Memory Care Programs – Misleading Advertising Leads to Lawsuits

Why Staff Training is a Must Memory care providers take note – misleading memory care advertising is becoming a focus for a number of advocates and state executives who are now pursuing (and suing) facilities who promise well trained staff and specialized memory care programs, yet are not delivering as promised. Most, if not allContinue reading “Memory Care Programs – Misleading Advertising Leads to Lawsuits”

When a tragedy strikes in long-term care, who is to blame?

Sadly, we read of another tragic death, this time of a woman with memory loss in assisted living. The question will be asked; who is to blame? The staff member assigned to the resident, the staff on the shift, the charge nurse, the administrator, the owner, the corporation? Unfortunate events can and do happen toContinue reading “When a tragedy strikes in long-term care, who is to blame?”

Help to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation

My latest column for The Cincinnati Enquirer and Gannett Newspapers, “Scams on Seniors,” addresses the disturbing trend of financial exploitation of the elderly.   Unfortunately, those taking advantage of our elders are most often those close to them – family, friends, caretakers, neighbors, handymen, etc. Other professionals may take advantage, as well, including bankers, attorneys,Continue reading “Help to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation”

Mild Cognitive Impairment Signals More Than Normal Aging

As we age, we can find ourselves forgetting a name or word or going into a room and forgetting why we are there. As we drive, we may have a moment of being unsure where we are or where we parked. But when should forgetting such things be of concern? My latest monthly column forContinue reading “Mild Cognitive Impairment Signals More Than Normal Aging”

Outcomes of SERVICE on Memory Care

This final installment of a four-part blog describes the accomplishments, in just a month, of many of the participants from a two-day workshop I conducted for the Georgia Healthcare Association and the Alzheimer’s Association on developing a dementia program in their facilities. Participants implemented aspects of SERVICE, a framework for an exemplary dementia program, byContinue reading “Outcomes of SERVICE on Memory Care”

Exemplary Dementia Programs: Change Begins With Respect

I have previously described the two-day workshop I conducted this year in Georgia for the GHCA and Alzheimer’s Association. This is the third of four posts describing the impact and results of the seminar. The workshop was to serve as an introduction of a framework for an exemplary dementia program (SERVICE), and to assist theContinue reading “Exemplary Dementia Programs: Change Begins With Respect”

Staff Expectations and the Need for Dementia Care Education

I am continuing to share the process of a seminar I conducted, as described in my post of 11/21/13. My task in this two-day workshop was to introduce a framework for an exemplary dementia program (SERVICE), and assist the participants in creating an action plan for at least one strategy to begin or enhance theirContinue reading “Staff Expectations and the Need for Dementia Care Education”

A Framework for Implementing an Exemplary Dementia Program

I recently had the privilege of conducting a two-part workshop entitled, “A Way of Life: Developing an Exemplary Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Program.” Both workshops were made possible through a grant from Healthcare Research, Inc., in partnership with the GHCA and Alzheimer’s Association. Sessions were held at the Georgia Healthcare Association’s office in Stockbridge, GA.Continue reading “A Framework for Implementing an Exemplary Dementia Program”

Medication a Difficult Call with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

I have encountered many families and healthcare professionals over the years who question medication use for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Some want no medications – others can’t ask for enough! My latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers, “Consider quality of life when prescribing medications,” offers some advice for those faced with questions regardingContinue reading “Medication a Difficult Call with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia”

Transitional Care: Focus on Dementia Needed

More and more the literature is indicating that transitional care is beneficial to care and promotes cost savings. In relationship to Medicare and readmission penalties, transitional care has been found to help reduce readmissions with a focus on diagnoses of heart disease, diabetes, etc. And, a recent article in by Health Leaders Media describes researchContinue reading “Transitional Care: Focus on Dementia Needed”