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2019 Activity Professionals Conference

2/6/2019 - 2/8/2019

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2019 Activity Conference

Welcome to the 2019 Activity Conference where activity professionals from across the state get together to discuss challenges, solve problems, share resources, have a good time and get to know each other better.

Over the next three days, you'll take in a noteworthy lineup of education sessions and keynote speakers who will share a wealth of information. We know you will find incredible takeaways at this year's conference.

Anyone who has been to our event in the past will tell you that the speakers are only the icing on the cake. They'll tell you about the fun they had, the insights they gained, the resources they discussed for their activity and resident enrichment programs, the inspiration they took back with them and the great people they met. We're confident you?ll go home feeling refreshed, invigorated and ready to use and share all you learned.

Back by Popular Demand! Association members registering for the full conference will also receive a complimentary one day registration to OHCA2019 - the Association's annual convention in Spring 2019 featuring over 100 educational sessions and a 300+ vendor trade show, CEUs and more! A great opportunity to experience both events!


Conference Location:
Embassy Suites Columbus Airport
2886 Airport Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43219
614-536-0500

Group Rate: $146.00 (king suite or queen/queen suite)
Includes complimentary internet and fully cooked to order breakfast as well as a manager's reception each evening.

A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the OHCA rate. The hotel may have additional rooms available once all of the OHCA rooms are gone, but they may not be at the special rate, even if you contact them before the cut-off date. It is unlikely that they will be able to extend the cut-off date of January 16, 2019. Due to the busy nature of their hotel and since rooms go quickly there may not be any available rooms left at that point.


The Embassy Suites Columbus Airport brings you the quality amenities and services that you've come to expect from a Hilton family brand. Additional property features:

198 two-room suites offering a separate living area with a sofa bed and Private bedroom with Serta Suite Dreams mattresses featuring our Embassy Essentials Bedding Collection

Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast daily and a complimentary nightly Manager's Reception (subject to OH state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age).

Complimentary parking with complimentary shuttle service to Columbus airport and Easton Town Center, an upscale lifestyle center with numerous restaurants, shopping center, spa and other amenities

Private bath with Blooms Energy Collection? bath products, walk-in shower or tub

Two 42-inch HDTV televisions with in-suite movies

Wired and wireless HSIA, and Complimentary wireless HSIA in all public areas

Refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, wet bar, iron with board, and laptop safes in guest rooms

Spacious desk with ergonomic chair and mobile furnishings so guests can create their own living space

Open air-atrium with a signature water feature featuring the Flying Spoons restaurant

24-hour complimentary BusinessLink Business Center and Sundry shop

Enlarged 24/7 fitness center featuring leading-edge cardio and resistance training equipment from Precor and an indoor pool, whirlpool, and sun deck

Dry cleaning and in-house laundry services

Download the brochure above for full session descriptions

February 6, 2019 Pre-Conference:

12:00 pm Check in

12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions:

1. Introduction to Creating Engaging Sensory Trays for older adults
2. Chair Chi: Seated Tai Chi for the movement impaired populations

2:30 pm Networking Break

2:45 pm Concurrent Sessions:

3. Introduction to Creating Engaging Sensory Trays for older adults (repeat), class limited to 50 people
4. Chair Chi: Seated Tai Chi for the movement impaired populations (repeat)

4:45 pm Adjourn

4:45 pm - 6:15 pm The Supervisor?s Bag of Tricks: Success Strategies for Creating and Implementing a Meaningful Employee Recognition Program

Conference Details: February 7

8:30 - 9:00 am Conference Check In

9:00 - 10:00 am Opening General Session ? Advancing the Activity Profession

10:15 am Networking Break

10:30 - 12:15 pm Person-Centered Engagement and the New Federal Regulations

12:15 - 1:30 pm Networking Luncheon (included in your registration fee)

1:30 - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions - Select one

5. Mental Illness and Other Behaviors
6. Activity Departments Role in Handling Complaints

3:00 - 3:15 pm Networking Break
3:15 - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions ? Select One

7. Personality types in the workplace-Why can't we all get along?
8. AGELESS GRACE

5:00 pm Adjourn

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm Networking Reception

6:15 - 8:30 pm Painting is Back!

February 8

7:30 - 8:00 am Check In / Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 9:30 am General Session ? How to Write Activity Care Plans That Make Sense

9:30-9:45 am Networking Break

9:45 - 11:45 am Quick Idea Sessions -
Each session will be 25 minutes long. You will be able to attend each of the mini sessions in a small group setting to allow for maximum interaction.

a. How Prepared Are You?

b. Step into the world of the Internet

c. Fixing the Problem

d. How to Implement PAL Cards

11:45 am - 12:30 pm Networking Lunch

12:30 - 2:00 pm General Session - Who, What and How of One to One Programming

2:00 - 2:15 pm Networking Break

2:15 - 3:15 pm Closing General Session: Coping Skills for the 7 Stages of Dementia

3:15 pm Adjourn


Amy Beam has made it her life's mission to understand the world of dementia patients and help families and loved ones know that world and the patient?s daily reality. Amy's work with dementia professionals, patients, and their families grew out of a commitment that started with her own family. Her 92 year old father had dementia and was in good health, but lived in a nursing facility. An accidental fall led to his quick deterioration and he passed several weeks later. Witnessing the lack of dementia-specific training among the staff, she set out to make a difference in the level of understanding caregivers and families have for their patients. She has shared her unique perspective with families, assisted living facilities, police and firemen medical assistants of all types. Amy earned her Master's degree from Ohio State University. For 5 years she held various positions with home care organizations. Currently, she is the Manager of Support for a privately-owned home care company, Friendly Care, Inc. Amy has worked with nursing facilities and with individuals in their homes. She has organized and led Alzheimer?s support groups, sometimes also doing home visitations and individual assessments. Her goal is always to understand the client and recommend living and care solutions that work. She has been invited to share her knowledge with medical teams, police, fire and other first responders. She has met with families from as far away as South Korea and his frequently a featured speaker for the Ohio Aging Network. Amy is married and the mother four daughters. She lives in Lancaster, Ohio.

Tammy Cassidy, President, T. L. Cassidy & Associates, LLC
Ms. Cassidy has over 24 years of long term care management experience. This experience includes roles as Charge Nurse, Director of Nursing, MDS Coordinator, Corporate Clinical Compliance/Risk Manager and Vice President of Clinical Quality. Ms. Cassidy is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Ohio. She has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, specializing in MDS, as a DAVE2 surveyor. Ms. Cassidy is certified in gerontological nursing, and is a Certified Resident Assessment Coordinator through the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators. She received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Miami University. A major focus of Ms. Cassidy's is to raise awareness of the MDS process, correct coding, and reimbursement. She is the past president of OANAC (Ohio Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators) and served as a Senior Reviewer for the American Health Care Association Silver Quality Awards. She is also the proud recipient of the American College of Health Care Administrators, Ohio Chapter, 2017 Educator of the Year Award.

Mary Harrison, LNHA
Mary Harrison has a Bachelor?s Degree in Health and a Certificate in Gerontology from Ohio University. After graduation, Mary became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and spent many years working to help create a positive and customer-focused environment for long-term care residents, families and staff. Mary is a dynamic and seasoned professional who has presented CEUs at local and State Conventions including The Ohio RAP Convention, The Pennslyvania Activities Professional Association Annual Conference, The Ohio Health Care Association Annual Convention, SSAMA Convention, and more. Mary?s unique perspective of combining her experiences as a caregiver for familiy members with the professional skills of more than 20 years in long term care help her connect with all audiences. Mary Harrison is the founder of BoomReady, an resident-focused company that provides innovative programs for seniors and the people who serve them.

Peter Illig ESQ, Chief Executive Officer for the National Certification Council For Activity Professionals
Peter is a strategic nonprofit leader with a unique mix of management and legal skills from over 30 years of global nonprofit experience. He established, ran and oversaw health-related programs, partnerships and nonprofits in over 20 countries. Mr. Illig previously served as General Counsel and Director of External Relations for World Scouting where he ensured legal compliance and established strategic partnerships with global organizations such as the United Nations and Red Cross. A registered consultant with the World Health Organization, he worked in Washington, DC for the law firm Holland and Knight, LLP and serves as an adviser to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations and the National Academies of Science, Institute of Medicine.

Kate Kottenbrock, ADC, CDP, Certified ?Best Friends? Master Trainer
Kate is a country girl growing up on a farm and marrying her farmer husband in 1972, is a mother of six, and grandma of fifteen grandchildren. She began working in the Health Care Profession in 1993 at The Heritage in Findlay as an Activity Associate, quickly promoted to Activity Director. From 2003 to 2006 became the Nurse Aide Coordinator at The Heritage. In 2006 became ADC through NCCAP and returned to Life Enrichment Director at The Heritage. Kate was promoted to Life Enrichment Support in 2008 supporting Life Enrichment Directors for The North Ohio Division of Trilogy Health Services. She is a Certified Dementia Practioner and recently became a Certifies 'Best Friends' Master Trainer. In her spare time, she loves to cook Sunday Suppers for her family, all crafts, gardening, canning, playing with grandkids and reading.

Vanessa Leemaster CTRS, CDP, Certified ?Best Friends? Master Trainer
Vanessa is a lifetime native Ohio girl. She earned her B.S. degree in Education, with a focus in Therapeutic Recreation, from Bowling Green State University and went on three years later, to earn her M.A. In Counseling Education, from the University of Toledo. Vanessa is a member of the OHCA Activity Council and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. She has worked in long-term care for the last 11 years, with the last 5.5 years being with Trilogy Health Services, as Campus Support for Life Enrichment and Memory Care for South Ohio. Vanessa is inspired mostly by how we can all make a difference and positively impact the lives of others each and every day. In her leisure, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, cooking, outdoor recreation and a good craft beer.

Holly Melick, STNA, ADC
Holly started her Long Term Care Career in May 1990 at Pataskala Oaks Care Center in Housekeeping and Laundry. In Feb of 1991 she was promoted to Activity Director. She attended a 36 hour course on becoming an Activity Director put on by the State of Ohio. She became a Stated Tested Nursing Assistant in Sept 2001. She became Activity Director Certified through the National Certification for Activity Professional July of 2007. October 2012, she became a Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. In Feb of 2013, completed the requirements to have Pataskala Oaks Care Center be one of the first Central Ohio Long Term Care Facility to be a 'Certified Music and Memory Facility'.

Dawn Worsley, ADC/ EDU/MC President of National Certification Council for Activity Professionals
Dawn is the President of the Board of Director for the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). She is also the owner of Dawn on the Horizon, LLC in Baltimore, MD, an education and consulting business serving the Maryland and Tri-State area. Dawn is an Activity Director Certified (ADC), a Certified Eden Alternative Associate and a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). She is an authorized Certification Instructor with NCCAP. She also serves as Admissions & Marketing Director, Director of Alzheimer's and Geropsych units, and as a Regional Clinical Specialist. She has vast knowledge of long-term care and community services. Considered a pioneer in Resident Rights and Culture Change, she is a National Speaker on many topics for Health Care Workers and is a published author in both print and video.


Continuing Education Credits:

Full Conference registrants are able to receive up to 17.5 hours of credit are available.
(February 6 = 5.5 hours; February 7 = 6 hours; February 8 = 6 hours)


Activity Professionals:
Application for credit has been submitted to the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals.

Certified Executives for Assisted Living (CEAL):
Up to 17.5 hours are available during this program and can be used toward renewal of the CEAL re-certification.

Certified Executives for Home Care & Hospice (CEHCH):
Up to 17.5 hours are available during this program and can be used toward renewal of the CEHCH re-certification.

Nurses:
Nurses, please note any continuing education that has been approved by BELTSS (or any other accredited body) can be accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing in the State of Ohio. Nurses may use this continuing education to meet their licensure requirements. Please refer to OBN continuing education rules 4723-14-01 thru 4723-14-19. Nurses may obtain up to 17.5 hours utilizing this rule.

Ohio Administrators:
The Ohio Health Care Association is an approved provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Board of Executives for Long Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) and has approved this program.

Ohio Social Workers:
The Ohio Health Care Association is an approved provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Social Work Board. Only certain classes apply for Social Work credit - see below.

February 7th: Mental Illness and Other Behaviors (1 .5 CE); and Personality types in the workplace-Why can?t we all get along? (1.75 CE); February 8th - General Session - Who, What and How of One to One Programming (1.5 CE); and Closing General Session: Coping Skills for the 7 Stages of Dementia (1 CE).


Registration Information:

The Activity Professionals Conference is offered to all activity professionals at the low Association member rate. Take advantage of this great offer! Enjoy top-notch educational programming!

What Is Included in My Registration Fee?

Full Conference:

Up to 17.5 Continuing Education Credits
Continental Breakfast Each Day
Lunch Buffet Each Day
Continuous refreshment service each day
Handouts of all education sessions
Wednesday Evening Session
Thursday Reception
Thursday Evening Painting Event

One Day: (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday)

Continuing Education Credits for day attended
Continental Breakfast (Thursday & Friday only)
Lunch Buffet (Thursday & Friday only)
Continuous refreshment service
Handouts of all education sessions

Registration Fees:

Full Conference:
$279 before January 19
$299 January 19 and after

One Day Only: (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday)
$179 before January 19
$219 January 19 and after

Register 4 or more people from the same organization online and save an additional 15% off the fees above

Back by Popular Demand! Association members registering for the full conference will also receive a complimentary one day registration to OHCA2019 - the Association's annual convention in Spring 2019 featuring over 100 educational sessions and a 300+ vendor trade show, CEUs and more! A great opportunity to experience both events!




Register Now