Nursing Home Care

June’s issue of QIO News is focused on nursing home care, a topic that is personal to many and touches millions of Americans. According to AARP, 52% of people turning 65 will need some type of long-term care in their lifetimes. This is compounded by astounding increases in the number of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s — in fact, the number of people who died from Alzheimer’s dementia grew by some 123% between 2000 and 2015, according to the Alzheimer’s Association

A registered nurse and subject matter expert for the QIO Program’s long-term care work, Angel Davis provides an update on the CMS partnership with the CDC to improve efforts to fight C. diff in nursing homes. 
Changing the conversation around Alzheimer's disease will lead to better quality of life for those living with the condition, and improved education for the public. 
The Patient Activation Measure® (PAM®) tool is being used to evaluate patients' ability to manage their health and wellness — and keep them out of care facilities and in their homes. 
Staff from two different QIN-QIOs took on C. diff interventions at nursing homes across four states, resulting in measurable success. 
Join the QIO Program on Wednesday, June 12 for its next National Disparities LAN Event to review how QIN-QIOs have addressed health care disparities over the past five years. 
Did You Know?
People 65 or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. As summer begins and temperatures start to rise, be vigilant in staying cool and hydrated. Learn more about risks and prevention here.