Quality Practices Work to Improve the Lives of Nursing Home Residents

ALBANY, March 11, 2003 – The New York State Health Department today announced a series of Nursing Home Quality Practice Recognition Conferences to be held across New York from April 2 - May 7 to share information among skilled nursing providers about proven quality practices that are working to improve the lives of nursing home residents.

State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., said, "Thanks to the leadership of Governor Pataki, New York State has the finest health care system in the nation. We have some of the nation's best doctors and health care institutions and remain committed to working with providers, including the continued support of workforce training initiatives, to ever-improve the delivery of health care in New York State."

The regional conferences will include formal presentations by nursing homes recognized for the implementation of quality practices in one or more of the following areas of care: pressure sore prevention, fall/accident prevention, resident behavior management, and quality of life - meaningful activities. The winner in each of the four categories will host an hour-long session at each conference. The presentations will include important information on:

  • Pressure Sore Prevention - Fred and Harriet Taylor Health Facility (Stueben County): This Session will describe effective ways to analyze data, provide leadership through teamwork and formulate policies to implement a quality skin care program for residents.
  • Resident Behavior Management - The Eddy Ford Nursing Home (Albany County): This session will describe the use of formal behavior rounds as a quality initiative practice in nursing homes. In this case, the nursing home developed a universal system to strengthen the care provided to residents with dementia.
  • Falls/Accident Prevention - New York State Veterans Home at Oxford (Chenango County): This session will describe how to establish, integrate and replicate a pilot program to increase supervision and assistants to residents at-risk to falls and/or who have a history of falls and accidents.
  • Quality of Life – Meaningful Activities - Jewish Home of Rochester (Monroe County): This session will describe the use of memory boxes to encourage residents to remain or become more involved in organized activities within the home. An example of this would be the creation of a "garden box" to promote resident participation in the creation of a flower garden at the home.

The regional conferences are being sponsored by the Department, in collaboration with the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (NYAHSA), the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA) and the New York Medical Director's Association (NYMDA). Nursing home administrators, medical directors, directors of nursing, directors of social work and other appropriate health care personnel are encouraged to attend the conferences. All programs are 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., with an hour break for lunch at 12:00 p.m.

Regional Conference Schedule:

Albany Marriot The Sheraton—Long Island
189 Wolf Road 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway
Albany, NY Smithtown, NY
Syracuse Windham LaGuardia Marriott
6301 Rt. 298 (Carrier Circle) 103-05 Ditmars Blvd.
East Syracuse, NY East Elmherst, NY
Buffalo Marriott  
1340 Millersport Highway  
Amherst, NY  

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