According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 63% of nursing home residents have cognitive impairments. We are seeing higher numbers of patients entering long term care with dementia, and we also see more of a demand for facilities that can meet their unique needs.
The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care intends to help nursing homes across the nation to meet those demands. The partnership is a 2012 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services initiative to promote and improve complete dementia care and therapy for nursing home residents with the condition. One of their primary goals has been to reduce the number of antipsychotics being used in care facilities.
Their original goal of reducing the use of antipsychotics in nursing homes by 30 percent by the year 2016 has been reached. Now they are aiming to reduce those numbers by an additional 15 percent by 2019.
How have they managed to reduce the numbers so much already? With the help of LeadingAge. The organization has developed a presentation, including supporting resources, which outlines steps that nursing homes can take to begin to reduce the need for antipsychotic medications. They describe possible alternatives and offer practical person-centered solutions for managing dementia-behaviors. They also thoroughly discuss how to implement the new methods. Their information and assistance have proven more than beneficial to the nursing homes, as well as their patients, who have taken the time to learn about and apply the new approaches within their facilities rather than depending on antipsychotics.
Are you looking for a nursing home for an older person with dementia? Take time to look at the approaches that staff use when interacting with and managing residents with dementia. If you are happy with what you see and choose the facility, ensure that you are a part of the process of determining what type of care your family member will need. You already know them and may be able to smooth the transition if their care plan is based in part on your knowledge. It is within your rights to be informed of what their individual plan will include according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and any good nursing home will want to hear what you say and incorporate the resident’s unique needs in their care plan.
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