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Increasing Patient Health Literacy Leads to Improved Reporting of Medication Allergies 4/23/2014
The West Los Angeles Healthcare Center implemented a program to improve nurses' and patients' awareness and reporting of medication allergies and adverse drug reactions. Key program elements include a training module for nurses, educational brochures for patients, and distribution of an allergy/adverse drug reaction questionnaire to patients.
Nursing Homes Create Home-Like, Resident-Focused Environment and Culture, Leading to Better Quality and Financial Performance, Higher Resident Satisfaction, and Lower Staff Turnover 4/23/2014
Seven nursing homes adopted strategies to create a more homelike, resident-focused environment and culture, leading to better quality, higher resident satisfaction, lower staff turnover, and better financial performance.
At-Home Palliative Care for Veterans Enhances Medication Adherence and Connections With Families and Providers, While Also Lowering Costs
4/9/2014
The Advanced Illness Palliative Care program is a multidisciplinary initiative that provides care management and palliative care to chronically or terminally ill veterans in their homes via telehealth technology.
Peer Leaders Facilitate Social Engagement Among Dementia Patients in Long-Term Care Facilities 4/9/2014
Resident-Assisted Montessori Programming (RAMP) is a peer leadership program in which patients in the early stages of dementia are trained to lead group activities with their peers who have more advanced dementia. Using principles of the Montessori learning method, RAMP teaches early-stage patients to use their strengths, such as procedural memory, to engage patients in meaningful social roles.
Postdischarge Care Management Integrates Medical and Psychosocial Care of Low-Income Elderly Patients 4/9/2014
An interdisciplinary care management program that integrates medical and social care for low-income elderly patients with chronic illnesses reduces care costs and improves self-reported health status.
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Caregivers Count Too!: A Toolkit to Help Practitioners Assess the Needs of Family Caregivers 4/9/2014
This toolkit is a step-by-step resource filled with practical information and resources to assess caregiver needs in service delivery settings.
Guide to Long Term Care for Veterans 4/9/2014
This guide provides tools and resources for veterans, caregivers and families, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs providers and staff to explore long-term care options.
Improving Outcomes for an Aging Population: Alzheimer's Treatment in Long-Term Care 4/9/2014
This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement projects to enhance the quality of care for elderly residents with Alzheimer’s disease.
Long-Term Care and Other Residential Facilities Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 3/12/2014
Long-term care and other residential facilities can use this tool to self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of their pandemic influenza planning efforts.
Improving Antipsychotic Appropriateness in Dementia Patients (IA-ADAPT) 2/26/2014
This Web site includes information and resources to help clinicians, providers, and consumers better understand how to manage problem behaviors and psychosis in people with dementia using evidence-based approaches.

Last updated: April 23, 2014.