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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.

On the Road to Culture Change…Visit to Dolan Memory Care Homes (Update)

The Neighborhood at Les Maisons consists of four assisted living homes located on a private cul-de-sac in St. Louis.  They are owned and operated by Dolan Memory Care Homes.  The homes are named after French cities, Calais Manor, Clermont Manor, Lourdes Manor, and Lyon Manor.  Each home has…to read more and view photos, click here:  Dolan Memory Care Homes

When the Tail Wags the Dog

ChangingAging brings you this inspiring article about a 76-year-old woman who was rejected when she applied to adopt a second “senior” dog to keep her aging pet company.  She was denied sight unseen, just based on her age alone.  Read the article, When the Tail Wags the Dog, to see the true struggle this woman had endured.

You may also visit ChangingAging’s website here for this publication and other recent articles.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Webinar

September 3, 2015:  Reducing the Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medications (12:00 Noon-1:00 p.m. CT)

Join this webinar to learn more about key interventions, strategies and the importance of reducing antipsychotic medications.

For more information, please visit the TMF website here and sign in.  You may also register on the event page here.

Person-Directed Webinar Series

September 21, 2015:  Opening Our Eyes to a Person-Directed Culture
October 1, 2015:  Communicating in a Person-Directed Culture
October 27, 2015:  Rolling Out the Person-Centered Care Tool with Advancing Excellence
November 5, 2015:  Learning from the Experts: Using Data to Improve Care with Abramson Center
November 19, 2015:  Engaging Lives – It’s So Much More than Bingo!

MOLANE (Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence) is part of the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Home Campaign.  MOLANE and MC5 are sponsoring this five part webinar series on the topic of person-directed culture.  And it’s FREE!

Please see the brochure here or visit the MC5 website here for details including registration and speaker information.

Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative Presents Disrupt Infections

October 9, 2015:  Disrupt Infections:  Creating a Community of Prevention
Location:  Meramec Bluffs, Ballwin, MO

This workshop explores how creating commUNITY immUNITY in the care setting can help break the web of infection in simple, practical ways.  It also describes a continuum of organizational infection prevention, raising awareness of how acceptance of some current practices inhibits additional practical actions that would better disrupt infections.  Attendees will have an opportunity to start developing an organizational plan for infection prevention with elevated steps to apply to their usual infection care routines.  Lynda Crandall (CEO of Pioneer Network), Carol Scott (Executive Director of Advancing Excellence), and Dr. Bill Thomas (founder of the Eden Alternative and Green Houses) will be presenting the 2-hour production.

Please see the brochure here or the link on Advancing Excellence’s website here, or the Dr. Bill Thomas’ Disrupt Infections web page here.  You may also click here to go directly to the registration page.