Welcome

The Connecticut Culture Change Coalition (CTCCC) is a collection of providers, regulators, consumers, families, and long-term care stakeholders united under the common goal of improving the culture of our Connecticut nursing homes. We promote sharing stories, lessons learned, and best practices with one another so that we can improve together. This website was created to serve as a central location for housing important tools and resources that will guide you on your path to culture change. CTCCC is your partner in this rewarding journey.

News & Updates:

February 2014
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.

December 2013
AMDA releases FREE, interactive courses aimed at decreasing the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications for residents and improving the overall quality of care:

November 2013
Promoting Positive Behavioral Health: A Non-pharmacologic Toolkit for Senior Living Communities

Empira: The False Assurance of Resident Alarms Brochure

LeadingAge Iowa: Friendship Haven Pioneers Alarm Elimination

October 2013
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

July 2013
Read Lina’s Story: A Nursing Home’s Journey to Better Understanding Dementia

April 2013
Updated Guidance from CMS for Long Term Care Facilities

March 2013
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.

February  2013
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.