Texas Reducing Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes (T.R.A.I.N) Seminars

November 3, 2015

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For Immediate Release                                                                                                               Contact: Rebecca Reid
November 3, 2015                                                                                                                                         410-212-3843


Texas Reducing Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes (T.R.A.I.N) Seminar Kicks Off Multi-Stop Tour Around State To Educate Long Term Care Providers and Leadership

One a Month Campaign in Texas Gains Steam as Nursing Home Providers Commit to Reducing One Person a Month from Antipsychotic Medicines


(Austin, TX) – Reinforcing the momentum in Texas nursing homes to reduce the use of off-label antipsychotics for residents, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) today, lauded the kick off of a two day seminar spearheaded by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) that will be conducted in several Texas cities over November and into December and feature nationally renowned speakers on the topic.


“THCA is a proud sponsor of the Texas Reducing Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes (T.R.A.I.N.) seminars and we encourage long term care providers and caregivers to attend this educational session that will enhance our efforts to implement the latest techniques and strategies proving effective in reducing the use of off-label antipsychotics for elderly nursing home residents,” said Kevin Warren, President and CEO of THCA. “The timing of the T.R.A.I.N. seminars dovetails with the One a Month campaign unique to Texas and initiated by our state’s long term care leaders.  One a Month encourages providers to build on the progress Texas nursing homes have recently made in utilizing the appropriate resident centered non-pharmacological interventions where applicable with individualized resident care.”


Headline speakers featured at the free two-day T.R.A.I.N seminars include Dr. G. Allen Power, Dr. Madeline Biondolillo and Dr. Susan Wehry who will speak to the following topics respectively, A Life without Drugs: A Proactive, Strengths-Based Approach to Dementia, Ensuring High-Quality Dementia Care in Long-Term Care and From Patienthood to Personhood: The Oasis Approach to Dementia Care. For the full agenda, dates, locations of the T.R.A.I.N. seminars and to register, click here.


For more information on the One a Month campaign, click on One a Month on the THCA homepage at http://www.txhca.org and for more information on all of the team leaders for the One a Month campaign, click on their respective websites at http://www.dads.state.tx.us/,; http://www.leadingagetexas.org; http://www.tmfqin.org.


“Texas nursing homes outpaced the nation’s average reduction of the use of antipsychotics during the month of June 2015 and we intend to continue that leadership with the One a Month campaign,” said Gloria Bean-William, RN, Director of Clinical and Quality Services.  “Many of the non-pharmacological techniques in treating dementia are yielding results that enhance the lives of these residents and bring joy and relief to their loved ones. We know dementia is a progressive disease and incurable, but the latest non-pharmacological techniques are frequently proving to be compassionate and effective alternative treatments.”


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About THCA

Founded in 1950, the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) is the largest long-term care association in Texas. THCA’s membership is comprised of several hundred licensed non-profit and for-profit skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), specialized rehabilitation facilities and assisted living facilities in Texas. These facilities provide comprehensive, around-the-clock nursing care for chronically ill or short-term residents of all ages, along with rehabilitative and specialized medical programs. THCA also represents more than 190 long-term care businesses that provide products and services to the state’s approximately 2,850 nursing homes and assisted living facilities. To learn more, visit http://txhca.org/ or connect with THCA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

To learn more about Commitment to Care, please visit txhca.org/quality-care/commitment-to-care. For ongoing Twitter updates and information, follow @TXHCA and the #Commit2Care hashtag