Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Provider September Issue Highlights

September’s Preconvention issue of Provider Magazine previews the three days’ worth of symposiums that will be presented at the 63rd Annual Convention & Expo of the American Health Care Association/ National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) in Tampa, Fla. from Oct. 7-10. On page 42, an in-depth look into all that “the gem of Florida’s west coast” has to offer allows readers to become better informed about Tampa’s highlights—the recent comeback of electric streetcars, the old-world vibe in the Cigar Capital of the World (better known as Ybor City), and the nationally acclaimed Lowry Park Zoo.

Contributing Editor Kathleen Lourde’s cover story, “Bridging the Gap in Dementia Care” challenges modern methods associated with treating dementia on page 22. Lourde spoke with G. Allen Power, MD, who asserted that dementia patients are often denied patient-specific treatments.  “‘The most important [message] is that we need to challenge the way we look at people with dementia,’ Power tells Provider. ‘We need to see the whole person, what their strengths are, and not just their disability.’” Lourde additionally breaks down what dementia patients’ “difficult behaviors” suggest, and presents strategies to confront said behaviors in order to attain better communication with patients.

This month’s Caregiving section highlights an Alaskan nursing home that offers their residents familiar cultural experiences. Managers at the Denali Center in Fairbanks, Alaska invite native dancers, play traditional music, and screen documentaries in hopes of making their residents feel more at home. The article asserts that “the purpose of these cultural activities is to support residents in their transition to placement, nourish their bodies and souls, and to celebrate cultural wealth.” Flip to page 45 to learn more!

Can honest apologies help to generate trust in risk management programs? David A. Jones delves into this topic and more in the Management section, on page 52.

Pick up the September issue of Provider today, or visit our website to learn more about the latest news in long-term and post-acute care.

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