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2015 Pioneer Network Conference

August 2-5, 2015:  Navigating the Winds of Change
Location:  Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont/Chicago, Illinois

This year will be the 15th annual meeting put on by Pioneer Network and can be enjoyed by all – elders, families and other consumers, providers, owners, nurses, CNAs and direct care staff, physicians, social workers, activity staff, food service staff, maintenance staff, advocates, researchers, academicians and others interested in improving the lives of elders.  There are nearly 90 sessions offering the opportunity to learn about and discuss ways to change thinking, practice, policy and research.  This conference is a place where people are learning, smiling, connecting and changing.

Please visit the Pioneer Network’s Conference web page here for more information and registration details.

Selfie Tip #8:  “Please Pass the Hot Sauce”

Food preferences along with the way meals favored (and sometimes flavored) depend on the individual.  Dining should be about more than nutrition.

Please see the flyer here tip for more information.

A Meeting of the Minds Webinar with guest Dr. Al Power

June 23, 2015:  2:00 p.m. CT

Dr. Al Power is the author of Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being.  In this webinar, Dr. Power will look at the experience of dementia through the seven domains of well-being — identity, connectedness, security, autonomy, meaning, growth, and joy — and explore how each is challenged, both by brain changes and by our attitudes and care systems, and how we can use transformational approaches to restore each domain even for people with advanced cognitive change.

Dr. Power will also talk about why many “nonpharmacological interventions” and alternative therapies don’t really work any better than pills.  Participants in the webinar will learn to view dementia in a new light and will challenge many of the approaches that have been taken for granted.

To register for this FREE webinar, please visit here.  You may also visit the Dementia Alliance International’s event page located here.

On the Road to Culture Change…Visit to Lincoln Community Care Center (Update)

In 2011, I visited Lincoln Community Care Center (LCCC), a 66-resident skilled nursing and 14-resident assisted living home located in Lincoln.  Recently, Administrator Donna Bowers invited me back to share the changes that have taken place since.  I visited again in March 2015.  One of the first things I noticed was… to read more and view photos, click here: Lincoln Community Care Center Update

On the Road to Culture Change…Visit to Parc Provence

In April 2014, University of Missouri Nursing Home Leadership Coach Dave Walker and I led a staff, resident, and family team in completing the Artifacts of Culture Change assessment at Parc Provence.  Parc is a 140-resident skilled nursing home that specializes… to read more and view photos, click here: Parc Provence.

CMS Updated Medical Coverage Requirements

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new recommendations for the pneumococcal vaccine in adults over the age of 65.  The CDC recommends that providers now use two pneumococcal vaccines for adults aged ≥65.  These vaccinations are 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) and 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPSV23).  The CDC recommendations are located at

CMS has updated the Medicare coverage requirements to align with this recommendation.  These Medicare coverage requirements were implemented on February 2, 2015 as posted in the MLN Matters document: MM9051.

Please visit to see that specific MLN Matters document.

CMS has instructed providers to continue to code item O0300 as instructed in the current RAI User’s Manual.

Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

June 23, 2015:  Speaking from Experience:  The Wisdom of Elders
Presenter:  Anna Ortigara, Organizational Change Consultant with PHI and Lynda Crandall, Executive Director with the Pioneer Network

The voices of people living in long-term care settings have been frequently missing from formal discussions and change efforts.  Their voices help us to not only learn the extent to which person-centered practices are in place and experienced by residents, but also how important various actions and practices and environments are to them.  During this webinar, participants will think about and identify methods or systems for acting on the desires of residents; identify questions that may facilitate deeper conversation and learning with residents; and reconsider the importance and depth of information collected about residents relative to meaningful living.

Please visit for more information and to register for this webinar.