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BPOakTrace2Several hundred nursing home caregivers from across Alabama gathered in Birmingham for Alabama’s Best Practices 2014.

The event featured presentations from eight nursing homes.

Fifty-six employees were honored for a combined 687 years of service in long term care.

Here’s a photo gallery from the fun and educational day. (continue reading…)

Thomasville1Staff at Thomasville Health Care & Rehab Center knew some of the resident rooms needed a makeover.

Instead of a normal renovation, Thomasville decided to have little fun with the project.

The called the completion “Flip This Room” and modeled it after the popular HGTV show “Flip This House.” (continue reading…)

OakTrace1editOne Birmingham area nursing home is partnering with several groups to bring back memories for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Oak Trace Care & Rehab Center in Bessemer uses the “Music and Memory” program to help residents in its memory care area find “a happier place or time” by listening to music. This leads to improvements in (continue reading…)

Hanceville1What is more contagious than a cough or sneeze?

What relaxes the whole body?

What promotes an overall sense of well being?

Give up? The answer is… (continue reading…)

Folsom5Did you know eating ice cream can improve your health?

You read that correctly.

One nursing home is using the deliciously cool treat to improve health care measures and social interaction. (continue reading…)

Best-Practices-logoHealth care best practices and protocols change over the years as new research and care techniques emerge.

One noticeable change is taking place in nursing homes to improve an individual’s care and quality of life.

For many years, the medical community believed it was best to place alarms on the chairs and beds used by nursing home residents at risk for falling. (continue reading…)

FairHavenBP4Much of southern life centers on our love for food.

We eat at parties and holidays, have special dinners and menus for each season and enjoy each other’s company at meals.

By moving food to the center of resident activities, Fair Haven Retirement Center is improving two important aspects of nursing home care.

This is why Fair Haven’s “Party with Purpose” program is a 2014 Alabama’s Best Practice. (continue reading…)

CullmanBPpicjpgEvery winning football team knows you take the field with your plays already in mind, but it’s in the huddles that game changing plays are developed to accommodate the changes on the field.

Huddles are brief, concise and can happen at any moment.

Health care isn’t a game, but minutes tick off the clock just the same.

Each nursing home resident’s health situation depends on the team of caregivers’ ability to come together quickly, assess the situation concisely and prevent fumbles.

Cullman Health & Rehab Center is using a “Daily Shift Huddle” to make the right call to help nursing home residents achieve a winning health care outcome. (continue reading…)

Best-Practices-logoThis is the first of eight articles highlighting nursing homes that will present at Alabama’s Best Practices on August 28.

These eight skilled nursing centers were selected from the 24 submissions to present their best practice on stage before hundreds of nursing home employees from across Alabama.

Athens Rehab Center & Senior Care will present its best practice: Dementia Assessment and Management. With this initiative, the nursing home is reducing the use of antipsychotic medications used by residents diagnosed with dementia and moving to more individualized behavior management techniques. (continue reading…)

Farrell_Reception8State and local leaders honored Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2014 Edna Farrell on Thursday, August 14.

Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center in Opelika hosted the event to allow the community to formally congratulate Ms. Farrell on her accomplishment. Ms. Farrell is a resident of Arbor Springs. (continue reading…)

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