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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

2024 Annual Conference & Trade Show

Start Date: 3/27/2024 7:30 AM EDT
End Date: 3/27/2024 4:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Crowne Plaza Hotel

801 Greenwich Ave
Warwick, RI  United States  02886

Organization Name: LeadingAge RI

Karen Donovan
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (401) 490-7612

LeadingAge RI 2024 Conference Schedule 

7:30 AM Open for Registration and Hot Breakfast
8:15-10:15 AM Educational Track A – Concurrent Sessions
10:15-11:45 AM Trade Show and Exhibition  
11:45 AM-1:40 PM Lunch and Keynote Speaker 
1:45-2:45 PM Educational Track B – Concurrent Sessions
2:45-3:00 PM Break
3:00-4:00 PM Educational Track C – Concurrent Sessions
EDUCATIONAL TRACK A - 8:15 am to 10:15 am

A-1: Survey Hot Topics and Strategies to Obtain the Survey Outcome You Are Looking For - Pam Bibeault, RNC, MS, NHA, CLNC, CPHQ, CHC, President, Triad Consulting
This session offers everything you need to know about survey hot topics! Pam will review the most current hot topics and deficiencies cited during surveys, consider their scope and severity, and provide strategies for avoiding these deficiencies. You'll learn the best approach for writing and executing your Plan of Correction (POC). The session also includes a review of the IDR and IIDR Process. (NE-MSD Nursing Credits applied for)*

A-2: Building a Highly Engaged Workforce Using Strengths-Based Strategies - Bethany Warburton, Leadership RI Strengths Coach 
Gallup research shows that employees with high levels of engagement produce better outcomes, are more likely to remain with their organization, and are healthier and less likely to experience burnout. In this interactive presentation from Leadership Rhode Island, you'll hear why employee engagement is so important and learn how deploying strengths-based strategies can help you build a highly engaged workforce. Leadership Rhode Island is a full-service, one-stop provider of strengths-based development trainings in the state. Since 2014, the organization has conducted trainings with over 350 RI businesses, nonprofits, and state agencies, helping Rhode Islanders discover their greatest talents. 

A-3: How to Leverage Automation and AI to Improve Your Sales and Marketing Results - Jessica Ruhle, Sales Specialist and Project Director, Creating Results  
In an era where technology is rapidly evolving, the willingness to embrace change and innovation is paramount. This thought-provoking session aims to empower leaders in the senior living industry to step into the future of marketing automation and AI. Backed by comprehensive research on the 50+ consumer and brought to life with a case study, this session showcases how marketing automation helped a sales team become more efficient and effective when communicating with their prospects. You will:  
  • Understand the role and benefits of AI and automation in marketing for senior living communities.  
  • Learn how a senior care provider leveraged practical strategies for implementing marketing automation and leveraging AI.  
  • Gain insights from our extensive research on the 50+ consumer and how it can shape your automation strategy.  
A-4: Coming into the Light: Breaking the Stigma of Substance Use Disorders - Christopher Donovan-Dorval, MSW, LICSW, LADC1, LCDCS, LCDP, ICADC, Rhode Island College School of Social Work, Adjunct Faculty, SBIRT Training and Resource Center 
Stigma is a major barrier preventing millions of people who are struggling with substance use from entering treatment today. This presentation is designed to help professionals break the stigma that creates an unnecessary barrier to treatment by understanding recovery-oriented language and strategies that can be integrated into practice immediately. You will learn to:  
  • Identify and use strengths-based language to reduce stigma associated with substance use disorders.  
  • Conceptualize the factors that influence stigma associated with substance use disorders and their consequences.  
  • Identify targets and interventions aimed at addressing stigma associated with substance use.
(NASW-RI Credits applied for)


Unleash Resilience, Determination and Growth for Unbounded Success
Johnny Quinn 

U. S. Olympian Bobsled Team, Sochi 2014

Breaking Through Barriers explores the challenges and obstacles that can hold us back in life and work and shows how to overcome them. This talk will cover the importance of resilience, determination, and a growth mindset in facing and conquering challenges and will provide practical tools and techniques for developing these qualities. Through inspiring stories and expert insights, you’ll learn how to break through your own barriers and achieve your full potential!

EDUCATIONAL TRACK B – 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

B-1: Pressure Injury PreventionMelissa Morgan, MSN, RN, CWCN, Clinical Solutions Manager, Medline Industries 
Aging skin can be delicate, so health professionals in long-term-care settings must be on the lookout for signs of pressure injuries, particularly in patients who are immobile for long periods. Regular observation, assessment, and intervention are important practices for providers across settings, especially nursing homes and assisted living residences. In this session, you’ll learn best practices for preventing pressure injuries before they start! Objectives: 
  • Identify the different layers of the skin.  
  • Differentiate between a full and partial thickness wound.  
  • Define the stages of pressure injuries using the NPIAP staging definitions.  
  • Identify interventions for prevention and progression of pressure injuries.  
(NE-MSD Nursing Credits applied for)*

B-2: Managing Difficult Family Dynamics at End-of-LifeLisa Wasson, RN, CHPN, CMDCP, Clinical Educator, HopeHealth 
This presentation will explore the complexities of end-of-life scenarios, addressing coping mechanisms for families, establishing healthy boundaries, navigating discord, and effectively managing behaviors and dynamics during the challenging time of a loved one’s impending passing. 
(NASW-RI Credits applied for)
B-3: Long-Term Care Trends and Managing CostsShawn Menard, Assurance Manager, CLA, and Jonathan Fink, CPA, Principal, CLA
This comprehensive session will bring all long-term care providers up to date on the latest trends and developments in the senior living industry and introduce practical strategies to help you plan now for the short and long-term future. You’ll gain an understanding of:
  • The current trends of the industry from a national and local perspective.
  • The current challenges of the industry and the challenges ahead.
  • How to benchmark the performance of your organization in the market and identify opportunities for improvement.

B-4: 2024 Employment Law Developments Impacting Long Term, Assisted Living, and Home Health Care Providers in Rhode Island - Joshua C. Vaughn, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Eric Mack, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; and Asher Brody, ESHYFT Co-Founder and owner of Cornerstone Living Memory Care Community 
This session will provide a high-level overview of the most significant employment law developments and legal trends impacting long-term care provider employers in Rhode Island. The panel of speakers will lead an engaging conversation that walks through industry-specific, proactive, and concrete steps that employers in Rhode Island can take to confidently respond to and reduce their risks of lawsuits or financial exposure in the face of a changing legal landscape. You will learn about:   
  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Independent Contractor Rule and how it would increase the risk of worker misclassification.  
  • Compliance with Rhode Island’s Sunday and Holiday Premium Pay Laws.  
  • The NLRB’s Final Joint Employment Rule and how it changes (again) the standard for determining if two entities are the joint employer of a worker.  
  • The status of the U.S. DOL’s White Collar Exemption Rule that proposes to change the salary threshold for exempt employees.  
  • Common mistakes employers make that have led to findings during U.S. DOL audits, and how to fix/avoid them.  
  • How the NLRB’s McLaren decision is likely to drive increased scrutiny of Employee Handbook policies. 

EDUCATIONAL TRACK C – 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

C-1: Writing an Interdisciplinary Care PlanKeri Hart, MS, BS, Vice President of Operations, Celtic Consulting 
State surveys and audits have begun to put a spotlight on patient-centered care, and the LTC industry has seen an increase in survey tags related to care planning. This session offers a back-to-basics review of interdisciplinary care planning for both new and experienced professionals across your team. Interdisciplinary team members will learn the core concepts of an interdisciplinary approach to care planning and will explore their role in the process. You will:  
  • Understand the concept of person-centered care planning. 
  • Recognize the difference between a multiple discipline care plan and an interdisciplinary care plan. 
  • Learn about the federally regulated timelines for care plan creation and updates. 
(NASW-RI Credits applied for)

C-2: Infection Prevention Guide for Wound Care Dressing ChangesDionie Bibat, MSN, RN, ET, CWOCN, Senior Manager Clinical Solutions, Medline Industries 
Health professionals who provide wound care for elderly people in long-term-care settings must follow stringent practices to avoid infection of the wound and to promote healing as quickly as possible. Indeed, this issue has been a focus of the RI Department of Health for both nursing home and assisted living providers. In this session, you will review best practices in how to perform wound care dressing changes that minimize the risk of infection and contribute to effective healing. Objectives:    
  • Understand the rationale for standard precautions.  
  • Identify opportunities to reduce the risk of infection.  
  • Understand wound care procedures for performing a clean dressing change.  
  • Reduce/stops GAPS in practice.  
(NE-MSD Nursing Credits applied for)*  

C-3: C. auris Fungus Among UsLeslie Morrissey, RN, BSN, Infection Preventionist, East Side Clinical Laboratory
C. auris
is a fungus that can cause outbreaks of severe infections in healthcare facilities. In the United States, it has most commonly spread in long-term care facilities caring for people with severe medical conditions. We will discuss the healthcare epidemiology and risk factors for transmission of C. auris and review guidance regarding cleaning/disinfection, diagnostics, and management of residents at skilled nursing facilities. We will discuss the infection control assessment and response (ICAR) Tool for general infection prevention and control (IPC) across settings as well as strategies for prevention and response to novel and targeted multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs).  
(NE-MSD Nursing Credits applied for)* 

C-4: Cybersecurity Risks and Threats: Enhancing Your Digital DefenseTricia King, Director of Client Success, Vertikal6
Malware, phishing, online scams, DDoS, data breaches – we've heard all about the chilling digital dangers of our interconnected world. Is your organization prepared with a solid defense? Are you able to detect and mitigate a digital attack if it happens? This informative session delves into the complex and ever-evolving realm of cybersecurity to equip long-term care providers with essential knowledge and strategies for safeguarding your digital assets. You will learn practical strategies and best practices to fortify your digital defenses.
*These activities have been submitted to the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD) for approval to award nursing contact hours. Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD) is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

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