“Time flies when you are having this much fun!”
We heard this comment over and over throughout our conference this year. Like the first day of the conference, we were packed in with educational sessions. Each year we make subtle changes to our schedule – this year putting in 30 minute breakout sessions. We heard several great comments on the new format!
Our day started with a panel discussion led by Sarah Work. Panelists were Sue Jutz, Director of Resident Services at Thomas Landing Senior Living, Linda Beyers, RN at Potter Ridge Assisted Living, and Roman Bloemke (@romanbloemke), Director of Operations at Welcome Home.
After our panel discussion, we moved to the breakout sessions.
Our first breakout sessions were led by team members from our communities.
Emma Peterson, Community Life Coordinator at Legends at Heritage Place, led a brief overview of the concept of Validation and how to implement theory in to everyday practice as Care Providers who work with people who have Alzheimer’s disease. She also provided simple techniques on how to educate all members of the care staff team and family members on how to: utilize and implement Validation in their every day.
The second breakout session was led by Trincy Faas, Director of Resident Services and Linda Beyers, RN, both of Potter Ridge Assisted Living.
After lunch, the breakouts continued with Roman Bloemke hosting a group session on “The importance of your role in the success of the community.”
The second breakout session in the afternoon was given by Briana Stonelake, a consultant from Midwest EAP, our employee assistance program. This program was part of our ongoing effort to inform all team members of the benefits available to them by being a team member at Welcome Home.
After this session, we hosted our awards program. We’ll make a separate blog post about the winners this afternoon.
Our conference came to an exciting finish with group favorite, Pat Lang, from Ridgewater College Customized Training.
Her session titled “Superstars” had people up and moving…literally!
We have such an awesome group of people to work with. They are so dedicated to their jobs and to their residents.
As Roman closed the conference, he stated “Working here doesn’t feel like going to work with strangers. Each of us are part of a big family. It’s fun to come to work and work with such amazing people!”
Thank you to all of our speakers and our team members who made this year’s conference one of the best yet!