Article by iAdvance Senior Care

“Dementia is increasingly prevalent among nursing facility residents, and facility leaders have been under a lot of pressure to specialize care to meet the growing need. Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia, which is forecasted to increase to every 33 seconds by mid-century. Currently, 68% of nursing facility residents 85 and older have cognitive impairment from Alzheimer’s or a related disorder.

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care1—which includes federal and state agencies, nursing facilities, other providers, advocacy groups, and caregivers—is a 2012 initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to promote comprehensive dementia care and therapeutic interventions for nursing facility residents with dementia-related behaviors. Goals of the initiative include a person-centered focus on care and reducing unnecessary antipsychotic medication use. In October 2017, CMS announced2 that the Partnership’s initial goal—reducing antipsychotic use among long-stay nursing home residents by 30% by the end of 2016—had been reached. An ambitious new national goal has now been set for improved dementia care: a 15% reduction in antipsychotic medication use by the end of 2019 for long-stay residents in those facilities with currently limited reduction rates.”

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