practices are those good ideas that are based on evidence
and have proven to produce successful results to improve
the care of older persons."
Arleen Johnson, director,
Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional Geriatric Education
12, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
New and improved methods of caring for older persons
in long-term care facilities in Erwin, Tenn.; Cincinnati,
Ohio; and Corbin and Louisville, Ky., received awards
today at a seminar on aging held in Lexington.
who developed the "best practices" techniques received
a plaque for the facility where they work and free
participation (worth about $600) in the 19th Summer
Series on Aging. The summer series is sponsored by
the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on
are those good ideas that are based on evidence and
have proven to produce successful results to improve
the care of older persons," said Arleen Johnson, director
of the Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional Geriatric Education
is a consortium of the universities of Kentucky, Louisville,
Cincinnati and East Tennessee State University. Caregivers
receiving the awards and the "best practices" that
were honored were:
Murphy, Sacred Heart Home, Louisville, Ky. Murphy
and a committee at Sacred Heart devised a two-year
test of a method to gradually reduce doses of antipsychotic
drugs given to patients.
H. Hopson, registered nurse; Joy Powers, administrator;
Joy Strickland, owner and Carol Shawver, Joys of Life
Program Coordinator, Center on Aging and Health, Erwin,
Tenn. These caregivers developed an integrated system
of easing the transition of older citizens into a
caregiver facility environment.
Willis of The Heritage in Corbin, Ky. She and the
staff of The Heritage created a Quality of Life team
to coordinate services between all departments of
the facility including nursing, dietary and therapy
to enhance patient care. The team focuses on patients'
weight loss, skin integrity, safety, rehabilitation
Jackson, a restorative nurse manager at Mercy Franciscan
in West Park, Cincinnati. Jackson and a team from
Mercy Franciscan created new methods of caring for
patients who must be physically restrained.