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New Training Series for Nursing Homes on Person-Centered Dementia Care

by Published On: Sep 20, 2012Updated On: Sep 24, 2012

Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes, a training series for nursing home staff on person-centered care of persons with dementia and prevention of abuse, will be sent to all nursing homes, according to a Sept. 14 memo from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Training principles in the Hand in Hand series include:

  • Consistent Staffing.
  • Empowering Nurse Aides.
  • Promoting Team Involvement.
  • Building Relationships.

The training materials consist of an orientation guide and 6 hour-long video-based modules, each of which has a DVD and an accompanying instructor guide.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): Section 6121 requires that CMS ensure nurse aides receive regular training on how to care for residents with dementia and preventing abuse.  Nursing homes may use Hand in Hand as their training tool to meet requirements for annual nurse aide training on dementia care and abuse prevention, but are also free to use other resources.


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