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*Leading Change Innovation Award from Aging Services of Minnesota
(see story below)

Memory Care: Special Program: Awakenings

Ecumen Receives “Leading Change Innovation” Award
from Aging Services of Minnesota for Awakenings

I want to congratulate our many colleagues across Ecumen who contributed to our being recognized last week with the Aging Services of Minnesota “Leading Change Innovation” Award.  We received the award for “Awakenings,” Ecumen’s initiative to reduce the use of unnecessary antipsychotic and other medications for residents with dementia.

Under the leadership of Maria Reyes and Shelley Matthes, we have collectively reduced or discontinued nearly 700 psychotropic medications.  We estimate that is a savings to Medicaid and Medicare of more than $200,000 a month.

About a third of all residents in U.S. nursing homes are prescribed psychotropic drugs.  In some cases these drugs are helpful in helping calm disruptive behaviors often related to dementia.  In other cases, they make them worse or cause the person to live in a zombie-like state.  When prescribed for people who do not have a behavioral diagnosis, they may contribute to a lower quality of life in addition to posing significant health risks.

How have we reduced such medications?

By taking an integrated approach focusing on mind, body and spirit that incorporates specialized training, involvement of residents and family members, rehabilitative nursing, and collaboration with psychology, psychiatry and pharmacy professionals.

Congratulations and thank you to our colleagues for this great example of innovation, empowerment and honor.

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