ROSEMONT, IL — As facilities prepare for the implementation of Phase 2 for the Requirements of Participation in November, experts had a simple message for providers on Tuesday: If you are putting the resident at the center of the care plan and thinking about the care you would want, compliance with the new rules should follow naturally.
Residents are people first and foremost, and they retain all the same rights as other people, including one so basic as choosing what to eat.
Providers across a variety of senior care settings will learn the benefits of and best methods of providing oral care for individuals with dementia or related conditions. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to a variety of poor health outcomes. The hour-long session will begin at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday and feature the evidence-based training program "Mouth Care Without the Battle." Presenters will include geriatrician Philip Sloan, MD, MPH; gerontologist and researcher Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD; psychologist Ann Louise Butrick; and dental hygienist Patricia Poole, RDH, MS, LPN.
Karen Schoeneman, deputy director of the Division of Nursing Homes at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has received the 2010 Picker Institute Award for Excellence.