Senior Living Staff
Informative guides, tools and materials for senior living staff working in dementia care
 
 

TOOLS

BEHAVIORS
(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

 

CONSISTENT ASSIGNMENT
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.


Recipes for Staffing Transformations
 

DINING EXPERIENCE
Access to resources to make a resident’s dining experience in a nursing home more person-centered


Recipes for Dining Transformation
 

ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES
Access implementation resources to make environmental changes within a nursing home


Recipes for Environmental Change
 

MEDICATION TRACKING
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.


Medication tracking tool
Assessment Tool: Antipsychotic Use in Dementia

 

PERSON-CENTERED 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.

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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.

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HAND-IN-HAND TOOLKIT

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 Manual
Introduction

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
Preventing Abuse

Hand-in-Hand Module 6
Being with a Person with Dementia –
Making a Difference

Hand-in-Hand Manual
Glossary of Terms

Hand-in-Hand Manual
Resources Pt. 1

Hand-in-Hand Manual
Resources Pt. 2

For more information, please visit www.cms-handinhandtoolkit.info/ or email cms_training_support@icpsystems.com.

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.