Senior Living Staff
Informative guides, tools and materials for senior living staff working in dementia care
INFORMATION GUIDES & HANDOUTS
Fact Sheet: Antipsychotic Drugs and Dementia Care
Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know About Antipsychotic Drugs for Persons Living with Dementia
Guide: Toxic Medicine: What You Should Know to Fight the Misuse of Psychoactive Drugs in California Nursing Homes
Behaviors: How to Respond with Dementia Causes Unpredictable Behaviors
Tips for Successful Communication at all Stages of the Disease
Tip Sheet: Psychotropics: Indications for Use, Documentation Guidelines, and Monitoring Possible Behaviors and Side-effects
Questions and Answers Regarding Informed Consent, Psychotropic Drugs, and Nursing Home Residents
MDS 3.0 QUALITY MEASURE
MDS 3.0 Quality Measure Users’ Manual Version 7.0
Includes quality measure specifications for “Residents Who Receive an Antipsychotic Medication” measures
Table: Review of Non-pharmacologic Approaches for Treating Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia, Kolanowski, A., & Van Haitsma, K.
Table: Efficacious and Feasible Non-pharmacological Approaches for Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia, Kolanowski, A., & Van Haitsma, K.
(More to come!)
BEST FRIENDS™ APPROACH
Drawing from the Best Friends™ Series of resource books, these handouts serve as tools to employ principles of culture change
Tips for Hiring Staff with Knack
Reinventing Training in an Age of Culture Change
Ten Ways to Change Culture in Long-Term Care
Twenty Progressive Ways to Teach a Concept
Old Idea Care Center- New Idea Care Center
Secrets of a Successful Group Activity
30 Days of Alzheimer’s Awareness
While it has been proven to be a foundational first step in moving facilities from an institutional model of care toward a person-centered model, it may be difficult to get started. Access consistent assignment tools and materials below.
Access to resources to make a resident’s dining experience in a nursing home more person-centered
Access implementation resources to make environmental changes within a nursing home
Medications, when used appropriately, can help promote the resident’s highest capable mental, physical, and psychosocial well-being. Medications used inappropriately can compromise a resident’s well-being and even cause death. Ensuring that residents receive medications that are needed and appropriate for their medical condition is a critical component of safe and effective care.
Use this Advancing Excellence tracking tool to actively better assess a resident’s promotion of choice, purpose and meaning on a daily basis.
TRAININGS & WEBINARS
WEBINAR | PERSON-CENTERED CARE AND ACTIVITY SERVICES
This pre-recorded webinar provides best practice care resources for activity service professionals serving individuals who are living with dementia. The learning objectives of this tool emphasize putting the person before the situation, understanding the disease process, knowing the residient, creating an engaging environment, cultivating best practice programming, using activity as an intervention and developing a person-centered care plan.
2017-2018 WEBINAR SERIES | CHALLENGES OF DEMENTIA CARE
Webinar I: Agitation, Might Be Pain
Elizabeth Landsverk, MD, ElderConsult
This pre-recorded webinar provides an overview of how to assess for pain and identify appropriate interventions through case examples. Learning objectives include assessment for pain in dementia residents, identifying interventions and medical treatment options to help alleviate pain, utilizing resources and best practices on pain management for dementia residents and assessment to determine if treatment was effective and how to identify possible side effects.
The mission of the Hand in Hand training is to provide nursing homes with a high-quality training program that emphasizes person-centered care in the care of persons with dementia and the prevention of abuse.
Hand-in-Hand Module 1
Understanding the World of Dementia
Hand-in-Hand Module 2
What is Abuse
Hand-in-Hand Module 3
Being with a Person with Dementia
Hand-in-Hand Module 4
Being with a Person with Dementia –
Actions and Reactions
Hand-in-Hand Module 5
Hand-in-Hand Module 6
Being with a Person with Dementia –
Making a Difference
Glossary of Terms
Resources Pt. 1
Resources Pt. 2
OASIS TRAINING MATERIALS
OASIS is a four module teaching curriculum that aims to decrease the use of antipsychotic medication as a means of addressing disruptive behavior amongst nursing home residents with dementia. The curriculum was designed by Dr. Susan Wehry, prior to being appointed commissioner of the Vermont Department of Disability Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), who describes the curriculum as one part of a strategy to transform dementia care in nursing homes in which the focus regarding behaviors shifts from intervention to prevention, with the goal of reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications.
TOOLKIT: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS: DEALING WITH DEMENTIA BEHAVIORS WITHOUT DRUGS
The Alzheimer's Association provides this toolkit to help train your staff on successful strategies on how to approach residents living with dementia utilizing non-pharmacological approaches. The toolkit includes an editable slideshow, worksheets and informational handouts for your training needs.