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Friday, April 28, 2017

A Successful National Partnership

A Successful Partnership for Improving Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Recent data released from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)  demonstrates an average 16% decrease in the use of antipsychotics in nursing homes across the nation, with some states seeing a reduction of greater than 30%. The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care In Nursing Homes started in 2012 with a mission to deliver health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary.
From my professional experience, we have a long way to go for nursing facilities to be able to move from the budget restrained, custodial approach to higher quality, more person-centered care.
This new report provides encouragement and hope for continued efforts to improve quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care Seminar coming to Northwest Montana

In the past, any person wishing to obtain accreditation as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) had to travel out of state to attend one of the required seminars, making it difficult to afford and take time off away from work and home. Thanks to the Montana Geriatric Education Center, over a dozen health care professionals have become Certified Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care Trainers (CADDCT). I was fortunate enough to complete the certification process and my company, Eagleview West, is in the process of disseminating this information to Northwest Montana. For the first time ever, the NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care seminar will be brought to Northwest Montana on January 21st, 2017. The Seminar will be held at The Springs at Whitefish from 8am-5pm.  Anyone interested in attending will find this event to be the most comprehensive Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Care education available. Appropriate for caregivers, family members, front line staff, first responders, and health care professionals across all disciplines. To register, go to and click on seminars to go the calendar. Or contact by email to or by calling 406-752-LTC1(5821).

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