I just returned from a rockin’ session in Denver, Colorado. Nearly 50 people attended the 2-day Dementia Beyond Drugs seminar and the energy in the room was palpable. I’m also happy to report that northeast Colorado was sunny, warm and fire-free.
Here’s the class:
Among the attendees was Mary Dieffenbach, RN from Amberwood, who shared the success of their antipsychotic reduction trial–they have currently reduced their use by 32%!
Mary has promised to send me more details of their process. I’ll be on a conference call with CMS next week to discuss how to further identify the homes that have had great success and enlist them to help us teach others how to achieve similar results.
Which brings me to another thought: A friend of mine has been looking for a better care home for her mother and is asking my advice. I’ve sent her the list of recommended questions our local culture change initiative has posted: http://www.takeiton4mom.com/key_questions.html (also available on the Pioneer Network website).
But I think it’s time to add another question to the list: “What is the percentage of people taking antipsychotic drugs at your home?” It’s in the media and very much on the regulators’ radar, and many homes have pledged reductions. It’s time for the consumers to “start their own fire”, by showing that they want to know this information when choosing a home for their loved one!