The Avila Institute hosts several seminars a year for long-term care professionals and caregivers to stay abreast of the latest education, trends and regulations in gerontology and long-term care. Many AIG seminars offer continuing education for Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses, Dietitians, Social Workers, Recreational Therapists and Catholic Chaplains (look for the book symbol ). Usually held at St. Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, NY, the location offers a beautiful and welcoming environment with views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains.

Upcoming Seminars

Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 - 20, 2017, Germantown, NY

The Art of Forgiveness: A Spiritual and Scientific Approach to Healing

As caregivers it’s important to understand how forgiveness works and how we can guide others through the process using different tools and activities. In this two-day workshop, speakers will address forgiveness on all levels, discussing the science, spirituality and the powers of healing it possesses.

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Past Seminars

October 10-11, 2016, Germantown, NY

Long-term Care — Solutions for Today’s Challenges

Healthcare facilities are facing a rapid, significant shift as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other payers push to drive the payment system to value-based payments. This conference will bring healthcare professionals up to speed regarding future changes and how to prepare for them. Facilities must understand the implications of this shift, how the federal government is working to support long term care, and how to enhance both safety measures and quality compassionate care in the midst of change.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Effective Palliative Care in Long-term Care

Providing palliative care in any healthcare setting is a great opportunity to meet the growing demands of those we care for and their families while creating a supportive care experience. Formalizing palliative care in the long-term setting allows residents, staff and families to have a greater understanding of the principles of this care and the physical, emotional and spiritual comfort it brings to each person. This 5-hour seminar will feature four sessions, providing an overview and methods to direct effective palliative care. Participants will also receive tools and insights on how to develop and sustain palliative care programs.

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Monday-Wednesday, October 12-14, 2015, Germantown, NY

Building Relationships Throughout the Continuum of Care

The October Long-term Care Conference is held annually at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, NY over two and half days. The Avila Institute brings in expert speakers to discuss the most current trends and topics in long-term care and gerontology which include but not limited to: person-centered care, palliative care, ethics, mission, spiritual care, dementia, resident care, behavior management and legal and regulatory changes.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015, Washington, DC

Collaboration and Innovation: The Future of Long-Term Care

Catholic health care providers are preparing to sustain high quality care and thrive in the future. There are many challenges ahead but we look forward to the many opportunities these challenges bring. With new telehealth developments, elders are able to "age in place" longer while maintaining their independence. For those aging in rural settings, new affordable technology is available to provide more health care services directly to its elders that otherwise would include a trip to an outside clinic or hospital. Budding partnerships between health care providers and managers are presenting new collaborations and methods of providing advanced treatment to the growing elder community.

This workshop is for those who care for elders in all types of living situations now and in the future.

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Wednesday-Thursday, May 20-21, 2015, Germantown/NY

Supporting Support Staff: Job vs. Calling – the Call to Serve

Whether you are a Certified Nursing Assistant, Housekeeper, Dietary Aide, or part of the Maintenance team, you supply an integral piece in providing person-centered care. Come join the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm as they dedicate two days of education, reflection and affirmation to those who share in the ministry of caring for the elders of our society. 

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Monday-Tuesday, October 13-14, 2014, Germantown, NY

Telehealth in Long-term Care: Keeping the Person-centered Connection

New technological advancements have had success in senior living and elder care settings. This seminar will provide detailed examples of how introducing person-centered technology has made a positive impact on the lives of residents and caregivers.

Specific topics of this seminar will include: the stages of introducing the new technology, how to introduce the new technology in a facility, and successful examples of Telehealth in a long-term care setting. This seminar will also feature presentations on legal, regulatory and advocacy updates that are relevant to long-term care.

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