Activity Director Refresher Six-Month Series (1 of 6) – Meaningful Life and Engagement: Enriching Connections Through Non-Pharmacological Approaches

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This session was live June, 23, 2020. Recording available for purchase until June 1, 2021.

Session Information

Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has revised the surveyor guidance for Treatment and Services for a Resident with Dementia/Unnecessary Drugs. The updated guidance provides more detailed information about dementia practices; the involvement of residents, families, and direct care workers in dementia care plan development and implementation; and ways to evaluate the use of antipsychotic medications in cases where they are used for residents with dementia. Providing non-pharmacological interventions for behaviors in individuals with dementia is the responsibility of all departments and all staff members. Physicians and nurse practitioners are encouraged to consider non-pharmacological interventions prior to considering medication. In this session, participants will explore effective non-pharmacological interventions, environmental factors, the importance of detailed assessments, and individualized care planning.  


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  1. Define CMS’ guidelines and standards of practice for non-pharmacological approaches 
  2. Define non-pharmacological interventions and how to incorporate into an Interdisciplinary Team Care (IDT) care plan 
  3. Identify three life enrichment programs for memory care 
  4. Identify three ways how memory and cognitive impairment affects living a quality of life
  5. Identify three communication barriers and guidelines for connecting to those with memory loss 
  6. Define three ways to incorporate effective verbal and physical approaches when engaging individuals with cognitive impairment 
  7. Identify three activity ideas to incorporate into your daily calendar and routine

This program is appropriate for activity directors, life enrichment coordinators, and activity personnel in all assisted living and nursing facilities.

Theresa Thorland, MS, MA, CTRS, ACC 

One and a half hours of continuing education are available. Please defer to your licensing board or agency to ensure courses taken meet your license requirements.

Registration Fee……………………….. $55 per individual

(One and a half continuing education hours, live webinar, and on-demand recording included)

Webinar registration fees are non-refundable. See substitution, cancellation, and refund policies here.

Webinar fees must be paid in advance.

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