Education Programs offered on Reducing Hospital Readmissions and Improving Dementia Care – Sign up today!

MHCA Partners with QIO to offer education on Methods for Reducing Hospital Readmissions

In partnership with The Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation, MHCA is pleased to offer the program, Exploring Transitional Care: Methods for Reducing Hospital Readmissions, in four locations after the New Year: January 15 – Caribou Rehab & Nursing Center, Caribou; January 17 – Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor; February 5 – Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport; and February 7 – Maine Health Care Association, Augusta. This workshop has been approved for 6 continuing education units (CEUs) by the Maine Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

It is a startling fact that one fifth of all Medicare patients who are discharged from a hospital will be readmitted within thirty (30) days, costing the healthcare system billions of dollars and often resulting in poor patient outcomes. This session is designed to help participants develop a comprehensive understanding of care transitions. You will learn ways to reduce hospital readmissions by adopting evidence based practices. You will discuss techniques for preventing conditions from becoming severe enough to require hospitalization through early identification and assessment of changes in the residents’ health status. You will develop strategies for managing some common health conditions when it is feasible and safe thereby reducing unplanned transfers. Finally, you will discuss best practices for effective communication of pertinent medical information between health care providers. If you’re looking for resources to assist you in establishing an excellent care transition program within your facility as well as facility-based technical assistance, don’t miss this opportunity.

MHCA Partners with the Maine Alzheimer’s Association to Improve Dementia Care

In partnership with The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, MHCA is pleased to offer the workshop ‘I Already Told You… Don’t You Remember?’ Tips for Becoming an Effective Dementia Educator and Coach on January 30, 2013 at the Augusta Civic Center.   Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Despite efforts to educate individuals on how best to communicate with residents who have dementia, phrases like these are still all too common:   ‘You can’t go home – you live here now, remember?’ ‘You already had breakfast, remember?’ ‘You know me!  Do you remember my name?’  Would you like to grow your skills as an effective dementia educator and dementia communication coach? Don’t miss this opportunity. This program is designed to offer proven (& fun!) education tools for dementia education including coaching techniques for effective dementia communication and behavior prevention. In addition, you will hear from the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, about resources and services available to you to help you provide good care to residents with dementia.

For more details and/or registration form, click here for MHCA’s current edition of the Education Quarterly.

To register, you may either (1) fax your completed registration form to MHCA at 623-4080 and send the original by mail, along with your payment, to MHCA, 317 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330, OR (2) click here to register online. If you have any questions, feel free to contact MHCA (623-1146).

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