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CALA/ISLE 28th ANNUAL

ASSISTED LIVING CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW

CALA’s Annual Conference & Trade Show is the best opportunity of the year to learn about
what is happening in the senior living industry! This event is a must for regional managers,
executive directors, nursing directors, marketing managers, operations directors, dining service
directors and all the support teams that operate senior living communities in Connecticut.

Keynote Speaker

Christopher Ridenhour

Christopher Ridenhour, GFN

Contracted Leadership Trainer/Educator Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania

PRESENTING March 23, 2023
TOPIC Retention 911: Reviving, Inspiring, Engaging, Retaining!

For the last 2 decades, Christopher has led wholesale culture change as the Chief Learning Officer(CLO) for several multi-site aging services organizations “actionizing” the Mission, Vision, and Values into daily commitments! Additionally, he directs system-wide Onboarding, DEI, Leadership Development, and Engagement strategies resulting in above-industry increases in the retention of new and seasoned team members. Christopher’s passion and effectiveness has earned scores of opportunities to travel nationally as a Conference Keynote, and Performance Improvement Trainer. He is a perennial presenter at Pioneer Network, LeadingAge, Argentum, AHCA/NCAL, NADONA, AHE, among many other associations. His deepest passion lies in supporting organizations interested in skill-building the courage, compassion, and communication necessary to create cultures of belonging and inclusion. Christopher asks us to imagine the positive outcomes for our elders resulting when EVERY team member, across all levels and walks-of-life, feels cherished and fired up.

AGENDA

KEYNOTE

Session Title: Retention 911: Reviving, Inspiring, Engaging, Retaining!
Speakers: Christopher Ridenhour
Description: Imagine the end to floor wars, cross-shift conflicts and the “churn and burn” nature of healthcare! Are you ready to do everything necessary to keep folks from rushing to the exits? Are you ready to make this the “Year of Retention?” Today, let’s declare a moratorium on uncooperative, unengaged, and uncommunicative behaviors. Haphazard nonspecific retention and engagement strategies guarantee increased abysmal morale, high accident rates, and pervasive overtime costs. The sheer impact of replacement costs alone threaten organizational survival. GREAT NEWS AHEAD! Retention 911: Reviving, Inspiring, Engaging, Retaining! dives deep into the hearts and minds of your colleagues to reveal what inspires and motivates human beings to embrace change, own problems, and take personal accountability for their part in creating a magnetic community. Our buildings deserve the peace that comes from a workplace culture defined by passion, purpose, cooperation and unprecedented levels of morale and engagement. You will walk away with countless strategies created to kick the “workforce crisis” right in the tail!

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS

BREAKOUT 1

Session Title: Purple Flag for Dementia Care Accreditation: The Value of Participation
Speakers: Ann Pavano, McLean, Christopher Carter, CALA, Lindsay Miller, Farmington Station (include new participants)
Description:
  • How Purple Flag assisted with team building among associates
  • How Purple Flag helped us raise the bar with memory care
  • How Purple Flag made us stand out in the marketplace

BREAKOUT 2

Session Title: Pearls and Perils in Diagnosing Dementia
Speaker: Harry Morgan, MD
Description: The presentation will focus on the tools for diagnosing dementia and its subtypes with the implications for treatment. Clinical vignettes will be used and audience participation is encouraged.
  • Identify Key elements of the clinical History.
  • Identify Laboratory and Imaging contributions to diagnosis
  • Identify use of and limitations in “Evidence-Based” treatment decisions

BREAKOUT 3

Session Title: Computer Vision, Sensors and AI: How Maplewood Senior Living is transforming Apartments into Members of the Care Team and Improving Safety and Health Outcomes
Speakers: Maplewood Senior Living
Description:
  • Automated smart monitoring inside the apartment
  • Intelligent fall prevention and detection
  • On-demand virtual rounding
  • Instant event/incident review
  • Care intensity metrics and KPI dashboards

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS

BREAKOUT 1

Session Title: Love, Loyalty, and the Language of Leaders During Times of Covid, Chaos, and Change!
Speakers: 
Christopher Ridenhour
Description:
  • Practice the mindset necessary to inspire colleagues and peers toward increased courage, resilience, and grace in the midst of all workplace storms.
  • Create a Personal Action Plan using “Change Theory” as a tool for ongoing growth as a role model for positivity, optimism, and leadership effectiveness.
  • Create a Departmental Action Plan ensuring that trust, empathy, belonging, and peace defines the team culture and relationships therein.

BREAKOUT 2

Session Title: Veteran Benefits to Fund Long-Term Care in Connecticut
Speakers: Steve Rubin, Esq., Drazen Rubin Law
Description:
  • How Veterans Benefits and Medicaid Benefits can work together or compete with each other
  • Service Connected versus non-service Connected Veterans Benefits
  • Eligibility Rules for Non-Service Connected Benefits
  • What the “3-Year Look-Back Period” and up to 5-year penalty for gifts means for your family and how you can still utilize legal strategies to safely reallocate assets or income without triggering penalties from the Veterans Administration.

BREAKOUT 3

Session Title: Having FUN: The Use of PLAY for Helping Elders and Ourselves to Thrive and Flourish
Speakers: Dr. Jack Gesino, DSW, LCSW
Description:
  • Playing and having FUN is a profound neurobiological process for healthy and purposeful adult living.
  • Learn through experiential exercises how to use novelty, play groups, improvisation and create a playground to help elders have FUN.

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SPONSORS

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting CALA’s 28th Annual Conference & Trade Show

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BREAKFAST SPONSOR

LUNCH SPONSOR

DESSERT SPONSOR

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CONFERENCE BAG SPONSOR

RECEPTION SPONSOR

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SUPPORTING SPONSORS

A.P. Construction Company • Optum • Partners Pharmacy • Senior Planning Services • Hillcrest Agency 

Hancock Pharmacy • AVIVA West Hartford • Spring Village at Danbury • The Junkluggers • LaRosa Building Group

ServiceMaster Restore • Legacy Healthcare Services

A.P. Construction Company
Optum
Partners Pharmacy 
Senior Planning Services
Hillcrest Agency
Hancock Pharmacy
AVIVA West Hartford 
Spring Village at Danbury
The Junkluggers
LaRosa Building Group

ServiceMaster Restore
Legacy Healthcare Services

sponsorship options
For more information, contact: Jane Wisialowski, Conference Manager jane@CTAssistedLiving.com or 860-575-1012.