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 EDT

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 webinar 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the foundational background behind the WBM.
  • Explain the concept of well-being for persons living with dementia.
  • 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 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.

Credit Information:

  • 1.0 CME
  • 1.0 CMD Management
  • 1.0 MOC

Credit Statements: 

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This live activity has been pre-approved by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) for a total of 1.0 management hours toward certification or recertification as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in post-acute and long-term care medicine. The CMD program is administered by the ABPLM. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit actually spent on the activity.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC):
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points and patient safety credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Disclosure Information: 

The Society requires all speakers verbally disclosure all relevant financial relationships; presence of off-label use of a device or medication; and discussion of any experimental, new or evolving topic prior to each accredited education activity.

If the learner perceives any bias toward a commercial product or service, advocation of unscientific approaches to diagnosis or therapy, or recommendation, treatment, or manners of practicing healthcare that are determined to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients please report this to the Society’s staff.

All relationships have been identified, mitigated, and resolved. 

The speakers have no financial relationships to disclose. 

The following AMDA Online Education Committee members have financial relationships to report: Robert Zorowitz, MD, MBA, CMD – United Health Group: Stock Shareholder; all others have no relationships to disclose. 

AMDA staff have no financial relationships to disclose.