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Category Archives: Culture Change

Conversations with Carmen

March 18, 2016:  ALARMS: The New Deficient Practice?  Replacing Alarms With Better Practices
Presenter:  Carmen Bowman, co-author of “Alarms: The New Deficient Practice? Eliminating Alarms and Preventing Falls by Engaging with …. Life”

Join the discussion to consider the use of alarms.  Could it be that alarms actually fit CMS’ definition of “convenience,” which is not to be a reason for restraints at Tag F221?  Hear how the use of alarms could be deficient practice on/for at least seven tags.  Although no research shows that alarms prevent falls and there is evidence that alarms cause people physical and psychological harm, they are still used widely.  Eliminating alarms has actually reduced falls in the homes that have done so, committing to the better practices of

  • proactively checking in with residents
  • focusing on mobility
  • anticipating needs and
  • engaging residents with real life.

For more information including registration, please visit the event page here.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Spotlight On…

Activities for Daily Living
Focusing on person-centered interventions can improve a resident’s activities for daily living.  Click on the following links for resources on this topic.

Activities to Improve Nighttime Sleep (PDF)
Person-Centered Care Resources

Hot Topics Webinar

March 17, 2016:  Palliative Care for Persons Living with Advanced Dementia: Why Comfort Matters!
Presenters:  Tena Alonzo, Director of Education & Research, Beatitudes and Ann Wyatt, Residential Care Policy & Strategy Consultant, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, New York City, Inc.

Comfort Matters™ is a comprehensive, palliative approach to caring for persons living with advanced dementia, developed by the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, Arizona.  This webinar will describe some assumptions that exist about persons in different stages of dementia and the principles and practices embodied in this approach to their care as well as the organizational adaptations needed in order to support comfort practices in residential long-term care settings.  The Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter, worked with three nursing homes to adapt and implement these practices and their findings, processes and challenges will be shared.

Please see the Hot Topics Event page here for more information and to register.


MC5 2016 Annual Conference – Registration Now Available!

May 3-5, 2016:  Honoring the Past: Challenging the Future of Culture Change
Location:  Hilton Garden Inn, Columbia, MO

As the leader in promoting person-centered care and personal choice, MC5 provides this annual opportunity for care professionals and businesses to network in an exciting, and partnership-building event to bring the best ideas and services to the seniors of our state.

Please see the brochure on the MC5 conference & events here page for more details.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Spotlight On…

Reducing Incontinence
Urinary incontinence can cause a variety of issues in older adults.  Tools are available for reducing incontinence, such as assessment techniques and established care plans.  Click on the following links to learn more about reducing incontinence.

Sample Care Plan: Urinary Incontinence (PDF)
Urinary Incontinence Assessment in Older Adults (PDF)

Conversations with Carmen

February 19, 2016:  Facing Risk: Care Planning for Resident Choice
Guest:  Karen Shoeneman, Retired Deputy Director CMS Division of Nursing Homes

Are you holding back on offering true choice to residents, even though you want to – for fear of deficiencies being cited, possible legal action or other negative outcomes?  We challenge you to think again.  It is possible to hone our skills in order to honor resident choice.

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

Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

February 11, 2016:  Building Community Through Meaningful Engagement
Presenters:  Angie McAlister, Director of Cultural Transformation-Hometown, Signature HealthCARE and Linda McDaniel, Director of Clinical Care-Hometown, Signature HealthCARE

How can you build true community by engaging elders and the care team in new and innovative ways?  Join us for this webinar as we discuss concepts that have worked in our homes to build vibrant communities that promote growth for all.  We will discuss new ways to strengthen individualized approaches to protect and honor personal preferences through innovative programming methods.  We will also define intentional spontaneity and outline the benefits and discuss how to build flexibility into the day.

Please visit the Hot Topics event registration page here for more details.