YOU ARE INVITED TO:

Mass Home Care’s 34th

          Annual Meeting  

             JUNE 26, 2017        

                                    SPECIAL GUESTS

  Rep. Aaron Vega                 Sen. Barbara L’Italien                                       Rep. Danielle Gregoire

                            SPECIAL LEGACY AWARDS

                                       Rep. Paul Donato

                                      Rosanne DiStefano       

                                             John O’Neill                

                                                Jack Hall

                                 MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017

                         11: 30 AM at the Burlington Marriott

                             More Special Guests Coming!

TO MAKE A RESERVATION EMAIL

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Mass Home Care Network Conference Oct. 13th. Registration

Mass Home Care’s

2016 Network Conference

Post Acute Care Discovered!

New World Beyond Hospitals and Doctors

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Holiday Inn, Boxborough

To register for this conference go to this link:

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                                  Conference Agenda

9:30 AM Welcome: Greg Giuliano, Mass Home Care.

9:40 AM: MORNING KEYNOTE:

MAKING ACCOUNTABLE CARE ACCOUNTABLE

Dennis Heaphy, Disability Advocates Advancing Our Health Care Rights.

Block 1: AM Workshops 10:20 –11:10

  1. Engaging Adults in Health Care Planning: How To Start a Discussion. You can help adults to start a discussion to make their own personal care plan that reflects their care goals, values and choices, at any age or any phase of health.  Learn about the 5 MA care planning documents, the “Getting Started” & “Next Steps” Tool Kits with handy discussion guides to help you open the door to planning discussions and connect adults to person-centered care. Ellen M. DiPaola, Esq., President & CEO, Honoring Choices MA.
  2. Journal Notes: Best Practices for ASAP Records. This session is designed for ASAP nurses and care managers. We will examine examples of good casework documentation practices, and some practices to avoid. Will look at the CDS tool and issues in creating a case narrative and journal entries into the record. Mary DeRoo, Director of Home & Communithy Programs, & Susan Thompkins Hunt, Assistant Director of Home Care Programs, Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
  3. The Massachusetts Dementia Friendly Initiative: This session introduces the Massachusetts Dementia Friendly Initiative, including its history, goals and objectives, leadership structure, relationship to other initiatives, and how other communities can become involved with, and benefit from, this Initiative. Emily Kearns, Planning & Engagement Coordinator, Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative, Jewish Family & Children’s Services.
  1. Learning From Care Transitions: ASAPS in several Massachusetts regions led federal “Care Transitions” demonstrations that are now leading to other business opportunities. This session explains the CT model, looks at the outcomes it achieved, and discusses how CT is evolving as a future ASAP service. Maureen Siergie, Executive Director, Elder Services of Worcester Area.
  1. Resolving Tenant/Landlord Issues facing elders. This session willcover the basics of an eviction; the steps of the legal process from the Notice to Quit stage through the court process; hoarding, non-payment, mental health issues; elder abuse/self neglect; problems with adult kids and grandkids); how to develop a legal defense using reasonable accommodation, which involves using ASAPs. Presented by Betsey Crimmins, Senior Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services.

Block 2: AM The Tech Block 11:20–12:10

Elder Care Technology  Comes  Home. These sessions present new technology services designed for elders and their families. You will visit 3 of these  15 minute presentations, then vote on the applications you think would be most useful for your elderly clients.

  1. Philips: From Lifeline to New Age Technologies and Solutions to Support Aging in Place: There is enormous change occurring and home care needs to prepare for how best to work in this changing world: Medical Alert Services (Lifeline), Medication Management, In-home Activity Monitoring Solutions, and a Predictive Analytics Tool (a way to predict an incident before it occurs). Deb Citrin, Business Lead, Elder Care Services, Emerging Businesses, Philips HealthTech, with Paul Liberatore, Product Manager, and Darlene Messier, Territory Manager, Philips Home Monitoring.
  1. Intel-GE: Care Innovations: Care Innovations® Health Harmony simplifies planning and deploying remote care management by providing intuitive and easy-to-use technology and a device agnostic platform for the clinician, patient, and family caregiver. Consumer friendly technology, actionable insight for clinicians, and support for the active involvement of the family caregiver. Reduce Costs, Improve Outcomes, Bring Health Home: Intel Care Innovations®. Julie Cheitlin Cherry, RN, MSN ,  Chief Clinical Officer, Care Innovations®.
  1. Emerald: Modern Fall Detection for Seniors from MIT: Emerald is based on an award-winning technology from MIT CSAIL called WiTrack©.  Emerald tracks the 3D motion of a person from the radio signals reflected off her body.  Similar to a Wi-Fi router, Emerald works even if the person is in a different room than the device.  There’s no need for the individual to wear any sensor or modify their behavior in any way.  Emerald exists in the background of the home. Dina Katabi, MacArthur Fellow, Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT.
  1. VisitrY Mobile Technology: VisitrY’s mobile technology facilitates in-person meetings between isolated elders and community members, helping elders and volunteers build local community ties. VisitrY strengthens agencies that serve our elders, attract more volunteers, and enable more social visits.  Making the volunteer visiting process an on-demand service caters to the busy schedules of the volunteers while satisfying the changing social needs of seniors. VisitrY brings people together. Sarah Coletti, Co-Founder, Software Engineer.
  1. WatchRX: The need for a simple solution to help elders manage their medications led to the creation of WatchRx, which uses a phone & GPS to help seniors take meds on time and live independently. The medication reminder displays the medicine name, image and dosage with voice instructions, and alerts caregivers via mobile app in case of missed medications. The watch supports fall detection, emergency calling, real-time GPS tracking. WatchRx, Inc. Jayanthi Narasimhan, Founder.

12:40 pm. LUNCH PANEL: “What Will Your Post Acute    Care World Look in 5 years? Elder Affairs Secretary

Alice Bonner, Moderator

This panel will include an Accountable Care Organization, Ruth Beckerman-Rodau, Springwell; Bernadette DiRe, United Health Care; an ACO representative,  and a Technology leader, predicting how your work and your agency will change in the next 5 years.

Block 3: PM Workshops 1:45—2:35 pm

  1. The Elder/Disabled Waivers in Massachusetts – Putting the Pieces Together: The Commonwealth has a total of 10 Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers for elders and persons with disabilities. This session will provide an overview of the eligibility rules and services available in each waiver, and an update on changes in the waivers and federal requirements. Presented by Amy Bernstein, Director, Community Based Waivers, MassHealth. 

    

  1. Hoarding: The Peer Support Model. The Peer Support Program at North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering utilizes trained and supervised individuals who have already participated in treatment sessions and pairs them with those who are contemplating change. Group Sessions and in person/ phone support, offers safe and non-judgmental support.   Presented by Marnie Matthews McDonald, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Specialist / Program Director, North Shore Center for Hoarding & Cluttering. 
  1. ​MassHealth Planning: This session will review the programs available to assist with the cost of care at home, including the frail elder waiver, community choices, personal care attendant, program for all-inclusive care for the elderly (“PACE”), and senior care options (“SCO”).  Learn about the different clinical and financial eligibility rules for the various programs.  Discuss options available to create eligibility for individuals over the financial income/asset limits. Atty. Patricia C. D’​Agostino, Senior Associate, Margolis & Bloom.
  2. Opioid and Alcohol: Misuse and Abuse Among Elders.This workshop will review available epidemiology describing known extent of opioid and alcohol misuse and abuse, provide screening tools and discuss available treatments. Barbara Herbert, MD, FASAM, Medical Director of Substance Abuse Services, Commonwealth Care Alliance.
  3. SHINE University Mini Course. SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone) counselors go through a grueling training on health insurance options. This session presents an overview of the Medicare and MassHealth options for seniors and adults with disabilities, including changes due to the Affordable Care Act, the Senior Care Options Program, and One Care. Cynthia Philips, SHINE Director, Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

 

Block 4: PM Workshops 2:45- 3:35 pm

  1. MassHealth 101: This workshop will explain the basics of financial and programmatic eligibility for the MassHealth program, the state’s largest health care program; how income & asset rules for the elderly affect eligibility for MassHealth in the community & in nursing facilities. Presented by Atty. Jan Stiefel, Community Legal Aid.     
  2. A Partnership To Improve Member Health: Senior Whole Health, a Senior Care Organization (SCO), and The Healthy Living Center of Excellence, a provider of evidence-based healthy aging programs, have formed a partnership to help their members become active, engaged patients. Melissa Donegan, Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, and Allison Goucher, Senior Whole Health.
  3. Best practices for Elders with Vision Loss:  This session will cover the common causes of vision loss, the functional impacts on daily living, how you can best help those clients and what resources MCB can provide your clients who are legally blind. Tips, techniques, equipment and approaches, including Orientation and Mobility skills, and low vision evaluation. Casey Hall, Director of Training, Mass. Commission for the Blind.
  4. Evidence-based Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers: This session will explore a program managed by the Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Center in Brewster, for families caring for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. This is an evidence-based intervention recognized by NIH that had its genesis from research conducted by New York University. Molly Perdue, Executive Director Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod, and Cheryl Gayle, Director of Community Services, Elder Services of Cape & the Islands.
  5. Basic Income Support Programs: SSI, Food Stamps, Fuel Aid: This workshop will review the eligibility criteria for programs such as SSI, fuel assistance, and SNAP/Food Stamps.  The session will provide pointers on: how to maximize these benefits and comply with reporting requirements to avoid overpayment determinations; appeal rights following denials, reductions and terminations; and when referral to legal aid might be appropriate. Wendy Kane, Community Legal Aid.

 YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE BY SEPTEMBER 22 AT THIS LINK:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-home-cares-2016-network-conference-post-acute-care-discovered-new-world-beyond-hospitals-and-registration-26491379429

 

         

MASS HOME CARE ANNUAL NETWORK CONFERENCE SEPT 29TH REGISTER NOW ONLINE!

Mass Home Care’s 2015

Network Conference

“New Visions

     For Long Term Supports”

With keynote speakers

Daniel Tsai                   Alice Bonner

Assistant Secretary, EOHHS       Secretary of Elder Affairs

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

At the Holiday Inn, Boxborough

 

You can register for this event and pay online:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-home-cares-2015-network-conference-new-visions-for-long-term-supports-registration-17482128517

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA

9:30 AM Dan O’Leary, Mass Home Care

9:40 AM: MORNING KEYNOTE: EOEA Secretary ALICE BONNER

Where Home Care Makes a Difference:  As more people with disabilities and complex older adults live at home, interdisciplinary teams focused on coaching for self-management can empower more clients to care for themselves. Chronic disease self management principles may be applied in home care through care transitions coaching, in falls prevention and exercise/fitness promotion, and medication management. Home care teams can link with the healthcare system to promote person-centered care across the entire continuum.

Block 1: AM Workshops 10:20 –11:10

  1. The Healthy Living Center of Excellence: The Healthy Living Center of Excellence in Massachusetts provides evidence-based workshops in both English and Spanish to teach individuals about the prevention and self-management of chronic diseases and other health concerns. This update on the status and programs of the HLCE statewide will be presented by Jennifer Raymond, MBA, Dir. Healthy Living Center, Hebrew SeniorLife.  
  1. Basic Income Support Programs: SSI, Food Stamps, Fuel Aid: This workshop will review the eligibility criteria for programs such as SSI, fuel assistance, and SNAP/Food Stamps.  The session will provide pointers on: how to maximize these benefits and comply with reporting requirements to avoid overpayment determinations; appeal rights following denials, reductions and terminations; and when referral to legal aid might be appropriate. Attorney Rachel Brown, Community Legal Aid.   
  1. Hoarding: The Peer Support Model. The Peer Support Program at North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering utilizes trained and supervised individuals who have already participated in treatment sessions and pairs them with those who are contemplating change. Group Sessions and in person/ phone support, offers safe and non-judgmental support with issues of excessive clutter.   Presented by Marnie Matthews McDonald, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Specialist / Program Director, North Shore Center for Hoarding & Cluttering
  1. MassHealth Estate Planning: This session will review  the basic qualification and recovery rules that the state plays by, and strategies elders and their families can employ to protect their income and assets, such as gifts to children, life estates and irrevocable trusts. Presented by Atty. Jeffrey Bloom, of the elderlaw firm of Margolis & Bloom.
  2. SHINE University Mini Course. SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone) counselors go through a grueling training on health insurance options. This session presents an overview of the Medicare and MassHealth options for seniors and adults with disabilities, including changes due to the Affordable Care Act, the Senior Care Options Program, and One Care. Cynthia Philips, SHINE Director, and Sandra Bowden,-Dutra, Project Coordinator, Executive Office of Elder Affairs.                  

Block 2: AM Workshops 11:20–12:10

  1. Social Security/Retirement Planning: A Hit or Myth Proposition. Social Security was created over 78 years ago. Despite the age and economic impact of Social Security system, the myths and misunderstandings are sizeable. This session will cover: when you can start to collect; how your benefit is calculated; the impact of working in retirement; strategies for couples to maximize their Social Security benefits. Kurt Czarnowski, Czarnowski Consulting, is the former Regional Communications Director for Social Security in New England.
  1. End of Life Decisions: Legal Responsibilities vs Medical Realities. This workshop will review state law regarding care when an individual lacks capacity, and how to facilitate care when no Guardian or Health Care Agent is in place. Participants will be able to interpret health care and end-of-life-documents when assisting aging or terminally ill clients to make care and end-of-life decisions. Attorney Stephen J. Spano, MBA, JD, CELA, Law Offices of Spano & Dawicki.
  2. Journal Notes: Best Practices for ASAP Records. This session is designed for ASAP nurses and care managers. We will examine examples of good casework documentation practices, and some practices to avoid. Will look at the CDS tool and issues in creating a case narrative and journal entries into the record. Mary DeRoo, RN, BSN, MSM, Director of Home and Community Programs, Executive Office of Elder Affairs                                                        
  3. Motivational Interviewing And Health Outcomes. Motivational Interviewing is a patient-centered approach to patient engagement aimed at helping individuals explore and resolve ambivalence associated with health behavior changes. MI matches treatment goals with what is important to the patient. Kimberlie Flowers, LICSW and member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) will discuss ways to implement brief MI in patient interaction
  4. Making Your Community “Age-Friendly.” This panel presentation will give an overview of Age-Friendly Communities and highlight three different approaches to Age-Friendly taken in Massachusetts.  Moderator and Age-Friendly Overview – Hayley Gleason, Researcher, Center for Demographic Research on Aging at UMass Boston; Emily Shea, Commissioner, Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, Boston; Kathi Bailey, Director of Senior Services, Yarmouth; John Lutz, Executive Director, Elder Services of Berkshire County.

12:40 pm. LUNCH PANEL: “Ways to Improve Long Term Supports”

Medical, behavioral and functional supports all need to work together—but they rarely do. How can we better integrate care for the whole person? A panel discussion with the head of MassHealth, Daniel Tsai, Assistant Secretary, EOHHS; Dr. Rob Schreiber, Hebrew Senior Life & the Health Living Center of Excellence; Dan O’Leary, President of Mass Home Care.

Block 3: PM Workshops 1:45—2:35 pm

  1. The Expanding Role of the Coach/Community Health Worker. CHWs are playing a larger role in the health care system in Massachusetts. They assure that people access the services they need, and provide informal counseling, social support, and care coordination. The role of the CHW, certification, and training will be reviewed. Presented by Joanne Calista, director of the Central MA Area Health Education Collaborative.      
  1. HIV & Aging: Men over 50 are the fastest growing cohort of people with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS This session reviews the state HIV/AIDS epidemiology, with a focus on individuals over 50 living with HIV infection; the factors influencing the well-being of LGBT elders affected by HIV/AIDS; and the challenges of HIV prevention/detection among LGBT elders. Presented by Kevin Cranston, Director of DPH’s Bureau of Infectious Diseases. 
  2. MassHealth 101: This workshop will explain the basics of financial and programmatic eligibility for the MassHealth (Medicaid) program, the largest health care program in the state; how income & asset rules for the elderly affect eligibility for MassHealth in the community & in nursing facilities. Presented by Atty. Jan Stiefel, Community Legal Aid.
  3. Suicide Prevention With Older Adults: This session is for gatekeepers of elders. In We will discuss the services provided by Samaritans, and explore the scope of suicide in the U.S. and Massachusetts, how to recognize risk factors and warning signs of suicide in older adults, and where you get help for seniors. Presented by Lauren Gablinske, Manager of Community Education and Outreach at Samaritans, Inc.
  4. Resolving Tenant/Landlord Issues facing elders. This session will cover the basics of an eviction, for tenants with leases and without; the steps of the legal process from the Notice to Quit stage through the court process; hoarding, non-payment, mental health issues; elder abuse/self neglect; problems with adult kids and grandkids); how to develop a legal defense using reasonable accommodation requests which often means utilizing other ASAP services such as case management, chore, homemaker, etc. Presented by Betsey Crimmins, Senior Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services.

Block 4: PM Workshops 2:45- 3:35 pm

  1. The Waiver Maze: A Guide Through The Elder/Disabled Waivers in Massachusetts: The Commonwealth has a total of 10 Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers for elders and persons with disabilities. This session will review the eligibility rules and services available for each waiver, how many people are served in each, and provide an overview of federal requirements for HCBS waivers. Presented by Amy Bernstein, Director, Community Based Waivers, MassHealth.
  2. Working with Elders with Alzheimer’s in the community.This session will provide an overview of the new position of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Case Manager in State Home Care at Greater Springfield Senior Services; and how “Habilitation Therapy” can be utilized to assist caregivers with day to day interactions with their loved ones; environmental, communication and behavioral dynamics. Presented by Jeannie Banas, C.D.P., ADRD Care manager, Greater Springfield Senior Services.
  3. Care Transition Coordination: The Federal CMS approved 3 Community-based Care Transitions (CCTP) Programs in Massachusetts, testing models for improving care transitions from the hospital to other settings and reducing readmissions for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. What did we learn about the Transition Coaching model from these ASAP-led projects? Presented by Lisa Kippax, Care Transitions Program Manager, Elder Services of Worcester, and Miranda Heibel, Director of Aging Information Services, Somerville Cambridge Elder Services.
  4. Substance Abuse in Older Adults.This workshop will focus on ways direct service staff can work with elders with substance abuse: how to recognize addiction, how to utilize the stages of change cycle to “meet elders where they are at”; the complex medical, physical and emotional health needs of elders and how those needs interface with the substance abuse treatment. Presented by Joe Hannon, MSW, LADC, Protective Services Worker, Elder Services of Merrimack Valley.
  5. Brief Treatment of Depression in Elders: Depression is common in elders, especially those grappling with a chronic disease.  This session will address what we know about depression in elders; the Healthy Ideas intervention; use of this treatment in groups; and the new Mental Health Supportive Home Care Aide project and training curriculum. Kimberlie Flowers, LICSW, Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, and Lisa Gurgone, Exec. Director Home Care Aide Council of Massachusetts.