1-Day Workshop

Eliminating Alarms and Preventing Falls by Engaging with Life

Contact Info:

Marsha Poulsen

[email protected]







Sessions run

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Lunch provided


San Antonio,
Driving Directions

This all-day workshop will consider the use of alarms – an idea whose time come and gone. We’ll demonstrate that alarm use is now deficient practice at seven regulatory requirements. Although no research shows that alarms prevent falls, and there is evidence that alarms cause people physical and psychological harm, they are still widely used. Eliminating alarms has actually reduced falls in the homes that have done so, but what else have they done to reduce falls? Employ your creativity as we design ways to engage each individual with life according to his/her daily routine, personal preferences and ability. The results may astonish you. Eliminate alarms and prevent falls with new approaches. Based on the recent book of the same title, co-authored by our presenter and published by Action Pact.

1. Participants will be able to list the few pros and many cons of alarms usage.
2. Participants will be able to identify reasons that alarm use could be cited as deficient practice for at least seven regulatory requirements.
3. Participants will be able to describe why engagement works as a fall preventative, and list many proven ways of engaging individuals at risk for falling


Presented by Carmen Bowman, owner of Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change. Carmen has turned her former role of regulator into educator.  She was a Colorado state surveyor for nine years and 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. Carmen holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Systems. She also hosts the monthly webinar “Conversations with Carmen” and has authored eight Action Pact workbooks.  With CMS she co-developed the Artifacts of Culture Change measurement tool and facilitated the Creating Home national symposiums on the environment and food/dining.


Cost:  $120 for single registration; $99 each for two or more participants from the same organization


Continuing Education Credit:

The National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators (NAB) has approved this program for 6 clock hours

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