New Orleans: What’s There for You?

Education | September 25, 2017 | by Geralyn Magan

Here’s a glimpse at what’s in store for leaders of life plan communities and assisted living settings who travel to New Orleans Oct. 29-Nov. 1 for this year’s LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO.

Managing life plan communities and assisted living settings can be a challenging task, but you don’t have to do it alone. LeadingAge is there to help with a wide range of Annual Meeting sessions designed to help your organization position itself financially and strategically, launch new models like continuing care at home, meet new challenges in assisted living, and support people living with dementia.

Here’s a glimpse at what’s in store if you travel to New Orleans Oct. 29-Nov. 1 for this year’s LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO. For a comprehensive list of all sessions and activities, visit the Annual Meeting website.

Single-Site Communities

Single-Site Networking Event, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 8-10 a.m.: If you lead a single-site life plan community, you won’t want to miss the Single-Site Networking Session, which will feature a panel on the Workforce of the Future, a presentation on technology-enriched smart homes, and a networking roundtable where you can share your innovations, challenges and solutions. Interested in attending? Contact Leslie Knight at

Financial and Strategic Positioning

Expansion Beyond an Existing Life Plan Community (39-C), Monday, Oct. 30, 3:30-5 p.m.: Looking for growth opportunities but don’t have land available for expansion? This session will show how one life plan community created a complimentary site nearby to gain larger market share without competing with itself.

Financing and Operating Moderately Priced Life Plan Communities (40-C), Monday, Oct. 30, 3:30-5 p.m.: Presenters at this session will discuss how development and operating considerations can help life plan communities reduce upfront costs without sacrificing service or care.

Expanding into Home Health and Hospice (49-G), Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8-9:30 a.m.: Representative of 3 life plan communities will share best practices and discuss the lessons they learned while building successful home health and hospice partnerships using a shared services model.

Continuing Care at Home

Life Care at Home: Expanding Your Footprint (47-F), Tuesday, Oct. 31, 3:30-5 p.m.: Explore the operational and marketing issues associated with expanding a life care at home program beyond the primary market of a life plan community. Session participants will learn how to use a program’s actuarial data to monitor current financial performance and anticipate future challenges.

The Evolution of the Continuing Care at Home Program Model (92-H), Wednesday, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Hear how 2 organizations operate continuing care at home programs to reach consumers interested in aging at home. Presenters will share the roadblocks, risks and lessons they learned along the way.

Assisted Living

Urban Gardening and Farming in Assisted Living (135-D), Tuesday, Oct. 31, 8-9:30 a.m.: Bring your green thumb to this session, which explores how an assisted living community in Brookline, MA, developed an organic farming project to empower older adults and engage people living with dementia.

Meeting the Rising Acuity Needs in Assisted Living (28-F), Tuesday, Oct. 31, 3:30-5 p.m.: How are assisted living providers across the country responding to the changing acuity needs of residents? This session will answer that question while exploring trends in programs, products, capabilities, and services to address rising acuity in assisted living.

Applying PACE Principles to Improve Care in Assisted Living (30-G), Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8-9:30 a.m.: Learn how to use practices of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to develop an integrated care model that meets the needs of assisted living residents at risk for nursing home placement.

Living with Dementia

Evidence-Based Approaches to Improve Quality of Life for Persons Living with Dementia (17-A), Sunday, Oct. 29, 3:30-5 p.m.: Explore evidence-based design, care practices, programming, and employee training that can help you enhance quality of life for people living with dementia, their relatives and caregivers.

Innovative Memory Care: The Intersection of Technology and Design (9-E), Tuesday, Oct. 31, 10-11:30 a.m.: Find out how 2 providers applied new technologies and design features to reshape their memory care settings.

Comfort Care: Care Planning for People With Dementia (31-G), Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8-9:30 a.m.: Learn about a comfort-palliative approach designed to effectively manage pain, nutrition, sleep/wake habits, meaningful engagement, and risk among people living with moderate and advanced dementia.