June 2013
Delivered to you courtesy of the FHCA Quality Foundation
In This Issue
Quality at Work
Telegram from Uncle Sam
Facility opens doors to national research project on prevention of infections in nursing homes
There's an App for that!
Seniors shine in Ms. Northwest Florida Senior Pageant
Late at Night, in Rehab, My Anxious Mom, & "A Woman Named Wendy”
Florida tops nation in Quality Award recognition
Tracking Trends
Is it dementia, mental illness or just plain bullying?
AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative
News You Can Use
QAPI offers data-driven, proactive approach to improving the quality of life, care and services
Resource guide for dementia care
National conference makes culture change resources available
Critical questions - just how prepared are you for a hurricane?
Nurse leaders honored for excellence in care delivery
FHCA members earn national recognition for advocacy efforts
Celebrating caregivers on the frontline
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The FHCA Quality Foundation promotes mentorship and collaboration among long term care providers and stakeholders through a shared commitment to communicate best practices, share resources, promote educational activities and advocate for continuous quality improvement. The Foundation offers scholarships to assist long term care employees in meeting their continued educational goals. In addition, the Foundation hosts an annual awards program recognizing leadership in nursing and quality performance. For more information about the FHCA Quality Foundation, visit the FHCA Web site.
Upcoming Events
•  FHCA 2013 Annual Conference & Trade Show: August 4-8, 2013 at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood
•  FHCA RAI-MDS 3.0 Intensive Certificate Training: September 17-19, 2013 at Lakeside Nursing and Rehab in Jacksonville
•  FHCA Regional Education Seminars: October 1-4, 2013 in Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale

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Celebrating caregivers on the frontline

Caregivers across the country celebrated the 36th annual National Nursing Assistants Week in June, a week-long celebration of caregivers. To help honor the valuable Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) working in FHCA's member facilities and raise awareness about their contributions to long term care, the Association hosted its annual CNA Essay Contest and focused on the theme, "Hand to Hand Care from the Hearts of CNAs."

FHCA received more than 70 essay submissions this year, each providing personal and invaluable insight into how CNAs make a difference in the care of persons with dementia.

This year's Grand Prize winner was Janell Joseph, CNA, of Haven of Our Lady of Peace in Pensacola (pictured center). Ms. Joseph received a $500 cash prize and had her essay printed in the June issue of FHCA's Pulse.

Essay contest runners up included Second Place winner Mary E. Thomas with Valencia Hills Health & Rehabilitation in Lakeland and Third Place Co-Winners Amber Pattee with Brandon Health & Rehabilitation Center and Beatrice Grant Barrow with Avante at St. Cloud in Kissimmee. To read these award-winning essays, visit the FHCA website.

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