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Improving Outcomes for an Aging Population: Alzheimer's Treatment in Long-Term Care 03/17/14

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement projects to enhance the quality of care for elderly residents with Alzheimer’s disease.

The toolkit includes the following components:

  • Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  • Sample data collection form and quality measures/calculation instructions
  • PowerPoint slides used during Stage B clinical inservice meetings
  • ...
Guide to Long Term Care for Veterans 07/29/13

This guide provides tools and resources for veterans, caregivers and families, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) providers and staff to explore long-term care options. The guide includes information about home- and community-based services, residential settings, and nursing homes.

It also provides a shared decisionmaking approach to long-term care decisions in which veterans work with their social worker, care team, and informal caregivers to make plans and decisions...

Enhancing the Management of Neuropathic Pain in the Long-Term Care Setting 01/24/13

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement a performance improvement project. The goal of this project is to help clinicians accurately and appropriately manage residents with neuropathic or persistent pain.

The toolkit includes the following components:

  1. Introduction
  2. Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  3. Sample data collection form and performance measures/...
Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities: Training Modules 09/20/12

The Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities: Training Modules materials are intended for use in training frontline personnel in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The materials were developed for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under a contract to the RAND Corporation. They are organized into three modules:

  • Module 1: Detecting Change in a Resident’s Condition
  • Module 2: Communicating Change in a Resident’s...
National Healthcare Safety Network 09/04/12

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is a voluntary, secure, internet-based surveillance system that integrates patient and health care personnel safety surveillance systems managed by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Enrollment is open to all types of health care facilities in the United States, including acute care hospitals, long term acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals,...

Long-Term Care Improvement Guide 03/28/12

This guide was created to propel long-term care communities in their improvement efforts by presenting a collection of concrete strategies for actualizing a resident-directed, relationship-centered philosophy. It supplies providers with tools, data, and practical resources so they can make informed decisions as they consider implementing culture change initiatives to deliver person-centered care.

The guide is divided into three parts:

  1. Making the case for change
  2. ...
Health Care–Associated Infections: Prevention Toolkits 09/26/11

These toolkits were designed to reduce health care–associated infections (HAIs) that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a health care setting. The toolkits provide information on improvements in clinical practice, medical procedures, and the ongoing development of evidence-based infection control guidance and prevention successes to detect infections and develop new strategies to prevent health care–associated infections.

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LTCFocUS.org (Long-Term Care: Facts on Care in the US) 09/01/11

This Web site for researchers and policymakers provides data, tools, and results to better understand the long-term care system in areas of the United States and to achieve improvements. It allows users to customize and download maps and tables to gather information by state, county, or individual facility. Custom tables can include information on facility characteristics, locations, resident characteristics, local characteristics, facility staffing, admissions, quality, and long-term care...

Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) Tools 08/03/11

INTERACT is a quality improvement program designed to improve the early identification, assessment, documentation, and communication about changes in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities. The goal of INTERACT is to improve care and reduce the frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the acute hospital.

The specific tools are designed for use by selected members of the care team. Some of the tools included are:

  • Communication tools
    • ...
STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Materials 08/03/11

The STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Commonwealth Fund aims to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations and is focused on two components:

  • A multistate learning community to improve transitions of care
  • Targeted technical assistance to address systemic barriers to reducing avoidable rehospitalizations

The project Web site includes the following materials:

  • STAAR...

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