Resources by Condition
Caring for residents and patients is not limited to only treating current illnesses or diseases. Rather, providers aim to care for the whole individual, including mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. This means doctors, nurses, therapists, and other direct caregivers focus on preventing further illness.
Skilled nursing care centers continue to see increased numbers of individuals who are in need of special care. Some of these specific conditions are lifelong,while othersmay betemporary conditions.Many centers are developing specialized care services such as dementia care. Though not all of thepossible conditions are listed on this page,AHCAhasmanyimportant resources on a variety ofspecific needs.
Many additional resources are available for purchase in the AHCA/NCAL online bookstore.
Dementia and Alzheimer's
Emotional and Behavior Patterns
- Incontinence Management: The Borun Center training module with an overview, data entry form, and four-step learning process about incontinence management in elders.
- Urinary Incontinence: AHCA Bookstore. AMDA clinical guideline for care providers on how to manage and even eliminate incontinence.
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes Webinar
:This recently released resource is designed to help nursing homes improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile. Access the CDC website and resources here
Get Smart for Healthcare is focused on improving antibiotic use in inpatient healthcare settings through the implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs designed to ensure that patients receive the right antibiotic, at the right dose, at the right time, and for the right duration.
CDC's Long Term Care Website
: This site organizes existing infection prevention guidance and resources into sections for clinical staff, infection prevention coordinators, and residents.
Infection Tools & Resources
: Developed as part of the partnership between the CDC and the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign (AE).
Physical Functioning and Mobility Decline
- Dining Practice Standards - Pioneer Network: Food and dining are an integral part of individualized care and self‐directed living for several reasons, including: (1) the complexity of food and dining requirements when advancing models of culture change; (2) the importance of food and dining as a significant element of daily living, and (3) the most frequent questions and concerns CMS receives from regulators and providers consistently focus on dining and food policies in nursing homes.
- Weight Loss Prevention:UCLASchool of Medicine resource forweight loss prevention in nursing homes.
- Nutritional Deficiencies in Long Term Care:Three downloadable pamphlets (PDF)that covera variety of topics ranging fromdetection and diagnosis toOBRAregulations.
- Altered Nutritional Status (AMDA Clinical Guideline): AHCA Bookstore.This guidelineoffers a structured approach tomonitoringsignificant weight change.
- Dehydration and Fluid Maintenance (AMDA Clinical Guideline): AHCA Bookstore. Thisbook offersa step-by-step approach to addressand treatfluidillnesses.
Pressure Ulcer Prevention
- Mobility Decline Prevention: UCLA School of Medicine resource formobility decline that includestraining modules, walking program, and exercise interventions.
- Katz Index of Independence of ADLs:An instrument to assess functionstatus as a measurement of an individual's ability to perform ADLs independently.