Friday, November 9, 2012
CMS Survey & Cert Memo – Hand in Hand Training Series for Nursing Homes
CMS released an S&C memo regarding training materials that will be distributed to nursing facilities in December of 2012 regarding nurse aide training on how to care for residents with dementia and on preventing abuse. The training materials consist of an orientation guide and six one-hour video modules, each coming with a DVD and instructor guide. Annual training is required for nurse aides on dementia care and abuse prevention, but the Hand in Hand Training Series is not mandated to be used and facilities can develop their own training program so long as it conforms to existing requirements. The memo can be accessed in the Members Only section of the IHCA website.