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.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 1:00 PM ET, 60 mins
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.
Recorded Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 60 minutes
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.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 1:00 PM ET, 60 minutes
Medications save lives, promote health and wellness, and can even protect us from life-altering infections.Yet, medications also can contribute to early deaths, life and limb-altering complications, and adversely affect our ability to engage robustly with our environment.How do we improve the likelihood of experiencing the benefits of medication use without suffering many of the risks involved?Good, clear communication every step of the way is the key to obtaining the best possible outcomes for ourselves and those we care for.
This webinar will provide viewers an opportunity to understand the complex nature of therapeutic use of medications including OTC, RX, and dietary supplements.General guidelines for when medications should, and should not be prescribed in the elderly will be presented.Methods and systems designed to safeguard the use of medications in the elderly across a range of health challenges including those conditions necessitating increased vigilance due to the use of high or moderate risk medications will be discussed.Additionally, a few non-pharmaceutical interventions as alternative therapies lessening the need for medications will be included.
Recorded August 2017
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.
Recorded on May 16, 2017
Forgiveness is a central message in the teaching of Jesus. It has been discovered that people who carry a lot of resentments, hurts and bitterness suffer
illnesses. Strained relationships, experiences and events require healing and one of the most effective strategies is to find healing through forgiveness.
As spiritual care agents, all are called to find paths for our brothers and sisters to healing and spiritual growth.
Recorded on February 14, 2017
The future of dementia research is shifting. First, recent genetic studies have found that dementia is a group of diseases rather than a single clinical
entity. Second, epidemiological studies have seen a recent decline in the incidence of dementia which demonstrates that it may be amenable to intervention
and preventative measures. As a result, the focus of research is moving from strictly biochemical research to genetic, lifestyle, environmental issues
and from reactive to proactive health. This research may enable us to identify people at risk and providing safe, affordable interventions to prevent
the disease rather than treat it in later life.
Recorded on November 15, 2016
Many of us say we want to live “at home” for as long as possible but what does that mean and what does it take to help make that happen? During this webinar we will discuss a variety of ways to create safer living situations that allow a person to reside in their “home". We will have suggestions of tips and tricks and tools that make life a little bit easier for all of us as we age.
This webinar is designed for individual members of congregations as well as leadership and healthcare providers.
Recorded August 16, 2016
This webinar will focus on the hoarding behavior, a continued accumulation of tangible things with an accompanying inability to dispose of duplicate or similar things. Based upon the latest research, we will explore the most common origins of this hoarding behavior. We will also look at how hoarding is impacted by the aging process and how the act of hoarding can, in turn, negatively impact aging. We will also identify behavioral and pharmaceutical interventions which may reduce or eliminate hoarding behavior in seniors who are otherwise in good health. Lastly, we will explore the hoarding behavior in seniors who have been diagnosed with dementia and identify possible behavioral interventions to accommodate or reduce hoarding with emphasis on residents of long term care settings.
Recorded June 14, 2016
Many nursing homes on the culture change journey want to expand the choices of their residents, but when the choice poses some risk, they worry about negative outcomes and about survey deficiencies for what they allow, even when no negative outcome has occurred. Hear about a new toolkit that assists home to evaluate these risky choices and to care plan to assist many of these choices, rather than denying them. The toolkit includes templates for the care team to consider to maximize choice while maximizing safety.
Recorded May 17, 2016
Keeping the mind stimulated, the body active and the soul nourished is key to every person’s well-being, regardless of physical or cognitive state.During this webinar we will discuss the value of establishing a high quality Life Enrichment or Activity Program and the positive impact such a program can have for your community.Want suggestions of what can be done for members who are in various life stages? We will talk about that.Wondering about resources for ideas? We will talk about that. Are you interested in making your activities more vibrant? We will discuss that too.
Recorded February 16, 2016
In this engaging presentation participants will learn about a process of investigating what may be triggering behaviors and developing a detailed plan of care. Through this process you will experience how as a team you can work together to decrease antipsychotic drug use and have a better living and working environment.
Recorded December 10, 2015
Delirium and Depression are commonly experienced by patients with advanced disease. These psychiatric symptoms often cause significant suffering at the end of life. Caregivers who work with terminally ill patients should develop an expertise in the recognition and management of these syndromes. This presentation will focus on the description, causes, evaluation and management of Delirium and Depression in the terminally ill.
Recorded December 3, 2015
This program will define the “perfect” labor storm facing the long term care industry and recommend specific tools and strategies management may employ to reduce staff turnover by meeting. Viewing turnover from a psychosocial perspective dictates that administrators and managers understand the shifting availability and needs of age shifting labor pool. This year, in the USA, the population Millennials (18-34 years old) will exceed the Baby-boomers (51-69) and as retiring baby-boomers are replaced by Millennials and Gen Xers (35-50) changing how competent and dedicated staff can be obtained and retained. Using a combination of observations of current LTC performance, peer reviewed research on successful retention strategies and traditional management processes this program provides a path to increasing retention and thereby improving care quality without increasing labor costs. Attendees will be encouraged to look at retention from a new perspective and provided tools and techniques build a program to increase their retention rate.
Recorded August 18, 2015
This session will describe changes that occur during the dying process, and how to respond to those changes. Included will be discussion of the last months of life, as well as the “actively dying” process, including physical signs and symptoms, functional status and psycho-social changes. The impact of therapeutic presence will also be reviewed.
Recorded May 19, 2015
Hearing loss is a growing problem as people age and living in a community with (potentially) many different communication partners can be challenging. Learning to adjust and compensate for a hearing loss can be confusing, costly and frustrating for the person with hearing loss let alone their community as well as caregivers. This webinar will focus on the effects of hearing loss, how to choose among the many different hearing aid technologies, basic hearing aid care, effective communication strategies and options available when hearing aids alone are not enough to hear well in the dining room, TV room, chapel or church.
Recorded February 17, 2015
Working and living with dementia is a growing problem as our population ages. People with dementia require more care and each year the number of people with dementia increases. To better care for those with dementia, it is important to understand the disease process and how the needs of those experiencing dementia change throughout the stages of the disease. We will look at the human brain and how it works to explain why people with dementia change over time and become more dependent on the caregiver knowing his or her history. This webinar will discuss different approaches to use when interacting with a person who has dementia.