This month’s Commitment to Care (C to C) focuses on a NEW Resource available to enhance Long Term-Geriatric care in Texas


Register Now for Free Alzheimer’s Training Slated for Needville in February.

Nursing facility providers can now register for a free, one-day Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar in Needville on the DADS Joint Training webpage. Exact locations for the training can be found on the registration site.

  • February 7, 2017  8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • February 8, 2017  8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • February 9, 2017  8:00AM – 5:00PM


Bathing Without a Battle Launches Online Training Portal with Free Continuing Education Credit for Long-Term Care Staff


The award-winning, evidence-based Bathing Without a Battle training on person-centered bathing for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is now accessible online free of charge.   The interactive training provides 2½ hours of free continuing education credit for nurses and 2 hours of free credit for nursing assistants.  Students who plan to enter long-term care or geriatric home care are also encouraged to participate in the online training.


Training can be accessed through the website (please copy and paste this URL into your browser)  Once registered, users can open modules on practical approaches to showering, tub bathing, in-room bathing, and hair washing; information on innovative bathing equipment and supplies; recommendations for policy change within long-term care organizations; and guidance on regulatory compliance.

This new training modality is provided by a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Building Prevention into Every Day Practice: Framework for Successful Clinical Outcomes Series – Part 7 of 13


This is part of a series featuring one element of the Building Prevention into Every Day Practice: Framework for Successful Clinical Outcomes.  Success in achieving positive resident/patient outcomes is even more critical now than ever before.  The link between quality and payment in long term and post-acute care is growing stronger, as evidenced by the SNF Value Based Purchasing Program (VBP), Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act, SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and more.

In addition, regulatory activity is intensifying through focused surveys on adverse events, dementia care and MDS. The Five-Star Rating system and Nursing Home Compare have been revised and will add items in the future as it broadens public reporting and transparency.  Most importantly, consumers expect and deserve high quality care.

The entire framework outlines key elements from both an organizational and clinical nature that are critical to successful clinical and organizational outcomes. Positively, these elements reflect common denominators that cross multiple care situations.  Therefore, instead of being yet another initiative or single focused project to achieve just one outcome, it is a way of acting, thinking and being that will benefit multiple areas across an organization.  Each element is addressed in detail throughout the framework.

This month THCA is featuring the element of Clinical Foundation: “First of All, Do No Harm” Thinking Built Into Practice

Key Takeaways: “First of All, Do No Harm” Thinking Built into Practice

♦  Before doing something, we consciously consider potential unintended and undesirable consequences of a proposed action or intervention.

♦  As we do something, we consciously consider whether we are doing it correctly, and how we know that it is the right way.

♦  The ability to choose the right interventions and avoid problematic ones lies at the heart of all clinical practice and is essential to “person-centered care”.

Visit the AHCA Clinical Practice website to learn more about the element of “Clinical Foundation: “First of All, Do No Harm” Thinking Built into Practice” and answers to these key questions:


Probing Questions for Team Reflection and Discussion
  1. How do we verify and validate information and not just accept conclusions?
  2. Do we have and use appropriate references to inform our actions?
  3. Do we cut corners? If so, how?  What can we do to change?


What does this mean? Why is this important? What are some examples? What is my part (as an individual employee, manager or practitioner)? What can my organization do?


Start somewhere, pick one element and work through it with your team.

Enjoy the journey through the framework!


The Quality Initiative Series – Succeeding in the Midst of Change”

The AHCA Quality team is creating a series of FREE education Webinars which covers the best practices to help members with many of the new regulatory, payment or public reporting changes. The series is designed to provide critical support to members. You can register for the first webinar here.

The schedule is as follows:


 April 26, 2017
5 – Antipsychotic Drug ReductionJune 21, 2017
6 – Functional OutcomesSeptember 20, 2017
7 – Customer Satisfaction/ExperienceNovember 15, 2017
8 – Hospital Admissions in Long Stay Settings