• 2020 Educational Series

    Workshops to Inspire and Equip


    Presented by The Hampton & Ashley Inn and Cascade Inn

    Vancouver, Washington

  • Time & Place

    President's Room

    Cascade Inn

    11613 SE 7th St, Vancouver, WA 98683

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    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Various Dates


    Complimentary Workshop

  • Workshop Host

    Rebecca Leedy

    Director of Community Relations


    e: hamptonDCR2@koelschsenior.com

    c: 360.256.8513


    The Hampton & Ashley Inn

    A Koelsch Community

    1617 SE Talton Ave, Vancouver, WA 98683


  • Workshop Experts

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    Neil Degerstedt

    Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman

    With 15 years of personal experience caring for family members with dementia, Neil pursued extensive education in gerontology, case management, dementia, mental health, person-centered and trauma-informed care. He has served families throughout SW Washington in various roles in the vital Ombudsman program. LinkedIn

    Maria Cura-Castro

    Alzheimer's Association Community Educator

    Raised with an aging grandparent, Maria was inspired by how multi-generational relationships can enrich our world. Her passion for building a stronger aging experience through education and resources has led her to pioneer unique philanthropic projects. She is certified by the Alzheimer's Association to train families, and she is Regional Director of Sales for Koelsch Communities. LinkedIn

    Benjamin Surmi, MsG

    Social Gerontologist

    As a social gerontologist, Benjamin has personally helped over 200 families through care decisions and trains 2,000 professional caregivers in 8 states. He is currently bringing a European model of dementia care to the United States. LinkedIn

    Lynn Crawford, RN, BSN

    Education Coordinator, Life Transitions End of Life Coalition​

    For over 45 years, Lynn has pioneered as a critical care and palliative care nurse. She leads local non-profits as educator, board member, and Executive Director - guiding families on their journey through complicated end-of-life and dementia decisions. Resume

  • April Panelists

    Julie Williams

    Owner, Home Instead Senior Care Vancouver

    Julie has pioneered excellence in home care in Vancouver, WA, for over 13 years. She serves with CDM Services, Be a Santa for a Senior, Senior Hero Awards, and HOPE Dementia Support. LinkedIn

    Anne Phillips, MA, CSCM

    Certified Senior Care Manager with CLT at Home

    Passionate about serving seniors, Anne earned a Master's in gerontology and has counseled hundreds of seniors in home care and assisted living life transitions. She manages the care of clients with CLT at Home and volunteers with Hospice and Caring Closet.

    Christina Keys

    President/Founder, Loving Them Forward

    Through teaching caregivers on subjects ranging from downsizing to self care and organizing local resource fairs, Christina knows local resources in Clark County. She has been a caregiver for her own mother for 7 years and leads a local non-profit to support family caregivers. LinkedIn

    Debbie Docksteader

    Caregiver Supervisor with Elfin Services​

    Debbie meets Elfin's clients regularly, becoming familiar with their specific needs and matching them with caregivers she knows will be a great fit. She schedules, trains and mentors Elfin caregivers. She serves as a board member and support group facilitator with HOPE Dementia Support.

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  • Workshop Details

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

    WA State LTC Ombudsman Program​

    Neil Degerstedt


    • History of Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
    • Role of the Ombudsman/Reasons for an Ombudsman
    • Mandated/Permissive Reporting- Confidentiality
    • Evolution of Resident Rights
    • Resident Rights- RCW 70.129
    • Ombudsman Specific Rules and Laws
    Ombudsman Program Overview - click here

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

    Caregiver Burn Out Seminar

    Are you caring for a family member or loved one? Struggling with how to take care of you and find balance in your own life while taking care of someone else. Come to this free seminar to find out how to find that balance.


    • Caregiver Safety with Julie Williams
    • Role Changes: Once a loved one, now their caregiver with Anne Phillips
    • Self Care and Resources: Help for Your Caregiver Journey with Christina Keys
    • Caregiver Boundaries with Debbie Docksteader



    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

    Effective Dementia Communication​

    Maria Cura-Castro


    Join Maria and, through her training, you'll be able to:

    • Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease.
    • Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in the ways that are helpful to the person.
    • Identify strategies to connect and communicate at each state of the disease.



    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

    Activity Ideas for People Living with Dementia

    Benjamin Surmi, MsG


    How do I help my mother stay active? She has dementia and just doesn't want to do anything but watch TV!


    Families living with someone with dementia find that helping them live a life with meaning and purpose is challenging. Let’s talk about it. We’ll be discussing key strategies and giving away 15 Living Well Kits. Each kit is designed to help you connect with someone you care about or engage them more fully with the relationships that matter most to them. Additional kits available for $15.


    Pre-Workshop Assessment (optional) - Click Here

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

    Insights: Care at the End of Life for Caregivers

    Lynn Crawford, RN, BSN

    • Review of causes of death/ location
    • Hospice and Palliative Care
    • Handling grief and self care
    • Advanced Directives
    • Life Prolonging treatments and non-beneficial care
    • Other symptoms assessment, management
    • Pain assessment, symptoms, pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical management
    • Cultural Aspects of end of life
    • Principles of end of life care
    Pre-Workshop Reading (optional) - Click Here