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Pressure Ulcer Webinar

January 21, 2016:  The Braden and Beyond
Presenter:  Pamela Scarborough, PT, DPT, MS, CDE, CWS, CEEAA, Director of Public Policy and Education for American Medical Technologies in Irvine, California

This webinar will outline the components of a pressure ulcer prevention program, distinguish between the process of risk assessment and skin assessment and utilize the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk © documents to score the resident’s risk for pressure ulcers comprehensively and assign an accurate risk level.

Information about the program and a registration form are available here.  Registration closes January 19, 2016.

TMF Learning Webinar

January 12, 2016:  Using Standing Orders to Vaccinate Adults

Join this webinar to learn how to implement standing orders for adult immunizations to help your home be a leader in quality adult care.

More information about the webinar including registration info is available here.

CMS Memo S&C 16-04-NH: Focused Dementia Care Survey Tools

In response to feedback from stakeholders and partners of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, CMS is sharing the revised survey materials that were developed for the 2014 Focused Dementia Care Survey Pilot and 2015 expansion effort. The intent is that facilities would use these tools to assess their own practices in providing resident care.

Please see the memo and attachments below or you may visit


Person-centered care and resident choice: Giving elders a voice

One perception often interfering with the adoption and implementation of person-centered care practices in nursing homes is apprehension by staff, administrators, and governing boards about potential legal liability and regulatory exposure if residents suffer injuries.  This is primarily because a number of person-centered practices, such as offering residents meaningful choices and honoring their decisions, represent significant deviations from prior accepted more paternalistic institution-centered practice.  To read the full article, please visit here.

The full Process for Care Planning for Resident Choice, which includes blank forms and case studies, are available at,, and

Person-Centered Care Tip

Tip #12:  “Person-Centered Care and QAPI”
Person-Centered Care is one of nine Advancing Excellence goals — aligned with QAPI –which provide tracking charts and trend graphs to help your home monitor progress on your chosen goals.  While Advancing Excellence supports the QAPI approach, participation does not automatically mean you are implementing QAPI.

Please see the flyer here for more information.

On the Road…to Culture Change Additions

Arbor Health
In July 2015, I visited Arbor Health, LLC in University City. Arbor Health is 45-resident residential care home that is dually licensed with the Department of Health and Senior Services and Department of Mental Health. Arbor Health is an all-male home…to read more and view photos, click here: Arbor Health

Victorian Place of Washington
In August 2015, Section for Long-Term Care Regulation Communications Representative Leslie Sebastian and I visited Victorian Place of Washington and The Arbors at Victorian Place. Victorian Place is a 48-resident assisted living home and The Arbors is a 32-resident assisted living home…to read more and view photos, click here: Victorian Place of Washington

New QIPMO Newsletter – October 2015

The Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) has published MDS Tips and Clinical Pearls – Volume 3, Issue 1.  Topics in this issue include Who’s the New Kid, CMS Proposed Rules, MDS Changes and more.  Please visit QIPMO’s website here for this and other previous newsletters.