17th Annual Direct Care Workers Conference
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
United Way of Greater Houston, Community Resource Center
50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX, 77007
Celebrate Direct Care Workers Day in Houston!
Program is supported in part by:
Harris County Area Agency on Aging and the United Way of Greater Houston
There will not be on-site registration. This conference is FREE for everyone who attends, but no shows are subject to a fee.
Who should attend this conference?
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, Home Care Aides, Personal Care Assistants, Senior Companions, Paid and Unpaid workers who assist older adults (no family members).
Seating is limited, so please be sure to sign up early!
Deadline for registration is Monday, March 31, 2014.
Click here to view the Conference Brochure
Workshop 1: Professionalism in Caregiving
Presented by Ollie Marie Williams, RN, BSN, CEO of Life Skills Institute
The objective of this session is to define the concept of professionalism. In addition, we will take an intimate look at how personal and professional behaviors add value and worth to a very rewarding job as a caregiver.
Workshop 2: Intimacy and Sexuality for Caregivers/ Families
Presented by Fran Floersheimer, LBSW, GA, CART, Geriatric Social Worker, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
In this session, participants will explore attitudes about sexuality and intimacy among older adults, as well as current attitudes and practices in care facilities that impact resident’s expressions of intimacy. This session will also discuss challenging situations that can occur and identify helpful resources and strategies. The goal of this session is to help attendees understand the changes associated with dementia that impact intimacy and sexual behavior.
Workshop 3: Career Options – Using Resources to Move Your Way up the Ladder
Presented by Gordana Dvorscak, Career Developer, Wesley Community Center, and Richard Simonds, MSW, Director of Thrive Connection, Family Services of Greater Houston
Do you want to learn more about the opportunity to become a certified nurse aide, and learn what and available training is offered? Join us as we will also discuss the tasks, tools and technology, knowledge, skills, abilities, work activities, work context, education, work styles, and work values which are required in this field.
Workshop 4: Meaningful Activities
Presented by Wendy Marie Rodriguez, Certified Activity Director, Director of Resident Engagement – Regional Consultant, Silverado Memory Care – Sugar Land
Do you wonder how and why meaningful activities bring emotional and higher level mental health? Come learn to identify high and low functioning activities for higher and lower functioning residents, as well as techniques to help engage low functioning residents.
Workshop 5: “I know you think you know what I said, but what you heard was not what I meant.”
Presented by Sandra M. Kehoe, R.N., A.S.N., Administrator, DSD, Supervisory Nurse, CareMinders Home Care
Are you a good communicator? Well, let’s see. First you have to learn a little about yourself. This will be an enjoyable session where you will learn how to effectively communicate with your clients, colleagues and families. You will also learn what is involved in successful communication and what techniques are used to communicate effectively.
Workshop 6: Activities for Engaging Individuals with Limited Mobility
Presented by Emile Unverzagt, MA, AD/TXC, Participant Program Director, Amazing Place
This interactive session will provide caregivers tips and techniques for facilitating programs with special needs clients. The activity areas that will be addressed include physical activity, social engagement, intellectual challenges & spiritual enlightenment.
Direct Care Worker of the Year Award
Presented at the 17th Annual Direct Care Workers Conference Luncheon
Do You Know and Outstanding Direct Care Worker?
Submit your nomination today! One award winner will receive $500 and a plaque, and two honorable mention winners will each receive $200. All nominees will be recognized at the conference.
Click here to view the nomination instructions.
All nominations must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, March 21, 2014.
For questions, please contact Elizabeth DeLozier at 713.685.2816