STATEWIDE VOP CONFERENCE CALLS:
Did you miss
the Statewide VOP Conference Call on July 22? Not to worry...
minutes of the meeting and resources are available on our website's
VOP Communiques page.
Statewide VOP Conference Call will take place on Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.
More information will be available in the September newsletter.
If you are a
volunteer without an email address who would like to join the call,
please contact your VOP Coordinator to obtain the contact
of Iowa 2015 Geriatric Lecture Series (offered online each month)
University of Iowa Geriatric Lecture Series is presented online in
a series of monthly lectures. The 2015 series, which is sponsored
by the Iowa Geriatric Education Center and the University of Iowa
Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, is free and will
focus on dementia. Each lecture can be viewed for one month and is
accessible exclusively during the month it is scheduled beginning
the first business day of each month.
for the series, email the Iowa Geriatric Education Center at email@example.com with your name,
discipline (e.g., nursing, medicine, social work), organization or
facility name and your contact information, including your email
address. Please allow at least one week to receive a response.
- "Choosing Wisely and Goals of Care"
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EVENTS & CONFERENCES:
Nov. 6, 2015
(8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Bar Association Headquarters
625 E Court
Guardianship Association of Iowa Network (GAIN) is hosting its
third annual conference. "Tough Decisions: Mental Health,
Aging and Substitute Decision-Making in Iowa" will feature
Iowa's leading experts and advocates to help attendees develop a
better understanding of mental illness, Alzheimer's disease and the
aging process; challenges related to serving this population; and
additional impacts these diagnoses have on the substitute
limited; Volunteer Ombudsmen are encouraged to attend and can
register at the discounted rate of $25. If you are interested in
applying for reimbursement to attend this event, please contact
your VOP Coordinator.
Iowa CareGivers Conference:
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Events & Conference Center
Iowa CareGivers Conference is scheduled for August and last year we
were able to send two volunteers on scholarship. This year's lineup
of workshops will cover topics such as dementia, challenging
behaviors, sexuality in long-term care, oral health and hygiene,
grief, falls prevention, advocacy and more.
If you are
interested in applying for a scholarship to the conference, please
contact your VOP Coordinator.
It has come
to our attention that some Volunteer Ombudsmen feel they would
benefit from a training refresher on the fundamentals of the
If you think
you could benefit from attending new Volunteer Ombudsman training,
you are welcome to attend in whole or in part! An upcoming
training for new volunteers is scheduled to take place in Cedar
Rapids on Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
If you would
like to attend, contact your VOP Coordinator for more details. If
you can't make a training refresher, but feel like one-on-one
assistance would be helpful, please contact your VOP Coordinator at
of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Library
Check out the
new Resource Library on the Office of the State Long-Term Care
Ombudsman's website for important information relating to advocacy
and residents' rights. Anything and everything found here - from
brochures and fact sheets to handbooks and presentations - can be
counted toward your VOP continuing education requirement. Report
time spent reviewing these materials to your VOP Coordinator.
> View the Resource Library
anticipation of Residents' Rights Month in October, the Consumer
Voice encouraged long-term care residents across the country to
participate in the Residents' Voice Challenge by submitting essays,
poems, art or videos related to this year's theme, "Care
residents were asked to submit 40 words of wisdom to coincide with
the 40th anniversary of Consumer Voice.
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