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Category Archives: Culture Change

Age of Disruption Tour

October 9, 2015:  Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game
Location:  Kranzberg Arts Center-Black Box Theater, St. Louis, MO

Join Dr. Bill Thomas and musical guest Nate Silas Richardson for an entertaining and highly disruptive evening exploration of aging as part of his national Age of Disruption Tour.  His message is invigoratingly simple – the transition into our elder years should not be spent in frenzied disharmony.  In order to play “life’s most dangerous game” successfully we need to re-imagine and create clear and satisfying purpose to how we spend the rest of our lives.

Please see the flyer attached for more information or visit Dr. Bill Thomas’ St. Louis events page here to register.

Readmissions, Medication Safety, and Behavioral Health Open Forum

October 14, 2015:  Readmissions & Medication Safety Open Forum

Attend this free WebEx event to meet with TMF QIN-QIO Readmissions, Medication Safety and Behavioral Health quality improvement consultants who will be available to answer questions and provide technical assistance.  During this monthly Open Forum, your team can network with other providers and TMF QIN-QIO staff, ask questions and problem-solve on topics such as Care Transitions, Readmissions Reduction, Medication Safety, Adverse Drug Events, Behavioral Health, or other issues your project may have.

Please see the TMF QIN-QIO registration page for this event here.

Person-Centered Care Tip

Tip #10:  “Simple Pleasures:  Preferences and Choices”

Learn how to honor each person’s “Simple Pleasures.”  Personal preference is essential in almost every piece of our lives.  Honoring a resident’s choice and discovering their likings can make a big difference in their lives.

Please see the attached tip for more information.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Collaborative Learning Session II

October 1, 2015:  Collaborative Learning Session II:  Activities for Daily Living, Incontinence and Antipsychotic Medications

Join this webinar to learn more about key interventions, strategies for improving activities of daily living, incontinence and antipsychotic medication quality measures through experiences shared by nursing home peers.

Please visit the event page here to register for this webinar.

Conversations with Carmen

October 1, 2015:  Creating Rampant Normalcy
Guest Speaker:  Glenn, Blacklick, NHA, Action Pact Consultant

The September webinar received such positive reviews that Action Pact is going to offer it again on Thursday, October 1.  If you missed it the first time, here is your 2nd chance.  This is a hot topic!

Nationally known for successfully bringing normal life pursuits to nursing home residents, Glenn will share how to accomplish this, from his dual perspective as a recreation therapist and innovative administrator.  Hear how residents have ventured out of the community to climb trees, navigate rivers, go boating, fishing, motorcycling; and also ventured inside the community, engaging their talents and pursuing wellness.  Glenn encourages others to look at their home and community through residents’ eyes – where a good life every day is within their reach.

Please visit the Conversations with Carmen event page here for more details including registration.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Spotlight On…

Reducing Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medications – Communication
Understanding dementia residents who are unable to communicate on the same level as others can aid in the reduction of inappropriate antipsychotics. However, meeting their needs can become very challenging if their behaviors are not understood.  Click on the links below to learn more.


CDI Prevention
It is important to understand Clostridium difficile infections and guidelines for preventing infections.  Click on the links below to learn more.

Care Planning for Resident Choice

The assessment of risk in long-term care is often an unbalanced exercise.  In order to optimize opportunities for resident choice; to attain each resident’s highest practicable level of well-being; and to mitigate risk, the Rothschild Foundation has created a task force.  This group is charged with developing a care planning process to plan for each resident’s choice when that choice carries potential risk.

For more information, including the pilot summary and process, please visit the MC5 resource page here.