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Ideas Institute is proud to offer a new online course: Meal Time Matters: Dining, Swallowing Disorders, and Safe Feeding Assistance. This course, designed for both nursing assistants and caregiverís alike, is meant to build studentís skills in the areas of: safe mealtime guidelines, caloric intake, dehydration awareness, assistive eating devices, and many other topics. This course is valuable to anyone who desires to remove the challenges from mealtimes and make eating a more enjoyable experience for both participants. Please take a look at our course page for more information!


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Are you seeking more creative ways to engage your residents in meaningful living?

Are you looking for tips on how to better reach-out to the broader community?

Have you been seeking ideas on how to enrich your arts programming?

Have you been searching for new person-centered care initiatives?

We are pleased to introduce you to a new free resource titled Bringing the Arts to Life: A Guide to the Arts and Long Term by Judy Rollins.  This comprehensive guide is the result of a multi-year collaborative project between IDEAS Institute and Global Alliance for Arts and Health. 
This guide to the arts and long term care walks care communities, artists and arts organizations step-by-step through the process of

  • identifying training needs of staff,
  • developing an arts program,
  • implementing a program that focuses on active engagement,
  • securing funding,
  • evaluating programs and disseminating information, and
  • celebrating successes.

Bringing the Arts to Life provides numerous examples of current model programs in long-term care communities that demonstrate how the arts play a key role in moving toward person centered care by engaging older adults in the artistic process.  The examples of activities, program forms and samples of the planning processes will help the reader increase the availability and effectiveness of arts programs in long-term care communities. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation; a national philanthropy committed to person-centered care.


Click here for a complimentary copy of the book



CMS Clarifies Handrails in Corridor Requirement.

Based on an inquired submitted by Margaret Calkins, CMS has clarified that handrails are only required in corridors where there are walls to attach them to, not that walls are required for handrails to be attached to. Since corridors are not defined as having two walls, this allows for 1-sided corridors, with the second side open to shared social spaces. 


Click here to read the request for clarification and the response




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