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Exploring change: AAHSA's 35th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, PA, October 28-31, 1996.

"Soar at the Speed of Change," the theme of AAHSA's 35th Annual Meeting and Exposition, is one that every long-term care provider - not-for-profit and for-profit - would aspire to. The meeting will be held this year in Philadelphia, October 28-31, and coincides with the celebration of AAHSA's 35th anniversary.

As the name of the event implies, the primary focus of the meeting is the change that permeates every aspect of long-term care today, and the particular impact of that change on the not-for-profit provider. Among the more immediate concerns: the certain transformation of Medicare and Medicaid in the near future; the increasing scrutiny - and declining dollars - applied to Federal housing programs; the continuing challenges to nonprofits' tax status; the emergence of new settings for care and service delivery; and the growing reach of managed care.

More than 175 educational sessions, including more than 30 on managed care, will teach participants not only to anticipate, prepare for and cope with change, but also to seize the opportunities that change creates. The sessions are organized into 14 tracks that allow participants to specialize in an area of particular interest, or to select sessions on a range of topics. Each track in itself covers a variety of related topics designed to provide attendees with practical, take-home information and strategies. Some examples:

The Best Practices track includes a session on such resident care issues as enhancing facility oral health services through comprehensive treatment and prevention; a session updating restraint reduction, with suggestions for developing individualized, restraint-free care plans; a forum focusing on meeting the special needs of patients with AIDS; a how-to session on establishing an in-house wellness facility and comprehensive wellness programs for CCRCs; a session on behavior modification aimed at developing strategies for addressing residents' problem behaviors; and nine additional sessions.

Sample Session: Behavior Modification in a Restraint-Free Environment

A key issue in nursing homes is managing residents' difficult behaviors without physical or chemical restraints. Participants will explore why these occur, mismanagement and its alternatives, and how staff can respond proactively rather than reactively.

Moderator: Thomas P. Perkins, Executive Director, Christopher Homes, Inc., New Orleans, LA.

Faculty: Moira A. Reinhardt, Executive Director, and Kay P. Sharp, Director of Nursing, James L. West Special Care Center, Fort Worth, TX.

The eight-session Expansion and Development track will include a talk on integrating assisted living into existing CCRCs; a two-part session on growing not-for-profit organizations through acquisition, and evaluating the risks and benefits of doing so; a session on OSHA's latest health and safety programs; and a session on forming and financing joint ventures between hospitals and assisted living providers.

Sample Session: How to Integrate Assisted Living into an Existing CCRC.

The right way to integrate assisted living into a CCRC, based on case studies. Participants will learn how comprehensive planning helped a CCRC generate a positive cash flow during its first year of operating an assisted living addition. The project manager and architect involved will discuss the degree to which pre-construction goals were achieved. Participants will see the ways in which design and construction decisions can help to contain operating costs.

Moderator: Viola Garlington, Administrator, Stovall Care Center, Denver, CO.

Faculty: James L. Biggs, Executive Director, Marquette Manor, Indianapolis, IN; Bruce L. Spear, Project Manager, and Dan R. Ware, RA, Architect, The InterDesign Group, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.

The Applied Technology track features 11 sessions, including one on electronic referrals, as well as the benefits of electronically linking diverse provider groups to share client information; a session on the latest technology designed to enhance resident independence and autonomy and its applications for assisted living; a session on bar-coding and its growing and varied uses in long-term care operations and research; and a presentation on the latest assistive technology devices and services for use in a range of long-term care settings.

Sample Session: Empower Older Adults Through Assistive Technology: How to Access Assistive Technology Devices and Services.

A list of assisted technology devices and services for use in a range of long-term care facilities will be provided, and the potential benefits of these to older adults will be reviewed. Participants will also learn about the information and services offered by assistive technology resource centers around the country.

Moderator: Harry Hobson, President and CEO, First Community Village, Columbus, OH.

Faculty: Rosangela Boyd, PhD, Director, University-Based Training, Institute on Disabilities and Therapeutic Recreation, Philadelphia, PA; Amy Goldman, MS, Director, Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology, Philadelphia, PA.

The remaining tracks in the educational program include: Financial Management and Fund Development, Strategic Positioning, Community Linkages, Capitalization, Systems Operation, Human Resources, Legal Issues, Design of the Physical Environment, Marketing and Public Relations, Leadership Development and Public Policy.

Among the variety of sessions related to managed care: a presentation on ethical considerations in managed care (the Leadership Development track); sessions on special populations in managed care and LTC relationships with hospitals (the Strategic Planning track); and sessions on clinical pathways and maximizing subacute care services (the Systems Operations track).

General Sessions. The Opening Ceremonies will feature a keynote address, "Work for the Soul," delivered by businessman and best-selling author Lance Secretan, MA, PhD. Dr. Secretan will discuss the importance of open communication, "wise work" and leadership for not-for-profit LTC providers who must deal with the changing issues of the day in order to survive, while maintaining a close connection to their staff and the people they serve.

The Annual Business Meeting will feature a talk by writer, lecturer and health policy analyst Emily Friedman who will discuss "Managed Care, Systems and the Aging: Promise and Peril." This timely talk will explore the ways in which not-for-profit LTC providers can adapt to the changes brought about by the development of managed care, organized delivery systems, capitation and for-profit providers, and integrate into the emerging models without losing sight of their ethical and social commitments.

Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, PhD, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, and the soon-to-be-published How Good Do You Have to Be?, will be the featured speaker at the Closing General Session. Dr. Kushner's talk, "Beginning Here and Now," will be aimed at helping attendees to "transform yesterday's ways of doing things to satisfy the person you are today."

Exposition. More than 350 exhibitors will be on hand in the Partnership Plaza in what has become the largest aging services trade show. Daily networking luncheons will give attendees an opportunity to make new contacts, build business relationships and get information about hundreds of new products and services.

Facility Tours. Meeting participants are invited to tour some of AAHSA's outstanding member facilities in the Philadelphia area, including:

- Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, a full-service, resident-owned CCRC complete with state-of-the-art fitness center and indoor pool and a restored 30,000 square foot Edwardian mansion.

- On Lok House, a 74-bed, 202/8 facility providing housing to the elderly and physically disabled adults, located in Philadelphia's Chinatown. Visitors to On Lok House will hear five dialects of Chinese being spoken.

- Kearsley, the nation's oldest retirement community, established in 1772. This nationally recognized CCRC for low-income older adults has recently completed a $15.1 million, 100,000 square foot expansion, with 60 studio apartments and an 84-bed nursing home to add to its 87 independent living apartments. There is no entrance fee and almost half the residents have monthly incomes under $500.

RHP National Certification Program. Two RHP core courses, Administering the Retirement Housing Community and Management and the Aging Resident, will be offered during the three days prior to the start of the Annual Meeting. AAHSA's certification program for retirement housing professionals is celebrating ten years of service to assisted living, CCRCs and senior housing. Eligible attendees (RHPs and RHP Fellows) can earn credits toward their biennial 22-hour recertification requirements by attending any of the educational sessions at the Annual Meeting.

Special Programs. A special one-day program will be held for AAHSA trustees, residents and multifacility organizations. The trustees' day will begin with opening ceremonies and Dr. Lance Secretan's keynote address, followed by "Managed Care 101" delivered by Alexian Brothers Health System Vice President of Elderly Services Dan Gray.

Trustees are invited to attend a networking luncheon and CEOs of multifacility organizations may elect to attend a special educational program.

AAHSA's program for residents, "Senior Scene," will include a city tour and access to the exposition and select educational sessions. The day of special events for seniors also includes an insightful look at the Presidential candidates, campaign issues and possible outcomes of the November elections in a talk by Barbara Gay, Director of Congressional Affairs for AAHSA.

Social Events. The social events planned for this year's meeting begin with a traditional Philadelphia block party, complete with dancing in the street and dinner, and culminate with a special performance by folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary at AAHSA's annual Gala Concert.

For more information about AAHSA's 35th Annual Meeting and Exposition, call the AAHSA Annual Meeting Information Line: 202-508-9400.
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