FQC Spreading Successful Dementia Care Program to NYS

Gayle Farman in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care (FQC) is spreading the Oasis, a person-centered program to improve dementia care for residents in nursing homes.  Susan Wehry, M.D., Commissioner, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, in Vermont, and author of the program, conducted the training on August 27 to establish 17 Master Trainers for New York, and an additional 9 Trainers for MA, VT, and CT.  This program was funded by the NYS Dept. of Health and Dept. of Labor Health Workforce Retraining Initiative.

The Oasis program has received national acclaim due to its successful roll-out in more than 200 nursing homes in Massachusetts and Vermont, and the national push to reduce the use of harmful antipsychotic medications in older adults with dementia.  Oasis enhances the knowledge, skills and attitudes of all staff in the nursing home.  It teaches caregivers to see the person, and know their likes and dislikes so that they have a better understanding of what the resident’s behavior is trying to tell them.  Oasis homes in Massachusetts experienced lower rates of antipsychotic use than those not using the program, and documented improved staff satisfaction.

“There is evidence that reductions in the use of these harmful medications can be achieved.  Establishing Oasis Master Trainers will accelerate expansion of the Oasis program so that nursing homes across NYS can be trained to use person-centered approaches to improve care for the population with dementia,” stated Gayle Farman, Senior Director of the Foundation for Quality Care.



Gayle Farman
Sr. Director of Resource Development, FQC
518-462-4800 x34