LTC Provider ToolkitQuick Index:
Strategies to improve dementia care and reduce the misuse of antipsychotic medications on residents in long-term care include providing information and tools to long-term care facility staff. Listed in this toolkit are resources that have been identified as being effective in implementing resident centered care and reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medication on residents with dementia. Use these resources in whole or in partnership with other tools you have identified as being helpful in improving dementia care.
- Hand in Hand: a training series for nursing homes that emphasizes person-centered care for persons with dementia, as well as the prevention of abuse from CMS. For information, to download the training modules or inquire about replacement copies of the Hand in Hand Toolkit please visit Hand in Hand Toolkit. If you have questions or comments regarding these materials, please contact email@example.com.
- Dementia Care Training from the Alzheimer’s Association
- Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging Training Modules
Individual Tools and Guides
- Suggestions for Provider Checklist developed under the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
- Provider Question Worksheet (Self-Assessment Tool) developed under the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
- Dementia Care Practice Recommendations from the Alzheimer’s Association
- Geriatric Assessment Tools from the University of Iowa Geriatric Education Center
- Recipes for Environmental Change; Just in Time Toolkits from Pioneer Network
- Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia from the Family Caregiver Alliance
- The Long-Term Care Improvement Guide Developed by Planetree in partnership with the Picker Institute
- Consensual Relationships: Questions and Answers Regarding Informed Consent, Psychotropic Drugs, and Nursing Home Residents from California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
- The Campaign to Stop Chemical Restraints in Nursing Homes; California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
- University of Iowa Geriatric Education Center-Improving Antipsychotic Appropriateness in Dementia Patients Website
- Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging
- Pioneer Network
- The American Health Care Association (ACHA)
- Misuse of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes from the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
- Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign
- California Association of Long-Term Care Medicine
- The California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF)
Tools & Resources
- Working Together; Summary Report, December 2012 - A synopsis of the 2012 action plan and the stakeholders next steps from the California Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Reduce Unnecessary Antipsychotic Medication Drug Use in Nursing Homes.
- All Facility Letter 12-56(AFL 12-56) - California Forging Major Campaign to Improve Dementia Care and Reduce Unnecessary Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes.
- Medicare Atypical Antipsychotic Drug Claims for Elderly Nursing Home Residents Executive Summary from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, May 2011
- Provider Magazine, published by the American Health Care Association, featured articles on dementia care under the cover story "New Ways Through the Dementia Maze" in their September 2012, issue. Links to the articles are listed below.
- AFL 11-31 to Skilled Nursing Facilities regarding Questions and Answers about Informed Consent, April 14, 2011
- AFL 11-08 to Skilled Nursing Facilities regarding Informed Consent, January 7, 2011
- AFL 09-12 to Skilled Nursing Facilities regarding Informed Consent for Antipsychotic Medication, June 4, 2009