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Improving Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

CMS Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes 
In 2012, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes to promote comprehensive dementia care and therapeutic interventions for nursing home residents with dementia-related behaviors. 
Approaches to Implement Initiative
CMS is using several approaches to successfully implement this initiative. CMS is developing and conducting trainings for nursing home providers, surveyors and consumers. CMS is conducting research, raising public awareness, using regulatory oversight and public reporting to increase transparency. 
 
Additionally, CMS has partnered with organizations to encourage communication among the national organizations and their members. Below are some organizations with resources regarding dementia care:
 
Training Tool Kit
The Affordable Care Act, Section 6121 requires CMS to ensure nurse aides receive regular training on how to care for residents with dementia and on preventing abuse. CMS created the training program, "Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes," on Person-Centered Care of Persons with Dementia and Prevention of Abuse.  To find out more, view the Hand in Hand Tool Kit

 

Last Updated 9/20/2012
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