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Category Archives: Culture Change

Strategies for Implementing a Fall Prevention Program that Works

April 10, 2014:  Pioneer Network Webinar

In 2008, Empira, a Minnesota consortium of skilled nursing homes, implemented a program to prevent and reduce resident falls in fifteen of their homes.  Register for this webinar and learn about the process and outcomes of Empira’s fall prevention program including how those homes became alarm-free, restraint-free, with corrected bed heights (no low beds), no floor mats, and the cautionary use of gripper socks.

Read more about this webinar and register by visiting

Culture Change Linked to Reduced Survey Deficiencies in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes that have embraced culture change demonstrated a significant reduction in health-related survey deficiencies, a study shows.  Deficiency citations fell by 14.6 percent between 2004 and 2009 in homes that have implemented culture change relative to a control group of non-culture change nursing homes.  This study was published in a special supplement “Transforming Nursing Home Culture: Evidence for Practice and Policy” to the February 2014 issue of The Gerontologist.  The abstract is available by visiting

One-Day Workshop: Honoring Personhood

March 13, 2014:  Kansas City, Ks.

Study with experienced facilitator Megan Hannan to gain knowledge and learn ways of behaving that reinforce each individual’s sense of self.  This workshop is approved for 6 hours of CEUs for administrators.  Please view the flyer here:  Action Pact’s Honoring Personhood March 13, 2014 or visit

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Nation’s Largest Conference on Culture Change Comes to Kansas City

August 4 – 7, 2014:  Journey to the Heartland

Pioneer Network’s 14th Annual Culture Change Conference, “Journey to the Heartland,” will be held at the Sheraton Kansas City-Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. Visit to learn more.

The Validation® Method: A Tried and True Method of Reducing Antipsychotics

February 21, 2014:  Conversations with Carmen

Guest: Naomi Feil, MSW, SCSW.  Treat yourself to learning from developer Naomi Feil about the Validation® method, which provides a means for successfully communicating with persons with dementia – something desperately needed by them, their caregivers and family members.  To learn more and register for this web-based talk show, please visit

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MC5 Regional Meetings – March 2014

Visit the Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change (MC5) website at

Customer Service: Beyond a Warm Welcome

Location:  Lenoir Woods, LSS, Nifong Hall, 3710 South Lenoir St., Columbia.

RSVP to Beth at or 573-443-5823.

Caring for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease in a Culture Change World

Presented by Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America Chapter, Education Director Michelle Niedens.

Location:  Methodist Church, The Celebration Center, 1701 W. 32nd, Sedalia.

RSVP to Kathy Ray-Smith at, 800-748-7826, or 660-747-3107.

Enhancing Communication:  Dealing with challenging “behaviors” and the principles of person-centered care

Presented by Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Region Dementia Care Specialist Brenda Gregg.

Location:  East Hills Library, 502 North Woodbine Rd., St. Joseph.

RSVP to Karen Fletchall at or 660-562-3515; or Freda Miller at or 660-822-6209.

Creating Well-Being for Those Who Live with Dementia:  Alternatives to Medication Use Webinar Series

Webinar #2:  Seeing & Relating to the Whole Person

Would you like to provide your staff with high quality training from world-renowned experts, but just can’t afford it?  Now you can!  MC5 and Primaris have teamed up to bring you the six part webinar series developed by Dr. Al Power and The Eden Alternative.  Each meeting will include one of the hour-long webinars, followed by a learning session led by Primaris Program Manager Judy Halley, RN-BC, LNHA.

Location:  Council of Churches, 627 North Glenstone Ave., Springfield.


Music & Memory

Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments Assistant Administrator Matt Arthaud will present video clips that demonstrate the benefits of personalized music for individuals with dementia.  The soon to be public documentary Alive Inside and the Music & Memory program will also be discussed.  The presentation will be followed by a brief Learning Circle training and discussion. Please view the flyer here:  MC5 North Central 03-13-14

Location:  BTC Bank, 400 West Business 36, Chillicothe

RSVP to Judy Bagley at, or call 660-748-4407.

  • March 14, 2014:  East

Words Hurt:  How Using Culture Change Language Improves Care

Presented by Lutheran Senior Services Director of Performance Improvement Joan Devine.

Location:  Brentwood Community Center, Rm. 104, 2502 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood.

Please RSVP by calling 314-432-3422.

Using MDS 3.0 as an Engine for High Quality Individualized Care

MC5 East Central and Primaris Learning Collaborative

Please view the flyer here: MC5 East Central 03-18-14

Primaris Program Manager Nursing Home Services Alexis Roam, MSN, RN, will facilitate monthly meetings.

Location:  The Centre, 1200 Holloway St., Rolla.

RSVP to Mary Ehrenreich at or 314-801-0462; or Tracy Rosenow at or 573-265-3271.

For more information about these regional meetings, please visit the Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change (MC5) website at

New Generations Quarterly Newsletter – Winter 2014

The Section for Long-Term Care has published New Generations – Volume 12, Issue 1, Winter 2014.  This issue is now available on our website, along with an archive of previous newsletters.  Please visit

Good Care Should be a Given!

January 17, 2014:  Conversations with Carmen

Guest: Maricel Glova, RN, Action Pact Consultant and experienced DON.

Quality of life includes quality of care. In your community, do residents get to the bathroom when they need to? Better yet, are residents’ bathroom needs anticipated?  In addition to the obvious benefits, this also leads to preventing falls. Is mouth care happening regularly every day? Are medications administered according to residents’ schedules? And is sleep honored according to the person’s circadian rhythm?

Hear strategies for the varying stages of culture – from traditional to households – for ensuring that good care is a given. Only then can a resident achieve highest practicable well-being. This is not only a great idea but also a federal requirement.

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