Nursing and Manager’s Sessions

Keynote Address: Dave Davlin - “The Game Winning 3” Making it Count…In Business and Life

Success can be defined in its simplest form as making life better for someone else. Whether it comes in creating a better product, helping to relieve someone’s stress or pain, bringing someone laughter or joy or helping someone get more out of their life, success is always about serving.

This being the case, the key to success in any business lies not only in the development of great products and services, but more importantly in the development of great people. In this insightful presentation, Dave Davlin shares three essential ingredients for developing a purpose-driven mentality to achieve a fulfilling career and balanced life.

This presentation is an hour of interaction, humor and audience participation mixed with a powerful message. It is a roller coaster ride of emotion that will find the audience engaged in hilarious laughter one moment and brought to tears the next. The audience will be challenged to make the most of every moment in order to develop themselves personally and professionally while creating value and making a difference in the lives of others.


Nursing & Plenary Session: Carmen Tilton and Jaime Capelo - “Public Policy Update”

Carmen and Jaime will cover the actions and results of the 87th Texas Legislative Session, the impact of new legislation on assisted living communities, and what’s next.


Nursing & Dementia: Jaime Cobb - “Communication Strategies Across the Stages of Dementia”

This program will discuss the common changes in communication that occur for persons with dementia as the disease progress through the stages and best communication strategies that focus on individuals’ abilities, prolonging dignity and enhancing quality of life.


Nursing & Plenary Session: Linda Abel - “Health Maintenance Activities”


Nursing & Plenary Session: Michael Crowe – “Resident Agreement Terminations, Discharges, and Evictions”

One of the most unpleasant duties of an assisted living community is to terminate a resident’s agreement and to discharge the resident. Unfortunately, this action always comes at a time of acute stress in the relationship between the community, the resident, and, typically, the family. It is also, in most cases, a matter of extreme urgency. Compounding the already present anxiety are the legal nuts and bolt of how this can be accomplished. This session will attempt to relieve some of the stress by walking through those legal nuts and bolts and will try to demystify the termination and discharge process. We will walk through the regulatory issues that govern agreement terminations and discharges in Texas as well as the eviction process set forth in Texas law. We will also review some of the more common termination provisions in assisted living residency agreements. Hypothetical situations will be explored, presenting an opportunity for audience participation. Through this process, we will review some of the best practices for handling these situations.


Nursing & Dementia: Hollie Glover – “The Heartbreak & Cost of Isolation: Strategies for Coping”

In December of 2020, the CDC reported that among US adults surveyed more than 40% said they had at least one mental health event in 2020. 11% of those interviewed said they had seriously considered suicide in 2020. The majority of those interviewed were over the age of 65. Approximately 31% of all suicides were health care workers last year. We are all in a state of “collective grief” from the past year’s events. We will talk seriously about the cost of the pandemic and how isolation has affected all of us. Practical advice to help us change our thought process and perceptions will be detailed.

We all watched it happen within our walls. How many of our resident’s and staff’s deaths were due to the virus and how many of them were Covid related due to loneliness and isolation? How many of our resident’s family members did we lose to a broken heart? Why were there more than 26,000 additional dementia deaths last year than in 2019? We will look at the latest statistics concerning residents, family care partners, and professional health care workers. We will discuss ways to equip our resident’s families as they work their way through the grief and loss of isolation.
Now, more than ever, we must practice emotional hygiene, but you cannot treat a wound you do not know you have. Many of us in healthcare have been working on autopilot for over a year now. Let’s discuss 5 real solutions and learn doable self-care and coping skills.


Nursing & Dementia: Chastiti Horne – “Dancing, Digging, and Dementia: Programming Activities to Make Every Day Count”

This presentation will examine the everyday challenges that arise in programming for dementia residents, particularly during isolation. I will examine the prevalence of repetitive programs that are failing to stimulate the brain and, instead, locking our residents deeper into the dementia abyss.

My presentation will promote going beyond the normal and easy routes for programming. The presentation will walk you through unique activities to stimulate and motivate our most vulnerable population in the long-term care industry. Focusing on the individual, the resources and a great deal of creativity, the audience will have the tools to implement inspirational activities that both the residents and their families will enjoy. During the presentation, videos and photos of imaginative programs will be shared. Audience participation will assist in bringing home the importance of thoughtful programming for our ALF communities. The goal is to implement programs that will be a benefit and not a burden on the resident or on the facility staff. Making every day count, as the objective, ensures that the activity or activities will arouse and exercise the brain providing relief and enjoyment.