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Avila Institute of Gerontology offers a range of courses that will enhance your ability to provide residents with optimal nutrition. There are courses that explore end-of-life issues, pain management, ethical concerns, and regulatory updates.

  • Fifth Webinar: An Exploratory Journey: Meeting of the Microbiome and Longevity

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/13/2020 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

    In this live 1-hour presentation, Dr. Helen Battisti will discuss how science has shown us that there is a bidirectional communication between our brain and our gut, known as the Gut-Brain Axis.

  • Fourth Webinar: Developing a Resilient Mindset for Healthcare Team Members

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/13/2020 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    In this live 2-hour presentation, Dr. Francis Battisti will direct participants in how to develop a resilient mindset and lifestyle for increased satisfaction and productivity and assess an individual team member’s readiness for change.

  • Third Webinar: Compassion Fatigue: A Self-Care Imperative

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/12/2020 at 1:30 PM (EDT)

    In this live 1-hour presentation, speaker Mary T. O'Neill will discuss the meaning of compassion and distinctions between burnout and compassion fatigue.

  • Second Webinar: Long-Term Healthcare Ministry Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/12/2020 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

    In this live 1-hour presentation, speaker Julie Trocchio will review the public policy priorities and activities of the long-term healthcare ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will also discuss stronger and new partnerships, ethical issues, and how to promote the well-being of our staff and residents.

  • First Webinar: Surviving Chaos: Legal and Regulatory Update

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/12/2020 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

    In this live 2-hour presentation, speaker Janet Feldkamp will discuss the impact of COVID on current regulatory requirements for post-acute care facilities including new transmittals, guidance and other issuances from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She will also foster analysis of the Office of Inspector General’s Work Plan on post-acute care providers and multiple agencies' focus on fraud enforcement and prevention.

  • The Nature of Human Suffering and the Preservation of Dignity at the End of Life (On-Demand)

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The lecture will include a discussion of the nature of spiritual suffering and its treatment, as well as common mental syndromes and their psychiatric approach (such as delirium, depression and panic). Participants will explore emotional suffering, its nature, approaches to treatment, severity, and outcomes. They will learn about physical suffering, common forms of therapy and drug usage for pain control, dyspnea and obstruction. The session will touch on challenges of family care and approaches to therapy, as well as grief and the challenges it presents to staff and families.

  • Medically Administered Nutrition and Hydration: Is it Ethically Required with Dementia and Stroke Patients? (On-Demand)

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Those participating will develop a better understanding of the use or decisions not to use tube feeding, with a particular focus on patients with dementing illnesses and stroke. Participants will be able to discuss feeding tube use in the following areas: clinical details on feeding tubes, dementing illnesses and difficulty in feeding and hydration, and the use of feeding tubes in strokes, differentiating between different types of stroke and probable outcomes; ethical grounding on the use or decisions not to use medically assisted nutrition and hydration; considering the right paradigms in differing situations.

  • Washington Update (On-Demand)

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will describe how the federal government and others are working to reform the continuum of long term care services and supports and strategies for long term care in the face of these efforts.

  • Pathway to Quality: Legal and Regulatory Updates (On-Demand)

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This session will provide information and potential action items regarding survey and certification protocol and requirements, including recent changes and proposed changes. CMS and state agencies frequently re-adjust their focus regarding procedures and processes for surveys. The Office of Inspector General annual work plan provides information on current focuses and understanding the importance of compliance with requirements is imperative for good leaders. Also, discussion will include other areas such as emergency preparedness, HIPAA and other hot topics for nursing facilities.

  • When to Refer a Patient to End of Life Care (On-Demand)

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this session, Dr. Comfort will discuss when to refer residents to end of life care. He will review rate of decline—especially for those who have cancer—and address topics such as pain management, delirium, nausea and vomiting, dyspnea, and nutritional issues. Dr. Comfort will also review patient decisions at the end of life, such as DNR (do not resuscitate), cognitive screening, palliative sedation and care.