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Join us for this exciting webinar, where nursing home colleagues will learn from their peers about innovative ways to improve residents’ quality of life and reduce the use of antipsychotic medications.


Brenna Anderson, Administrator of Copper Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center in Montana, will share how her staff is reducing antipsychotic medications by improving resident quality of life through project participation and the art of giving. The team started Copper Crafters Circle, which enables all residents, families and staff members to work together on specific projects that are donated to charities or areas of need. Their antipsychotic rate has decreased more than 33 percent and continues a downward trend.

Toshua Krushensky, Director of Nursing at Village Center in Montana, will discuss her facility’s goal of reducing antipsychotic medications by using essential oils to improve appetite/nutrition, decrease pain, anxiety, agitation, fatigue and behaviors.

Kamran Chaudhry, Nursing Home Administrator at Qualicare Nursing Home in Michigan, will highlight the interventions Qualicare used, including massage, special outings, aromatherapy, yoga, a vegetable garden in the summer and digging deep right at admission to get as much history as possible to determine why the resident is on an antipsychotic medication – as well as other interventions. Qualicare had a 50 percent relative improvement rate in its antipsychotic medication rate between Q1-Q4 2013 and Q3 2016.

Racey Gasior, Director of Wellness Initiatives at Tealwood Senior Living, will highlight their “Virtual Dementia Tour” in which all their direct care staff participated. The Tealwood group of nursing homes in Minnesota worked on a Performance Improvement Project to reduce behavioral symptoms, depression symptoms, pain prevalence and antipsychotic medication prevalence. Their data is very favorable for these measures.

Theresa Bertram, President and CEO of Miravida Living in Wisconsin, will share the innovative projects her staff implemented related to dementia care.

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Brought to you by Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, the QIN-QIO serving Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota in partnership with the QIN-QIOs serving Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.