State Nursing Home Quality Improvement Programs: Site Visit and Synthesis Report. Teaching Nursing Homes

05/15/2003

Florida's Teaching Nursing Home (TNH) program was created in 1999 via State of Florida bill HB1971 and was funded in 2000 to establish an integrated long term care training curriculum for physicians and initiate an online geriatrics university. It is a statewide program coordinated by Dr. Bernie Roos, Director of the Stein Gerontological Institute of the Miami Jewish Home and administered by Richard Kelly of the Agency for Health Care Administration. SB1202 provided $700,000 for the Teaching Nursing Home Project at Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged at Douglas The 2001 Florida Legislature also allocated $100,000 to fund River Garden Hebrew Home/Wolfson Health & Aging Center in Jacksonville to develop a protocol to better identify and respond to physical pain in residents with dementia. To assist in this effort, River Garden has engaged the University of Florida Institute on Aging. To date, the TNH has produced a CD-ROM for LPNs on care of patients with Alzheimer Disease and related disorders. See Appendix E for more details on the state's Teaching Nursing Home Program.

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