Fun in Long Beach

Long Beach Waterfront

Make time for some fun and sightseeing while you’re in Long Beach for the 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo. This waterfront oasis has something for everyone including a variety of cafes and restaurants, interesting museums and attractions, and tons of shopping at malls, outlets, funky boutiques, and flea markets. If you prefer the great outdoors, you’ll never tire of the beach, parks, nature trails, and bike paths.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find.

Aquarium of the Pacific – a public aquarium on a 5-acre site on Rainbow Harbor

El Dorado Nature Center – 105 acres that provide a sanctuary for animals and plant life

Long Beach Museum of Art – more than 3,200 works in its permanent collection representing all types of media

Long Beach East Village Arts District – farmer’s markets, galleries, eclectic shops and cafes

Museum of Latin American Art – the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art

The Pike at Rainbow Harbor – retail outlets and entertainment

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site – the largest and most impressive adobe home in southern California during the Mexican period

Queen Mary – tour this historic ocean liner or have a drink and a meal onboard

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch & Gardens – the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin

Shoreline Village – eat, shop, have an ice cream cone, or play arcade games

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Long Beach’s role in the 2028 Summer Olympics

Long Beach-Olympics

You may have heard the news by now – Los Angeles will be hosting the 2028 Summer Olympics. This is exciting news for the U.S. and for the LA area in particular which previously hosted the summer games in 1984.

Long Beach is about 25 miles from LA, making it close enough to host some of the events. The Convention Center, where the 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo is being held, will serve as a warm-up facility for athletes competing in the games. The attached arena will house the handball competition while temporary facilities will be created for BMX and water polo. As for the beach, swimming and triathlon events will take place along the waterfront and sailing will be along the Belmont Pier.

Long Beach has a lot to offer, athlete or not. Learn more about this beautiful beachfront oasis.

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Please your palate in Long Beach

Long Beach Dining

Long Beach is a food lover’s paradise. With more than 100 options within an 8-block radius, you are sure to find something delectable. Of course, you can always eat in the restaurant at your hotel, but if you take a short walk around you will find hidden gems on corners, the waterfront, and everywhere in between. Seafood, burgers, Asian fusion, haute cuisine, craft cocktails, local brews and so much more await you while you’re in town for the 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo. You can even enjoy a drink or a meal on a historic, world-class ocean liner.

From casual cafes to five-star dining, Long Beach has it all. Thrillist offers these 12 essential restaurants and bars while Eater Los Angeles suggests these eateries. L.A. Weekly recommends its top 10 but we offer these Yelp reviews so you can make a list of your own.  Bon Appétit!

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Early bird rates expire 8/31 for Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo

Long Beach Convention Center

There are only a few days left to get the best rates on the 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo, being held Oct. 15-17 at the Convention Center in sunny Long Beach, California. The industry’s premier event will be better than ever, with a revamped education program, a whole new look, and fun surprises.

Quality takes center stage with the theme Q3: Quality of Care. Quality at Work. Quality at Home, which will be addressed in education sessions and by three dynamic keynote speakers: Laura Adams, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, Juliet Funt, owner and founder of WhiteSpace at Work, and John O’Leary, best-selling author of On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.

More than 50 hours of timely education sessions – covering everything from regulatory and legal issues, clinical topics, staffing and retention, quality assurance, private duty, and so much more – are being offered to help your agency stay compliant and operate more efficiently. There are also three special add-on pre-conference sessions on Home Health Conditions of Participation (HHCoPs), private pay organizations, and leadership skills for those moving up in the industry.

The Expo provides the nation’s largest marketplace for buyers and sellers. Exhibitors will be showcasing products and services that offer solutions in telehealth and technology, software and hardware, data performance measurement, and consulting, to name a few. They also offer chances to win great prizes!

Don’t miss the opportunity to stay on top of industry best practices and to network with peers, industry leaders, and NAHC staff. If you haven’t registered yet, hurry! NAHC members pay only $800, others pay $1,200. These early bird rates expire on 8/31.

Register now!

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Special rates at 9 Long Beach hotels: Queen Mary

Queen Mary

Are you coming to Long Beach for the Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo? Check out our special rates at these 9 hotels. Also, come back soon because we’ll be posting information about each hotel on this blog.

The Queen Mary isn’t your typical hotel; it’s a former world-class ocean liner that offers a unique lodging experience. With authentic polished wood paneling, original 1930s artwork, and operable portholes, guests will catch a glimpse of transatlantic travel in days gone by. There are also rumors of paranormal activity aboard this legendary ship.

It has air-conditioned staterooms and suites, an onboard spa and shops, a fitness center, and a variety of dining options from snacks and casual meals to five-star dining. This is a smoke-free hotel that also offers WiFi.

NAHC has negotiated special rates starting at $189 per night at the Queen Mary. Click here for online registration and housing.

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Special rates at 9 Long Beach hotels: Renaissance


If you’re joining us in Long Beach for the 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo, you’ll want to check out our special rates at these 9 hotels. We’ll be posting about each one on this blog, so be sure to check back!

The Renaissance Long Beach Hotel is conveniently located across from the Convention Center. It has breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, a heated outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a fire pit.

This smoke-free hotel has 374 rooms and suites, each with a coastal vibe, plush bedding, and pillow-top mattresses. All rooms also have modern technology and amenities including ergonomic workstations and WiFi access.

Dining options include Sip Bar and Lounge – which is urban and upscale – for cocktails and local cuisine, the Promenade Café for casual dining, and a Starbucks.

NAHC has negotiated a special rate of $249 per night at the Renaissance Long Beach. Click here for online registration and housing.

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Get to know Long Beach

Long Beach is an eclectic mix of urban sophistication and sunny beach resort, with numerous hotels, entertainment options, and restaurants within walking distance of the Convention Center. By the end of your trip you’ll know why it was voted as one of America’s “Most Walkable Cities.”

Queen Mary
Queen Mary, Credit: Destinations Magazine

More than 120 restaurants exist within an eight-block radius, so you’re sure to find something that pleases the palate – fresh seafood, Asian fusion, hearty burgers, and so much more. Eat in a casual café or dine in a beautiful, oceanfront restaurant. Have a relaxing drink by the pool, try a specialty cocktail, or enjoy a local craft brew. If you like live music you can find it on every corner in Long Beach. Just let your ears lead the way. Or, shake your groove thing at one of the many dance clubs. You can also shop ‘til you drop at retail centers, antique stores, and souvenir shops, or go vintage on midtown’s funky Fourth Street.

Stroll under the stars while you feel the Pacific Ocean breeze in your hair, or get some sand between your toes on the 5 ½ miles of beach. If you feel energetic you can try one of the many water sports including jet skiing and windsurfing, or go bike riding on one of the many scenic trails. With 345 days of sunshine each year and average temps of 74 degrees, you’ll want to get outside.

This “Urban Waterfront Playground” also boasts more than 40 attractions.

  • Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific, home to 1,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits. Learn about the future of our planet and see real-time ocean and weather data on a six-foot diameter globe.
  • Have a drink or spend the night on a luxury ocean liner. The historic Queen Mary is docked here, now serving as a hotel, restaurant, and one of the best haunted houses on the west coast during the Halloween season.
  • The Museum of Latin American Art is the only museum in the country dedicated to the contemporary art of Mexico, the Americas and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.

Fun Facts

  • Long Beach was the site of four events during the Los Angeles Olympics — yachting, volleyball, fencing and archery
  • Since it’s only 25 miles south of Los Angeles, it’s a popular shooting location for TV shows and movies, including Star Trek, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Criminal Minds
  • The shipping port in Long Beach adjoins the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s top container port and global model for sustainability

There’s no doubt you’ll have a great time in Long Beach. So the only question left to ask is, how will you fit it all in?

Stay tuned. In future posts we’ll provide more information about all the fantastic amenities Long Beach has to offer.

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Registration is now open!

Long Beach Convention CenterRegistration is now open for the 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo, the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. This year, the industry’s premier event will be held in sunny Long Beach, California, at the Convention Center from October 15-17.

You’ll spend time with home care and hospice leaders, educators, and providers who will discuss issues you face daily in your professional lives and at home. Also, three engaging keynote speakers will help you learn how to deliver evidence-based care that provides better outcomes for your patients, explore ways to make your agency a better place to work for you and your staff, and help you examine the quality of your life so you can live it to the fullest.

The keynote speakers are

  • Laura Adams, President, and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, a center of collaborative innovation that advances health and healthcare transformation. She will challenge you to provide patient-centered, effective, and efficient care.
  • Juliet Funt, owner and founder of WhiteSpace at Work. She will share immediately actionable tools to help you unburden yourself and learn the pivotal difference between meaningless activity and true productivity.
  • John O’Leary, who was given a one percent chance to live after suffering burns over his entire body when he was nine years old. Expected to die, he now teaches others how to live. His book On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life was an instant #1 National Bestseller.

Don’t miss out. Take advantage of our early bird pricing and register today!

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