Reducing Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medications – Full Assessment
To address the ongoing challenge of reducing inappropriate antipsychotic medications, staff on all shifts should fully assess and learn as much as possible about a resident, including interviewing the resident, family and friends. These steps assist staff in understanding the different behaviors a resident may exhibit. To learn more about assessing a resident’s goals and needs, click on the following links.
The middle of Flu season is a perfect time to think about the benefits of handwashing and recognizing signs and symptoms. Staying informed about reported cases in Missouri and which areas have the highest confirmed cases, is just a click away! 2017 Influenza Reports
New Fact Sheets on Revised Federal Nursing Home Regulations
Consumer Voice, along with Justice in Aging and Center for Medicare Advocacy, have released new issue briefs in our series on the revised federal nursing facility regulations. The fact sheets can help residents, family members and advocates better understand the regulations. New fact sheets cover:
Reducing Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medications – Communication
Understanding dementia residents who are unable to communicate on the same level as others can aid in the reduction of inappropriate antipsychotic use. However, meeting their needs can become challenging if their behaviors are not understood. Click on the following links to learn more.
Action Pact Workshop
- March 9, 2017: The recipe for Self-Led Teams
- Location: The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Care, Kansas City, KS
This interactive, experiential learning session will set you on the path to cooking up self-led teams in your environment. We all talk team and face the challenges of creating, maintaining and supporting teams. Team experience, shared leadership tools, and take away resources will flavor your own successful recipes for self-led teams. Don’t expect to sit still!
Please see the Action Pact event page for more information and registration.
MU Advanced Practice Assessment and Skills Workshop
- March 15-17, 2017: Second Annual Advanced Practice Assessment and Skills Workshop
- Location: Pre-Conference at Sinclair School of Nursing (March 15)
Main Conference at Peachtree Banquet Center (March 16-17)
The purpose of the Advanced Practice Assessment and Skills Workshop (regular conference) is to enhance the knowledge and skills of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in all settings regarding how to assess, manage and treat commonly occurring health disorders across the lifespan. Hands-on workshops will be offered for advanced chest, abdominal and skeletal X-ray interpretation as well as basic and advance suturing. Topics will focus on the entire lifespan, including opioid addiction, chronic pain, ADHD, autism, geriatric mental health issues, common cardiac conditions, infectious diseases, antibiotic stewardship, skin assessment, and wound care techniques.
Please see the full description on the event page for more details.
Montessori for Aging and Dementia
- May 18-19, 2017: Montessori for Aging and Dementia
- Location: The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, St. Louis
Montessori for Aging and Dementia is an innovative approach to dementia care that can be adopted for individuals or groups as a philosophy of care. The goal of the Montessori program is to support people living with dementia by creating a prepared environment, filled with cues and memory supports, that enables individuals to care for themselves, others, their community, and their choices so that they may live as independently as possible. This two-day program focuses on the Montessori for Aging and Dementia program criteria as established by the AMI. Participants will receive handouts, a copy of the book I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia and a certificate of completion from AMI.
Please see the brochure and registraion for more information.
Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies 4th Quarter 2016
Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation attached.
Reducing Antipsychotic Medication Use
Engaging residents in their care and providing treatment alternatives assists in reducing the unnecessary use of antipsychotics. Click on the following links to learn more about reducing the use of antipsychotic medications.