Dementia Care

How to do it ... Professional development

Dementia care is an ever-changing discipline that requires a long-term commitment to training and staff development. Approached sensibly, a strong program will pay dividends far down the road. Experts give tips here on how to best prepare staff to care for residents with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

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Use caution in antipsychotics reduction

Use caution in antipsychotics reduction

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It is true that I began speaking out about the misuse of antipsychotics drugs long before they came to national attention. But as I applaud the efforts of our providers and regulators around this important initiative, I would like to make two cautionary points.

The unknown world of dementia

The unknown world of dementia

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Taking a step back and listening to their words gave us a different perspective. They don't want to be cared for. They want to live and want others to help them to live the fullest, most meaningful lives possible, in spite of this dread disease.

How Montessori learning is unlocking new methods in dementia care

How Montessori learning is unlocking new methods in dementia care

I have always been fond of the Montessori philosophy. Even when my children were young, I searched for alternative schools where they could explore this type of learning. People ask me, "What is Montessori?"

Long-term care providers achieved 15% antipsychotic reduction goal, CMS announces

Long-term care providers achieved 15% antipsychotic reduction goal, CMS announces

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Long-term care facilities have reduced antipsychotic medication use by more than 15% through a large-scale initiative, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That means it's time to set a more ambitious goal, a subgroup says.

Medical directors introduce program for improving dementia care

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Long-term care providers now can access a new interactive program for improving dementia care, developed by a prominent association of medical directors.

Croon a tune to fight dementia

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Show-tune sing-alongs are an effective form of dementia care, new research suggests.

Caregivers should prepare for some residents to 'get worse' during antipsychotic drawdown, CMS officials urge

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Leaders in long-term care facilities should take steps to ensure that residents with dementia are not unnecessarily put back on antipsychotic medications, according to officials who spoke on a call with providers Monday.

Rules of engagement

Rules of engagement

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Personalized programming is a hallmark of effective, enriching dementia care; providing what's needed becomes easier by knowing habits and preferences.

Another perspective on the Virtual Dementia Tour

Another perspective on the Virtual Dementia Tour

While I do not give hands-on care, as a director of purchasing I am acutely aware that each decision I help make touches the residents daily — it's what I am most proud of in my role. My experience in the Virtual Dementia Tour affected how I see our residents, as I don't ever want any of our residents to feel the way I felt that day in the demonstration.

National dementia care guidelines fall far short on ethics issues, researchers find

National dementia care guidelines fall far short on ethics issues, researchers find

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National clinical practice guidelines for dementia care frequently fail to address important ethical issues, according to newly published research. More than half of U.S. nursing home residents are believed to suffer from some kind of dementia or memory impairment.

Long-term care physicians respond to report on antipsychotic over-prescribing

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The top professional association of long-term care physicians and medical directors has reiterated its commitment to reducing the use of antipsychotics for dementia care. It did so Tuesday, in response to a recent report that criticized prescribing practices.

George Mason honors long-term care operators for the first time

Greenspring Village, an Erickson Living continuing care retirement community located in Springfield, Virginia, has received George Mason University's first Senior Housing/Long Term Care Improvement Award for its dementia care program.

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