Thursday, February 22, 2018

AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit 2018: What Assisted Living Providers Can Expect

The Quality Summit may be held in the “Big Easy” this March 12-14, but we know that quality does not come easy. That’s why we have two full days of enriching education, so you can return home with new ideas to implement, inspiration to continue your quality improvement journey, and possibly 12 CEUs. For assisted living providers, here are the highlights.

How'd You Do It? Best Practices and Lessons Learned from the Quality Initiative Recognition Program Recipients
Monday, March 12 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm​
Learn from assisted living communities that achieved all four of the NCAL Quality Initiative goals with this moderated panel. This session will include an overview of quality improvement tools and resources from AHCA/NCAL, as well as tactics on how to communicate your quality stories with important stakeholders.

Dementia Care Practice Recommendations
Monday, March 12 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Earlier this year, the Alzheimer's Association's released its new Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. This session will provide an overview of the recommendations and discuss how they can be used to increase the quality of care and quality of life for people with Alzheimer's and related dementia.

Safe Transition Planning in the Assisted Living Setting: Experts Driving Outcomes
Tuesday, March 13 | 10:30am – 12:00pm
Relocation and health crises are among the top 10 life stressors for people of all ages, but especially for older adults. The presenters will review best practices related to care transitions in the assisted living sector and identify processes to recognize and develop effective transitional care needs and services for residents in assisted living communities.

The Quality Award Program for Assisted Living Providers
Tuesday, March 13 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Interested in applying for a Quality Award as an Assisted Living provider but concerned about barriers to success? This session will provide an overview of how to apply for a Quality Award as an assisted living organization.

Activities for Dementia Care: The Calendar Should Not Be the Primary Focus
Tuesday, March 13 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
This session will emphasize the importance of seeing the individual as they are, and then building programs based around individuals’ abilities. Attendees will discuss exercises that may be used when returning to the campus and the importance of tracking and resident and family inclusion.

Other education sessions for both assisted living and skilled nursing providers:
  • LED Talks curated by Provider
  • The Power of Engagement: No Longer a Novelty
  • Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship
  • The Power of Influence – Improving Staff Engagement Sponsored by Medline
  • Benefits of the Non-Pharm Approach of Music & Memory
  • How to Utilize Data from LTC Trend Tracker
  • Customer Satisfaction: Strive for the Best
  • Academic/Practice Partnerships: Creating Solutions for Workforce Challenges
  • Innovative Practices from Around the Profession: A Moderated Poster Session
  • Restorative Sleep Vitality Program
  • Medication Management 

Tip: See this symbol on your education materials? That means the session is geared towards AL providers.

So Much More

All Quality Summit attendees also hear from AHCA/NCAL leadership at the opening general session, which will include an important announcement about the Quality Initiative. Assisted living providers who were recognized for the Quality Initiative Recognition Program will be honored in-person at the Celebration of Quality and Networking Lunch on Tuesday. And AHCA/NCAL is proud to welcome Karen Tritz, Director of the Division of Nursing Homes, Survey and Certification Group at CMS, as our closing keynote speaker on Wednesday morning.

And have some fun at the NCAL Reception on Tuesday night! Dubbed “Party at the Summit”, the NCAL Reception has you make your way to the top of the New Orleans Marriott for free food, drinks, entertainment and a gorgeous view of the Mississippi River. NCAL is proud to partner with MatrixCare for this annual reception at the Quality Summit.

Learn more and register by March 2nd at

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