Long-Term Care Community Gathers for Time Out Workshop

The amphitheater at One Century Place Conference Center in Nashville was filled to capacity on June 16 as more than 200 professionals who serve the long-term care community gathered for the Time Out Workshop, a professional education event sponsored by Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs, PLLC. The event drew social workers, case managers, nurses, discharge planners, nursing home administrators and other geriatric care professionals from throughout Middle Tennessee.

Experts in the long-term care field presented programs on timely topics that helped social workers fulfill continuing education requirements. The workshop began with a presentation by Attorney Barbara Boone McGinnis and Public Benefits Specialist Joshua Bey, both of Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs, PLLC, who spoke on TennCare CHOICES. James Powers, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, and Jennifer Buckner, MSSW, with U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, presented a program on shared decision-making, a program that helps educate patients and caregivers about VA-provide community support services. Frank Cardenas, MPA, cHAP, founder of FEDlogic, presented Understanding Social Security Benefit Programs & Ethical Obligations. James Vandiver, a member of the ministry staff of the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ, discussed Tough Decisions: Everyday Ethics for Caregivers. Deborah Wilbrink, a journalist, author and business owner, presented Time to Tell: Why Your Life Story Matters.

Now in its seventeenth year, the Time Out Workshop has become a professional education tradition for Middle Tennessee’s long-term care community. According to organizer Bonnie Woodard, Medicare Specialist at Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs, the event is a local favorite. “This year, we were sold out a full month in advance,” Woodard said. “It’s the Elder Law Practice’s way of demonstrating our gratitude to the dedicated professionals who serve clients who are elderly or have disabilities.”

The 2016 Time Out Workshop featured vendor exhibits from nineteen sponsoring organizations including Alzheimer’s Association Mid-South Chapter, AseraCare, Avalon Hospice, Behavioral Healthcare Center at Columbia, Care Patrol, Caris Healthcare, Gentiva Hospice and Home Health, Griswold Home Care, Home Instead Senior Care, Lakeshore Senior Communities, Life Care Centers of America, Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, NHC Place Sumner, Park Place Retirement Community, Senior Services Network of Middle Tennessee, Signature Healthcare, Tennessee Captel, The Hearth at Hendersonville and Franklin, and Willowbrook Home Health and Hospice.

To see photos from the event, visit www.ElderLawEducation.com/time_out_workshop/2016-TOW.

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