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2016 WADSA Educational Conference (Save the date)
The 2016 conference will be held on Saturday, October 29th at the Colonial Club in Sun Prairie. Save the date, more information is coming.
Friday, August 19, 2016
WADSA CONFERNCE REQUEST FOR PRESENTERS
The Wisconsin Adult Day Services Association Conference Committee is gearing up for the 2015 Annual Conference; Harvesting Good Outcomes. This year our conference will be held at Easter Seals South East WI Workforce Training Center in Waukesha, WI on November 6th and 7th. We are currently looking for experts to share their knowledge with our program staff, directors, social workers and nurses. In the field of Adult Day Services, collaboration with community partners is very important to the success of providing quality care to our program members and their families. We are continuously looking for ways to improve and change to develop better outcomes in all areas of Adult Day Programing. We welcome you to join us for the conference in several capacities; as presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and conference participants. In the first phase of our conference planning journey we are sending out a Request for Proposal for presenters for Friday and Saturday. We hope that you will be able to share your gifts and knowledge with us. If you are interested in sponsoring or presenting at our conference please contact Sarah Kramer: email@example.com or 920-593-3576.
Below is a list of “Hot Topics” that have been requested throughout the year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.
Topics of Interest:
Cost effective programs
Caring for the Caregiver
Use of Technology in programming
Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia
Policy/national and local
Work Life Balance
Sue Walz credits the Coulee Region Adult Day Center with helping rescue her after she lost everything - and nearly her life - to her bipolar disorder.
After the 50-year-old La Crosse woman was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD two decades ago, she said, "It took away everything. I lost it all. I had to quit teaching, so I lost my career. I lost my marriage. I lost my friends.
"When I needed them, they were gone, and I isolated myself, like people with mental illness do, for a very long time," said Walz, a mother of three who lost partial custody of them for a time and was homeless for four months.
"That's what this disease can do with you," she said.
"What helped me with recovery - that doesn't mean cured, because I still have it - was God and my faith in God," and getting a job at the Coulee Region center, said Walz, a member of First Free Church in Onalaska.
Center owner Amy Kepler and her assistant, Darcie Marks, "gave me a chance to work when nobody else would. They knew I had a mental illness. They have given me the courage to continue my life."
Walz's experience helps explain why the Family and Children's Center honored Kepler as its employer of the year Monday night. Walz secured her job as a client in the FCC's Supported Employment Program.
Congratulations to Melissa Meier and the staff at Lincoln Lutheran Chestnut Club in Burlington for providing relevant, caring services that are engaging and satisfying to clients and families, including our veterans.
WADSA is honored to have you be one of our member centers!
The Curative Care Network & Carroll Health Sciences wins Esther Letven Campus-Community Partnership Award
WADSA is pleased to recognize that Curative Care Network & Carroll University's partnership has been honored to receive the Esther Letven Campus-Community partnership award. This is program is an inspiration to all adult day services and universities that are seeking to enhance their programs for participants while students have an opportunity for hands on learning.
The Curative Care Network Carroll Health Sciences Initiative began in 2007 to form a partnership with the goal of satisfying an unmet need of Curative's clients who have disabilities and/or memory loss-physical activity. In this partnership, Carroll University Physical Therapy students and faculty work with clients to provide regular opportunity for exercise, along with customized therapeutic activities such as bowling, swimming, or video gaming. The partnership has been mutually beneficial: the students have the opportunity to care for clients with chronic disease, helping each client reach their optimal health, and the clients look forward to the youthful exuberance and bright perspective the students bring to the center five days per week. It's been a very rewarding experience!
Easter Seals Adult Day Services has a new location!
2222 South 114th Street, West Allis
We are currently enrolling participants
in our new location. Arrange for a tour today!
Easter Seals Adult Day Programs support adults with disabilities, their families and caregivers with respite, access to community resources and person-centered care.
Our person-centered approach allows participants the opportunity to dictate the activities and outings they choose to participate in. Our centrally located West Allis Center will also offer our participants more opportunities to explore their community through recreational outings and volunteer opportunities with neighboring businesses.
Contact Derek Goodman at 414-831-2936 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a tour
Adult Day Services honors drivers during Transit week
The Wisconsin Adult Day Services Association wants to recognize and thank the many people that safely transport our clients to and from our programs. We appreciate the care, concern and reassurance you provide and recognize how essential this service is in our state.
A number of day centers are recognizing drivers in special ways. Laurie Nowak, Director of Adult Day Care at Clement Manor reports that they will be providing bag lunches to their drivers all week. Lakefield Adult Day Services clients baked homemade treats and will be offering snacks and beverages to Ozaukee County drivers.
We often take transportation for granted until it is an issue. This week offers day service programs and participants the opportunity to thank drivers for providing safe, reliable transportation in all conditions. We are truly grateful for the service you provide!
Our member programs remain concerned about caregivers ability to take care of their own needs while caring for others. Adult Day Services can be the answer for respite that so many need so they can function as the caregiver and keep their loved one at home longer.
NBC News story addresses the impact that caregivers neglecting their own health can have overall.
Met Life Mature Market Institute has released its survey of long-term care costs for 2012. Great data for comparison with other types of care showing the value of ADS. The summary of Essentials: ADS under related content is also a valuable source of information for for those considering adult day services.
Save the Date-Wisconsin Adult Day Services Association Conference
The 2014 Annual WADSA Conference will be hosted by Curative Care Network in Milwaukee on November 7-8, 2014. Please put this date in your calendars. We will begin recruiting for speakers, vendors, and sponsors shortly! Hope to see you all there!