Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation

Resources

Quality Improvement

The Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation provides up to date resources to assist facilities and caregivers with continuous quality improvement.

Advancing Excellence is a coalition-based campaign to improve quality of care for the nation’s 1.5 million nursing facility residents.

Safe Medication Practices Workbook is a resource manual created to reduce medication errors in long-term care facilities. The manual was developed by Masspro, the state’s quality improvement organization, and Mass Senior Care, as a project of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, with funding by the Betsy Lehman Center and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN) released “A Study to Identify Evidence-Based Strategies for the Prevention of Nursing Errors.” The report includes findings from the Board's analysis of the possible factors associated with selected nursing practice complaints. In addition, the report recommends evidence-based error-prevention strategies for use by individual nurses, educators, employers and regulators. A follow up study has been funded by the State Boards of Nursing.

Changing the Nursing Home Culture, a brief released by The Alliance for Health Reform, reports on the challenges and successes experienced by those trying to change the nursing home culture. The publication includes a list of expert sources and helpful websites.

Nursing Home Immunizations Toolkit is a comprehensive online toolkit provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This contains printable resources that nursing facility providers can use to help improve the influenza and pneumococcal immunization rates among their residents, staff, and volunteers.

For more information on quality improvement, review the Foundation’s current initiatives.