2009 Conference Series
Spotlighting the Direct Care Workforce


The 2009 "Spotlighting the Direct Care Workforce" Conference series took place on May 12 & 13 in Houston, at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel. The first day was for the leaders and supervisors of direct care workers, from all types of long term care settings, i.e. home care, assisted living, nursing facilities, etc. Care for Elders is proud to have had so many of our members in attendance as well as new organizations and individuals. There were several national speakers that presented at the conference.

On the second day a little over 170 direct care workers attended the 12th Annual Conference for Direct Care Workers Who Care for Older Adults. The day featured MariaElena Del Valle, New York Trainer for PHI as the keynote speaker, Ready for Life awards and exciting presentations given by local professionals.

Putting the conference together took a lot of hard work from many individuals, including the volunteer committee who met on a regular basis to make "Spotlighting the Direct Care Workforce" Conference series a success. Thank you to all the attendees, speakers and members of the Care for Elders partnership.

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Judith B. Clinco, RN, BS, Executive Director, CareGiver Training Institute
A Community Solution to the Unnecessary Crises in Long Term Care 

Jeff Kaufman, Manager, Policy Analysis and Support Center for Policy and Innovation
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Texas Efforts to Address Direct Care Workforce Challenges

Mary Beth Hardy, Regional Director, LivHome
Fishing, Feeding and Fun: The Art of Caregiver Recruitment and Retention 

Sean Becker, JD, Partner, Vinson & Elkns, LLP
Legal Considerations and Best Practices for Addressing Union Issues in the Direct Care Environment 

Shirly McElroy-Weber, Business Development Manager, Home Health Resources
You're Hired! Proven Screening & Interviewing Strategies for Hiring the Right Caregivers 

Vickie Ragsdale, MSN, RN, Director of Education for Buckner Retirement Services
Establishing a Career Ladder for Direct Care Workers 

Leslie Hendrickson, Ph.D, Hendrickson Development
The Impact of Unions on Quality Care 

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