Webinars

The Avila Institute hosts a number of webinars to offer a convenient opportunity to earn continuing education credit for Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses, Social Workers, Dietitians, Catholic Chaplains and Recreation Therapists while staying current in the field of compassionate care.

The Avila Institute also cosponsors four webinars a year with the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO). These quarterly webinars focus on long-term care issues experienced by religious communities, congregations and their community members. The co-hosted webinars do not offer continuing education credit. Watch past recordings here.

Upcoming Webinars

Monday, October 8, 2018, 9:00 AM ET, 60 min

Palliative Sedation: Cautions, Concerns, and Indications

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Caring for persons who are suffering can be extremely difficult. Participants will learn how to outline an assessment and protocol for care for persons for whom palliative sedation is being considered. Assessing psychological, social and spiritual domains of suffering can be critical in determining the best course of action. This requires very careful consideration and conversation as well as a willingness to consult and obtain ethical advice. Participants will consider differing terminology for sedation at the end of life and its ethical importance. Father Sheehan will describe what is appropriate end of life sedation and what is inappropriate using supportive documents and allocutions along with an understanding of your organization’s tradition and mission.

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Monday, October 8, 2018, 10:00 am ET, 60 mins

Medically Administered Nutrition and Hydration: Is it Ethically Required with Dementia and Stroke Patients?

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Those participating will develop a better understanding of the use or decisions not to use tube feeding, with a particular focus on patients with dementing illnesses and stroke. Participants will be able to discuss feeding tube use in the following areas: clinical details on feeding tubes, dementing illnesses and difficulty in feeding and hydration, and the use of feeding tubes in strokes, differentiating between different types of stroke and probable outcomes; ethical grounding on the use or decisions not to use medically assisted nutrition and hydration; considering the right paradigms in differing situation.

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Monday, October 8, 2018, 11:15 am ET, 60 mins

The Nature of Human Suffering and the Preservation of Dignity at the End of Life

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The lecture will include a discussion of the nature of spiritual suffering and its treatment, as well as common mental syndromes and their psychiatric approach (such as delirium, depression and panic). Participants will explore emotional suffering, its nature, approaches to treatment, severity, and outcomes. They will learn about physical suffering, common forms of therapy and drug usage for pain control, dyspnea and obstruction. The session will touch on challenges of family care and approaches to therapy, as well as grief and the challenges it presents to staff and families.

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Monday, October 8, 2018, 1:15 pm ET, 60 mins

Pain Management: A Primer

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Palliative Care is developing into a specialized area of medicine as interdisciplinary teams are created with the primary focus of symptom management, while utilizing the patient and family as a unit of care. Dr. Comfort will discuss types of pain and how to evaluate them for pain management recourses. The use of opioids will be explored.

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Monday, October 8, 2018, 2:15 pm ET, 60 mins

When to Refer a Patient to End of Life Care

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In this session, Dr. Comfort will discuss when to refer residents to end of life care. He will review rate of decline—especially for those who have cancer—and address topics such as pain management, delirium, nausea and vomiting, dyspnea, and nutritional issues. Dr. Comfort will also review patient decisions at the end of life, such as DNR (do not resuscitate), cognitive screening, palliative sedation and care.

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Monday, October 8, 2018, 3:30 PM ET, 60 mins

The Psychiatric Care of Patients with Advanced Disease

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Patients with advanced disease suffer many psychiatric symptoms as they approach the end of life. These symptoms are commonly related to the syndrome of Delirium or Depression and often go unrecognized and/or treated. Caregivers who work with dying patients should be competent in recognizing and managing these syndromes since they so often complicate the suffering of patients and families at the end of life. The presentation will primarily focus on the recognition, understanding and treatment of Delirium and Depression in terminal illness. It will also address common distressing psychiatric symptoms at end of life including hallucinations, delusions and anxiety.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 9:00 am ET, 120 mins

Pathway to Quality: Legal and Regulatory Updates

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This session will provide information and potential action items regarding survey and certification protocol and requirements, including recent changes and proposed changes. CMS and state agencies frequently re-adjust their focus regarding procedures and processes for surveys. The Office of Inspector General annual work plan provides information on current focuses and understanding the importance of compliance with requirements is imperative for good leaders. Also, discussion will include other areas such as emergency preparedness, HIPAA and other hot topics for nursing facilities.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 1:00 PM ET

Make Good Hearing a Habit

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Join audiologist Dr. Juliëtte Sterkens, with the non-profit Hearing Loss Association of America. She will explain how to get the hearing care services that will ensure you will get the most out of your hearing aids. Learn about the problems with hearing loss and hearing aids, how to find the right hearing aid provider, worthwhile hearing aid features and what to do when hearing aids alone are not enough. You will receive a hearing aid buying guide at the end of the session to help you obtain the most cost-effective solution for your hearing issues with the greatest benefit and satisfaction.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 11:15 am ET, 60 mins

Washington Update

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This session will describe how the federal government and others are working to reform the continuum of long term care services and supports and strategies for long term care in the face of these efforts.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 1:15 pm ET, 60 mins

Impact of the IMPACT Act

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Post-acute care will continue to see major changes in 2018 driven by implementation of another wave of publicly reported quality and resource measures as a result of the IMPACT Act of 2014. In addition, the IMPACT Act calls for standardization of assessment instruments across post-acute settings and is designed to facilitate interoperable health information technology. This session offers insight about the changes that will impact post-acute care providers and the transformation necessary to succeed in the changing environment.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 2:15 pm ET, 60 mins

Value-Based Payment: As the World Turns

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At-risk payors and providers are increasingly adopting value-based payment approaches. These include the SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, another round of voluntary bundling (Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced), and accountable care organizations. These, and other market-driven changes, will place continued emphasis on improving quality and lowering costs. In this session, you will hear about the changes scheduled for October 1, 2018; other market-driven changes taking place across the country; why you need to prepare ahead of time; and how to position your organization to succeed in this increasingly challenging environment.

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Past Webinars

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 1:00 PM ET, 60 mins

Maximizing Strength and Balance at Any Age

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In this webinar, Dr. Sasha will explain how our bodies and minds work and how we can use what we know to maximize the function of those we serve, regardless of their age or disability. She will also work with the audience to provide real-time examples of how they can best approach issues they are dealing with concerning themselves and their residents.

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Recorded Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 60 minutes

Palliative Care: What It Is and How It Embodies Church Teaching

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Palliative care is a holistic and person-centered approach to compassionate care. In this webinar, we will discuss palliative care, what it is and what it isn’t, how it is initiated, and how it is different from end-of-life preparation. We will explore healthcare decision-making and the importance of understanding your wishes.

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Recorded on Tuesday, August, 15, 2017, 60 mins

Act Now to Impact Tomorrow: Investing in Your Workforce

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We often invest a significant amount of time and money on the front end of the hiring process, but are we doing the “right things” to attract and select the best caregivers? With turnover rates on the rise, appropriate resources must be allocated beyond the job offer in order to retain and develop purpose driven employees to meet the needs of our residents.

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