$7.9 Million to Help Nursing Homes Treat Alzheimer's

Nine Projects Aim to Improve the Lives of Nursing Home Residents with Dementia

Albany, N.Y. (October 24, 2007) - Grants worth $7.9 million have been awarded to nine nursing homes for research and demonstration projects aimed at improving the lives of residents with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia.

"These innovative projects enable our world-class nursing homes to continue their ground-breaking work in dementia care," said state Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "This infusion of funds in nursing homes, focusing on dementia, exemplifies our commitment to improving health and quality of life outcomes for one of our most vulnerable populations."

The $7.9 million awarded today will be disbursed to the following nursing homes:

Nursing Home County 3-Year Award
Up To:
*Lutheran Retirement Home Chautauqua $897,068
Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare & Rehabilitation Queens $900,000
*Palisade Nursing Home Co., Inc. Bronx $897,794
Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility New York $898,269
*Horizon Care Center Queens $838,754
*Isabella Nursing Home Co., Inc. New York $897,551
*Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center Kings $899,981
Long Island State Veterans Home Suffolk $796, 929
*Schervier Nursing Care Center Bronx $900,000
TOTAL $7.9 million
* Indicates homes that produce professional training materials.

"New York's nursing homes must continue to partner with the research community to test and implement cutting-edge interventions and best practices in dementia care," said Mark L. Kissinger, Deputy Commissioner for Long-Term Care. "Nursing home residents with dementia present very complex challenges to caregivers, including aggressive behavior that places other residents and staff at risk, assessment and treatment of pain, preventive dental care, undue loss of function, depression and boredom. The Dementia Grants Program enables nursing homes to confront these challenges head-on and to develop effective interventions that lead to better health and quality of life for this population."

Funding from the Dementia Grants Program will allow these nine nursing homes to spread these best practices to other nursing homes across the State. The awardees will work with 46 additional nursing homes to test and implement their demonstration projects. Six of the funded nursing homes will produce professional training materials on their interventions for nursing home staff that want to implement them. These materials, which include CD-ROMs, videos, training manuals and other teaching aids, will be distributed at no charge to every nursing home in the state upon completion of these three-year projects.

Through the Dementia Grant Program, the Department of Health offers a biennial two-day statewide conference for staff of nursing homes, adult homes, home care agencies and others who care for and about individuals with dementia. The conference disseminates the evidence-based best practices in dementia care that are developed with support from the Dementia Grants Program.

The Electronic Dementia Guide to Excellence (EDGE), posted on DOH's Web site at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/conditions/dementia/edge/acfinterventions/index.htm, is a care-planning tool for caregivers and provides the education and operational guidance needed to implement specific social and behavioral interventions. The Dementia Grants Program also sponsors special training days for nursing home nurse aides across the State.