July 14, 2010
I welcome each of you to the Illinois Department on Aging and the Illinois State Triad
emphasize the importance of working together to make a diffe erence
in the lives of vulnerable older adults in Illinois. The task is too large, and the resources too
scarce, for each helping profession that vulnerable older adults, to
in the lives of those older adults our programs are designed to help.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which was just a month ago, on June 15, promoted the
theme of Free of Elder Abuse. You and I are at this
conference because elder abuse is something that touches our professional worlds, in one
form or another. The challenge for us is to look beyond our individual worlds, and recognize
that when it comes to elder abuse, our individual worlds must intersect in order to achieve
our common mission a world free of elder abuse. No one profession or set of protocols can
solely respond to the complex circumstances of elder abuse victims.
f our worlds
collide sometimes, which I hope you see as an opportunity and not an obstacle. We must grab
the chance to work in partnership, whether our world is law enforcement, social services,
criminal justice or health care. By working together, we maximize the potential of having a
positive and lasting impact on curbing, and ultimately preventing, abuse of older adults in
Illinois It takes a team effort.
I respect each of you tremendously. You work so diligently to protect, preserve and advocate
on behalf of the rights of older adults in Illinois. I commend you for your devotion to our
common mission. Please take advantage of the next few days to grow professionally, to get to
know your colleagues better, and to rejuvenate yourselves for the critical work that is your
Charles D. Johnson
Illinois State TRIAD
P.O. Box 7198
Springfield, Illinois 62791-7198
July 14, 2010
first joint conference between
Elder Rights and TRIAD. This conference is available through the combined efforts of aging and
law enforcement agencies as well as other senior advocacies. The goal is to keep senior citizens
safe in their communities. One way is to educate and increase awareness of the latest ongoing
senior related criminal activities. Another way is by encouraging utilization of senior volunteers
with individuals or organizations of the private sector that have a vested interest in aging citizens.
The Illinois TRIAD conference has long been recognized as an event that provides opportunity
for law enforcement officers and aging providers to network, learn updates on elder law, and
participate in discussions about current issues facing senior citizens. A combined conference
affords the opportunity for all entities to come together and work as a team to protect the
fastest growing population. It also offers ways that law enforcement and aging providers can
learn how to better serve the growing population of seniors through direct and indirect services
in a way that maintains dignity, respect, independence, and personal safety of seniors.
Charting the Future: Working Together for Older Adults
includes an exciting combination of topics that relate to partnership of aging, law enforcement,
senior citizens, and community groups. Our key note speakers include Dr. Bennett Blum, an
internationally acclaimed physician specializing in both forensic and geriatric psychiatry; Angela
DeLeon, Crime Prevention Specialist, Coordinator, People Bank Masters Program, Connecticut.
The wide variety of other ongoing session topics makes this conference well worth attending.
Enjoy the conference!
Chairman of Illinois TRIAD
Each year, leaders in the aging network, as well
as other disciplines, come together to discuss Visit Our Conference Exhibit Hall!
and search for new insights in to the continual Wednesday July 14, 2010
challenges of serving the aging population. They 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
view the Elder Rights Conference as not only a Thursday, July 15, 2010
time for discovering improved practices for prac- Noon - 6:30 p.m.
titioners, but also a time to become rededicated A special thank you to the
to the demanding work they do. 2010 Elder Rights/TRIAD Conference
Sponsors and Exhibitors
This year the Elder Rights Conference will con- A Silver Connection
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the welcoming reception to the luncheon, not to Care Trak International, Inc.
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perience. One of the greatest challenges we Illinois Department on Aging
Illinois Center for Violence Prevention
face today is keeping up with the ever-changing
Illinois Homecare Council
demands in our work setting. Illinois Pioneer Coalition
Illinois Public Health Association
This conference will offer you an opportunity to Kankakee County TRIAD
voice your concerns, hear about strategies for Safety Education Alliance of America, Inc.
Secretary of State, Department of Securities
problem-solving, and become re-energized in the
Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
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Save the Date 2010
The 29th Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging will be held
December 8-10, 2010
Chicago Downtown Marriott
Attendees must sign in each day at the Going Green
Conference Registration Desk in order We are excited to announce the following
to confirm attendance. Certificates will “green” conference efforts for the 2010 Elder
be available at the conclusion of the Rights/TRIAD Conference. Handouts are
conference and are free of charge. posted on the IPHA website at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Handouts will not be provided
at the conference.
Recertification is available through
conference attendance. Recertification Conference Reception -
forms will be available at the Conference Salon A-D and Foyer
Registration desk. Recertification forms
must be signed by each session host at
Thursday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
the conference and submitted to the This is an excellent opportunity to greet
Registration desk at the conclusion of colleagues and share in some delicious
the conference. food, conversation, and entertainment
following a day of sessions. Enjoy!
Nursing Home Administrators – 14.5
The Illinois Department on Aging has
been approved as a sponsor of
continuing education in the 2009-2011
renewal periods by the Nursing Home
Administrator Licensing Board of the
State of Illinois Department of Financial
and Professional Regulation, sponsor
license number 139-000063.
Licensed Social/Clinical Social
Worker – 14.5 clock hours
The Illinois Department on Aging has
been approved as a sponsor of
continuing education in the 2009-2011
renewal periods by the Social
Worker/Clinical Social Worker Licensing
Board of the State of Illinois Department
of Financial and Professional
Regulation, sponsor license number
Attorneys – 14.5 clock hours
Illinois attorneys attending the
conference may receive up to 14.5 hours
of CLE credit. The Illinois Family Violence
Coordination Council is serving as the
accrediting agency for the CLE credits.
Wednesday, July 14 10:30 a.m. – Noon
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Keynote Address: Bennett Blum, M.D.
Registration “Undue Influence”
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Noon – 1:00 p.m.
TRIAD Opening Session - Salon G/J Lunch Provided - Salon E/F
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Noon – 6:30 p.m.
Exhibits Open - Foyer Exhibits - Salon Foyer
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Illinois TRIAD Senior Citizen Volunteer Concurrent Sessions
Awards Ceremony - Salon E/F
2:00 – 2:20p.m.
Refreshment Break - Foyer
11:30 – 12:45 p.m.
Senior Citizen Volunteer 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Luncheon - Salon E/F Reception - Salon A-D/Foyer
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Intensives and Partnership Training
Friday, July 16
8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
• Elder Abuse: Is It Abuse, Neglect or
Something Else? - Salon G-J
• Partnership Training - Salon E 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
• Senior Health Insurance
Program Training - Salon F 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
TRIAD trivia - Salon D
10:00 – 10:20 a.m.
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Break
Creating a “Silver Center” - Salon D
10:20 – 11:20 a.m.
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Protect Yourself and Your Wallet - Salon D
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 15
Conference Luncheon and Illinois Department
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
on Aging and Elderly Service Officer Awards -
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast - Foyer
9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Panel on Nursing Home Reform - Salon A-F
Wednesday, July 14 Intensives
9:30 – 1:00 p.m. 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Long Term Care Ombudsman Advisory Partnership Training - Financial Crime
Board Meeting - Wisconsin Room Prevention - Salon E/F
u Angela DeLeon, Crime Prevention Specialist,
Coordinator, People Bank Masters Program,
This training will address the investigation side of
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. financial exploitation cases, specifically identifying and
TRIAD Oning Seion investigating financial exploitation. Examples of
financial exploitation cases and their outcomes, tips for
prevention, and crime programs available for TRIAD
When In Doubt – Don’t - Salon G-J organizations will be presented. It is designed to
u Crystal King-Smith, Sergeant, Chicago Police provide comprehensive partnership training for anyone
Department, Chicago who works with senior citizens in order to promote crime
u Members of Chicago Police Department
Members of the Chicago Police Department Elder Abuse: Is it Abuse, Neglect or
provide valuable lessons on identifying various Something Else?* - Salon G/H
scams that occur throughout the country through uCandace J. Heisler, J.D., Trainer and Consultant Heisler
the means of re-enactment. Don’t know how a and Associates, San Bruno, California
“pigeon drop” works? Attend this session and uDean A. Hawley, M.D., Forensic Pathologist, Indiana
witness first-hand how this and many other University School of Medicine Indianapolis, Indiana
scams work. This session will highlight legal and medical issues
commonly encountered in elder abuse and neglect
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. matters. Common injuries, conditions that mirror abuse,
medical findings for neglect, investigation,
documentation, and anticipating defenses will be
Illinois TRIAD Senior Citizen Volunteer
Awards Ceremony - Salon E/F addressed. Interactive activities will reinforce learning
This special awards ceremony, in its 11th year,
* 3.5 hours recertification for Elder Abuse Caseworkers
pays tribute to senior citizens who help law en-
forcement across the state through volunteer ef- Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) -
forts to maintain a safe community. Salon F
u Sandy Leith, Lead Educational Specialist, SHIP
Program, Illinois Department of Insurance, Springfield
u Erin Weir, Healthcare Consumer Protection
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Coordinator, AgeOptions Statewide Coordinator, Illinois
Senior Medicare Patrol, Oak Park
Illinois TRIAD Senior The SHIP session will give you the latest update on
Medicare including the timeline for Health Care Reform
Citizen Volunteer Awards and changes to Medicare Supplement Policies. This will
also provide information on Medicare fraud, waste and
Ceremony and Luncheon - abuse in Illinois as well as introduce the goals and work
Salon E/F of the Senior Medicare Patrol Program. Healthcare fraud
will be defined and explained, and examples will be
shared. Attendees will also learn how to prevent, detect
and report healthcare fraud, waste and abuse.
Wednesday, July 14 uday, July 15
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
TRIAD Trivia - Salon D
u Cherie Aschenbrenner, Crime Prevention Focus Group Discussion: Developing
Specialist and Elderly Service Officer, Elgin Criteria and Prototype for an Elder
Police Department, Elgin Abuse Assessment System
u Kevin Williams, Lieutenant, Kane County Sheriff’s Salon G-J
Department u Kendon Conrad, Ph.D., Professor, University of
TRIAD Trivia is based on the famous game show, Illinois, Chicago
Jeopardy! Let’s test your knowledge on identity u Madelyn Iris, Ph.D., Director of Research, CJE
theft, personal safety, the B*SAFE program, and SeniorLife, Chicago
fires and falls prevention. Topics of interest for
The presenters recently received a grant from
TRIAD seminars and how to get seniors to attend
the National Institute of Justice to support a
will be discussed as well as how to “jump start”
current TRIADs. project titled, “Developing End-User Criteria and
Prototype for an Elder Abuse Assessment System.”
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. The goal of this study is to devise a computer-
based decision support system to facilitate
assessment of alleged abuse allegations,
Creating a “Silver Center” in Your standardize substantiation decision-making and
County - Salon D link care planning specifics. In this session, they
u Jack Dellinger, Sergeant, DuPage County Sheriff’s will elicit audience input on questions such as:
Office 1) How can a computerized decision support
The DuPage County Silver Center opened in 2009 system be of help in elder abuse investigation
to focus on the importance of the “hidden crime,” and intervention?
the mistreatment of older adults. The Silver Center 2) How might such a system be utilized in actual
is a partnership of units within the DuPage elder abuse investigations and interventions?
County Sheriff’s Office along with county and 3) Under what types of circumstances would
state human service providers that focus on such a system not be practical or helpful?
protecting seniors and arresting offenders. 4) What are the key issues to be aware of in
implementing such a system?
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
This presentation will include a brief introduction
Protect Yourself and Your Wallet, and overview of the project followed by an open
Physical and Financial Self-Defense - discussion.
u Ron Rufo, Officer, Chicago Police Department
Learn to defend yourself from being attacked
physically from unscrupulous individuals. This
session will introduce money safety and security
and teach participants how to avoid losing
hard-earned cash to scams, fraud and identity
uday, July 15
and enforce higher standards of care; and 3) expand
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. home and community-based residential and service
options. Senate Bill 326, provides many mechanisms
to achieve better care, including better nursing home
Panel on Nursing Home Reform – staff ratios, enhanced compliance standards, greater
Salon A-F enforcement of violations, and enhanced reintegra-
This panel will discuss both the impetus behind tion of nursing home residents into the community.
and the important and sweeping legislation of
Senate Bill 326 as well as efforts such as “Operation Guardian” is a multidisciplinary approach
Operation Guardian which are helping to protect to increase safety in nursing homes. Through this
residents’ in Illinois nursing homes. Panelists initiative, attorneys and investigators from the
include representatives from the Governor’s Attorney General’s Office, Ombudsmen, Department
office, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, of Public Health representatives and law enforcement
state agencies. are working on compliance checks that include
unannounced visits to nursing homes.
Governor Pat Quinn convened the Nursing Home
Safety Task Force following a series of reports
chronicling issues of safety and sub-care in
nursing homes. The Task Force’s report fell into
three categories: 1) enhance the pre-admission
screening and background check process; 2) set
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Thursday, July 15 10:30 a.m. Salon A-F
Keynote Address: Bennett Blum, M.D.
Dr. Bennett Blum is an internationally ac-
claimed physician specializing in both
forensic and geriatric psychiatry. An expert Undue
on the evaluation of undue influence and
associated manipulation tactics, Dr. Blum
has consulted on hundreds of legal cases
throughout the United States and interna-
tionally, including the precedent-setting The concept of manipulating some-
United Nations trial of General Pavle Strugar. one for personal gain is ancient. In
This was the first full competency hearing at this keynote address, Dr. Blum will
an International War Crimes Tribunal since Nuremberg.
review some of the historical ideas
Dr. Blum has worked with major U.S. Government agencies, law en-
promoted for understanding and
forcement, and research institutes on the prevention, investigation, identifying undue influence, and will
and litigation of issues related to undue influence and coercion. show how those ideas may be com-
In 1999, he was the only mental health expert asked to testify at
bined with modern concepts to result
the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Trans-
portation’s hearing on Fraud: Targeting America’s Seniors. From in more thorough and comprehensive
2002-2004, Dr. Blum was a technical advisor to the Research Trian- case analysis.
gle Institute for its national study on elder financial exploitation.
This study was the basis for the Administration on Aging’s “Finan-
cial Exploitation of Older Persons Report.” In 2005, Dr. Blum par-
ticipated in an invitation-only policy development conference for
the White House Conference on Aging.
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of Arizona, Dr. Blum re-
ceived his medical education from the University of Arizona and
psychiatric training at the University of California, Los Angeles
(UCLA). He is a forensic psychiatric consultant. His work has been
published by the National College of Probate Judges, State Bar
Associations, and in major medical textbooks, including a chapter
on elder abuse, exploitation, and legal issues in geriatric psychia- General session in same
try in the 8th edition of Kaplan and Sadock’s Comprehensive Text- rooms (Salon A-F)
book of Psychiatry. He has also co-authored the internationally
acknowledged seminal research on police-assisted suicide
(“suicide by cop”), worked as an advisor for several law enforce-
ment training films, including “Predators of the Elderly” and taught
homicide investigators of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Depart-
ment and the Los Angeles Police Department.
Thursday, July 15 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Elder Financial Abuse - Salon F The New Uniform Adult Guardianship
uBennett Blum, M.D. and Protective Procedures Act -
Elder financial abuse has been called the crime O’Hare/Midway
of the 21st century. In this session, Dr. Blum will u Sherri Rudy, Attorney, Rockford
discuss the nature and extent of elder financial u John Wank, Chief Counsel, Office of the State
abuse, and will present behavior-based meth- Guardian, Chicago
ods for evaluating diminished capacity and Illinois has joined more than a dozen states in
undue influence. adopting the Uniform Adult Guardianship and
Protective Procedures Act. The Act is designed
Why Does This Have To Be So Hard? A to govern guardianships involving more than one
Practical Introduction to Making Med- state. This session will address the application
ical Decisions for Others - Salon E of this new Act to Illinois guardianship cases
u Kelly Armstrong, Ph.D., Clinical Ethicist, Clinical and explain when and how it will affect those
Ethicist Center for Memorial Health System and legal procedures.
Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Medi-
cine, Department of Medical Humanities, South- Driving Under the Influence of
ern Illinois University School of Medicine, Dementia - Salon G-J
Springfield u Darby Morhardt, LCSW, Research Professor
Making decisions and controlling one’s own life Northwestern University Feinberg School of
are important values for many people. Yet, health Medicine, Chicago
u Jim Vanden Bosch, MA,
professionals and others involved in the lives of Executive Director,
older adults are often faced with the problem of Terra Nova Films, Chicago
protecting those values while making treatment Many people with early-stage dementia report
decisions for persons who can no longer make that being told to stop driving is more traumatic
their independent decisions. This session will than the diagnosis of dementia itself. This ses-
address ethical, legal, and organizational issues sion will present three driving cessation case
frequently encountered by persons who are studies from a new video, Into the Other Lane –
Driving and Dementia.
assisting others who may have impaired decision-
making abilities. Among the issues that will be
addressed include critical discussions everyone These real life stories reveal the emotional
should have before making medical decisions; why struggles experienced by those with Alzheimer’s
decisional capacity is different than competence; and their families around this issue. Some
navigating obstacles such as disagreement among strategies for helping individuals and families as
parties or regulatory issues; the types of decisions they face the need to stop driving will be
that can and cannot be made by others; special discussed.
issues for guardians; the pitfalls of advance
2:00 – 2:20 p.m.
directives; DNR issues; and others. Refreshment Break - Foyer
uday, July 15
2:10 – 3:30 p.m. 2:20 – 4:30 p.m.
Navigating the Criminal Justice Navigating the Medicaid Eligibility
System - Salon F Rules for Long Term Care -
u Candace J. Heisler, J.D., Trainer and Consultant O’Hare/Midway
Heisler and Associates, San Bruno, California Moderator: Tony DelGiorno, Rammelkamp Bradney
Adult Protection Services professionals have PC, Springfield
become increasingly aware of the need to work u Ford C. “Chet” June, June, Proedehl and Renzi
collaboratively with the criminal justice system to LLC, Joliet
build criminal cases. This session will highlight u Jennifer Lynch, June, Prodehl and Renzi LLC,
common terminology, case building, the role of Joliet
Adult Protective Services, and strategies for u Connie Renzi, Mickey Wilson Weiler and Renzi,
improving Criminal Justice System response, to Aurora
increase collaboration and improve outcomes.
This session will help attendees navigate the
complex rules of Medicaid eligibility for long term
2:20 – 3:20 p.m. nursing home stays, and will include an overview
of the eligibility rules and the application process,
Factors Contributing to Compassion as well as a discussion of planning strategies.
Fatigue in Geriatric Care Managers -
u Carolyn A. Peck, Ph.D., Associate Professor, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Department Chair Human Services-Gerontology,
University of Illinois Springfield
Guardianships and Mentally Ill
The purpose of this session is to provide specific Nursing Home Residents: What is the
information on self-care practices for geriatric Role of the Ombudsman? - Salon E
care providers. Specific client life situations that u Mark Epstein, Attorney, Epstein & Epstein,
can increase vulnerability to compassion fatigue
and burnout will be identified and discussed.
u Sherri Rudy, Attorney, Rockford
Examples of self-care when working with a
geriatric population will be provided. Ombudsmen often question their advocacy role
when dealing with guardianships and residents’
rights. There is a thin line between staying within
A Case Control Study of Elder Abuse
their authority and/or not honoring the residents’
in the Trauma Population - Salon G-J
rights. This becomes even more difficult when it
u Susan Avila, R.N., M.P.H., Trauma Nurse Coordi- involves the Illinois Mental Health Code. The
nator and Nurse Epidemiologist, Stroger Hospital, appropriate role for ombudsmen when they face
Chicago difficult dilemmas involving guardianships and
Although there is a growing literature on the sub- mentally ill residents will be discussed.
ject of elder abuse, the information on victims
suffering severe traumatic injuries as a result of
elder abuse is limited. This is the first clinical
case-control study detailing clinical outcomes
and evaluating risk factors of persons suffering
severe physical abuse.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Conference Reception -
Salon A-D and Foyer
Evicting Adult Children - Salon G-J Thursday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
u Erin Ruebbelke, Program Specialist, Policy This is an excellent opportunity to greet
Division, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, colleagues and share in some delicious
Springfield food, conversation, and entertainment
u Pam Moore, Outreach Liaison, Illinois Attorney following a day of sessions. Enjoy!
General’s Office, Springfield
Due to the struggling economy many adult children
have been forced to move back home. This session
will discuss landlord and tenants’ rights and
difficult situations in which an elderly parent
wishes to evict an adult child. Presenters will
discuss various scenarios for dealing with adult
children residing in their elder parent(s) home
and in the different types of housing in which this
can occur. Reasons to put forth an eviction will
also be covered. Example cases and outcomes
will be presented as well.
3:40 – 5:00 p.m.
How to Prove the Causative Role of
Alcoholism and/or Substance Abuse
in Cases of Self-Neglect - Salon F
u Dean A. Hawley, M.D., Forensic Pathologist
Indiana University School of Medicine,
Substance abuse is arguably the single most
frequent cause of self-neglect, and it is an
underlying contributor to injuries and illnesses
that lead to deterioration of health and safety in
the aging population. This session will touch on
such topics as medical findings, toxicology testing,
withdrawal syndromes, and medical screening
Preserving and Maintaining Senior
Friday, July 16 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Homeownership - O’Hare/Midway
u Michele Weinberg, Director, Chicago
Elder Care Mediation Salon G-J Seniors/Consumer Law Project, Legal
Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago,
uMargaret S. Powers, LCSW, MA., Private
Practice, Arlington Heights
u James Brady, Supervising Attorney, Home
Elder Mediation helps seasoned adults and their
adult children resolve conflicts around issues Ownership Preservation Project, Legal Assis-
such as living arrangements, caregiving, financial tance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago,
planning, inheritance/ estate disputes, medical Chicago
decisions, family communication, driving and This session will discuss the foreclosure process,
guardianship. This session, presented by some- loan modifications including the Home Affordable
one who has mediated over 50 elder care dis- Modification Program, avoiding foreclosure
putes and over 6,000 divorce disputes over 20 assistance fraud and using reverse mortgages
years, will look at the powerful impact mediation and other strategies for keeping seniors in their
can provide to families in conflict. homes during difficult economic times.
Holding the Illinois Nursing Home Coordinating a Response to Elder
Industry Accountable and Strength- Abuse: Elder Abuse and Law
ening Government Monitoring of Enforcement Working Together - Salon
Long-Term Care - Illinois/Indiana A-D
u Alison E. Hirschel, Elder Law Support Attorney,
u Ida Anger, Program Manager, Metropolitan
Michigan Poverty Law Program Lansing, Family Services, Senior Protective Services,
u Sandy Stavropoulos, Supervisor, Seniors and
You’ve probably heard the recent Chicago
Persons with Disabilities Unit, Cook County
Tribune coverage of nursing home abuses of
State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago
psychotropic drugs and the dangers posed by
u Crystal King-Smith, Sergeant, Chicago Police
nursing home residents with mental illness or
criminal backgrounds. Governor Quinn’s Department, Chicago
u Mary Killough, Manager, Division of Home and
Nursing Home Safety Task Force, created in
response to the newspaper series, has now Community Services, Illinois Department on
proposed numerous recommendations to Aging
address these problems. Yet, residents continue Law enforcement agencies and elder abuse
to be daily victims of abuse, neglect and mental protection agencies have responsibilities to
anguish, and substandard facilities continue to investigate crimes of abuse against the elderly
operate despite serious and repeated and to protect elders from continued harm.
problems. Attend this session to hear how Illinois Traditionally investigations have been parallel but
citizens, advocates and stakeholders can hold separate. The Coordinated Response Initiative (CRI)
Illinois nursing homes accountable and was established to improve communication and
strengthen government monitoring of long foster increased collaboration between agencies
term care. in order to hold perpetrators accountable while
improving the quality of life for aged victims. This
panel will explore the challenges and strategies in
developing protocol for collaborative response.
10:20 – 11:20 a.m.
Administration on Aging Updates - The Revised Power of Attorney -
Salon G-J O’Hare/Midway
u Amy Wiatr, MSW, Aging Services Program u Susan Dawson-Tibbet, Law Office of Susan
Specialist U.S. Administration on Aging, Chicago Dawson-Tibbits, Peoria
This session will discuss current U.S. Administration u Chuck LeFebvre, First Mid-Illinois Bank and
on Aging (AoA) Elder Rights initiatives, including Trust, Mattoon
Elder Abuse Prevention, Ombudsman and Legal In the 2010 Illinois General Assembly session,
Services Development programs and more. Attend legislation for the revision and reform of the Illinois
this session if you want to hear about the “hot Power of Attorney Act were considered. This
topics” in elder rights and aging and how Illinois legislation will provide additional protections for
is connected to these national efforts. the users of powers of attorney and will place
greater responsibilities on agents. Described in
Overcoming Barriers to Medicare this session will be the key elements of the bill,
Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facilities the drafting and negotiation process that merged
Care - Illinois/Indiana two pieces of legislation into one bill, and what
u Toby S. Edelman, Senior Policy Attorney, Center this legislation is designed to accomplish.
for Medicare Advocacy, Washington, D.C.
Medicare pays for more residents in nursing Starting and Maintaining a Healthy
homes than ever before. Advocates working with TRIAD - Salon A-D
residents need to know how the Medicare program u Cherie Aschenbrenner, Crime Prevention
operates and what barriers exist to the coverage Specialist and Elderly Service Officer, Elgin
authorized by federal law. This session provides Police Department, Elgin
an explanation of basic principles of Medicare u Kevin Williams, Lieutenant, Kane County Sheriff’s
coverage for care in skilled nursing facilities Department
(SNFs) and then considers two significant barriers This session was developed to enhance
– the myth that Medicare will pay for care only if communication with seniors and other
a resident is “improving” and “observation” organizations which serve them, explain what
services – and how to overcome them. TRIAD is and what it can do for communities.
The Medicare program pays for care in an SNF if Examples will be shared to foster understanding
the services needed by a beneficiary must be of who should be on a TRIAD committee and to
provided by a skilled professional. The SNF resident explain topics of interest for TRIAD seminars.
does not need to be “improving.” Nevertheless, a How to conduct outreach and get older adults to
pervasive myth indicates that Medicare coverage attend the seminars will be covered.
is available in SNFs only for residents who are
improving. This session will discuss legal
authorities that disprove the myth.
The second problem addressed will focus on
observation services. The Medicare program
pays for a beneficiary’s subsequent stay in an
SNF if, among other prerequisites, the patient
was an inpatient in an acute care hospital for 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
three or more days. Under current practice, some
patients in acute care hospitals spend their entire
hospital stay in “observation,” an outpatient
service. As a consequence of their outpatient Conference Luncheon
classification, they do not meet the three-day and
inpatient requirement that entitles them to
coverage in an SNF. Strategies for dealing with
Illinois Department on Aging and
this barrier will be discussed. Elderly Service Officer Awards -
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2010 Elder Rights/TRIAD Conference
Thanks to everyone who made this conference possible.
Illinois Department on Aging
Charles D. Johnson, Director
Mary Killough, Manager, Division of Home and Community Services, IDoA
Lois Moorman, Program Administrator, Office of Elder Rights, IDoA
Lt. Jeff Hoffmann, Illinois TRIAD Chairman
Katie Walsh, Illinois TRIAD Awards Ceremony Chair
Erin Reubbelke, Program Specialist, Policy Division, Office of the IL Attorney General
Gidget Freeberg, Conference Coordinator
Sally Petrone, State Long Term Care Ombudsman
Kathy Seketa-Stefancic, Exhibits
Marsha Miller, Conference Registration Book and Program
Kristen Ball and Maureen Colston, Registration
Maureen Squires, On-site Conference Coordinator
Steve Elkins, Audio/Visual
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