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Life Enrichment Benefits All of Your Patients – Not Just Those with Dementia

Watching someone’s health or memory start to decline, or witnessing a family member struggling with dementia can be troubling at best. Making the decision to find them a place to life that offers assistance can also be stressful – not...

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Life Enrichment Is Good for Care – and for Your Bottom Line

Better-run retirement communities realize the benefits – both to residents and to the community – of giving more control to residents over choices and programming. This is known as life enrichment. By setting a goal is to deliver care that...

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New CMS focused dementia care tools for surveyors

On November 27th 2015, CMS issued a new survey and certification memo, based on the Focused Dementia Care Survey Pilot in 2014 and the 2015 initiative to test the survey type in a few more states. This new survey type...

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Dementia care, an increased compliance risk

CMS has been changing education related to F-Tags and SNF leaders may not have had enough exposure to the new CMS updated survey guidance and its interpretive guidelines that went into effect Nov. 26, 2014. CMS has recently published memos...

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Dementia and the Five Star rating system

Nursing homes are seeing a lot of changes related to compliance and dementia this year. Starting with the change in five star ratings that now incorporates dementia related quality measures, more change is on its way that might increase risk...

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Engagement to support motivation & purpose in dementia

“I used to enjoy painting, but I often lack motivation. If I start, I usually keep going and am happy doing it. It takes a lot to get me started though.” (George) Lack of motivation and apathy are frequent problems...

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Case Study: Mercy Nursing Facility at OLV, a Catholic Health System Nursing Home & Linked Senior

Case Study: Mercy Nursing Facility at OLV, a Catholic Health System Nursing Home & Linked Senior Fall Prevention using person centered dementia engagement - Learn how this community is using person centered dementia engagement as part of their fall prevention initiatives.  ...

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4 empirical components of QOL in dementia engagement

The goal of dementia engagement & programming is to achieve the maximum highest quality of life for people living with cognitive impairments. The challenge in dementia care often lies in finding evidence based interventions or programs that target specific and...

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3 tips for consistency in dementia engagement

One of the biggest challenges in dementia care is the unpredictable nature of the disease. The journey itself has a path difficult to predict and it is often accompanied with behaviors, expressions and needs that are hard to plan for....

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3 guidelines to maximize late stage dementia engagement success

“You matter because you are you and you matter to the last moment of your life. We will do all we can to help you, not only to die peacefully, but to live until you die”.  — Dame Cicely Saunders It...

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