Aside from quality care, we are also very active in case management of short stay patients who come to the facility for short term rehab. We strive to make sure they return to a safe environment at home and if that's not feasible, our providers actively work with families in determining the right time for difficult choices like moving to a higher level of care.
We are proud of the fact that our CMS quality measures in past and present affiliate facilities ranks at the top 10 percentile. One example is the quality measure of use of antipsychotics in nursing home dementia patients.
While the national average of antipsychotics use in dementia residents is ~17% in 2019 , our affiliated facility, Durgin Pines in Kittery, Maine, hovers between 0-3% at any given time. This makes a tremendous difference in the quality of life of dementia residents and shows true culture of caring without over-medicating. The vast majority of dementia patients are NOT psychotic-they are simply confused, and adding anything that makes confusion worse is of no help.
We help facilities, like Durgin Pines, change the caregivers understanding and approach to dementia care and many other important issues that matter to the quality of life of nursing home residents.
We appreciate the front-line work of nurses and CNAs who share our commitment to limit the use of psychoactive medications in the daily care of dementia patients.