Caring for the Dementia Resident: Ensuring Regulatory-Compliant Care
Author: Frosini Rubertino, RN, BSN, C-NE, CDONA/LTC
Providing quality care and aid to the vast majority of nursing home residents diagnosed with dementia can be challenging; it requires extraordinary care and special training to work with these individuals and their families. In an effort to ensure quality care for residents with dementia, CMS launched a campaign that calls on long-term care facilities to evaluate their existing dementia care approaches and work toward improving the quality of life and restoring good health by accurately treating and assessing pain, increasing resident and family satisfaction, decreasing staff turnover, reducing restraints, and minimizing the use of antipsychotic medications for the treatment of dementia-related behaviors.
With the help of Caring for the Dementia Resident: Ensuring Regulatory-Compliant Care, long-term care facilities can accomplish the goals of CMS’ initiative by delivering person-centered, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary care to residents with dementia and protecting those residents from being prescribed antipsychotic medications unless there is a valid, clinical indication and systematic evaluation process established.
This useful resource will enable long-term care providers to:
- Build unique dementia care programs that will address the various needs and concerns of residents diagnosed with dementia
- Develop training that will meet the educational needs and requirements of staff members working in dementia care units and other units housing residents with Alzheimer’s disease
- Help nursing staff understand the unique, challenging care needs of residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia at each stage of the disease’s progression
- Use person-centered care approaches to reconnect and build better relationships with residents and their families
- Educate staff on how to perform hands-on techniques to engage residents with dementia, implement suitable strategies to appropriately manage dementia-related behaviors, and provide assistance and assurance to residents’ family members
- Achieve compliance with the eight goals of CMS’ dementia care initiative
About the Author
Frosini Rubertino, RN, BSN, C-NE, CDONA/LTC, is a regulatory specialist with more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is the author of HCPro’s The QIS Mock Survey Guide, The Medicare Billing Manual for Long-Term Care, The Complete Guide to Long-Term Care Medicare Billing, QAPI: A Nursing Home’s Guide to Implementation and Management, Dementia Care: A Handbook for Long-Term Care, Caring for the Dementia Resident: Ensuring Regulatory Compliant Care, and TrainingInMotion.org’s Carmelina: Essential Nursing Systems for Long-Term Care. As the founder of TrainingInMotion.org and instructor for HCPro’s Medicare Boot Camp®— Long-Term Care Version, she is a nationally-recognized trainer and speaker, advising long-term care organizations in regulatory compliance and how to maintain excellence in their respective roles.
Published: December 2014