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  Audio  CE  Training and Retaining Staff: Building Relationships for Care
Date:   12/5/2012Time:   1:15 PM EST-2:15 PM ESTMost pressing in the long-term care industry is the expected growth of the population and the projected decline in "caregivers" for the aged. Currently 80 – 90 percent of individuals residing in nursing homes suffer from mental disorders, primarily dementia and it's psychiatric complications. The nursing assistants who are providing care to these frail elderly are trained to focus on the "tasks" of caregiving and physical care. While they provide 90 percent of the care for the residents, they themselves are stressed, overworked and neglected in a burdened system of care. "Training and Retaining Staff: Building Relationships for Care" is designed, not only to enhance the quality of life of older adults in long-term care, but to teach and provide their valued caregivers positive psychosocial aspects of aging and more importantly how to prevent burnout and manage stress in themselves.
Program Objectives:
  • Describe the nursing assistant's role in the "arena" of care for older adults.
  • Recognize informal and formal care systems.
  • Identify the dynamic issues of "caregiving."
  • Discuss interventions that can help with staff retention.
Linda Shumaker, RN-BC, MA
  Linda Shumaker is a registered nurse who is a private consultant as well as currently serving as Outreach Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition. She has previously been employed as the Executive Director of the Coalition where she advocated for funding and received over $325,000 to outreach and educate older adults regarding behavioral health issues. She also has worked at the Central Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. Ms. Shumaker has extensive clinical experience working in community mental health, geriatric assessment teams and in long-term care. In addition, she has been an instructor of psychiatry at the Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, co-chair and founding member of the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Aging Coalition. She has served as a member of the Older Adult Committee of Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning Council and a member of the Long Term Care Subcommittee of the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Alzheimer's Association and the Advisory Board for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Ms. Shumaker's "special interests" include ethical and social policy issues in relation to the care of the elderly with behavioral health problems.

Linda Shumaker has disclosed no relevant, real or apparent personal or professional financial relationships.
Registrations are welcome and accepted up until the program’s scheduled date.
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