Messaging System Enables Nursing Home Residents to E-mail Loved Ones Without a Computer, Leading to Enhanced Quality of Life
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
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
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
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
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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Hospice PEACE Project
This Web site provides information and clinical tools from the PEACE (Prepare, Embrace, Attend, Communicate, and Empower) Project, which developed quality measures for hospice and palliative care organizations to assess quality of care and target areas for improvement.
Risk Management and Quality in Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS): Individual Risk Planning and Prevention, System-wide Quality Improvement
This report explores the topic of effective individual risk management in community-based services among States engaged in risk planning for Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver participants.
Guide to Long Term Care for Veterans
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
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
Long-term care and other residential facilities can use this tool to self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of their pandemic influenza planning efforts.