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

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 60 mins

Well-Being and Dementia (NRRO)

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During this presentation Mr. Owen will discuss the pattern of the progression of Dementia and the five basic psychological and spiritual needs of people with dementia. Additionally, he will discuss the essential components of person-centered care, along with the utilization of visual and experiential arts in facilitating a sense of well-being in the person with dementia.

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Monday, October 7, 2019, 9:00 am ET, 60 mins

Structures and Processes of Care (LTC 2019)

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Palliative care principles and practices can be integrated into any health care setting, delivered by all clinicians and supported by palliative care specialists who are part of an interdisciplinary team (IDT) with the professional qualifications, education, training, and support needed to deliver optimal patient- and family-centered care. Palliative care begins with a comprehensive assessment and emphasizes patient and family engagement, communication, care coordination, and continuity of care across health care settings.

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Monday, October 7, 2019, 10:05 AM ET, 60 mins

Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects of Care (LTC 2019)

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The palliative care interdisciplinary team (IDT) systematically addresses psychological and psychiatric aspects of care in the context of serious illness. The IDT conducts comprehensive developmentally and culturally sensitive mental status screenings of seriously ill patients. The social worker facilitates mental health assessment and treatment in all care settings, either directly, in consultation, or through referral to specialist level psychological and/or psychiatric care. The IDT communicates to the patient and family the implications of psychological and psychiatric aspects of care in establishing goals of care and developing a treatment plan, addressing family conflict, delivering grief support and resources from the point of diagnosis onward, and providing referrals for patients or family members who require additional support.

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Monday, October 7, 2019, 1:00 PM ET, 60 mins

Spiritual, Religious and Existential Aspects of Care (LTC 2019)

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Spirituality is recognized as a fundamental aspect of compassionate, resident and family- centered palliative care. It is a dynamic and intrinsic aspect of humanity through which individuals seek meaning, purpose, and transcendence, and experience relationship to self, family, others, community, society, and the significant or sacred. Spirituality is expressed through beliefs, values, traditions, and practices. Palliative care interdisciplinary teams (IDT) serve each resident and family in a manner that respects their spiritual beliefs and practices. Teams are also respectful when residents and families decline to discuss their beliefs or accept spiritual support.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 9:00 AM ET, 120 mins

Legal and Regulatory Updates: The Changing Post-Acute Care Landscape (LTC 2019)

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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 hot topics for nursing facilities.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 11:15 am ET, 60 mins

Washington Update 2019 (LTC 2019)

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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 8, 2019, 1:15 pm ET, 60 mins

Theoretical Models and Modalities Utilized in Dementia Care (LTC 2019)

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In this presentation, speaker Ed Owen will discuss the theoretical models for understanding dementia that are used and taught in long-term care and how they affect the care given to residents. Additionally, Mr. Owen will discuss the modalities and their effectiveness in providing care to the person with dementia in a residential setting.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 2:30 pm ET, 60 mins

Exploring Ageism: Are We Guilty Too? (LTC 2019)

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Aging can be viewed as undesirable and portrayed in a negative light.  Older adults are often the subject of negative stereotypes and assumptions.  Societal jokes and images associated with aging such as “over the hill” themed cards and parties put a negative spin on getting older. Further fueling the problem is the media’s portrayal of older adults in advertisements and commercials portraying seniors as frail, helpless and dependent on others. 

Stereotypes of aging are everywhere. Ageism is a compounding problem that plagues even our most age friendly environments and people.  Ageism puts unfair limitations on older adults’ abilities to live to their fullest potential and devalues them as individuals. In a survey of older adults, 80% reported experiencing ageism (www.aoascc.org).  Ageism can be so embedded in our daily lives, that our words, actions or views on our own changing lives can be conveyed as disrespectful even when disrespect is not intended. Even the most careful of advocates are indirectly guilty of ageism at some level. 

In this session we will explore the “ism” of age.  We will discuss how it impacts every age and even our unconscious contributions to it.  Join us for a thought-provoking conversation about age as the last “ism.” 

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Past Webinars

Recorded on May 14, 2019, 60 mins

What Does Canon and Civil Law Have to Say About Health Issues?

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All Americans, including members of religious institutes, are living longer due to medical advances, better nutritional habits, and improved living conditions generally. People who reached age 65 in 2011 had an average remaining life expectancy of 17.8 years for males and 20.4 years for females. As a consequence, there are more people attaining ages that have historically been characterized as “old.” According to NRRO, in the year 2018, the median age of sixty-eight percent of religious in the US was 70 or greater.

This presentation with Sister Sharon Euart, RSM, Executive Director of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, and Associate Director Christopher J. Fusco, Esq., will briefly explore some canon and civil law issues that might accompany religious during these years: guardianship and its alternatives, such as durable powers of attorney; health care decision making; the role of the institute and leadership; member issues - psychological and behavioral; financial considerations; and, considerations surrounding operation of a motor vehicle. Sister Sharon and Chris will be available for questions following the presentation.

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Recorded on February 12, 2019, 60 minutes

How to provide for the social and emotional needs of those living with dementia through person-centered care

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In this presentation, Clare Horn will discuss person-centered care concepts as it relates to memory impairment and how it benefits both caregivers and community members. This presentation will discuss:

  • what person-centered care looks like including examples and outcome
  • how person-centered care differs from traditional medical care
  • how to build and sustain a person-centered care approach among team members
  • the importance of having resources (education, consultative work) to support and be supported as the dementia progresses, etc.

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