OASIS facility champions from across Massachusetts gathered in September to celebrate their achievements and share their stories at the final OASIS learning session and celebration. The OASIS training curriculum, designed by Dr. Susan Wehry, gives frontline staff strategies to better meet the needs of residents with dementia who use behavior as their primary way to communicate with staff. OASIS participants have been engaged in a variety of training activities including training sessions, webinars, and coaching calls with Mass Senior Care project staff.
Ten faculty members from nursing programs across Massachusetts successfully completed the 4th annual Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing, sponsored by the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Nursing. The Institute’s mission is to increase the state’s capacity to educate nurses who are better prepared to provide quality care for older adults and people with disabilities in long term care facilities, and to increase the numbers of nursing students who choose to work in these settings.