Online Classes

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:00am

Course Objectives

  • Cite characteristics of resilience in older adults
  • Describe ways to improve physical health
  • Identify ways to prevent negative effects of poor oral health
  • Describe ways to prevent cognitive impairment
  • Express tips for overall health improvement

Course Description

So often we talk about quality of life and healthy aging for our residents.  What does it really mean?  This course will discuss overall health, identifying four major areas of interest.  Physical, oral, cognitive and mental health will be defined, as well as suggestions for improving or tips to prevent decline.  Tips for overall health will also be explained.

Registration Link: Healthy Aging & Quality of Life ONLINE Course

Course Price: $19
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: 1 contact hour, 1-Resident Care

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:00am

Course Objectives

  • Define who the customer is.
  • Discuss how to provide customer service.
  • Describe ways to better communicate and how communication can break down.

Course Description

Customer service is often the one thing that is lacking in the long-term care environment. We are selling something that nobody really wants, so we must go above and beyond to provide superior customer service. To provide excellent service, we must communicate within our teams and to the customer. Often, we feel like we are very good at providing customer service but we all need reminders. I have found that providing this training on an ongoing basis really helps staff understand why we do what we do.

Registration Link: Customer Service & Communication ONLINE Course

Course Price: $19
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: 1 contact hour, 1-Admin

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Learn how respected leaders find the balance.
  • Describe ways to get organized and prioritize.
  • Define personal limitations and boundaries.

Course Description

Balancing work and personal life can truly be a juggling act.  There are so many things in the world today that are pulling us in different directions.  Join us for a lively discussion about how to prioritize, organize and be true to you.

Registration Link: Balancing Work & Personal Life ONLINE Course

Course Price: $19
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: 1 contact hour, 1-Administrative

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Differentiate between coaching and counseling
  • Identify ways to use the two techniques
  • Describe characteristics of a good leader

Course Description

This one hour CEU is designed to compare coaching and counseling.  Case studies will be used to demonstrate how the two can be used by leaders.  Tips for successfully using the techniques will be discussed.  This would be a beneficial class for anyone that supervises staff.

Registration Link: Coaching vs Counseling ONLINE Course

Course Price: $19
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: 1 contact hour, 1-Administrative

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Summarize how infections are spread
  • Discover why infections occur at a higher rate in older adults
  • Distinguish between standard precautions and transmission-based precautions
  • Examine ways to protect yourself and residents from infection
  • Demonstrate the importance of hand washing and hand hygiene

Course Description

Infection control is a very important aspect of any adult care home’s quality assurance program.  Older adults are more vulnerable to infections.  All staff must understand their role in infection control and why we do it.  This course will describe the regulations that guide us, explain how infections are spread and how to prevent it.

Registration Link: Infection Control

Course Price: $19
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: 1 CEU for adult care home administrators and operators (1-Admin)

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Identify ethical principles that enhance social work practice with older adults
  • Identify when a referral to another practitioner or agency may be appropriate
  • Identify common ethical dilemmas
  • Identify core values, ethical principles, and ethical responsibilities in a long-term care setting

Course Description

Social Workers are often faced with ethical dilemmas, regardless of their practice setting. The NASW Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of social workers. This course will detail the Code of Ethics, ethical guidelines and provide case studies to test your knowledge. This course satisfies the Kansas licensing requirement for 3 hours of Ethics.

Registration Link: Social Work Ethics

Course Price: $49
Information: Anytime that is convenient for you (3 contact hours, 3-Res Care Hours)

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Define abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Cite regulations that guide prevention of abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Identify effective communication techniques for residents with dementia
  • Describe ways to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Explain investigation process of abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • List signs of burnout, frustration and stress

Course Description

Abuse, neglect and exploitation are preventable in adult care homes.  Staff must have the right resources and education for them to be able to prevent these situations from happening.  This course will provide the participant with the ability to define abuse, neglect and exploitation, identify ways to effectively communicate in order to prevent abuse and de-escalate the situation if it does occur.  This course will also discuss signs and ways to prevent burnout, which can lead to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Registration Link: Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation

Course Price: $19
Information: Anytime that is convenient for you (1 contact hours, 1-Res Care Hours)

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Ensure staff provide resident-centered care based on thorough knowledge of each person’s abilities and needs.
  • To help staff act as “care partners” to help people achieve optimal functioning and improved quality of life.
  • To use a flexible, problem-solving approach to care designed to prevent problems before they occur.

Course Description

This course is a brief overview of challenges that people who have dementia face every day.  Explaining the challenges helps us to gain a better understanding of what they are experiencing.  Resident-centered approaches to working with people who have dementia are described and real world examples are used. The technique of using validation is also discussed.

Registration Link: Resident Approach to Dementia Care ONLINE Course

Course Price: $19
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: 1 contact hour, 1-Res Care

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Compare statutes and regulations.
  • Discover the reason why regulations were developed.
  • Identify how the state regulations are organized.
  • Become familiar with regulations and how they apply to daily tasks.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how the regulations support resident-centered care.
  • Describe how to be survey ready.

Course Description

If you ever wanted to have a basic understanding of the state regulations that govern skilled nursing homes in Kansas from a non-clinical or administrative perspective, then this is the class for you. Understanding whether a resident can be admitted or discharged can be confusing. Learn how to navigate through the state regulations and gain a better understanding of what they mean and how they impact your role. You will also gain insight of survey readiness.

Registration Link: State Regulations for Dummies - Skilled Nursing Edition

Course Price: $99
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: Anytime that is convenient for you (6 CEUS for adult care home administrators and operators (administrative), social workers, and nurses)

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Compare statutes and regulations.
  • Discover the reason why regulations were developed.
  • Identify how the state regulations are organized.
  • Become familiar with regulations and how they apply to daily tasks.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how the regulations support resident-centered care.
  • Describe how to be survey ready.

Course Description

If you ever wanted to have a basic understanding of the state regulations that govern skilled nursing homes in Kansas from a non-clinical or administrative perspective, then this is the class for you. Understanding whether a resident can be admitted or discharged can be confusing. Learn how to navigate through the state regulations and gain a better understanding of what they mean and how they impact your role. You will also gain insight of survey readiness.

Registration Link: State Regulations for Dummies - State Licensed Edition

Course Price: $99
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: Anytime that is convenient for you (6 CEUS for adult care home administrators and operators (administrative), social workers, and nurses)

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Define accidents
  • Discuss different types of accidents
  • Identify risks for accidents
  • Describe interventions and solutions to prevent accidents

Course Description

Accident prevention is a very important aspect of any adult care home’s quality assurance program.  Older adults are more likely to have devastating results from a fall.  All staff must understand their role in accident prevention and why we do it.

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Define the regulations that govern disaster and emergency preparedness.
  • Describe types of disasters adult care homes may encounter.
  • Explain what to look for to identify the type of emergency and the source.
  • Discuss what the disaster and emergency preparedness plan includes.

Course Description

Disasters and emergencies often strike when you least expect it.  Adult care home staff must be educated about the plan.  They also must have access to the plan at all times.  When the emergency arises we often do not remember the plan.  Staff are providing services to residents that are vulnerable, especially in an emergency.  This course will discuss types of emergencies and disasters, other than fires, what to look for, and how to respond. 

Registration Link: Disaster & Emergency Preparedness ONLINE Course

Course Price: $19

Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information

Contact Hours: 1 contact hour, 1-Admin

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Discuss that open and honest communication and a team environment can help keep conflict at bay.
  • Recognizing we are humans and from time to time conflict will still arise.
  • Describe causes and types of conflict.
  • Explain skills for resolving conflict in a way that achieves optimal results, does not add fuel to the fire and deepens understanding and relationships. 

Course Description

In any organization, there are times when conflicts arise. It is crucial to provide ongoing education to all staff on how to effectively resolve conflict. Conflict resolution training can benefit every individual – both at home and on the job. This class would be helpful for staff working in any facet of long term care.

Registration Link: Conflict Resolution

Course Price: $19
Information: Anytime that is convenient for you (1 contact hours, 1-Admin)

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

Course Objectives

  • Discover the value of honoring choice related to eating, bathing, sleeping and spending the day
  • Describe the importance of sleep on residents' quality of life
  • Analyze the impact of consistent staffing on resident choice
  • Identify three modifications that may need to be made
  • Explore the importance of developing an individualized plan of care with input from the direct care partner
  • Empowerment: Creating leaders at every level
  • Consistent assignment and scheduling that makes sense
  • Deinstitutionalize the environment and create home
  • Promoting community
  • Regulations that support create home

Course Description

No matter where you are on your resident centered care journey, this class is for you. Discover how to honor resident choice in regards to schedules, bathing, dining, and living a meaningful life with real life examples. After this course you will be able to identify staff empowerment and hiring right, as well as regulations that support creating home.

Registration Link: Resident Choice & Staff Empowerment ONLINE Course

Course Price: $99
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: Anytime that is convenient for you (6 contact hours, 4-Res Care Hours, 2-Administrative Hours)

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 27, 2017 - 1:45pm

Course Objectives

  • State the principles of assisted living
  • Define person directed living
  • Describe life enhancement

Course Description

There are many principles that guide care providers in adult care homes.  Most importantly, residents should be treated as individuals.  This course will look at all the principles in depth.  This course is one of the required in-services for assisted living/residential health care communities but these guiding principles are important to all adult care homes.

Registration Link: Principles of Assisted Living ONLINE Course

Course Price: $19
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: 1 contact hour, 1-Administration

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, November 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

Course Objectives

  • Identify resident rights
  • Describe the ways not upholding the resident rights impacts the residents.
  • Ways to enhance resident rights.

Course Description

The protection and promotion of resident rights is a very important duty for staff in adult care homes.  Each resident must have the right to a dignified existence, self-determination, and communication with and access to persons and services inside and outside the adult care home.  This course will analyze in depth rights of residents that live in adult care homes.

Registration Link: Resident Rights ONLINE Course

Course Price: $19
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: 1 contact hour, 1-Resident Care

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 12:45pm to Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 12:45pm

Course Objectives

  • Identify strategies for building teams
  • Demonstrate how to be a valuable team member
  • Discuss the importance of customer service and team building
  • Describe effective communication techniques

Course Description

Communication and team building are important to any organization, especially long-term care.  This course will describe effective ways to communicate, explore the value of staff empowerment and other ways to build an effective team.  This would be excellent for formal and informal leaders.

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Friday, March 16, 2018 - 2:30pm

Course Objectives

  • Differentiate between management and leadership
  • Recognize how staff empowerment relates to leadership
  • Discover the value of staff empowerment
  • Describe the characteristics of a good leader
  • Discuss the effects of the new philosophy of leadership and how it impacts culture changeCite regulations that guide prevention of abuse, neglect and exploitation

Course Description

In these demanding times for long term care leaders, we must look for “new” leaders in our organizations.  Finding and training these new shining stars will be discussed in this interactive class.  Ways to empower staff will be analyzed, as well as characteristics of a good leader.  Differentiation between management and leadership will be defined.

Registration Link: Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation

Course Price: $99
Contact Hours: Anytime that is convenient for you (6 contact hours, 6-Admin Hours)

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Monday, June 4, 2018 - 8:30am to Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 8:30am

Course Objectives

  • Learn general assisted living concepts pertinent to nursing. 
  • Discuss the relationship between the functional capacity screen, negotiated service agreements and health service plan.
  • Examine negotiated service agreement and health service plan development.
  • Explain medication management and other nursing function regulations.

Course Description

This class is designed to help the assisted living/residential healthcare/home plus nurse with some of the concepts learned in the operators course.  The relationship between the functional capacity screen, negotiated service agreement and health service plan will be discussed.  How to develop the negotiated service agreement and health service plan will be examined in detail.  The regulations regarding medication management and other nursing functions will also be explained.  If you have not taken the Assisted Living Operators Course and are currently working or hope to work in state licensed only adult care homes this class is definitely for you.

Registration Link: Assisted Living Nurse 101 ONLINE Course

Course Price: $99
Information: Call 913-477-8251 for more information
Contact Hours: Anytime that is convenient for you (6 contact hours, 4-Res Care Hours, 2-Administrative Hours)

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 9:15am

Course Objectives

  • Define behavioral health
  • State difference between mental health and mental illness
  • List most common psychiatric diagnoses in LTC
  • Identify non-pharmacological intervention for residents living with mental illness
  • Identify ways to identify behaviors (reactions) and how to prevent or help residents cope
  • Discuss root cause and how this helps residents living with mental illness

Course Description

Mental Health is a very important topic, often overlooked in long-term care. This course is designed to discuss the most common psychiatric diagnoses found in adult care homes and to look at what can we do instead of jumping to prescribing medications. This class will help staff look deeper into mental illness and help residents to improve their quality of life.

Registration Link: Mental Health & Long-Term Care Residents

Course Price: $39
Contact Hours: Anytime that is convenient for you (2 contact hours, 2-Res Care Hours)

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 9:15am

Course Objectives

  • Describe the State Fire Marshal’s role
  • Cite the regulation that discusses fire safety
  • Identify causes of fires
  • Discuss equipment to use in case of a fire

Course Description

Fire prevention and safety is such an important topic, especially in adult care homes.    All staff must understand their role in order to keep residents and staff safe.  This course will describe the regulations that guide us, what to look for, and how to respond. 

Registration Link: Fire Prevention & Safety

Course Price: $19
Information: Anytime that is convenient for you (1 contact hours, 1-Res Care Hours)

*This class is available to take whenever it is convenient for you.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 4:00pm

2019 ONLINE ADULT CARE HOME OPERATOR'S COURSE - PARTNERING WITH LEADINGAGE KANSAS

January 16th-March 20th

  • In-Person Classes: January 16th & March 20th (held at the LeadingAge Kansas Office, 217 SE 8th Ave., Topeka, KS  66603)
  • Online Classes: January 17th - March 13th

This course is brought to you in partnership with LeadingAge Kansas and GERTI.

Register Online at:  http://gerticourses.org/courses/31/about

About the Course

This 7-week course combines online learning with in-person sessions and includes all the requirements from the state-approved operator's course for assisted living and state licensed only adult care homes. In addition to the state-mandated elements, the importance of person-directed living concept of service, dementia and how dementia impacts the lives of elders is covered. This course is convenient and facilitates learning and builds relationsips with the faculty and other students. A state-mandated test to become a certified operator will be administered after successful completion of the course. After passing the test, the student is qualified to become the operator of a state licensed only adult care home in Kansas.

Course Structure

This course will be delivered primarily online with an in-person meeting in Topeka on the first and last day of the course. Students will be provided access to the online lessons, course materials, and resources following receipt of your enrollment fee. At designated times throughout te class you will participate in a blend of self-paced activities using internet -based technologies. Activities will consist of discussion forums and email.


Prerequisites

  • Submission of application to the state
  • Payment of applicable fees
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent with one year of relevant experience or have an associate's degree in relevant field or have a bachelor's degree

Course Materials

  • Kansas Administrative Regulations
  • Statutes and Regulations for the Licensure and Operation of Assisted Living and Residential Health Care Facilities
  • Resident Functional Capacity Screen Manual
  • Office of the State Fire Marshal Residential Board and Care & Assisted Living Handbook

Speaker Information: Belinda Vierthaler, LMSW, LACHA - Director of GERTI

Belinda received her Bachelor and Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas. She is a licensed adult care home administrator and has worked as an Administrator in skilled nursing and assisted living communities and served as the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, under the administrations of Governor Parkinson and Governor Brownback. She was involved in the person-directed care movement as the Chair of the Kansas Culture Change Coalition. She developed the Administrator-In-Training program and taught the assisted living operators course at Johnson County Community College. Currently, she is the Director of GERTI, the education branch of Evergreen Living Innovations, Inc.

Cost: LeadingAge Kansas Members - $800, Non-Members - $900

Course Requirements: Internet ability (DSL, LAN, or cable connectino desirable) with a supported web browser. Ability to travel to Topeka on the first and last day of the course.

Register Online at:  http://gerticourses.org/courses/31/about


Continuing Education: 

This event is approved for up to 53 hours for Adult Care Home Administrators by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (HOC approved provider number LTS-A1141) with 39 possible in the core of Administration and 14 hours in the core of Resident Care.

The Kansas State Board of Nursing approved GERTI as a provider of continuing education. This program is approved for up to 53 continuing education hours applicable to RN, APRN, and LPN re-licensure (KSBN LT0249-0916).

Approved for 53 continuing educaiton clock hour for Kansas Licensed Social Workers by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (Provider Number: 07-003).

Print Your Own Handouts: 

LeadingAge Kansas and GERTI have a "print as needed" handout policy for our education. A few days before the conference, a link will be emailed to you, where you can access the handouts. Please be sure your correct email address is submitted on the registation form. Each participant should print out the handouts they need for the sessions they will attend.

*GERTI is unable to issue refunds except for extenuating circumstances.