Best-Practices-logoSixteen 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.

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

  • Adams Nursing Home: Fostering Fun and Family
    • Motivation program that catches employees in the act of doing something good and recognizes them
  • Andalusia Manor: High Five
    • Staff recognition program boosts morale
  • Bill Nichols State Veterans Home: Teamwork = Together
    • Increases professional satisfaction, encourages innovation, decreases burnout/turnover and empowers residents as partners in their care
  • Cherokee County Health & Rehab Center: Taking Care of Our Own
    • Benevolence program helps employees in times of need which has increased the feeling of teamwork
  • Coosa Valley Nursing Home: Hip Hop Balloon Bop
    • Exhilarating approach to resident exercise using balloons and pool/swim noodles
  • Decatur Health & Rehab: Relaxation Spa
    • Uses music, aromatherapy and a whirlpool to create a relaxing bathing room for residents with dementia
  • Eastview Rehab & Healthcare Center: Moments in Motion
    • A visual record allows families, staff members and residents an opportunity to visualize actual experiences at the nursing home
  • Floyd E. “Tut” Fann State Veterans Home: Guardian Angel Program
    • Each department manager is assigned a group of residents to develop relationships with and closely monitor their needs
  • Haleyville Health Care Center: Movie Time
    • Residents take a trip to a local movie theater
  • Magnolia Haven Health & Rehab Center: It’s My Privilege – Resident Volunteers
    • Residents volunteer to take time out of their day to visit others living at the nursing home
  • Oak Park: Residents Encouraging Residents
    • Program prevents loneliness and promotes self-worth of nursing home residents
  • River City Care & Rehab Center: Zumba Gold
    • Modifying the popular Latin dance and aerobic exercise for nursing home residents increase safety and success
  • Robertsdale Rehab & Healthcare Center: Excellent Environment for Care
    • Staff members created a culture to treat the center as the residents’ home, act as a guest and make it a desirable place for family members to visit
  • South Haven Health & Rehab: Library Outreach – Check it Out – Literally!
    • Partnership with a local library gives residents access to books; a librarian visits each month for an educational presentation and storytelling
  • Southland Nursing Home: Murals on the Walls…Make Talk!
    • Murals stimulate conversation and bring back memories for residents living in the dementia care unit
  • Woodland Village Rehab & Health Care Center: Speedy Recall
    • New resident activity that appeals to every physical ability, cognitive level and age group

Beginning Monday, August 18, will post an article each day about the eight Alabama’s Best Practices Presenters. The articles will provide links to detailed information to help you implement it 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 2013.