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Messaging System Enables Nursing Home Residents to E-mail Loved Ones Without a Computer, Leading to Enhanced Quality of Life 8/27/2014
The Good Samaritan Society, a nursing home in Tyndall, SD, created a messaging system that enables residents to easily correspond with friends and family by e-mail without using a computer, which has enhanced residents' perceived quality of life.
Peer Leaders Facilitate Social Engagement Among Dementia Patients in Long-Term Care Facilities 8/27/2014
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.
Person-Centered Care for Residents with Dementia Exhibiting Aggressive Behavior Reduces Psychiatric Hospitalizations and Behavior-Related Medications 8/27/2014
A dementia care facility takes a person-centered approach to caring for residents who exhibit challenging, aggressive behavior, leading to less need for psychiatric hospitalizations and behavior-related medications.
Creation of Households Program in Nursing Home Improves Residents' Health Status, Reduces Staff Turnover, and Boosts Demand for Services 8/13/2014
Meadowlark Hills, a retirement community, renovated one of its facilities so residents can live together in group households and become more independent. This led to improved residents' health and a sharp decrease in staff turnover.
Interdisciplinary Team Identifies and Addresses Risk Factors for Falls Among Nursing Home Residents, Leading to Fewer Falls and Less Use of Restraints 8/13/2014
Ethica Health and Retirement Communities developed a falls management program, the cornerstone of which is an interdisciplinary "falls team" at each nursing home that regularly assesses residents for risk of falling and develops intervention plans for those found at high risk.
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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.
National Center for Patient Safety 2004 Falls Toolkit 2/12/2014
This toolkit is a collection of resources and tools to help patient care facility staff create and improve comprehensive falls prevention programs.
Environmental Scan of Instruments to Inform Consumer Choice in Assisted Living Facilities 12/18/2013
This report examines questionnaires, surveys, and other instruments currently used to assess the services and quality of care in assisted living facilities across the United States.

Last updated: September 10, 2014.