Prairie Elder Homes in Overland Park, KS, joined the Eden Registry in January 30, 2018. Prairie Elder Homes are small residential homes that are purposefully located in residential neighborhoods. The setting is intimate with only eight residents and employee care
The conversation about rethinking medication use is getting more interesting. While important strides are being made to reduce antipsychotic use, the issue is actually only one piece in a puzzle that has even larger impact.
In 2014, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) awarded The Eden Alternative grant dollars to support Oklahoma’s reduction of antipsychotic drug use through the delivery of Dementia Beyond Drugs training.
USA Today reports that about 61% of all nursing homes got lower quality-of-care scores as a result of the new CMS 5-Star changes. About 28% of nursing homes dropped one star in their overall ratings, including more than 1,200 that lost coveted five-star status. The biggest changes are the usage rate of antipsychotics is now a factor in the rating along with more difficult quality and staffing level measures.
Since 2011, three states have provided funded registration for this training to hundreds of nursing home employees through the support of CMP funds. This year, Oklahoma is stepping up to the plate by welcoming geriatrician and award-winning author Dr. Al Power to facilitate three Dementia Beyond Drugs events in May 2015.
Last week, someone asked me to clarify some things about our Dementia Beyond Drugs training that made me realize that there are still some misconceptions floating around out there regarding the vision behind it. I’d like to share some of my thoughts on this, while noting that Dr. Al Power, the award-winning author of the book by the same name, may have a few of his own.
A year ago, I posted a blog about the efforts of the State of Kentucky to help decrease antipsychotic use. Like the State of Tennessee before them, Kentucky change agents had chosen education as a key feature of their reduction
The recent announcement that the national goal of reducing the use of antipsychotic medications by 15% has been met is welcome news. This is a worthy goal that has no doubt improved quality of life for many elders and their
Today, as I celebrate another birthday, I marvel at life’s twists and turns. This has been another surprising year, another opportunity to grow and to engage meaningfully with the world around me. And I look forward to the surprises that
Things are heating up in the race to reduce antipsychotic use. Three weeks ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new statistics ranking Tennessee as one of the top five states to significantly reduce the use of
A new study spreads good news about the use of antipsychotic medication. It’s going away. Tennessee ranked fifth nationally in dementia drug reduction following a two year study period. This success is due to a strong movement towards person-directed care
Dementia is not psychosis. But sometimes people get them confused and treat them the same. Just like how sometimes the Barista gets confused and treats my black cup of coffee the same as a mocha-chino frappesomething. I know not everyone is a
A recent New York Times article quoting award-winning author Dr. Al Power reminds us that people living with dementia have much to teach us about being fully present with one another. “Empathy Without Boundaries” highlights how individuals living with dementia
The Eden Alternative and LindenGrove, Inc. are partners on a grant proposal to fund Dementia Beyond Drugs training based on the award-winning book by G. Allen Power of the same name, Dementia Beyond Drugs. The 2-day training from The Eden Alternative applies person-directed care
An article published in today’s issue of McKnight’s cites the slow progress in nursing homes achieving reductions in the use of antipsychotics as sought by CMS. In stark contrast to this report, I had the privilege to hear about a
A recent article in McKnight’s Long Term Care magazine highlights a study that concludes it is safe in most cases to eliminate antipsychotic drugs without risking adverse outcomes for Elders. This study supports the current initiatives from CMS, AHCA, and
The Eden Alternative is continuing its collaboration with the Tennessee Advancing Excellence Coalition, the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Health Care Facilities, and CMS by offering another three-day dementia training event in Knoxville, Tennessee, this week from 1/15-1/17. This
Set amid the gentle hills and farmlands of central Tennessee, sprawling Nashville attracts millions of visitors each year. The majority come to immerse themselves in music, whether at mainstream showcases like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand
One of the ways we are getting exposure for The Eden Alternative these days is by exhibiting and speaking at industry events like the recent AHCA Annual Conference in Tampa, Fl. In Tampa Nancy Fox and I partnered on an educational
Following are excerpts from an article with the same title as this post written by Kathleen Lourde that appears in the September issue of Provider Magazine, both the print and on-line versions. G. Allen Power, MD, author of “Dementia Beyond
The 6th Eden Alternative International Conference kicked-off in Grand Rapids, Mich., May 31 with an exciting surprise announcement that The Eden Alternative has acquired The Wellspring Program for culture change from LifeSpan Network based in Columbia, Maryland. The Wellspring Program is
The Eden Alternative is launching new trainings focused on helping long-term care communities see dementia through new eyes. The new two-day training Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care, based on Dr. Al Power’s award-winning book of the same name, debuted Feb. 8 in Providence, R.I., and attracted dementia caregivers from around the U.S. and Canada.