Webinars

Throughout the year, the Avila Institute hosts a number of webinars to offer Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses, Social Workers, Dietitians, Catholic Chaplains and Recreation Therapists a convenient opportunity to earn continuing education credit 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.

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 1:00 PM ET, 60 minutes

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.

This webinar will provide senior care hiring managers with practical methods for employee selection and new hire onboarding, to include:

  • Recruiting approaches to reach today’s job seeker
  • Selection methods for finding the right candidates who align with your mission and values
  • The benefits of an effective onboarding program
  • Building a solid foundation for your new hires
  • Actions to increase employee retention

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Past Webinars

Recorded on May 16, 2017

Forgiveness: Essential to the Healing Process

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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.

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Recorded on February 14, 2017

The Future Shift of Dementia Research

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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.

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Recorded on November 15, 2016

Living at Home – Thriving at Home

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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.

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Recorded August 16, 2016

Understanding Compulsive Hoarding

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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.

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Recorded June 14, 2016

Honoring Choice when Choice Seems Risky

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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.

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Recorded May 17, 2016

Body, Mind and Soul: Creating Activity Programming for the Whole Person

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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.

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Recorded February 16, 2016

Becoming a Dementia Detective

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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.

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Recorded December 10, 2015

Psychiatric Care for the Terminally Ill

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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.

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Recorded December 3, 2015

The Psychology of Staff Retention

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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.

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Recorded August 18, 2015

Caring for and Understanding Members in the Dying Process

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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.

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Recorded May 19, 2015

Get in the Habit of Living Well with Hearing Loss

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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.

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Recorded February 17, 2015

Interacting with Religious Members with Memory Impairment

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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.

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Recorded November 18, 2014

Preparing for Close Encounters of the Healthcare Kind

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This presentation will utilize a real-life case study approach to discussing proactive approaches to getting the most from healthcare encounters - both planned and unplanned.

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Recorded May 13, 2014

Intimacy, Loneliness and Solitude

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This webinar will focus on the relationship between intimacy, loneliness and solitude. Set within the context of the life-cycle, it first of all will define intimacy and chart its journey through early adulthood as well as the middle and final years of life. Next, self-intimacy and loneliness at midlife and during late adulthood will be examined and a distinction made between loneliness and solitude. Finally, life transitions will be discussed with an eye towards seeing them as fertile ground for dealing with loneliness and helping us to be more at home with faith and with ourselves.

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Recorded February 11, 2014

Establishing an Emergency Operations Plan

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This webinar will provide an overview of the criteria needed to establish an Emergency Operations Plan. All emergency operations plans should include plans for organization recovery as well as some suggestions for training and drills. Training on the Emergency Operations Plan is critical to support your response and recovery from a potential disaster. Paul McManus will describe the purpose of a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) as well as how to complete one for your community living space. The HVA will help identify what procedures are necessary, what emergency situations could have the most significant impact, and what areas should be the focus of mitigation and training efforts. The webinar will also outline how to develop and emergency policy and review the pieces that are important to include.

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Recorded November 19, 2013

Engaging Aging: BLESSING OR BURDEN?

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This webinar will examine several aspects of aging including our own attitudes toward aging. Some of the topics to be covered: where am I in the aging process; value of reaching out; ongoing formation; living and working with negative personalities; working with non-compliant elders; and can we laugh at ourselves as we age?

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Recorded August 20, 2013

Understanding Dementia and the Approaches that Work

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The presentation will cover the presenting signs and symptoms of dementia, how a diagnosis is confirmed, the stages of the disease, what to expect, and successful strategies for continuing to support quality of life. Strategies including communication skills, connecting with things remembered, managing environments, supporting safety and assisting with day to day care.

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Recorded May 14, 2013

Seeds for Contemplation: Giving Yourself a Holy Aging

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Service administrator, provider or recipient — no matter our role, we are all on the aging journey. Helping elders — and ourselves — refine a spiritual perspective that will serve us well in older life is beautiful and demanding work. How do we facilitate the movement forward? In what direction? Using insights from the social sciences this webinar will offer guidance to meet the challenges we will all face, so as to turn the last quarter into the richest time of our lives.


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Recorded February 12, 2013

Care for the Caregiver

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Caring for others requires caring for oneself — an understandable statement that is not always easy to implement for those who dedicate their lives to the service of others. This one hour webinar will examine the issues that cause caregiver burnout, and offer some solutions to keep caregivers refreshed, rejuvenated and able to balance care for themselves, as well as those in their care.

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