A Comprehensive Approach to Enhancing the Well-Being of Nursing Home Residents Living with Dementia
Date: May 5, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM ET
Description: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a national initiative aimed at improving behavioral health with individuals living with dementia. One of the agency’s goals is to curtail the use of antipsychotic medications in skilled and assisted living centers. Too often providers and direct care staff use these potentially harmful medications for the treatment of the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) instead of first trying non-pharmacological approaches to care. The direct care staff and providers often lack knowledge of other alternatives to care. This session will provide an overview of the Well-Being Model (WBM) for Dementia Care, an evidence-based model that aims to establish a state of well-being for dementia patients living in long-term care (LTC) facilities. The model emphasizes a proactive person-centered approach to care to address BPSD. This approach focuses on creating an environment and culture of care that is person-centered and strength-based. The WBM for Dementia Care was developed to educate LTC clinicians and staff on increasing the well-being of LTC residents with a secondary gain of decreasing inappropriate antipsychotic usage and avoidable IPH transfers.
- Understand the foundational background behind the WBM
- Comprehend the concept of well-being as it pertains to the living
- Describe the components to the WBM approach
- Define the person-centered and strength-based approach to well-being as it pertains to people living with dementia
Speakers: Angela Norman, DNP, GNP-BC, ACNP-BC; Emile Snyder, MNSc, AGPCNP-BC
Angela Norman, DNP, GNP-BC, ACNP-BC, is the developer of the Well-Being Model for Dementia Care, a model of care designed specifically for those living with dementia in the LTC setting. Dr. Norman currently leads the Arkansas Quality Partners Initiative. She also serves as an assistant professor at the UAMS College of Medicine and a clinical professor at UAMS College of Nursing. Dr. Norman’s clinical focus has centered on improving outcomes for LTC residents through development and implementation of quality care improvement tools. The WBM for Dementia Care is a resident-centered proactive model developed by Dr. Norman in response to the need for enhanced understanding of the distress experienced by those living with dementia. This program equips providers and LTC staff with the knowledge and tools to better support those residents living with dementia and has led to secondary gains of decreased use of unnecessary medications and hospital transfers. This model has been adopted by Arkansas Quality Partners and the Arkansas Health Care Association as the state model and is currently being implemented into nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the state.
Most recently, Dr. Norman’s clinical concentration has been on analyzing national and state trends in regard to rehospitalizations, quality of care, and resident outcomes. She is recognized on a state and national level for her leadership and focus on community-based care of older adults and families across the LTC spectrum. She has previously served as the director of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging’s Centers on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Norman was recently appointed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to the Palliative Care Task Force. She serves on numerous boards and committees across the state regarding LTC, aging, Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Dr. Norman holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, a Master of Nursing Science degree and a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Emile Snyder, MNSc, AGPCNP-BC, is the nurse practitioner and educator for the WBM for Dementia Care. Her background is in geriatrics and dementia care, specializing in difficult behaviors. She has trained with Dr. Norman and assisted with the research for the development of the WBM.
Disclosure Information: The speakers have no financial relationships to disclose.
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- 1.0 CMD Management
- 1.0 MOC
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