2023 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: THURSDAY, 10:45 - 11:45 am


Thursday, 10:45 am - 11:45 am, Breakout Session

10) Forecasting, Financials + Foundations: Finding Stability Amidst Uncertainty     1 CEU

Elisa Bovee, MS OTR/L  |  VP of Clinical Strategies + Consulting, HealthPRO Heritage

As our industry moves towards value-based care, facilities must evolve while navigating unforeseen barriers. While some providers close to all admissions amidst staffing struggles, others rush to increase census by targeting lower-level residents. The key to achieving success + sustainability can be found in adopting a strategic, balanced, and innovative approach.

Session Objectives:

  • Understand the financial impact of resident acuity trends and identify the proper occupancy to fiscal balance for community success. 
  • Take away key strategies for changing the system in order to optimize revenues with a new outlook on admissions + interdisciplinary team processes. 
  • Leverage alternative solutions, harnessing present expertise + resources, in order to achieve sustainability + success.

Target Audience – General:  CEO / Administrator; CFO / Finance; DON / Nurse Manager

Target Audience – Provider Types:  Life Plan Communities (CCRCs); Assisted Living / Residential Care; Nursing Home


Thursday, 10:45 am - 11:45 am, Breakout Session

11) Medication Concerns and Best Practices in Skilled Nursing Facilities     1 CEU

Scott Stewart, Pharm.D.  |  Vice President of Clinical Services, PharmcareUSA

This course is designed for those that work in the skilled nursing facility setting to identify potential medication-related problems that occur and ways to prevent them. The people attending this course will have a better understanding of how to look for these problem areas in their setting and establish some best practice ways to mitigate and correct any future medication-related issues.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn ways to identify medication-related errors in the skilled nursing facility setting.
  • Learn best practice methods for medication administration.
  • Learn ways to mitigate and prevent medication-related issues in the skilled nursing facility setting.

Target Audience – General:  CEO / Administrator; DON / Nurse Manager; Facilities

Target Audience – Provider Types:  Nursing Home


Thursday, 10:45 am - 11:45 am, Breakout Session

12) Brain Wellness: Keeping your Aging Mind Sharp!     1 CEU

Paul E. Bendheim, MD  |  Clinical Professor of Neurology; Founder & CEO, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix; BrainSavers, Inc.

Gina Touch Mercer, PhD  |  Director, Behavioral Sciences Theme, University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix

Just as physical fitness has become a central topic related to health and wellbeing over the past few decades, the recent focus on research into the brain’s structure, functions, and disease-preventing activities done as an adult ages has become central for healthcare providers working with older adults. This session will take a deep dive into activities older adults and healthcare providers can do to protect and promote critical cognitive abilities such as a working memory, processing speed, response time, and much more.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn how an evidence-informed brain health program linking primary care to community programming can benefit the older adult, care partners, and providers.
  • Understand the role of an evidence-informed brain health program on common cognitive abilities.
  • Learn about a scalable in-person and virtual resource to reduce dementia risk in older adults.

Target Audience – General:  CEO / Administrator; CFO / Finance; DON / Nurse Manager; Resident Services / Social Services; Facilities; Wellness / Activities; Residents

Target Audience – Provider Types:  Life Plan Communities (CCRCs); Assisted Living / Residential Care; Nursing Home; Market Rate Independent Living; Adult Day Services; Home and Community Based Services, including Homecare


Thursday, 10:45 am - 11:45 am, Breakout Session

13) ADHS: Assisted Living Update     1 CEU

Tiffany Slater, MPH  |  Bureau Chief of Residential Licensing, Arizona Department of Health Services

In this session, attendees will meet the new Bureau Chief of Residential Licensing. This session will include an overview of Residential Facilities Licensing and will cover perpetual licensing, the top 10 deficiencies cited in Assisted Living Centers, and what's on the horizon in Residential Facilities Licensing.

Session Objectives:

  • Overview of the Bureau of Residential Facilities Licensing.
  • Assisted Living data trends.
  • Agency updates impacting Assisted Living.

Target Audience – General:  CEO / Administrator; DON / Nurse Manager; Resident Services / Social Services; Dining; Wellness / Activities

Target Audience – Provider Types:  Life Plan Communities (CCRCs); Assisted Living / Residential Care; Home and Community Based Services, including Homecare


Thursday, 10:45 am - 11:45 am, Breakout Session

14) Employee Benefits: On-Site Housing & Childcare     1 CEU

Travis Le Duc, MBA  |  Director of Support Services, Tohono O'odham Nursing Care Authority

Aimee Schmidt, SHRM - SCP |  Director of Human Resources, La Posada at Park Centre

Employee benefits change and adapt to the trends of today’s continually changing workforce. Arizona’s senior living organizations work continuously to meet the needs of their current and future employees. In this session, attendees will hear from two Arizona communities on how they have brought on-site housing and childcare onto their campuses at a discounted rate for employees.

Session Objectives:

  • Learn how to make on-site housing available for employees.
  • Learn how to bring childcare onto your campus.
  • Discuss the impact of employee benefits on recruitment & retention.

Target Audience – General:  Human Resources; CEO / Administrator

Target Audience – Provider Types:  Life Plan Communities (CCRCs); Assisted Living / Residential Care; Nursing Home; Adult Day Services; Behavioral Health


Thursday, 10:45 am - 11:45 am, Breakout Session

15) Resident Councils... Hear from the Presidents     1 CEU

Anna "Annie" Fugere, MS  |  Resident - Past Glencroft Community Association President, Retired

Melissa Frey, BA  |  Resident Council Vice President, Beatitudes Campus

Ruth Crowley, RN  |  Resident Council President, Beatitudes Campus

Katherine Lindstrom  |  Resident Council Past-President, Westminster Village

Jo Ann Benzer  |  Resident Council President, Westminster Village

John Smith, MA, MCJ  |  Retired - Glencroft Community Association, Glencroft Center for Modern Aging

This session is a panel discussion with current or former resident council presidents from non-profit communities in Arizona. We all have resident councils but can have challenges engaging residents within the facility and proper discussions regarding resident concerns. For many, resident councils offer residents the opportunity to practice self-determination and make continued use of talents and wisdom from previous professions. This session will discuss benefits of a resident council, how to help the council succeed, committees, and evaluation.

Session Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of having a resident council on your campus.
  • Learn how the staff can support the council for continued success.
  • Understand how to develop committees and evaluations to assist the resident council.

Target Audience – General:  CEO / Administrator; Wellness / Activities; Residents

Target Audience – Provider Types:  Life Plan Communities (CCRCs); Assisted Living / Residential Care; Nursing Home; Adult Day Services; Home and Community Based Services, including Homecare; Behavioral Health





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