Innovations: Long Term Care Quality

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Case Study: Elder Homes Replace Nursing Homes in Tupelo, Miss.

March 12, 2007 - A team of innovators created home-like environments in small "Green Houses" and more than met their objectives for improving clinical quality as well as quality of life.

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Champions for Care: A Workbook for Long-Term Care Providers

January 24, 2006 - This workbook is designed to help long-term care facility staff members build teams and take on leadership roles in a way that enables them to develop a resident-centered culture for their facility.

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Choosing Nursing Homes as Clinical Placement Sites: Six Educational Modules

April 14, 2011 - This set of six online modules aims to help nursing faculty base their selection of nursing home sites for undergraduate student practicum placement on a rigorous assessment of facility performance, with a special focus on nursing homes involved in resident-directed care and culture change.

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Defining and Measuring Person-Centered Care in Assisted Living

February 27, 2012 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is in the process of identifying person-centered attributes and indicators for its Medicaid home and community-based services programs. To assist CMS and assisted living stakeholders, the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living, a nonprofit collaborative of 11 national organizations, has published recommendations for person-centered HCBS attributes and assisted living indicators.

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Enhancing the Performance of Local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs: A Toolkit

December 4, 2006 - The Local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs toolkit is designed to help state and local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs improve their performance as advocates for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

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Evaluating Drug Regimens Before Problems Occur

June 16, 2004 - The Fleetwood Model developed by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists introduces prospective medication management to the nursing home setting.

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Family Council Manual and Toolkit: A Guide for Creating and Sustaining Effective Nursing Home Family Councils

August 28, 2009 - The Family Council Manual and Toolkit: A Guide for Creating and Sustaining Effective Nursing Home Family Councils is a practical handbook for family members interested in setting up a new family council as well as a comprehensive resource for more experienced leaders facing new issues or wanting to reinvigorate an existing council.

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Guidance for Bathing Patients with Dementia: Bathing Without a Battle

December 8, 2005 - The "Bathing Without a Battle" CD and video offers practical techniques that families and caregivers can use to improve the experience of bathing people with dementia.

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How to Retain Nursing Home Staff and Improve Organizational Performance

August 28, 2009 - Based on the experiences of more than 400 nursing homes, the Staff Stability Toolkit is designed to serve as an evidence-based resource for nursing homes that are working to reduce staff turnover.

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Implementing Change in Long-Term Care: A Practical Guide to Transformation

April 20, 2009 - Implementing Change in Long-Term Care: A Practical Guide to Transformation is a manual for nursing home staff that offers evidence-based recommendations on preparing a nursing home to take the first steps toward clinical and cultural changes, as well as methods to implement and sustain those changes.

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Improving Long-Term Care: A Toolkit for Citizen Advocates

January 26, 2007 - This toolkit is designed to support the efforts of long-term care advocacy groups--concerned citizens who work together to promote change in nursing home and other long-term care settings.

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Improving the Quality of Nursing Home Care: The Wellspring Model

August 6, 2004 - Serious quality problems are endemic at many of the nation's nursing homes. But an innovative approach, the Wellspring Model, holds promise for upgrading the quality of care for residents.

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INTERACT II: Education and Clinical Tools for Reducing Transfers from Nursing Homes to Hospitals

August 19, 2010 - INTERACT II is a series of educational and clinical tools that is designed to reduce the number of avoidable transfers from nursing homes to hospitals.

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Investing in Nursing Home Transformation: A Toolkit for States

April 21, 2009 - The State Investment in Culture Change Toolkit, created by the Institute for the Future of Aging Services, the research arm of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, aims to help states play an active role in getting nursing homes to initiate or expand "culture change" efforts.

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Lessons from a Health Information Technology Demonstration in New York Nursing Homes

April 13, 2010 - The New York State Nursing Home Health Information Technology Demonstration Project is a publicly subsidized initiative to implement comprehensive, point-of-care electronic medical records in 20 New York City nursing homes. This case study looks at the variations between homes regarding: 1) organizational aims for adapting HIT; 2) the technology’s perceived or real effects; and 3) implementation of quality improvement efforts as a result of newly available data.

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