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Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

September 22, 2015:  SESSION ONE – Pain Assessment in Dementia: One Person at a Time
October 20, 2015:  SESSION TWO – Pain Assessment in Dementia: One Person at a Time
Presenter:  Kristen Swafford, RN, PhD, CNS

SESSION ONE – Using a lecture format with case studies to provide clinical examples, the content in this session will cover key components of assessing pain in the person living with dementia.  Clinically feasible, evidence-based observational tools will be discussed, promoting a team approach to addressing pain in this unique population.

SESSION TWO – Using a lecture format with case studies to provide clinical examples, the content in this session will cover key components of managing pain the older adult with dementia. This session provides follow up to the pain assessment session. An overview of options for individualized pain care will be provided, focusing on the importance of analgesic trials, communication, and documenting results.

Please visit www.pioneernetwork.net/Events/HotTopics for more information and to register for these webinars.

See Me – Not My Dementia

Language can have tremendous impact on how people living with dementia feel about themselves and how they are treated and considered by others.  Using appropriate language is respectful, supportive, and non-discriminatory.  In this issue of Living Fully With Dementia: Words Matter, see the many words that are recommended to use versus those to avoid along with the rationale behind them.

Please see the Dementia Action Alliance’s website here for the full publication and more information.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Open Forum

August 26, 2015:  Nursing Home Open Forum (12:00 Noon-1:00 p.m. CT)

Participate in this monthly call to discuss and share strategies toward nursing home quality improvement.  Key points and tools from the August webinar, “Improving Immunizations in Nursing Homes,” will be highlighted at the beginning of the call.

For more information, please visit the TMF website here and sign in.

Person-Centered Care Tips

Selfie Tip #9:  The Power of Meaningful Activities

We all need to have a purpose: to be needed, to make a difference, to be a part of something.  It is no different for those living in long-term care.  Helping residents find meaning and purpose in their daily life is not just the Activity Director’s job.  Find out what makes an activity meaningful, according to what each resident values.

Please see the flyer here for more information.

The Conversation Project Event

September 29, 2015:  How to Express Wishes about Health Care Preferences
Location:  Ethical Society of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Many people experience uncertainty when faced with having to make medical decisions for a loved one.  The Conversation Project is a national initiative created to encourage and assist people to talk with their families and their health providers about their wishes for care if they become seriously ill.  The aim of the program is to change the culture from silence about death to one in which end of life care is openly discussed.

Please see the flyer here for more details including time, specific location, and all sponsors.

Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Report – 2nd Quarter 2015

Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation here.

New QIPMO Newsletter – July 2015

The Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) has published MDS Tips and Clinical Pearls – Volume 2, Issue 4.  Topics in this issue include ICD-10 is Coming!; Tips for Successful Transitions; and The Beauty of Networking.  Please visit QIPMO’s website here for this and other previous newsletters.