People around the globe are experimenting with fresh ways to help those living with dementia thrive. What can we in the United States learn from others around the world? Spark your own creativity. Broaden your knowledge of what’s possible. Look beyond our borders for inspiration.
Join this free webinar to:
Learn how technology can support individuals living with dementia in their current setting.
Compare “outside the box” solutions vs current tools to support these individuals.
Expand your knowledge and understanding of these tools and solutions.
The focus of Benjamin’s work as a social gerontologist is to empower people to thrive, no matter the disability or cognitive disorder they may have. He is passionate about designing powerful user experiences for elders and the people who serve them. Benjamin joined Koelsch Senior Communities in 2016 as the Director of Programs and Training before moving into the Director of Education and Culture role in 2018, where he shapes innovative engagement experiences for seniors, as well as specialized programming for people living with dementia.
Benjamin also guides person-centered training for over 2,000 employees in 8 states, leads the Koelsch Innovation Lab, and coaches Wellness Directors and Executive Directors who support more than 1,500 seniors. His passion is imagining the impossible and building alliances that make it possible. Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Sociology from Biola University and a Master’s degree in Gerontology from California State University.
Nursing: This program has been approved for one clock hour of continuing education credit by The Illinois Board of Nursing, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
Administrators: This program has been approved for one clock hour of continuing education credit by the National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) – Approval #20250320-1-A99885-DL.
PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must submit their documentation directly to their respective state boards, associations, or licensing agencies. Forum Extended Care Services provides CE certificates only to attendees.
Benjamin Surmi, MSGSocial Gerontologist Director of Education and Culture, Koelsch Senior Communities
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June 12, 2020
Utilizing Lean Six Sigma to Improve Quality, Reduce Cost & Transform your Culture
Today’s challenging economic times are forcing healthcare organizations to reconsider every aspect of their operations. Offering an alternative to staff layoffs and other expense-cutting measures, Lean Six Sigma has been shown to reduce costs, increase the quality of care, and improve customer satisfaction. Join pharmacy leaders to learn about the key Lean Six Sigma tools that operators and staff can initiate to create quick wins while engaging staff and transforming their workplace culture.
View your organization from a comprehensive business lens incorporating general cost accounting business principals into day-to-day operations. This session will help identify which rental units and services generate a profit or loss and the measures to adjust pricing, improve delivery of services, and ultimately strengthen net operating income.
Modern medicines have contributed to longer life spans and improved quality of life. However, when not used appropriately, effectively, and safely, medications can have devastating consequences. There are several risk factors that can lead to polypharmacy, including having multiple medical conditions managed by multiple prescribers. Monitoring patients’ active medication lists and deprescribing any unnecessary medications are recommended to reduce pill burden, risks of adverse drug events, and financial hardship. This session will review medications with increased risk of complications in the elderly and presents a process for patient active medication list monitoring and deprescribing as a therapeutic intervention.
An estimated 50% of older adults living at home and up to 80% of those living in nursing homes have significant pain that is often persistent. There are many challenges that can make it difficult to treat pain in this age group, most notably the presence of other significant health problems and the difficulty of assessing pain in those with cognitive impairment. This session will review different pain types and discuss the misconceptions and consequences of untreated pain in the elderly. Analgesic therapies are examined and the current Illinois laws and regulations, and considerations for use of Cannabis are presented.
Plants or Pills? The Truth About Dietary Supplements
The use of dietary supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, plant products, and herbal therapies has become a routine part of the American lifestyle. But often, these items are marketed as having benefits that are unsubstantiated; do not carry adequate warnings about when they interfere with lab tests; interfere with prescribed drugs; and may be completely misused by the patient because they are “all-natural” and “must be safe, right?” Health and senior care professionals are relied upon by patients/residents and their families to have accurate information about the uses and effects of these products. Using evidence-based research, we will review the current clinical findings and safety profiles of numerous over-the-counter products used by seniors for various medical and psychological conditions. Armed with these facts, health/senior care providers will be able to advise their residents and families with more confidence.