Juniper Communities is pleased to announce that three members of its leadership team will present a program on reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs to treat the elderly at the Point Click Care Summit Nov. 6 – 9.
According to the conference organizers, it is the largest most focused conference held for long term care with over 1200 attendees expected, making it the largest senior care event in North America.
Missy Ebner, Regional Director of Wellness; Katie Castro, Director of Wellness Juniper Village at Brookline; and Muriel Prucnal, Director of Wellness Juniper Village at Forest Hills, will all present on Juniper’s Antipsychotic Reduction Program – The what, why and how of managing antipsychotics.
In 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) started an initiative to reduce antipsychotic drug use by 15% in 2014. Antipsychotic medications are defined as those used to treat psychosis and other mental emotional conditions. Unfortunately, they often are being used incorrectly to manage behaviors in the geriatric population, especially when in those with dementia.
Recognizing the need to act Juniper Communities, a leader in seniors housing, developed a strategic plan to reduce off label use of antipsychotic medications by forming a committee to create a strategic plan of action to reduce antipsychotic medications usage. Components of the plan include education of all stakeholders, implementation of a psychotropic medication management committee at each community, development of assessments within Electronic Health Records directly related to antipsychotic medication management and measurement and reporting of outcomes. Additional tools and alternative therapies used to prevent and manage behaviors will also be presented.
For more information on the CMS initiative visit cms.gov.