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News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 6, 2018
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Resources from the OSLTCO

Here are some resources for providers and family members collected by the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. 

  • UI Learn offers a free "Family Involvement in Care" online learning module to help empower family members to establish partnerships with formal care providers in order to provide coordinated, person-centered care. The 10-part series covers topics such as communicating with providers, negotiating on behalf of your loved one, how to ask difficult questions, managing medications and more.
  • The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center has an abuse, neglect and exploitation in long-term care facilities webpage that includes fact sheets, articles, links and other resources.
  • The Long-Term Care Community Coalition recently published a new issue alert on infection control and prevention. Despite strong regulatory requirements to safeguard residents, infections continue to be a leading cause of death, needless suffering and expense among nursing home residents.
  • CMS's National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes has released an updated Antipsychotic Medication Use Data Report. Since 2011, CMS has been tracking the progress of the National Partnership by reviewing publicly reported measures, specifically the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication (excluding residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's Disease or Tourette's Syndrome).
  • Presentation: "Legal Basics: Elder Financial Exploitation" presented by the National Center on Law & Elder Rights (January 2018)
  • Recorded Webinar: "Elder Abuse and Resident-to-Resident Aggression" presented by the New Jersey Lon-Term Care Ombudsman Program (September 2017)
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Education Calendar
Workforce Symposium, March 8, West Des Moines
Certified Dietary Managers Exam Prep Workshop, March 22, West Des Moines
2018 Spring Quarterly Education Conference, March 27-28, West Des Moines
The Art of ICD-10 Coding for Home Health, April 4-5, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Management Certificate Program, April 9-13, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 12, West Des Moines
CNA and Direct Caregiver Mentorship Program, April 17-18, West Des Moines
MDS 101 - Introduction to MDS 3.0, May 1, West Des Moines
MDS 201 - Additional MDS 3.0 Training, May 2, West Des Moines
Assisted Living Management Certification, Online program
Online Dementia Care Training and Individual Certification Program
Click on the event link to learn more about each educational offering and to register. If you have additional questions, contact Georgene Olson at 800.422.3106.

West Des Moines area hotel discounts for IHCA members.

Map to the IHCA Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.


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