Fifteen 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 27, 2015, 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.

Click on a facility name for more information about its best practice.

  • Adams Health & Rehab Center: Therapy All-Star
    • This program helps short term rehabilitation patients make a  successful transition back to home life and reminds them the nursing home is available if needs arise
  • Andalusia Manor: Keep Us Posted
    • Reminds the community that nursing home residents are still a part of the community and want to know what is happening in the local area
  • Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center: Virtual Dementia Tour
    • Staff members are better able to understand the daily struggles of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia after completing a virtual tour that replicates symptoms of the diseases
  • Bill Nichols State Veterans Home: It’s Never Too Late – Help for a Winning Experience
    • Designed increase knowledge about the residents and the facility, improve communication, decrease behaviors and improve relationships and connections
  • Cherokee County Health & Rehab Center: Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group
    • Community group supports and encourages family members and caregivers of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Coosa Valley Nursing Home: Tick Tock Turn Back the Clock to the 1950s
    • A special event that uses music to stimulate the mind and create a host of fun for nursing home residents
  • Crowne Health Care & Rehab of Montgomery: Ice Cream Truck
    • An entertaining and creative way to provide snacks and hydration while triggering the childhood memories of nursing home residents
  • Decatur Health & Rehab Center: Addressing Medication Side Effects: Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)
    • Alternative interventions stimulate salivation and decrease the effects of xerostomia, drug induced dry mouth, in long term care residents
  • Florence Nursing & Rehab Center: Men’s Group – Motivated Men
    • A social group tailored to the unique interests of men living in the nursing home keeps them active and engaged
  • Florence Nursing & Rehab Center: Out of Town
    • A program that consists of taking the nursing home residents to various activities and events in the local area
  • Glenwood Center: The Art Guild
    • Residents involved in the art guild meet frequently to discuss ideas, plan events and create masterpieces
  • Golden LivingCenter Riverchase: CREATEducation
    • A cost efficient and convenient teaching method allows long term care staff to acquire knowledge during their work hours
  • Haleyville Health & Rehab Center: Black Jack!
    • Regularly scheduled Black Jack games have encouraged residents to be more socially active
  • Southland Nursing Home: The Auction
    • Nursing home residents are able to bid on and purchase items for themselves, friends or family
  • Talladega Health & Rehab: Activities a la Carte
    • An individualized activity program allows residents to engage themselves in meaningful and stimulating activities without leaving the comfort of their rooms

Beginning August 17, will post an article each day about one of the eight Alabama’s Best Practices Presenters. The articles will provide links to detailed information to help you implement the best practice in your nursing home. You can share the stories on social media to show your support for the presenters or you can leave a comment on our website.

Click here for more information and the history of Alabama’s Best Practices.

Click here for a photo gallery of Alabama’s Best Practices 2014.