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Geriatrics for Skilled Nursing Facilities

 Every Thursday, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

As the population ages and individuals live longer—often with multiple chronic conditions—patients will increasingly need short and long-term rehabilitative care. Post-acute care facilities, such as skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), are well-positioned to work with these patients, but newer staff members may lack the knowledge and confidence to manage the difficult cases they encounter. One of our newest ECHO series, Geriatrics for Skilled Nursing Facilities was piloted during the last fiscal year with a goal of building capacity among direct care providers by creating a shared network of technical knowledge and experience. In turn, this leads to improved quality of care and increased capacity of providers working in these facilities, ultimately improving the health and care of patients receiving care in a SNF. This curriculum was tailored to address the specific concerns of nursing staff members and aims to answer clinical questions while also providing a forum to discuss the various patient care roles within the SNF facilities. Topics covered in this series include communication and documentation, transition of care, common medical conditions, medication use and misuse, behavior management, and advanced care planning. This series is open to all nurses, medical assistants, and CNA’s working in skilled nursing facilities.

Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Common changes in clinical conditions
  • Effective communication & documentation
  • Transitions of care conditions
  • Surgical recovery and rehab
  • Advanced dementia
  • Managing difficult behaviors
  • Geriatric substance abuse
  • Polypharmacy & medication management
  • Advanced care planning
  • Infections
  • Management of renal disease & nutrition and hydration
  • Anticoagulation & lab interpretation: When to contact the doctor

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Topic Specialists

Lauren Gleason, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago

Michelle Martincheck, MD

Assistant Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the University of Chicago

Monica Long, RN

Nurse Educator with Symphony Post-Acute Network

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