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LeadingAge Partners With CMS to Improve Dementia Care

by Published On: May 30, 2012

Contact: Craig Collins-Young, 202-508-9485 

Washington – “LeadingAge is pleased to represent not-for-profit nursing homes on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, an initiative to ensure appropriate care and use of antipsychotic medications for residents of nursing homes, said Cheryl Phillips, M.D., senior vice president for advocacy and policy.

“The long-term solution for reducing antipsychotic use in nursing homes will come from a sustained campaign that teaches caregivers how to provide real person-centered care alternatives. Medications are used often as the first intervention because family members, caregivers, nurses and doctors in ALL settings lack information or training regarding alternatives.

"Programs like Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes are helping educate providers about non-pharmacological interventions. The not-for-profit provider community has been working hard at the local level to implement improvement changes around dementia care, and LeadingAge is committed to continuing its work at the national level.

“We hope our partnership with CMS will help transform nursing homes into centers of excellence for the care of people with advanced dementia and serve as the learning laboratory for other healthcare settings facing this issue.

“The true measure of quality care for people with dementia is care that is person-centered and based on dignity and compassion for the residents and their families.”


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