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29 July 2016

Conference Overview

Posted July 29, 2016

The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) Conference is the premiere professional development event for adult day services providers.  The conference brings together hundreds of ADS professionals from across the U.S. and beyond to network, learn about emerging trends, and share best practices.  The 2016 NADSA conference is being held  September 21-23 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Click here to discover more about the informative sessions, early morning and wellness events, welcome event, exhibits and sponsors.  Here are just a few reasons why you should attend this one-of-a-kind event. You can:

·         Network with colleagues from all across the nation who work in various arenas of adult day services and make professional connections to help you become a better provider and stronger advocate for the profession;

·         Earn CEU’s that enhance your own career potential while studying with some of the best known adult day services colleagues in the nation;

·         Meet business leaders in adult day services and learn about products and services geared towards our profession;

·         Explore other centers through the Wednesday site visits which will take you to several centers in the Indianapolis area; and

·         Enhance your enthusiasm and commitment to adult day services by spending three days with amazing colleagues who share your passion for the field.

We hope you will join us in Indianapolis for three days of dynamic education sessions, inspiring general sessions, and endless opportunities to re-connect with your peers!

Here is what your colleagues say about the NADSA conference:

“The NADSA conference is the largest gathering of adult day professionals.  This event brings together a vast wealth of knowledge and exchange of ideas. I look forward to the NADSA Conference, not only to attend excellent educational sessions, but to network face to face with my adult day peers from across the country as well as beyond our borders.”     -Kim Vogt, NADSA board member and conference planning committee member

“The National Adult Day Services Annual Conference is virtually the only opportunity to meet face to face with peers from other states and engage in creative thinking and idea sharing. We greatly value this event for the key visibility it provides us to forward thinking decision makers from across the adult day industry.
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29 July 2016

Pre-conference Intensives!

Posted July 29, 2016

Get a leg up on this year’s NADSA conference by attending one or both pre-conference intensives! These three-hour intensives are a chance for attendees to hear in-depth insights from thought and practice leaders about the state of adult day. Innovation NOW is the way to move the ADS field into the future faster and stronger than ever.

In the morning pre-conference intensive, experts Sue Matthiesen from CARF International and Vincent Rome from the Centers on Disease Control National Center for Health Statistics, team up to dig deep into data that ADS providers can use to create innovative strategies and improve the quality of our services. Vincent will give an overview of results from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will provide a “bird’s eye” view of the field. You’ll be engaged in hearing about ways to use these NSLTCP findings to help you promote your center, and plan and meet the needs of your participants. Sue will elaborate with business-forward details based on the long-term collaboration between NADSA, CARF and RKL Financial, including must-have tips that all ADS leaders need in order to strategically address their revenue challenges and implement innovative practices.

The afternoon intensive features Ginna Baik, Strategic Business Development at CDW Healthcare and Dr. David Rhew, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Healthcare and Fitness, Samsung Electronics America. This dynamic in-depth session will highlight the intersection of innovation, technology and adult day services. Contribute to the game-changing dialogue with fellow ADS leaders and technology developers by helping to identify key areas in which technology can solve problems that matter to you, the provider. In this session, you’ll engage with leading healthcare technology providers. Hear about some of the latest innovations in healthcare technology that are improving care today. Brainstorm ideas for technology solutions for the future. Do not miss out on this exciting opportunity to influence the future of ADS!

29 July 2016

Caregiver Cruise: Insight Memory Care Center offers families a safe and supportive way to vacation!

Posted July 29, 2016

We can all use a vacation, but what about traveling when your loved one has dementia? It can certainly be difficult, and that’s why Insight Memory Care Center offers a Caregiver Cruise! Both the individual with a dementia diagnosis and their caregiver attend, making the program possibly the first of its kind in the country. In addition to the many benefits a cruise offers – the chance for a vacation, seeing new sights, a getaway – the caregiver cruise provides families with a chance to vacation in a safe and supportive environment.

“It is a ‘safe space’ in which we can be ourselves…in the company of people—participants and Insight staff—who just ‘get it’,” says Michael Bell, a previous cruise participant.

Insight’s first Caregiver Cruise was offered in 2015. We sailed aboard the Grandeur of the Seas down to the Bahamas, allowing 8 couples to enjoy Port Canaveral, Nassau, CocoCay, and Key West. This June we took another 8 couples on our second annual cruise to New England and Halifax! Families enjoyed sightseeing in Boston, Portland, St. John’s, and Halifax.

Beyond simply enjoying all the sights and the amenities of the cruise, participants have the opportunity for a vacation in a safe environment, in the company of others who “get it.” The success of the cruise depends on a caring and compassionate staff that takes into consideration the couples who are attending. Insight staff starts planning the cruise months in advance, taking care of all of the details, including the itinerary, the shore excursions, and the therapeutic activities that are provided on days at sea.

The staff gets to know everyone attending the cruise so that activities are all planned with their interests and abilities in mind. We are not only there to provide respite care for the caregivers, but to offer a familiar face throughout the vacation, along with emotional support or an impromptu care consultation if needed! We greet them in the Windjammer for breakfast, we meet them in the Palladium Theater for our shore excursions, facilitate dinner conversations, and meet in the evening for the headliner show. There is always a friendly face nearby!

For caregivers, the cruise offers an opportunity to create new friendships with others in a similar situation. Each understands what the other is going through, and this allows everyone to just be themselves in a supportive environment. It allows the cruise to truly be a vacation!

“‘What a wonderful opportunity for families!’ is what I keep hearing anytime I tell someone about the Caregiver Cruise program,” shares Christi Clark, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Insight. She will be presenting a how-to workshop on replicating the program for other adult day center leaders at the National Adult Day Services Association conference in September 2016.

Insight Memory Care Center strives to provide the highest quality of life for those with dementia and their caregivers. And what better way to promote quality of life than with a well-deserved vacation!

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By: Joel Bednoski, Executive Director of Insight Memory Care Center, Fairfax, VA

29 July 2016

Ahead of the Curve: Expanding the Reach of Medical and Health Services with Technology

Posted July 29, 2016

A recent 4-part webinar series produced by CARF International explored the challenges, opportunities, and current uses of new and dynamic technologies in the provision of a wide variety of medical and health services. Current technologies are changing the nature of how healthcare providers, both large and small, are expanding the reach of their services. The ongoing advancement of such technologies will further challenge the long-established parameters of service setting, modeling, and delivery. In the midst of constant change, providers are often forced to react to the conditions created by new technologies. This webinar series provided guidance and insight on how providers can get “ahead of the curve” and utilize new technologies to enhance service efficacy and efficiency.

The individual recordings of the series are now available for purchase. They are:

This webinar provides a brief overview of telehealth terminology, technologies, practice guidelines, evidence-supported clinical applications within the rehabilitation professions, and reimbursement and policy trends. Benefits, challenges, and opportunities associated with the use of telehealth are discussed.

This webinar presents information about computer technologies that help individuals with chronic illness and disability manage their daily lives and function in the community. Categories of technology that are discussed include hand-held devices, web-based support systems, smart environments, and smart prosthetics.

With the recent boom in technology, many technologies previously unavailable to people with disabilities are now used to enhance participation in desired activities. This webinar familiarizes participants with some of the most popular technologies, including standalone devices and software-based apps. Devices used for mobility, communication, and home safety are highlighted. Major legislation related to assistive technology is also described in this webinar. Lastly, a description of select funding issues as well as strategies for attaining funding for assistive technology is included.

This webinar discusses the exponential advances in interactive technology, how it will influence medical rehabilitation, and its current and near-future clinical use. The webinar also explores some of the challenges and opportunities of using technology to achieve the triple aim of quality care, population health, and lower cost healthcare.

For a full description webinar, please visit the webinar series webpage.

29 July 2016

National Study of Long-Term Care Providers

Posted July 29, 2016

Starting in August 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will conduct the third wave of a biennial nationally representative survey of adult day services, as part of its groundbreaking National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP). NSLTCP is an ongoing federally funded data collection effort that began in 2012 to gather and report national and state information about the characteristics of adult day services and other paid, regulated long-term care services providers, and the people they serve.

Questionnaires can be completed and submitted online or by mailing in a hardcopy version of the completed questionnaire. Information and links for the online questionnaire will start being mailed in August, along with a packet containing the hardcopy version of the questionnaire and other information about the study. The 2016 questionnaires will take on average 30 minutes to complete. Providing accurate responses to each question, including filling in zeroes where applicable, is very important for data quality. When you submit the completed questionnaire, you help ensure that the adult day services industry will be accurately represented in the next wave of NSLTCP reports. NCHS urges directors of adult day services centers who receive an adult day services questionnaire packet to please submit their completed questionnaire as soon as possible.

The 2016 data collected from each participating adult day services center will be kept confidential, as was done for the 2012 and 2014 NSLTCP waves. NCHS has a long history of conducting surveys and is required by federal law to protect the privacy of the information it collects in its surveys. NCHS has contracted with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research organization to collect the NSLTCP data; their dedicated survey team can answer your questions about the survey at their toll-free phone number (1-866-245-8078). More information about the survey is available on the NSLTCP website.

CDC uses the information collected through NSLTCP to produce publicly available reports and findings on the major long-term care services sectors including adult day services centers, assisted living and other residential care communities, home health agencies, nursing homes, and hospices. Links to NSLTCP reports and products from the 2012 and 2014 surveys of adult day services can be accessed by visiting NSLTCP’s Study Results and Publications website. Links to tables with state-specific results can also be accessed and downloaded from the website.




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