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Patient Resources

Here are some community links to assist our families. They include food, clothing, shelter, employment/job search, aftercare, education, health care and additional community resources. Please click on the links below for more information.

Informational Links

Here are some informational links that may be helpful if you feel like you are experiencing any of these disorders


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)


Attachment Disorder


Links to our community partners:

Department of Human Resources

Department of Family and Children Services

Department of Juvenile Justice

Clinical Resources:

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Multisystemic Therapy

Behavioral Therapies Development Program - Effective Drug Abuse Treatment Approaches

Motivational Interviewing

Creative Therapy Store

Psych Education

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Additional Associations:

Play Therapy

International Play Therapy

National Board of Certified Counselors

American Counseling Association

Child Advocacy

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims

Center for Victims of Torture

New Tactics in Human Rights

National Trafficking Resource Center

The Future of the Children

Darkness to light (child sexual abuse prevention program)

Cultural Orientation Resource Center

Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs (CSBMHP)

Celebrating/Strengthening Families

Drug Watch.Com

Georgia Department of Education Video on Parent Rights--English and Spanish

Committee For Children

This listing of resources is being provided as a service and does not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs. Progressive Counseling is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites.  URL addresses were current as of September 1, 2010.  The first set of links are from the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual.  The remaining links are listed under the related MDS 3.0 section when possible.



Excerpt from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’

Long Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument

User’s Manual, Version 3.0, June 2010


Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Resources


Agency for Health Care Research and Quality


Alzheimer’s Association Resources


American Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guidelines and Tools


American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) Clinical Practice Guidelines and Tools


American Pain Society


American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Practice Resources


Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Practice Resources


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Infection Control in Long-Term Care Facilities Guidelines


CMS Pub. 100-07 State Operations Manual Appendix PP – Guidance to Surveyors for Long Term Care Facilities (federal regulations noted throughout; resources provided in endnotes)


Emerging Solutions in Pain Tools


GeriatricWeb Resources and Practice Guidelines


Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Geriatric Protocols and Assessment Series


Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Geriatric Clinical Nursing Resources


Institute for Safe Medication Practices


Medicare Quality Improvement Community (MedQIC)


Quality Improvement Organizations


Research in Gerontological Nursing


University of Missouri’s Geriatric Examination Tool Kit


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Guideline Clearinghouse






HEARING:              Try This:  Hearing Screening in Older Adults—A Brief Hearing Loss Screener

SPEECH:                 Communication—Best Ways to Interact With the Person With Dementia

VISION:                  Lives Improve With Visual Supports





                                Memory Loss Not Linked to Surgery

Promoting Memory Retention

Conducting Mental Assessments

SLUMS Assessment Tool

ALZHEIMERS:        Alzheimer’s Disease – 10 Warning Signs

Alzheimer’s Disease

Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

FDA-Approved Treatments for Alzheimer’s

Barbara Broyles Alzheimer and Dementia Training Program for Nursing Assistants

Alzheimer’s—A Thief in the Night

Alzheimer’s Patients Respond to Cognitive Techniques

Guideline for Alzheimer’s Disease Management

DEMENTIA:            Comparison of the Clinical Features of Delirium, Dementia, and Depression

                                The Family Approach to Dementia Care

                                A Guide to Dementia Diagnosis and Treatment

DELIRIUM:             Try This:  Assessing and Managing Delirium in Older Adults With Dementia

Common Risk Factors and Underlying Medical Conditions Associated With Delirium

Signs and Symptoms of Delirium Distinguished from Depression and Dementia

Delirium:  Acute Intervention Checklist

Common Risk Factors and Underlying Medical Conditions Associated With Delirium

Delirium Risk Factors Intervention Guide





Stress Scale for Adults

Try This:  The Impact of Event Scale – Revised  (IES-R)

DEPRESSION:   Geriatric Depression Scale (Short Form)

Geriatric Depression Mood Scale Score Worksheet

Cornell Scale Guidelines

Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia

Geriatric Depression Management Decision Guide

Zung Self Rated Depression Scale

Clinical Process Guideline:  Depression,1607,7-132-27417_27655_31223_35790-173460--,00.html

The Facts About Men and Depression

Putting a New Face on Depression Treatment

Managing Depression

Depression:  Fast Facts





Keeping Violent Behavior in Check

DEMENTIA:            How to Respond When Dementia Causes Unpredictable Behaviors


MEDICATION:       Clinical Process Guideline:  Behavior Management and Antipsychotic Medication Prescribing,1607,7-132-27417_27655_31223_35790-174610--,00.html

WANDERING:       Wandering Behavior—Preparing for and Preventing It

Caring for Residents Who Wander





Activities Tip Sheet

Quality of Life Assessment

Nurturing Resident’s Spirits

Creative Tasks Spark Imagination

The Healing Light of Art





Improve your Balance in 10 Minutes a Day

Mobility Decline Prevention

Stepping Up Ambulation

BATHING:              Change Ideas for Bathing

Bathing Tip Sheet





Preventing Urinary Tract Infections Tip Sheet

Clinical Process Guideline:  Urinary Incontinence,1607,7-132-27417_27655_31223_35790-174780--,00.html

Incontinence Management

A New Look at Incontinence

Reducing Urinary Incontinence

Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections

Guidelines for Prevention of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections 2009

Try This:  Transient Urinary Incontinence In Older Adults

Try This:  Persistent Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults

PROGRAMS:          Prompted Voiding Yields Results





HEART:                   Clinical Process Guideline:  Heart Failure,1607,7-132-27417_27655_31223_35790-178033--,00.html

PARKINSONS:       Parkinson’s:  A Caregiver’s Challenge

OSTEOPOROSIS:   Osteoporosis:  A Bare Bones Look

HYPERTENSION:   Keeping Hypertension in Check

Caring for People With Pneumonia

DIABETES:              AGS Clinical Practice Guidelines for Improving the Care of the Older Person With Diabetes Mellitus

Keeping Diabetes at Bay





PAIN:                      Clinical Process Guideline:  Pain Management,1607,7-132-27417_27655_31223_35790-174194--,00.html

Improving Pain Management

Collaborating to Manage Pain

AGS Clinical Practice Guideline:  Pharmacological Management of Persistent Pain in Older Persons

American Pain Society

Emerging Solutions in Pain Tools

Management of Pain in the Long Term Care Setting

Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia (PAINAD) Scale

Try This:  Pain Assessment for Older Adults

Try This:  Assessing Pain in Older Adults With Dementia

Pain Treatment Algorithm

Comprehensive Assessment of Pain Flowchart

Pain:  Essential Systems for Quality Care

Pain:  Terminology and Types

Pain Overview

Systems Investigative Audit:  Pain

DYSPNEA:              Dyspnea Pocket Guide

Dyspnea Assessment Guide

FALLS:                    Clinical Process Guideline: Evaluation of Falls/Risks,1607,7-132-27417_27655_31223_35790-174663--,00.html

Falls Prevention and Alzheimer’s

Promoting Safety, Reducing Falls

AGS Clinical Practice Guideline:  Prevention of Falls in Older Persons

Falls Among Older Adults

Don’t Fall For It (Falls Prevention)

Try This:  Fall Risk Assessment for Older Adults:  The Hendrich II Fall Risk Model

Falls:  Chair Exercises

QA:  Post Falls Investigation Report





SWALLOWING:    Tough to Swallow Process Indicator

Swallowing Difficulty

WEIGHT:                Weight Loss Prevention

Addressing Loss of Weight Issues

NUTRITION:           Nutrition Under a Microscope

Feeding Difficult-to-Feed Patients

Mary W.—A Nutrition Case Study

Elder Nutrition and Food Safety, University of Florida

Elder Nutrition

Clinical Process Guideline:  Altered Nutritional Status,1607,7-132-27417_27655_31223_35790-173711--,00.html

Try This:  Assessing Nutrition in Older Adults

Try This:  Eating and Feeding Issues in Older Adults With Dementia, Part I

Try This:  Eating and Feeding Issues in Older Adults With Dementia, Part II

Clinical Process Guideline:  Maintaining Hydration and Electrolyte Balance,1607,7-132-27417_27655_31223_35790-174699--,00.html





The Importance of Oral Health

Oral Hygiene

Try This:  The Kayser-Jones Brief Oral Health Status Examination (BOHSE)





Pressure Ulcer Plan is Working

Pressure Ulcer Success Story

A New Look at Pressure Ulcers

Getting a Jump on Wound Care

Wound Care From the Top Down

RISK:                       Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk

Try This:  Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk

MANAGEMENT:   Clinical Process Guideline:  Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers


                                Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Preventing Pressure Ulcers

Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management

Quick Reference Guide:  Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Points

                                Pressure Ulcer Management Guide

Pressure Ulcer Positioning Pocket Guide

Pressure Ulcer Project Tool Kit

SBAR:  Skin Care Instructions

Comprehensive Admission Skin Assessment

Pressure Ulcers:  Facility Assessment Checklists

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pressure Ulcers

Skin Tears:  The Clinical Challenge

Systems Investigative Audit:  Pressure Ulcer Prevention/Treatment

Tissue Tolerance and Individualized Turning Schedule

Clinical Fact Sheet:  Quick Assessment of Leg Ulcers

TOOLS:                   Save Our Skin Tools

Pressure Ulcer Tracking and Trending Tools


STAGING:               Pressure Ulcer Category Staging Illustrations

Pressure Ulcer Staging Pocket Guide

Pressure Ulcer Definition and Stages

Payne-Martin Method of Skin Tear Classification

INCONTINENCE:   What the Experts Say in Incontinence Care and Pressure Ulcer Prevention Guidelines

What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us, Incontinence and Related Perineal Skin Injury

NUTRITION:           The Role of Nutrition in Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment

CNAs:                     Pressure Ulcers:  CNA Knowledge and Attitude Survey

Skin Monitoring:  Comprehensive CNA Shower Review





Heart Medications Pocket Guide

Asthma Management Guide

Benzodiazepine Facts

Warfarin and NSAIDs:   Drug-Drug- Interaction

Propoxyphene – Potentially Inappropriate Medication

Vitamin D  the Super Drug

Pain Meds in the Spotlight

ANTIBIOTICS:        Judicious Antibiotic Use – Cough/Bronchitis

Judicious Antibiotic Use – Pharyngitis

Judicious Antibiotic Use – Rhinitis versus Sinusitis

Antibiotic Safety Brochure

INSULIN:                Insulin Measures Worksheet

Insulin Storage and Stability

IN THE ELDERLY:   Prescribing Principles for the Elderly

Try This:  Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults, Part I

Try This:  Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults, Part II

Medicines and You:  A Guide for Older Adults

MANAGEMENT:   Clinical Process Guideline:  Medication Management and Reduction of Adverse Drug Reactions


Adverse Drug Event Trigger Tool

Fast Facts:  Antidepressant Medication Side Effects

Medication Discrepancy Tool

Pill Disposal—A Growing Concern

Managing a Complex Drug Regimen

Tip Sheet for Prescribing Controlled Substances in Long Term Care

The Five Rights:  Not the Gold Standard for Safe Medication Practices

Daily Dose Thresholds for Antipsychotic Medications Used to Manage Behavioral Symptoms Related to Dementing Illnesses

Medication Management Process Indicator

Medication Reconciliation:  Three Way Match Back Process

Medication Watch Card

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Practice Resources





IMMUNIZATION:  Overcoming Immunization Barriers

Pocket Guide to Common Immunizations for the Older Adult

Try This:  Immunizations for Older Adults

RESTORATIVE:       Some Hints on Restorative Dining

Rehab and Restorative Nursing





Making the Right Choice

Restraint Management Guide

Providing Restraint-Free Care

Try This:  Avoiding Restraints in Older Adults With Dementia





Going Home, A New Reality








Care Planning Made Easier

ADLs:  Plan of Care

Development of a Plan of Care for a Person With Pain

Pain:  Key Care Plan Approaches

Development of a Plan of Care for a Resident at High Risk of Developing A Pressure Ulcer

Development of a Plan of Care for a Resident With a Pressure Ulcer

Walking Improvement:  Overview for Developing Care Plans

Fall Prevention Intervention Care Plan





Individualized Care

Principles of Person-Centered Care

Watch Your Language

Artifacts of Culture Change

Culture Change Goes Mainstream

Providers Collaborate on Quality Initiatives

Nurses Mull Culture Change Role

Investing in Culture Change—LTC Leaders Look at Why it Works

CONSISTENT          A Case for Consistent Assignment


Change Ideas for Consistent Assignment

Consistent Assignment Tip Sheet

Consistent Assignment Q and A





Clinical Process Guideline:  End of Life Care,1607,7-132-27417_27655_31223_35790-174155--,00.html

Dying With Dignity

End of Life Decisions Made Easier

Managing Patients at End of Life

Comfort, Compassion, Dignity Mark End of Life Care

Change Ideas for Death and Dying





Unique Partnerships That Work

Loving Touch Makes a Difference

The Healing Power of Touch

Handle With Care

Culture Competence Counts

Providing Care as a Team

Putting Patient Safety First

Safe Smoking

Preserving Patient Dignity When Surrogates Step In

Caring for the Bariatric Patient

Resident’s Rights and Dignity

Try This:  The Modified Caregiver Strain Index (CSI)

Clinical Process Guideline:  Acute Change in Condition,1607,7-132-27417_27655_31223_35790-108902--,00.html

Teamwork Achieves Lower Pressure Ulcer, Pain Levels

WHEELCHAIR:       Reinventing the Wheelchair

Individualized Wheelchair Seating for Older Adults

SLEEP:                    Try This:  The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)

Try This:  The Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS)

Change Ideas for Sleeping and Waking

RE-HOSPITALI-      Many ER Visits Preventable


Avoiding Hospitalizations

Keeping Hospitalizations in Check





Recommendations for Preventing the Spread of Vancomycin Resistance

Guideline for Infection Control in Health Care Personnel

Infection Control Grows More Challenging

Preventing Infections in Non-Hospital Settings:  Long Term Care

Infection Control in Long Term Care Facilities

Definition of Infections for Surveillance in Long Term Care Facilities

Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health Care Facilities

Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Health Care Facilities

SHEA/APIC Guideline:   Infection Prevention and Control in the Long Term Care Facility

Recommended Infection-Control and Safe Injection Practices to Prevent Patient-to-Patient Transmission of Bloodborne  Pathogens

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Practice Resources

Infection Prevention and Control in Long Term Care

Infection Criteria Checklist

Monitoring for Infection Signs and Symptoms

Strive for Five Toolkit (Associated Health Care Infections)

C. Difficile:  A Dangerous Threat

Infection Control Measures for Preventing and Controlling Influenza Transmission in Long Term Care Facilities

Break the Infection Chain

Keeping Infections Under Wraps

MRSA:                    MRSA Change Strategies

Information About MRSA Skin Infections

MRSA in Nursing Homes

HAND HYGIENE:   Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health Care Settings

Healthy Hands, Healthy Facility





Verifying Employee Credentials

Everyone is Talking About It—Social Media

Long Term Care Health Information Technology Inevitable

CNAs:                     Working on CNA Empowerment

                                Traits of a Successful CNA

QUALITY:               Pursuit of Quality:  Ongoing Quest

The Path to Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement:  Rapid Cycle Improvement Guide to Achieving Results

Better Training Leads to Better Care

RETENTION:          Workforce Retention              

Electronic Medical Records Enhance Retention, Recruitment

Recognition and Gratitude Make Big Impact





Arkansas Process Indicators – “Best Practices” for Nursing Homes

Michigan Clinical Process Guidelines,1607,7-132-27417_27655_31223-174899--,00.html

Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality

TMF Health Quality Institute


The Anna and Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research

Guide to Geriatric Syndromes, Part 1, The American Geriatrics Foundation for Health in Aging

Guide to Geriatric Syndromes, Part 2, The American Geriatrics Foundation for Health in Aging