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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•  FHCA Regional Education Seminars: October 1-4, 2013 in Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale

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Resource guide for dementia care

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities looking for resources on dementia care will want to access the Alzheimer’s Association's Practice Dementia Care Recommendations. The guide covers food and fluid consumption, pain management, meaningful activities, resident wandering, resident falls and physical restraint-free care. What’s especially helpful is that each section provides a clear statement of the issues, care goals and recommended practices.

Throughout the guide are brief stories entitled, “learning from an individual with dementia.” For example: An 87-year-old woman moved into an assisted living residence with her own furniture. Staff noticed that she experienced significant distress when trying to leave her recliner. An assessment revealed that she had difficulty maneuvering the chair’s handle and, in fact, the recliner was becoming a restraint due to her inability to remember how to operate it. Staff consulted with the resident and her family about the situation and asked if she had another chair that might be an acceptable substitute for the recliner. The family found one that pleased the resident and her distress decreased markedly.

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