Indianapolis, IN---In a year where many organizations are cutting back on continuing education, Community Home Health Services (CHHS) is able to provide health care professionals with specialized training for geriatric care, thanks to a $70,000 grant from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. CHHS, in partnership with the Indianapolis Discovery Network for Dementia (IDND), has organized a multi-session summit on cognitive impairment, to improve delivery of dementia care.
“We hope that this summit will serve as both a local resource and a national model which will spawn similar educational opportunities to help doctors, nurses and others who take care of older adults in their homes to better deal with their often unrecognized mental health needs,” said Jessie Westlund, R.N., CEO of Community Home Health Services, part of Community Health Network.
At the summit, training will be provided to CHHS home care nurses, physicians and clinicians at Community Health Network who care for geriatric patients. To ensure that all staff can participate with no disruption in patient care, the event is scheduled over six days in April and May. More than 300 Community Health Network health care providers will receive cognitive impairment certification through this educational opportunity.
The certification program was developed through a partnership between Touchpoint, Community Health Network’s older adult services program, CHHS leadership and IDND. Experts in dementia care at IDND, which is fostered by the research of the Regenstrief Institute, will deliver content on understanding cognitive impairment, delirium, and medication management. The program will be tailored for the needs of home care clinicians.
“Our home care nurses at Community are already highly-skilled health care providers,” said Westlund. “This summit and the other programs associated with our funding from Pfizer give our staff a new level of expertise as they care for our growing geriatric population.”
In addition to the multi-session summit, funds from the Pfizer grant will support continuing education for physicians and nurses, and ongoing research in assessing and managing cognitive impairment in the home care setting.
Community Home Health Services, part of Community Health Network, offers personalized home health services, such as home care, hospice, home infusion, respiratory and home medical equipment. Serving 13 counties in central Indiana, Community Home Health Services has been one of the top home health agencies in central Indiana for more than 50 years.