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  • 1. July 14, 2010 Dear Friends: I welcome each of you to the Illinois Department on Aging and the Illinois State Triad conference 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 char 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 f 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 f 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. s. I respect each of you tremendously. You work so diligently to protect, preserve and advocate f on behalf of the rights of older adults in Illinois. I commend you for your devotion to our ld 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 calling. calling Sincerely, Charles D. Johnson Director
  • 2. Illinois State TRIAD P.O. Box 7198 Springfield, Illinois 62791-7198 July 14, 2010 Dear Friends, 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! Sincerely, Jeff Hoffmann Chairman of Illinois TRIAD
  • 3. 2010 Confence Each year, leaders in the aging network, as well New! 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 tinue this tradition by providing you with a won- Addus Healthcare, Inc. derful array of topics. Take time to look over this AgingInfoUSA America’s Disabled Physician Home Visits flyer. One of the first things you will notice is the Attorney General’s Office amount of time available for networking. From Brookdale Senior Living the welcoming reception to the luncheon, not to Care Trak International, Inc. mention the informal moments between ses- Chicago Police Department sions, there is more than adequate time to con- City of Chicago Debt Counsel for Seniors & the Disabled verse with your fellow attendees. Dutton & Casey Guardian Medical Monitoring Professionals from around the nation have been Healthcom, Inc. invited to share their expertise and practical ex- Help at Home, Inc. 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) work that you do. Terra Nova Films Wells Fargo Elder Services Save the Date 2010 The 29th Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging will be held December 8-10, 2010 Chicago Downtown Marriott
  • 4. Confence Information Continuing Education 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 ipha@ipha.com. Handouts will not be provided at the conference. Comprehensive Care Coordination Recertification 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 clock hours 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 159-000109. 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.
  • 5. Confence Agenda 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 Registration Something Else? - Salon G-J • Partnership Training - Salon E 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast • 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. Concurrent Sessions 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 - Registration Salon E/F 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast - Foyer 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Panel on Nursing Home Reform - Salon A-F
  • 6. 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, Bridgeport, Connecticut This training will address the investigation side of 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. financial exploitation cases, specifically identifying and TRIAD Oning Seion 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 prevention. 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 points. 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.
  • 7. Wednesday, July 14 uday, 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. Salon D 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 theft.
  • 8. uday, 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 Addus HealthCare is Proud to Support the 2010 Elder Rights/TRIAD Conference Addus HealthCare has been providing a comprehensive package of home care services since 1979. Today, Addus is one of the largest providers of home care services in America. We have 21 home care, 7 home health and 5 Adult Day Centers in Illinois to assist with your home care needs. Addus Services 1-888-233-8746 • Home Care • Adult Day Services www.addus.com • Home Health • VA Eligibility Pre-Screening • Private Duty Serving Families at Home Since 1979
  • 9. Oning General Seion 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 Influence 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 Lunch Immediately following 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.
  • 10. Concurrent Seions 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
  • 11. uday, July 15 Concurrent Sessions 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 - Salon E 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 Chicago 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.
  • 12. 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, Indianapolis, Indiana 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 tools.
  • 13. Concurrent Seions 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 Chicago 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, Michigan Chicago 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. 10:00-10:20 a.m. Break
  • 14. 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 - Salon E-F
  • 15. Marriot Hotel Flr Plan 2010 Elder Rights/TRIAD Conference Acknowledgements 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 Conference Staff 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 Printed by the Authority of the State of Illinois. 6/10 IOCI 1027-10