Monthly Archives: September 2010

Effectively Assessing and Treating Dementia Patients in Long Term Care” Part 3

COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THERAPY AND NURSING IS THE KEY TO THE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT OF DEMENTIA The new MDS 3.0, effective October 1st, uses the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) to give an overview of the patients mental status.  Trained/qualified therapists (usually Occupational … Continue reading

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“Effectively Assessing and Treating Dementia Patients in Long Term Care Part 2”

TYPES OF ASSESSMENTS COMPLETED BY SLPS One test that a Speech Language Pathologist  (SLP) can use to identify the stage of Dementia that a resident is presenting in, is the Brief Cognitive Rating Scale (BCRS).  The BCRS has five axis that look … Continue reading

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Exploring Long Term Care, Topic: “Therapy Services in Long Term Care”

This is an episode of Exploring Long Term Care featuring our own Jack Spatafore and Ester Jones.  They were guest of Jesse Samples, CEO of the WVHCA, to speak about “Therapy Services in Long Term Care”.  The show is designed to … Continue reading

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“Effectively Assessing and Treating Dementia Patients in Long Term Care Part 1”

With the changes coming in the fall with MDS 3.0, there is an increased focus on the resident’s cognitive status.  Prior to October 1st, 2010, the Mini Mental (MMSE) was the standard test that most of the doctors and nursing … Continue reading

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