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Stories related to the Alabama’s Best Practices Program

Believe It or Not…Ice Cream Improves Health Care Outcomes

Did 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. […]

By |August 22nd, 2014|Best Practices|0 Comments

Reducing Resident Alarms to Improve Care, Quality of Life

Health 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. […]

By |August 21st, 2014|Best Practices|0 Comments

Parties that Serve a Purpose

Much 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. […]

By |August 20th, 2014|Best Practices|0 Comments

Nursing Home “Huddles Up” to Improve Health Outcomes

Every 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. […]

By |August 19th, 2014|Best Practices|1 Comment

Developing Individual Treatment Plans for People with Dementia

This 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. […]

By |August 18th, 2014|Best Practices|0 Comments

16 Nursing Homes Honored for Innovative Care Practices

Sixteen Alabama nursing homes will be honored for developing innovative approaches to long term care. The honor will take place at Alabama’s Best Practices on August 28, 2014, in Birmingham. The skilled nursing care centers will be individually recognized by their peers for developing a unique program or service that improves nursing home resident quality of life, health care practices or nursing home operations. Each nursing home will also exhibit and provide detailed information about its best practice in the expo hall. Here are the 16 nursing homes selected as Honorable Mention at Alabama’s Best Practices. […]

By |August 14th, 2014|Best Practices|0 Comments

Continuous Improvement Leads to High Score for a Southwest Alabama Nursing Home

Several years ago, a southwest Alabama nursing home made a commitment to improve resident care and the building’s function and appearance. Investments in new technology and training caregivers to focus on quality are paying big dividends. […]

By |July 31st, 2014|Best Practices|3 Comments

Eight Alabama Nursing Homes to Demonstrate Unique Approaches to Care

Nursing homes from across Alabama will demonstrate unique approaches to health care at the 2014 Alabama’s Best Practices Program. From more than 20 entries, a panel of health care experts selected eight facilities to present their best practices. The facilities selected to present at Alabama’s Best Practices Program are: […]

By |June 12th, 2014|Best Practices|2 Comments

Two Dozen Nursing Homes Nominated for Alabama’s Best Practices Program

Twenty-four nursing homes from across Alabama have been nominated for the 2014 Alabama’s Best Practices Program. The nominated nursing homes have developed innovative ways to improve the quality of care or quality of life for nursing home residents. Each nomination will be evaluated by a panel of health care professionals using 11 specific judging criteria. […]

By |May 9th, 2014|Best Practices|0 Comments

Nursing Homes Focus on Improving Health Care Quality

Select Alabama nursing homes that are participating in a major initiative to improve health outcomes met Tuesday in Montgomery. The Alabama Nursing Facility Intervention Executive Leadership Collaborative (NFI Collaborative) seeks to lower the number of avoidable hospital readmissions. Alabama Nursing Home Association Executive Director Bill O’Connor told those attending the event that they have a unique window of opportunity to make a difference in healthcare. […]

By |April 16th, 2014|Best Practices|0 Comments