and staff remains our top priority.
As Covid-19 continues to impact our most vulnerable – the elderly – the Avila Institute of Gerontology is committed to sharing resources and information from our most trusted sources. We’re also committed to nourishing you emotionally and spiritually with guided meditation, poetry, and practical wisdom to stay calm and steady.
Marilyn Steffel, Staff Development Coordinator at St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville, IL, has found that AIG’s in-service materials work well for educating staff in novel ways. The In-Service Library Program features unlimited access to 20+ in-services with more being added. The in-services are typically used to help fulfill CEUs for staff; however, Marilyn has found that creative uses of the materials help staff retain the knowledge they gain.
Dave Ramsey wrote, “Turnover happens before the hire! Our goal is to find out if someone is not a good fit before we hire them.” The Avila Institute continued its collaboration with the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in an August 22 webinar geared toward helping nursing homes retain staff right from the beginning of the hiring process. Martha Abercrombie, the guest speaker, has 18 years of Human Resources experience and now works with a company called Vikus Corporation as their Vice President of Strategy. Vikus is a software company that provides hiring solutions to senior care facilities. She has been immersed in the “why” of the current staff retention crisis for some time and had many valuable insights for the webinar viewers to take home.
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.
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.
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.
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