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Improving Nursing Care for Elderly
Nursing Home Activities
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Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities
Transitioning Admission or Discharge from Nursing Care



Improving Nursing Care for Elderly

Eden Alternative
Program


Transforming the quality of one nursing home at a time into "homes" instead of institutions with person centered care. A real solution to the question of how to change nursing home culture and improve elderly nursing care.Internationally available
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Arkansas Innovative Performance
Program

Free assistance to Medicaid certified nursing home operators by providing suggestions for how to improve elderly nursing care quality and deliver more person centered care. Guidance, support and follow up are provided. Arkansas, USA. Some resources avaialable online.
Leadership Training Nurses Improving Care for Elderly Program
A staff development program for hospitals to learn how to improve elder nursing care in and become a 'Nurses Improving Care For Health System Elders' (NICHE) certified facility.
New York, NY, USA.

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Wellspring
Beacon Institute
Program


Long term care facilities are trained in culture change. A team of geriatric nursing professionals educates, guides, and provides tools to skilled nursing facilities to assist them in a culture change in elder nursing care and promote new ways of thinking about their senior residents and overall operations. Columbia, Maryland, USA.
Partners in Caregiving Program


Provides training in nursing communication techniques to improve nursing home staff communication with senior resident’s and their family members at long-term care facilities. New York, USA.
Competence With Compassion
Program


An elder abuse prevention training program for long term elder nursing care staff.
Philadelphia, PA, USA.


Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Home Awards
The PEAK award is a program that recognizes skilled nursing facilities which promote innovative, person-centered non-traditional models of nursing care in long-term care.The program hopes to encourage other nursing homes to promote a elder nursing care culture change also. Kansas USA .
Academy of
Senior Health Sciences Awards Program

Awards are given to skilled nursing facilities that have zero or a maximum of three deficiencies in the Department of Health’s annual survey. The hope is to promote an elder nursing care culture change for all nursing home. Ohio, USA.
American Health Care Ass'n Quality Award for Long-Term Care Program
The American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living National Quality Award Program is a three step award program for long term care facilities such as elderly nursing care homes and assisted living to improve their quality of service to the elderly. The program is based on the based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. Across the USA.
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Green House Project
Care Home
Program


An new model changing nursing care culture in which senior residents receive person centered care and nursing support in a green, environmentally friendly home.
Across the USA.
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How To Try This
Geriatric Nursing Care
Program


Free videos and print material for elder nursing care staff so that they are able to provide better assessment and screening for geriatric care. New York, USA. Watch Video
The Quality Initiative Nursing Home
Program


The "Quality Initiative" Program sets goals and target dates for nursing homes and assisted living communities to improve quality of elder nursing care. Across the USA. Watch Video

Geriatric Nursing Education Project Program
Training programs to improve nursing education and elder nursing care through nursing school curriculum, scholarship and Faculty. Across the USA.
Pioneer Network
Culture Change in
Long-Term Care Program

Professionals in long-term care advocating for radical culture change in elder nursing care by providing resources and training for person centered care. Across the USA.
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OPTIMA
Long-Term Living Awards Program

An award recognizing nursing care homes and staff working in effective teams to promote culture change, provide better elder nursing care and increase the quality of senior residents. Awards given out across the United States.

Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign
A campaign in the United States to improve nursing homes by promoting an elder nursing care culture change movement towards more person-centered care and providing set goals for nursing homes to achieve. Across the USA. Watch Video
Annenberg
School of Nursing Program

An in-house nursing school located inside the Los Angeles Jewish Home for seniors. The Annenbergthe nursing school trains students for careers as licensed vocational nurse (LVN) or nurse assistant to then work in the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Direct nursing training can only help to improve nursing care for elderly.
Los Angeles, California, USA
Hungry to be Heard Campaign
Program

Trained volunteers oversee mealtimes at skilled nursing facilities and hospitals to ensure elderly receive the correct nutrition and service.United Kingdom, U.K.
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Hospital Elder Life Program


Protects older patients from declining physically and mentally and the loss of independence while they are hospitalized.To improve nursing care for elderly. Pennsylvania,USA.
Great British
Care Awards
Program

Hands out awards for excellence to those working directly or indirectly in the nursing care sector. Throughout England.
State of New Jersey Community Choice Program

A New Jersey state program to assure seniors, persons with disabilities, and their families and caregivers are aware of the choices they have when it comes to long-term care.
New Jersey, USA.

Families for Better Care Nursing Home
Report Card

A nursing home report card which analyzes, compares, rates and ranks the quality of America's nursing homes state by state. The report is managed by Families for Better Care, an advocacy group dedicated to increasing public awareness of the conditions in American nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Across the USA. Watch Video
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform


A long-term care advocacy organization, which aims to improve the choices, care and quality of life for California's older adults and others in need of long-term care.
California, USA. Watch Video
National
Gerontological Nursing Association

The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) is dedicated to the clinical care of older adults with members ranging from clinicians, educators, and researchers and certified gerontological clinical nurse specialists. The organization aims to increase the quality of life of older adults through improved nursing care. Across the USA.

Gerontological
Advanced Practice Nurses Association

The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA) represents the interests of certified advanced practice nurses who work with older adults in a wide variety of practice settings. The organization provides nurses with continuing education in gerontology and support and aim to increase awareness of the needs of caring for the elderly. Across the USA.
The Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association
The Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA) represents and supports gerontological nurses. The goal is to address the health concerns of older adults and the nurses who participate in their health care. Across Canada and internationally.
Action Pact



Action Pact helps senior living communities including nursing facilities transform from large, non-personal, formal care models into person-centered households. Across the USA.
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Aged Care Report Card



Aged Care Report Card helps people to find an aged care facility by providing a comprehensive online directory for all aged care homes along with Report Cards, ratings and user reviews. Australia.



Nursing Home Activites

Second Wind Dreams Program


Tailored and person-centered nursing home activities and gifts that fulfill dreams of elderly. Senior residents of long-term care facilities or hospice have their dreams come true with the help of this make a wish type program. Across the USA and Canada. Watch Video
Wish of a Lifetime Program


A make a wish program that partners with Brookdale Senior Living granting tailored senior dreams and wishes that fulfill anything from basic needs, thrill seeking activities to life long dreams. Across the USA
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Seniors Dreams
Program



Helps seniors living in the community and nursing homes to achieve life long dreams or to simply make a wish happen through providing gifts for seniors. In Ontario, Canada. Watch Video

Twilight Wish
Program



To honor and enrich the lives of elderly living in nursing homes by granting senior dreams through a make a wish type model and providing gifts for seniors. To help make dreams come true for those seniors in nursing homes who do not have the ability on their own to do the types of activities they would like to do. Program available in most areas of the USA.
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Intergenerational Education
Wish Granting Initiative

Intergenerational activity program for students to help seniors make a wish come true. Students interact with seniors throughout the process by meeting and learning what senior's wishes are, organizing fundraising to help purchase senior dreams and finally present the wish (gift) to seniors. Program available in most areas of the USA.
Seniors
Have Dreams Too Program

A make a wish program that grants wishes or gifts to for seniors living on limited, low incomes (at or below the current federal government poverty level. Wallingford, CT, USA.
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Stagebridge Theater Nursing Home Outreach
Program

Senior theater including plays, stage productions and acting workshops are performed by professional senior actors. Senior theater is put on for other seniors in nursing homes providing the option for elderly to participate in more stimulating nursing home activities.Oakland, and Los Angeles California, USA. Watch Video
Art With Elders
Program


Offers senior residents of Laguna Honda hospital (a 62-acre skilled nursing facility, one of the largest in the United States) several artistic nursing home activities such as painting classes four days a week. The program promotes senior arts and includes special sessions for monolingual Chinese-speakers and residents in the Alzheimer's program.
San Francisco, CA, USA.
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Age and Opportunity
Creative Exchanges Program


Provides senior art training to care home staff working in long term care settings. Nursing home activities directors, and staff can regularly provide senior art classes such as theater, drama, visual arts and dance as a great alternative to typical, non-stimulating nursing home activities.
Dublin, Ireland.
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Creativity Matters
Arts & Aging Toolkit Training Program

Training kit for health care facilities, nursing homes and care facilities to develop senior arts as optional nursing home activities.New York, NY, USA.
Whitney Museum
Slide Talks Program



Interactive slide-based museum lectures providing senior centers and nursing homes with senior art activities.
New York, NY, USA.

Feather's Touch
Mobile Art for Seniors in Nursing Homes Program

Senior art therapy activities for those living in nursing homes, assisted living and adult daycare. To provide an option for nursing home activities that help meet the mental, physical and spiritual needs of seniors. Pennsylvania, USA.
Mobile Art
Nursing Home
Program

Free delivery of art supplies, art instructors and volunteers to nursing homes, assisted living, senior activity centers, adult day care, Alzheimer respite care and others so that seniors can participate in art therapy. To provide better person-centered options for nursing home activities. Austin, Texas.
Smile
Senior Theater
Program

A professional theatre company dedicated to performing plays and productions for senior citizens bedridden in long-term care facilities, hospitals or for those too financially burdened to buy a theater ticket.
Ontario, Canada.
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Sacred Seasons Celebration Kit
Program

Jewish faith kits distributed to nursing homes to facilitate the celebration of Jewish holidays for senior residents. Providing relevent nursing home activities. Available across the United States.
Duet Bike
Program



Wheelchair bound senior residents at a nursing care facility ride a specially designed senior bicycle along with another person providing a stimulating fitness activity. Vancouver, Canda.
Sing for Your Seniors
Program



Sing for Your Seniors visits Senior Day Centers, Skilled Nursing facilities, Hospitals, Senior Living Centers and Palliative Care Centers and provides professional Broadway style entertainment in the form of music and stories. New York, NY, USA. Watch Video


Ebenezer Life Long Learning
Program

Nursing home activities that include senior arts, senior theaters, music, writing, public readings, lectures and spiritual awareness at Ebenezer's assisted living and skilled nursing care facilities!
Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Connected Living Training
Program

Long-term care facilities, nursing homes and senior residential living communities are offered a user friendly, online interface to connect to the internet providing stimulating person-centered activities such as email, video chat, senior arts and much more.
Selected States in the USA.
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Ebenezer's
Horticultural Therapy Program


Garden therapy for seniors in "Ebenezer's" nursing care homes, assisted living, memory care, senior housing, and adult day programs. Offering seniors gardening activities, spiritual care and a healing garden. Minneapolis, MN. USA.
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Daily Sparkle Reminiscence Newspaper Program
A newspaper subscription custom made for nursing homes or care homes which features past news, brain games for mind fitness such as puzzles, quizzes, stimulating questions and gossip and entertainment all to stimulate seniors' memory.
United Kingdom. UK
Real Communication Workshops
Program

Teaching caregivers, nursing staff and volunteers how to relate to senior residents well enough to record their life stories in autobiographical albums. London, England. Watch Video
Cocktails in Care Homes



Volunteers from a younger generation host evening cocktail parties for care home residents, relatives and friends. Parties provides entertainment and an opportunity for intergenerational exchange. London, England.
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Learning for the
Fourth Age

Learning for the Fourth Age provides learning opportunities to older people receiving care in care settings, such as care homes or nursing homes, or with individuals living in their own homes. United Kingdom. Watch Video

Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities

Pets on Wheels
Program


Nursing home activity providing animal assisted therapy through regular pet visitation by trained volunteers and their approved pets to nursing homes and assisted living.
Fairfax, Virginia, USA.

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Therapy Dogs International Nursing Home Program
Therapy Dogs International provides free visits of dogs to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, hospices and other facilities to provide animal assisted therapy, an interactive nursing home activity and to give companionship to elderly. Program available across the United States and areas in Canada. Watch Video
People Animals Love Program


Certified pet handler volunteers take their pets to visit elderly in nursing homes and provide animal assisted therapy. In Washington, DC., Maryland and Virginia. USA.
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FriendshipWorks
PetPals
Program

Program that arranges for pets (cats and dogs) and their owners to make friendly visits providing animal assisted therapy to elderly in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Boston Massachusetts, USA.
ASPCA
Animal Assisted Therapy Program

Pet owners can register their dogs and cats for animal assisted therapy and visit elderly in nursing homes, hospitals, classrooms, libraries and other facilities. New York, USA.
New Orleans
Visiting Pet
Program

Animal assisted activity program where volunteer pet handlers and their pets visit nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and other facilities in New Orleans USA.

Pet Partners
Therapy Animal
Program

Trains pet owners and pets on how to visit nursing homes, hospice, hospitals, physical therapy centers, long-term care facilities and other facilities to provide animal assisted activities. Program widely available across the United States, Canada, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, and several other countries. Watch Video
Therapy Dogs Inc. Program


Provides registration, support, and insurance for those involved in volunteer animal assisted activities. Program available across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories.
Capital Area Animal Welfare Society
Pet Therapy Program

To help the elderly by providing a regular visitor along with their pet, and to increase morale and the activity level in nursing homes.
Baton Rouge,Louisiana, USA.

Austin Dog Alliance
Pet Therapy Training Program

Austin Dog Alliance provides training to pet owners and their dogs to visit local nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and other facilities to provide animal assisted
activities. Austin,Texas, USA. Watch Video
Therapy Pet Pals of Texas
Program


The Therapy Pet Pals of Texas Program places trained volunteer pet handlers and pets in healthcare facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, State and County facilities and other special needs environments.
Texas, USA. Watch Video
Wags for Hope
Program



Volunteer pet handers and their pets visit elderly Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Hospitals and Hospice to provide animal assisted therapy.
Frederick, Maryland, USA.

Intermountain
Therapy Animals
Program

Animal Assisted Activity/Therapy teams visit seniors in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Centers, Alzheimer's Care Units, Hospitals, Veterans Hospitals, Hospices, Rehabilitation Centers and many other facilities. Utah, USA.
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Project PETS
Pet Enhanced Therapy for Seniors Program

The Nebraska Humane Society arranges for pets to be adopted by long-term care facilities and nursing homes. Pets in nursing homes can provide seniors with beneficial animal assisted therapy and stimulate senior residents who have been unresponsive. Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Pets As Therapy
Program



Volunteers and therapy pets provide therapeutic visits to elderly and others in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, care homes, and other facilities providing animal assisted activities. United Kingdom.

Therapeutic Paws of Canada Therapy Dog Visitation Program
Volunteer pet handers and pets make regular visits seniors in nursing homes. To provide a stimulating activity for seniors in nursing homes and other individuals where needed. Ontario, Canada.
Pets and Friends
Program



Provides free pet visitation and animal assisted activities to long-term care facilities, to interact with the disabled, elderly, chronically ill and mentally ill.
British Columbia, Canada.
Pacific Animal Therapy Society Program


Animal therapy program where volunteers take their pets to visit seniors in hospitals, retirement facilities, group homes, long-term care facilities and other facilities where residents benefit from interaction with pets.
British Columbia, Canada. Watch Video

Ottawa Therapy Dogs Program


Provides animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy programs in health care setting such as rehab hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospitals, mental health programs, nursing and retirement homes and day programs. Ottawa, Canada.
East Central
Therapy Dog
Program

Therapy dogs in nursing home and hospitals bring a change to a senior's daily routine. Therapy dogs and volunteers are able to contribute to the community by providing seniors with nursing home activities, and unconditional love. Ontario, Canada.

Speciality Nursing Homes

Columbus Colony Elderly Care and Rehab for the Deaf & Blind Program
Speciality skilled nursing care, rehabilitation and independent housing for the deaf, hearing impaired and blind. Services are also open to others who are non hearing impaired.
Ohio, USA. Watch Video
Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehab Positive Care
Program


HIV/AIDS speciality skilled nursing program located in the Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center facility. San Francisco,CA,USA. Watch Video
AristaCare
Indian Nursing Home Program

Rehabilitation, subacute, nursing home and long-term care services for non-resident Indians (NRI's), Americans of Indian descent and South-Asian Senior Citizens. Seniors can receive nursing care in a manner in which their culture is respected and language understood.
In New Jersey, USA.
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St. Jane de Chantal
Long-Term Care Services Program


Holistic long-term care and nursing home that offers a holistic approach to care emphasizing the mind, body and spirit in daily living.
In Nebraska, USA.
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Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
Program

A speciality holistic rehab program treating the body, mind, and spirit together and a real life skills simulation center.
In Nebraska, USA.
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Cliffside
Asian Nursing Home
Program


Nursing care home specializing in caring for Asian American seniors. New York. U.S.A.


Neem Tree Care
Indian Nursing Care and Dementia Unit

Neem Tree Care provides 24-hour nursing and dementia care for elderly South Asian Indian cultures, Punjabis, Gujrati's and Hindus living in the UK. Watch Video
Kings Harbor
Indian Nursing Home Program

Nursing home care for Indian Seniors and those from other cultures including the West Indies, the Caribbean and others. So that Indian seniors can communicate in their language of choice, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujrati or English.
New York, USA
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Tranistioning - Admission or Discharge from Nursing Care Programs

State of New Jersey Community Choice Program

Social workers and counselors provide seniors with alternatives to permanently moving into a nursing care home facility. Information is provided so that seniors, their caregivers and families are aware of thier alternatives and may make informed choices. New Jersey, USA.
Elder’s Family Learning Initiative
Program

Training classes and other resources to help families understand the long-term care system. To help families through the process of deciding to move an aging relative into long-term care. Oregon, USA.
Care Transitions
Program



To provide patients with help and support from a transition coach as they move from hospital to home, or nursing home to home. To prevent seniors from being readmitted to the hospital from not being able to manage their own care. To provide continuity of care, symptom management and recovery. Based in
Colorado, USA.

Community Based
Care Transitions Program (CCTP)

Funding opportunities for community-based organizations partnering with acute-care hospitals to decrease preventable complications during patient transition from one care setting to another. To reduce readmissions for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. Across the USA. Watch Video
Center for Elder Care & Advanced Illness Care Transitions Program To support and advocate for improving patient care as patients move among care settings such as moving from hospital to home. Several States across the United States of America.
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Cedars Sinai
Frailty Project
Program

Treating the special nursing care needs of elderly when they are admitted into the hospital so that they do not experience preventable complications that would lengthen their stay and cause hospital readmission. Los Angeles, California, USA.

Mobile Acute Care
for the Elderly
Program

The Martha Stewart Center for Living Geriatrics at the
Mount Sinai Hospital provides elderly (who are transitioning from hospital to home) with the services of a geriatrician, nurse coordinator and social worker to help ease the transition.
New York, NY, USA.



WATCH VIDEO OF TRANSFORMING NURSING CARE AT THE BEDSIDE


Transforming Care at the Bedside was started by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The aim is to improve patient care and staff retention.

This model can be looked at to improve skilled nursing care for the elderly.

 

 

 



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