June 2013 View Web Version | Text Only Version
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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?
Celebrations
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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Quality at Work
Telegram from Uncle Sam

Nursing home employee makes a remarkable antique shop find for local veteran/resident.
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Facility opens doors to national research project on prevention of infections in nursing homes

Regents Park Boca Raton, a Florida-based skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility with 180 beds, is one of only 12 nursing homes across the nation to actively participate in Columbia University’s School of Nursing Study to Help Shape the Future of Infection Control.  Read more

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There's an App for that!

Residents get better connected with their iPads at Village on the Isle. Read more

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Seniors shine in Ms. Northwest Florida Senior Pageant

In April, 13 contestants participated in the Ms. Northwest Florida Senior Pageant. Hosted by Pensacola-area nursing homes from FHCA District XII, the competition is designed to promote the inner beauty and share the life experiences of nursing home and assisted living facility residents.  Read more

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Late at Night, in Rehab, My Anxious Mom, & "A Woman Named Wendy”

There is no way I can paint a rosy picture of my mom’s recent hospitalization and subsequent rehab stay for a fractured left upper arm following a fall. She is 91, stubborn, hard of hearing, and has both reasonable and picky expectations.  She is smart and pretty astute despite some forgetfulness. Her anxiety has been off the charts and she wants, among other things, to be HOME!  Her panic, hearing deficit, pain, dependence on unfamiliar and many new people all contributed to her confusion and despair. Read more

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Florida tops nation in Quality Award recognition

Sixty-seven FHCA member facilities have earned National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living National Quality Award program. Ten achieved Silver Award status and 57 achieved Bronze Award status, exceeding all other states in this national distinction.
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Tracking Trends
Is it dementia, mental illness or just plain bullying?

Several studies have recently been conducted regarding inappropriate behavior of seniors in assisted living facilities and nursing homes which revealed some of that "bad" behavior exhibited is nothing more than plain old bullying.
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AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living Quality Initiative is an effort that builds upon the existing work of the long term and post-acute care field by setting specific, measurable targets to further improve quality of care in America’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities. AHCA/NCAL members are encouraged to reach defined, concrete goals over the next three years, in four core areas. Read more

News You Can Use
QAPI offers data-driven, proactive approach to improving the quality of life, care and services

QAPI is the merger of two complementary approaches to quality: Quality Assurance (QA) and Performance Improvement (PI).  Both involve seeking and using information. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has now made introductory materials available on its QAPI website.
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Resource guide for dementia care

Alzheimer's Association guide offers resources on dementia care goals and recommended practices.  Read more

National conference makes culture change resources available

The 2013 Long-term Care Conference has made presentation materials available, including those focusing on long term care strategies for implementing culture change, improving the effectiveness of staff development for all levels of care givers, implementing transition to practice strategies and more.
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Critical questions - just how prepared are you for a hurricane?

Hurricane season began June 1 and will run through November 30. To help long term care facilities with taking a critical look at their preparedness level, FHCA has offered a list of questions for careful consideration.
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Celebrations
Nurse leaders honored for excellence in care delivery

During FHCA’s Nurse Leadership Program in May, the Association recognized its 2013 Long Term Care Excellence in Nursing Award recipients for making outstanding contributions when caring for Florida’s elderly and/or citizens with disabilities. Each individual was honored for his/her efforts to improve quality outcomes in nursing home resident care, for professional excellence and enthusiasm to promote long term care nursing as a specialty. Read more

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FHCA members earn national recognition for advocacy efforts

FHCA Past President Kelley Rice-Schild and Reimbursement Co-Chair Doug Burr were honored with the Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award during American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's (AHCA/NCAL) Congressional Briefing. More than 400 long term care providers from across the country were in attendance for the award ceremony in Washington, D.C.
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Celebrating caregivers on the frontline

Florida Health Care Association's 2013 CNA Essay Contest recognized Certified Nursing Assistants at a very personal, "where they work" level.  Read more

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