OPTIMA Awards

2017 OPTIMA Award: The power of No

The winner of the 2017 OPTIMA Award for Excellence in Memory Care has slashed its use of antipsychotics to just 3 percent by retraining its staff and implementing a strict “just say no” policy. 

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2017 OPTIMA Award: The power of No

The winner of the 2017 OPTIMA Award for Excellence in Memory Care has slashed its use of antipsychotics to just 3 percent by retraining its staff and implementing a strict “just say no” policy. 

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2017 OPTIMA Award: Under one roof

The winner of the 2017 OPTIMA Award for Excellence in Resident-Focused Care started an intergenerational living program to give new life to aging services and solve staff shortages at the same time.

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Spring Memory Care Forum gathers executive, clinical experts in dementia deep dive

Nearly 200 attendees and 20 expert speakers gathered in Philadelphia for a two-day deep dive into the executive and clinical aspects of delivering the country’s most sophisticated memory care services.

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Live from the 2017 Spring Memory Care Forum

Nearly 200 attendees and 20 expert speakers are gathering in Philadelphia for a two-day deep dive into the executive and clinical aspects of delivering the country’s most sophisticated memory care services.

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Behavioral intervention for veterans: Words that work

Managing behaviors in residents with dementia can be a challenge for caregivers. Veteran residents have special needs and behaviors that can stem from wartime flashbacks, post-traumatic stress and other circumstances. The 2016 OPTIMA Award winner, the Texas Land Board State Veterans Homes, offers suggestions on successful verbal interventions for veteran residents.

 

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‘Tis the (tech) season

What do seniors want for the holidays? Hint: It’s not slippers. We asked residents what types of technology they wish they had, and you may be surprised what's on their lists.

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Finding peace and contentment: A SNF resident’s view

What helps long-term residents find fulfilling, content lives? A 15-year resident of a New York skilled nursing facility shares his view on how residents can fight depression and strive for a healthy state of mind.

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