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KDADS Awards Grants to Strengthen Service Delivery in Nursing Facilities

For Immediate Release

January 13, 2016

For more information contact:
Angela de Rocha
Director of Communications
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Interim Secretary Tim Keck announced Tuesday that the agency’s Survey, Certification and Credentialing Commission has awarded four Work Enforcement training grants for 2016.

“The purpose of these grants is to improve the job skills and knowledge of workers in nursing facilities across the state,” Secretary Keck said. “In addition to training staff in the best ways to keep residents in their care safe, the training provided by the grants will focus on ways to provide person-centered care to older Kansans who reside in nursing facilities and strengthen programs that enhance their quality of life.”

  • The Aging Services Transformation Alliance (ASTRA) in Topeka, a project of LeadingAge Kansas, has received a grant of $35,340 for a staff and family project that will create a wraparound program for staff and families of nursing home and long-term care hospital units across the state. This training focuses on providing appropriate and prompt care and services to residents.
  • Grow with Evergreen Resources for Transforming Innovations (GERTI) in Olathe has received a grant of $18,900 to develop training entitled “One Day Toward Culture Change.” This training will provide nursing facility staff with an overview of person-centered care practices and will offer breakout sessions for specific job categories such as nursing, dietary, administration and nurses’ aides. Cultural change for person-centered care involves guiding organizations away from the regimented top-down practices of the traditional model to a new approach based on personalized care/service plans, resident input and actively engaged families. It emphasizes customer service, hospitality and attentiveness to individual needs and preferences and provides resident with real choices across the board in their day-to-day living, relationships, activities, learning, leisure and end-of-life.
  • The Kansas Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Topeka has received $38,181 to deliver the “Dementia Capable Care” education program training to nursing facility staff. This program empowers organization to provide person-centered care that allows persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias to receive better care and enjoy a better quality of life. The program focuses on what individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias can still do instead of what they can’t do. This training is designed to empower staff to provide person-centered care that helps nursing facility residents with cognitive impairments to thrive, not just survive.
  • The Office of the State Long-term Care Ombudsman in Topeka has received $38,492 to train the administration and staff of 30 Kansas nursing facilities to implement the national “Music & Memory” program. This program is designed to help individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias find renewed meaning and connections in their lives through personalized music. The program trains staff how to set up personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for those in their care. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can help bring participants back to life, enabling them to converse, socialize and stay in the present.