Join the Maine Dementia Care Partnership for a FREE educational opportunity!The Maine Dementia Care Partnership (MDCP) is pleased to present the free, virtual education program, Addressing Root Causes of Cognitive Decline: A Guide to Preventing and Reducing Antipsychotics and How a New Maine Dementia Care Toolkit Can Help, on February 8 & 15, 2022, from 1-4 pm. The same program is being offered on two different dates to allow participants to choose the session that works best for them.
Part one of the session welcomes back popular speaker, Eric Collett, from A Mind for All Seasons, who will share current brain research that allows us to understand many of the root causes of cognitive decline and intervene to help people function better. This insightful presentation will help you understand the steps you can begin taking today to help those you serve exhibit improved behavior patterns by improving their cognitive functioning.
Part two of the program will introduce the Partnership's new resident-centered dementia care toolkit. The “Is it for me, or for you?” Resident-Centered Dementia Care Toolkit is the result of many months of grant-funded work by Partnership members and clinicians. It provides a conceptual framework, roadmap, and step-by-step guide to help nursing homes successfully reduce off-label antipsychotic drug use within their settings. It includes strategies for educating and collaborating with various constituencies, fostering community wide commitment to reducing A/P utilization, using data to inform decision making, developing dementia care competencies for staff, and identifying specific individuals for gradual dose reduction.
As a requirement of the grant funding, the Partnership will engage at least 40 nursing homes in a formalized effort to implement at least one toolkit item. Interested providers will sign a letter of agreement and receive targeted support from Partnership members as they embark on their chosen project. The toolkit will be distributed free of charge to every Maine nursing home.
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