Eden Alternative issues dementia care report

Person-directed dementia care helps reduce use of antipsychotics, according to a new report from The Eden Alternative®.

Funded through a grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the project and training was based on work from dementia expert and geriatrician Al Power, M.D. The positive outcomes led to OSDH giving The Eden Alternative an additional $284,000 to expand the scope of the project for another year.

There were 350 training participants who completed the training and were evaluated on their perceptions and attitudes. Track One of the project gave some participants Dementia Beyond Drugs training with an online experience of the Care Partner Workshop, also developed by The Eden Alternative. Track Two of the project gives participants the option to register for Dementia Beyond Drugs training alone.

“Our experience in working with The Eden Alternative last year was extremely rewarding. Their educational events are always high-energy and high impact. We are eager to work with them again this year as, together, we help the nursing homes in our state learn valuable information that they can immediately take back and implement. We are confident of the positive impact to Oklahoma nursing home residents,” said Lisa Wynn, COO of Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality.