Geriatrics

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Improving Antipsychotic Appropriateness in Dementia Patients (IA-ADAPT) 01/14/14

This Web site includes information and resources to help clinicians, providers, and consumers better understand how to manage problem behaviors and psychosis in people with dementia using evidence-based approaches. It includes brief lectures, written content, quick reference guides for clinicians and providers, and information for families or patients on the risks and benefits of antipsychotics for people with dementia. Continuing education credit is also offered for prescribers, nurses, and...

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...

Always Events® Toolbox 12/08/11

This toolbox contains tools and strategies to assist health care professionals in implementing Always Events ® initiatives and meeting their patient- and family-centered care goals. Always Events ® are defined as “those aspects of the patient and family experience that should always occur when patients interact with healthcare professionals and the delivery system.”

These tools and strategies were developed by numerous health care professionals from...

Person-Directed Care Toolkit 09/03/09

TMF Health Quality Institute developed this toolkit to help nursing home staff move from an institutional care model to a more individualized care model. It includes educational materials, change ideas, and much more to facilitate this culture change journey.

Restraint Toolkit 09/03/09

TMF Health Quality Institute has developed this toolkit to help nursing home staff limit the use of physical restraints.

Some of the resources included are:

  • Restraint-free days tool
  • Side rail utilization assessment
  • Fall prevention: Avoid these drugs in the elderly
  • Restraint evaluation worksheet/data collection tool
  • Progress toward restraint reduction worksheet and instructions
  • Quality improvement workbook
  • Making...
Pressure Ulcer Reduction Toolkit 09/03/09

TMF Health Quality Institute developed this toolkit to help nursing home staff better prevent, treat, and heal pressure ulcers.

Some of the topics included in the toolkit are:

  • Facility-acquired pressure ulcer investigation tool
  • Protein-energy malnutrition definition
  • Team progress assessment
  • Facility-acquired pressure ulcer-free days calendar tool
  • Facility-level assessment
  • Resident-level assessment
  • Quality improvement...
Development of the Artifacts of Culture Change Tool 08/10/09

The Artifacts of Culture Change Tool is a nursing home self-evaluation questionnaire containing 79 items to evaluate progress in changing culture to improve care processes in areas such as:

  • Care practice
  • Environment
  • Family and community
  • Leadership
  • Workplace practices
  • Outcomes

The tool is accompanied by a detailed report, Development of the Artifacts of Culture Change Tool, that describes the questionnaire...

Develop Your "Hospital At Home" Program 08/08/08

Hospital At Home is an innovative health care model that can provide hospital-level care in a patient’s home as a full substitute for acute hospital care until the patient is ready for discharge to their primary care physician.

The Web site contains the following information and tools for organizations that are considering starting their own program:

  • Is your organization ready for Hospital At Home?
    • Innovation readiness assessment
    • Readiness and...
GRACE Interdisciplinary Team Suggestions 08/08/08

The GRACE (Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders) Interdisciplinary Team Suggestions guide health care providers as they develop and implement individualized care plans for low-income seniors to improve quality of care.

The tools are based on the GRACE model, which uses nurse practitioners and social workers who work together as a support team, first meeting with low-income seniors to conduct a comprehensive geriatric assessment, and then with a larger...

Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults 06/04/08

Try This is a series of assessment tools where each issue focuses on a topic specific to the older adult population. The content is directed to orient and encourage all nurses to understand the special needs of older adults and to utilize the highest standards of practice in caring for the elderly. Each “Try This” issue is a two-page document with a description of why the topic is important when caring for older patients on the first page, and an assessment tool that can be administered in...

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