MEPAP Classes

MEPAP I & II classes are now forming for both traditional, online, and distance learning settings.

Dr. Debra Stewart is a NCCAP pre-approved instructor with over 25 years experience in long-term care.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MEPAP II Grad Forum 8: Boredom

Why do residents report being bored even though facilities have activity calendars that are full of events?
Are reasonable periods of boredom healthy for the average nursing home resident?

Understanding boredom is an essential first step to coming to terms with reports of boredom. We assume that the brain is not active during states of boredom; however, according to research, the brain is very active during times of disengagement with the external world. During episodes of boredom, the healthy brain connects to its inner database and reminisces, creates, engages in fantasy, daydreams, and problem solves in a more relaxed manner.  Inventors, writers, and artists look at this mental phase as a window of opportunity for greatness.

How can we help our residents experience greatness from their alone time?

Monday, December 1, 2014

MEPAP Grad Forum 7: Antipsychotic Medications

CMS is concerned with reducing the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes. What are your initiatives regarding this issue and do you use a multidimensional approach? Do you also measure your success and report accordingly so that the team may learn from your methods?