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Unlocking The Life Within: The Key to Elder Wellness

December 4, 2014:  Unlocking The Life Within:  The Key to Elder Wellness – Accentuating the Positive
Location:  Cider Hill Family Orchard’s Event Barn, Kansas City, KS

Please see the attached flyer or visit for more information and to register for this one-day workshop.

National Partnership Announces New Goal

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care announced a new national goal of reducing the use of antipsychotic medications in long-stay nursing home residents by 25 percent by the end of 2015, and 30 percent by the end of 2016 through a media press call.  Below you will find links to a Press Release and Fact Sheet released in conjunction with this announcement.

Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI)

Dr. Charles A Crecelius, MD, PhD, CMD, explains how urinary tract infections are one of the most common infections in long-term care homes.  He discusses the symptoms and treatment.  Please see the editorial for more information here.

Nursing Home Leadership Coaching Service Addition

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri announces the addition of Nicky Martin to The Nursing Home Leadership Coaching Service alongside current coach, Dave Walker.

Nicky Martin, BS, LNHA, functions as the NHA Coach in the southern regions of the state.  Nicky has over 18 years of experience in the long-term care industry.  She began her LTC career as a business office manager in a 60-bed skilled nursing facility in 1996.  Promoted to administrator in 2001, Nicky has been active with all departments within the facility and has experience with operational management, budget analysis and accountability, Medicare/Medicaid billing procedures, facility projects and improvements, and team building.  Nicky also holds a Bachelor’s of Accountancy degree.

For the full news release and information on contacting Nicky, please see the article here.

Accelerating Antipsychotic Reduction While Improving Quality of Life With Personalized Music

October 2, 2014:  Noon – 1:00 p.m. CT

This is a FREE webinar, presented by Dan Cohen, MSW, Executive Director, Music & Memory, to learn how music benefits and reduces the need for antipsychotic medications for those with dementia.  For more information, please visit and to register.

Person Centered Care Tips

Tip # 1: Where’s the Focus

Just as a “selfie” is all about YOUR SELF, Person-Centered Care is all about the PERSON!  So why are we looking at Person-Centered Care?  Please see the flyer here for more information.

CMS Memorandum S&C 14-42-NH: Release of Learning Tool on Building Respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults

CMS Memorandum S&C 14-42-NH: Release of Learning Tool on Building Respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults


  • Release of Training Materials: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announce the release of a free learning tool on Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults.
  • Program Content and Design: The learning tool addresses the needs and rights of older LGBT adults in long-term care (LTC) and is presented in six online training modules.
  • Target Audience: The learning tool is intended for LTC providers.

View the memo S&C 14-42-NH  or visit