Turn “Social Distancing” into Social Engagement and Connectedness

Create a new expectancy of engagement, get to know each other better, discover that everyone is famous for something, and collect elders’ advice to create a Wisdom Book. Figure out how to do life with, not only for, those you serve. Don’t let quality of life get lost; it can’t be clinical care only.

In fact, now is the time to focus on meaning and purpose to boost immunity. Take advantage of this unique time to be better, together having grace with each other. Focus on the Eden Alternative® Domains of Well being for all (included in the new CMS requirements as well). Be refreshed with new ideas and stimulated to add some of your own to the list.


Why you should Attend

Although people must distance, they don’t have to disengage. Learn creative ways to actually engage residents and help everyone to be and feel connected. Be proactive in helping people through the second phase of the pandemic.

Areas Covered in the Session


  • Consider creating an expectancy of engagement for team members to engage residents
  • Help staff and residents get to know each other better
  • Give discussion prompts to ask interesting questions of one another
  • Ask residents for their wisdom
  • Make sure quality of life is treated as important as clinical care
  • Life includes care, there must be both, not just the typical care that takes over within the institutional model
  • Promote each resident to have meaning and purpose individually
  • Learn the seven domains of well being identified by the Eden Alternative and now within the new CMS regulations


Who Will Benefit


  • All Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Activity Professionals
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Administrators
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Nursing Team Members


Speaker Profile

Carmen Bowman is a consultant, trainer, author and owner of Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change turning her former role of regulator into educator. Carmen was a Colorado state surveyor for nine years, a policy analyst with CMS Central Office where she taught the national Basic Surveyor Course and was the first certified activity professional to be a surveyor. As a contractor to CMS, Carmen co-developed the Artifacts of Culture Change measurement tool, authored the background papers for and facilitated both Creating Home national symposiums.

She facilitated the Pioneer Network (PN) Task Forces that developed the new Dining Practice Standards and subsequent Toolkit. Carmen serves on the PN Policy Committee which meets quarterly with CMS Division of Nursing homes. She has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Systems, a Bachelor’s in Social Work and German, is a Certified Eden Associate and Eden Mentor, Certified Validation Worker, Group Practitioner and Presenter. Carmen co-founded the Colorado Culture Change Coalition, and with Action Pact has authored eight culture change workbooks plus hosts a monthly web culture change talk show called Conversations with Carmen. Carmen is passionate about teaching people how to “be your own surveyor” and how culture change practices are the answer to both compliance and QAPI.

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Aug 10 2020


10:00 am - 11:00 am

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