Volume XXX, Number 11
EDEN Alternative Announced A CMS Funded Grant Project Focused on Helping to Reduce Antipsychotic Use in Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas, Illinois, and Texas
The Eden Alternative® is the sole recipient of a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help reduce antipsychotic use in Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas, Illinois, and Texas. Funds will support the delivery of a unique educational package featuring Dementia Beyond Drugs, an Eden Alternative training facilitated by award-winning author and geriatrician Dr. Al Power. The goal of this 2-day educational experience is to shift the focus of dementia care from managing so-called “difficult behaviors” to, instead, identifying and responding to the unmet needs that are typically their underlying cause. Gone unchecked, unmet needs can lead to distress and the subsequent overuse of antipsychotic medications for those who live with dementia.
Sixty-five nursing homes in each of the participating states (with the exception of Texas at 130 nursing homes) will have the opportunity to choose between two distinct educational tracks.
Track One of the project offers nine of the participating nursing homes in each state (with the exception of Texas at 18 nursing homes) the option to combine Dementia Beyond Drugs training with an online experience of the Care Partner Workshop (Dementia-Specific Focus), also developed by The Eden Alternative. This interactive, team-based training will engage family members, side-by-side with nursing home employees, to strengthen care partnerships and overall well-being on the team, as a way to collaboratively respond to the needs of those who live with dementia. Track One participants also receive access to a 6-part on-demand webinar series featuring Dr. Al Power, entitled Creating Well-Being for Those Who Live with Dementia.
Track Two of the project gives participants the option to register for Dementia Beyond Drugs training alone.
THCA is working with Eden Alternative leadership to develop partnership with this initiative. To learn more about participating in Texas Click Here.
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