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Dementia Care: Drugs or Diversion? The Care is in the Details

Do you strive to provide quality person-centered care to your residents with dementia? Confused about how to comply with F309 and F329? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this program is for you! Dementia Care: Drugs or Diversion is presented by Kendal Outreach, LLC, an affiliate of The Kendal Corporation.

Program Overview

Over 50% of residents living in long-term care facilities have dementia, and 90% of those residents will develop behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) at some point. Traditionally these symptoms have been treated with powerful antipsychotic medications, which are ineffective for the most part and have dangerious side effects for elderly nursing home residents. Compounding the problem, nursing home staff often do not understand dementia and its effects. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) launched the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, with a goal of meeting the health, psychosocial and behavioral health needs of residents with dementia.

This program offers an overview of the complexities of dementia care along with updates to F tags 309 and 329. It will provide the participants with resources to develop person-centered strategies to prevent the use of unnecessary medications, while improving the resident's quality of life. In addition, for those residents already receiving unnecessary antipsychotics, participants will walk through the process of gradual reductions.


  1. Discuss an overview of the clinical features and stages of dementia using the Global Deterioration Scale
  2. Review two theories used to explain the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)
  3. Describe the process to develop non-pharmacological person-centered approaches to manage BPSD in skilled nursing homes
  4. Recognize the circumstances under which the use of antipsychotic medication may be beneficial for the treatment of BPSD
  5. Examine a systematic process to eliminate unnecessary antipsychotic medications for the treatments of BPSD

Continuing Education Credits

Certificates for contact hour credit will be awarded participants upon full attendance of the program and receipt of the completed evaluation form. Partial credit is not awarded.

4.25 Contract Hours for Nurses

Kendal Outreach, LLC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation

4.0 Contact Hours for NHA's

Pending approval by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators (NAB)

4.0 Contact Hours for Activity/Recreation Professional

Pending approval by The National Certification for Activity Professionals

Program Costs

The total program cost is $89Kendal staff and staff from Kendal Northern Ohio partner organizations are eligible for a $20/person discount for this program. Ask your Kendal at Home or Senior Independence representative for the coupon code.

When & Where

The seminar will take place at Kendal at Oberlin, in the Heiser Auditorium on Tuesday, May 13. 

  • Address: 600 Kendal Drive, Oberlin, Ohio
  • Registration: 7:30 - 8:00 AM
  • Program: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • RSVP: Please make your reservation before May 5, 2014

Questions? Contact:      Karen Russell, RN

Kendal Outreach, LLC

724-864-3767, krussell@kcorp.kendal.org



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