Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM CDT
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM CDT

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Webinar Price

$25 for each Webinar
$60 for all 3 Webinars


Leslie Pedtke & Natalie Mueller, Summit CoChairs 
Illinois Pioneer Coalition 
6183273064 ext. 224 

The Illinois Pioneer Coalition Summit is offering a webinar series to help you in this time of COVID 19. Many of you have reached out asking what you can do to keep your Elders mentally and emotionally engaged. These webinars are designed to help you through these uncharted waters of social distancing. We are offering 3 webinars at low price of $25 each or $60 for the whole series. This price is not per person it is per facility. 

CEUs available:  CEUs are available through Continuing Educational Institute of Illinois and must be registered for seperately. The cost per CEU is $10/webinar/person. To register for CEUs please click this link: https://geroed.networkofcare4elearning.org/ When registering for CEUs you will need to search Webinar name and then regsiter.

This webinar series includes:


Wednesday, August 12th,

2:00 pm CST

"Thriving through Trying Times"

 Cyndie Kieffer, LCSW,Live Well Counseling.

During this webinar attendees will have the opportunity to share how the pandemic has impacted their lives, as well as the lives of the clients that the serve. Few, if any people, imagined that our lives would be turned around as they are today. Additionally, those in attendance will be given tools to use to address their own feelings surrounding the pandemic. These tools and ideas are designed to be shared with the people they serve in an eort to better help them cope in such challenging times.It is completely acceptable to approach how we are all feeling as grief, as we grieve the loss of our “normal” lives as well as the loss of hopes and dreams for 2020. Through acknowledging this change and learning ways to grieve, cope and practice self care we can make steps to thrive in these moments. The ideas shared in this webinar will help each of us navigate our way through these unprecedented time.  


Wednesday, August 19th,

2:00 pm CST

"Residents Rights amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic"

 Kelly Richards, Illinois State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. As we face these unprecedented times, we are left wondering what has changed as what has stayed the same in many aspects of our personal and professional lives. Ms. Richards will help attendees understand what's changed and what's stayed the same in terms of the rights of residents in long-term care facilities. This session will review the basic rights of residents and include a discussion of how some of those rights look different during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Mrs. Richards became the Illinois State Long-Term Care Ombudsman in May of 2019. She held the position of Deputy State Ombudsman from November 2018 until that time. Prior to that, she worked worked at the IL Department of Human Services for 19 years. Mrs. Richards has dedicated her career to assisting the most vulnerable in our communities by serving Illinoisans that are under-served, disconnected and disenfranchised. 

Wednesday, August 26th

2:00 pm CST

"A Veteran's Home best Practices and Lessons Learned during COVID-19"

Angie Simmons, LNHA, Administrator of Anna Veteran's Home and 2015 Culture Change Champion of the Year Award. In 2011, while an administrator at another southern Illinois home, Angie evacuated 66 residents in 8 hours due to flooding and was tasked with finding housing for those residents for the next 30-days. Prior to that she managed a 5-day power outage with the building only 60% generated.

These days she is managing to keep COVID-19 cases to a minimum among the approximately 50 veterans in her care. She said, “when this was all about to hit it, it was like being in a mobile home on top of a hill just watching the radar and the storm coming right for us.” During this time, Angie’s community has had one outbreak with 5 residents and 2 staff members testing positive.

Don’t miss Angie’s session where she will share with us her plan of action from the very beginning, the lessons they have learned along the way and how they are preparing for a second wave and the flu season.