News & Updates:
Register for DPH’s Partnering for Quality: Improving Quality of Care and Quality of Life Conference
Date: March 10, 2014
Location: Central Connecticut State University
Submit challenging cases pertaining to end of life care for incorporation into the program.
AMDA releases FREE, interactive courses aimed at decreasing the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications for residents and improving the overall quality of care:
Promoting Positive Behavioral Health: A Non-pharmacologic Toolkit for Senior Living Communities
LeadingAge Iowa: Friendship Haven Pioneers Alarm Elimination
CMS releases the “Nursing Home Quality Initiatives: Questions and Answers” summary to help nursing homes better understand how to participate in and benefit from various initiatives.
The Hartford Courant: Rate of Antipsychotic Prescribing in Nursing Homes Drops
Read Jennifer’s Story: A Nursing Home’s Creative Take on Recreation and Dining
Read Lina’s Story: A Nursing Home’s Journey to Better Understanding Dementia
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Lisa Chekedel from the Connecticut Health I-Team, publishes a news article on the initiatives discussed at the CTCCC meeting. The article, “State Nursing Homes Pilot Alarm-Free Initiative – Carefully”, is featured in Harvard’s World Health News and several news publications in Connecticut.
CMS releases new dining practice standards for nursing home residents that encourage less restrictive diets. Watch the video.
Advancing Excellence surpasses 9,000 participating nursing homes! Read the article.
CMS releases a YouTube Video on Improving Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Best Care Practices. Watch the video.
Qualidigm’s Ann Spenard featured on WNPR’s Morning Edition to share her knowledge about the use of antipsychotics in Connecticut nursing homes. Listen to the audio podcast of the interview.