CMS to Distribute “Hand In Hand” Training Toolkit

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is making a toolkit available to all nursing facilities free of charge as a training series emphasizing person-centered care for persons with dementia and the prevention of abuse.  These toolkits are FREE and will be mailed to all nursing facilities, CMS Regional Offices and State Survey Agencies by January 2013.  CMS has told VHCA that its print office is shipping 1500 toolkits a day until all 17,000 are delivered, which is expected to be over the next two weeks. The Hand in Hand training materials consist of an orientation guide and six one-hour video-based modules, each of which has a DVD and an accompanying instructor guide. Although Hand in Hand is targeted to nurse aides, it has value for all nursing facility caregivers, administrative staff, and individuals who touch the lives of nursing home residents.  CMS notes that the enhanced training programs will enable providers to continuously improve dementia care and prevent abuse, as well as enhance resident and staff satisfaction in your community.

Section 6121 of the Affordable Care Act requires CMS to ensure that nurse aides receive regular training on caring for residents with dementia and on preventing abuse. CMS, supported by a team of instructional designers and subject matter experts, created Hand in Hand, the training providers will be receiving, to address the annual requirement for nurse aide training on these important topics. While annual training for nurse aides on dementia care and abuse prevention is required in current nursing home regulations, facilities are encouraged to use the Hand in Hand training although it is not specifically required as the training tool for nurse aides.

For more information, to download the training modules or to inquire about replacement copies of the Hand in Hand Toolkit click here.

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