Tuesday, September 1st (Session B3) - Becoming Community Builders
The person-directed care movement has made great strides in promoting individual preferences and autonomy. Taking this concept further requires creating environments where Elders not only make decisions about their own lives but have an opportunity for true influence on the culture and operations of the community. The current model of senior living is one of service and hospitality, turning those receiving services into consumers. In this session, we will explore bringing Elders (and those who support them) back to citizenship and creating communities where healthy norms exist and everyone has accountability to the whole.
1. Compare the hospitality model with community building.
2. List the components that must be in place to create a sense of community.
3. Discuss stories and practical application of community building.
Director, Founder, In Service to Our Own
|Sr. Imelda Maurer has thirty-one years’ experience in advocacy and leadership in aging services. She has directed communities at all levels of care. Over the past several years, she has worked directly with Sisters across the country; visited convent settings to learn about retirement programs; consulted with elected leadership teams; and presented at regional and national settings. A retired Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Sr. Imelda has administered all levels of LTC communities. She has visited convent retirement centers across the country, gaining a general knowledge of programs, attitudes and needs; consulted with leadership teams of various congregations; and has addressed Sisters at regional and national gatherings, Sisters in elected leadership and Sisters living in retirement settings. Her blog, Providence Women, addresses issues of aging, advocacy around aging services issues, standards of care, ageism, aging and spirituality. She has had work published in National Catholic Reporter, including their project, “Global Sisters Report.”|
President & CEO, The Eden Alternative
For over two decades, Jill Vitale-Aussem has made changing the culture of nursing homes, assisted living communities and retirement communities her life’s work as a nursing home administrator, CCRC executive director and vice president of operations. In each role, Jill pushed back against the status quo and drove deep cultural transformation in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. These efforts not only improved the quality of life for the people who lived and worked in her communities but led to significant improvements in occupancy, financial and regulatory outcomes. Jill now serves as President & CEO of The Eden Alternative, an international non-profit dedicated to creating quality of life for elders and their care partners, no matter where they may live. The Eden Alternative has impacted the lives of people in sixteen countries around the world. Jill is the author of Disrupting the Status Quo of Senior Living: A Mindshift and speaks internationally on the topics of culture, leadership and ageism.
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