Green Hill Inc. Participates in Dementia Care in Assisted Living Study

Green Hill Inc. Participates in “Dementia Care in Assisted Living” study  funded by the National Institute of Health

September 8, 2017 West Orange, New Jersey: The Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-term Care of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) chose Green Hill in West Orange New Jersey for a National Institute of Health study to “inform and advance care practices and policies for people with dementia.”

Trained staff from UNC visited Green Hill to review practices, conduct interviews with administrators and healthcare supervisors and complete an observational checklist. A HIPAA- compliant protocol was followed to ensure confidentiality for residents and Green Hill’s privacy as a contributor to this work. Among other national stakeholders, the study is supported by the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Center for Assisted Living, and the Healthcare Association of New Jersey

Green Hill is a non-profit organization with a 152-year history of serving the elders of New Jersey. The Green Hill mission includes: to provide person directed care for elders; to lead the industry in innovation and implementation of best practices; and to educate and inspire future generations of senior health and wellness providers.

The research team shared information that assisted living residences provide care for 750,000 older adults almost three-quarters of who have cognitive impairment, and more than one-third of who have behavioral symptoms of dementia. The goal of the research study is to learn about dementia care in assisted living, and how it varies across regions, states, and residences. The study results will be made public to inform industry leaders in dementia care practices.

Dr. Sheryl Zimmerman is leading the project, and Stephanie Miller, MSW, is coordinating it.  After their visit, Stephanie commented how especially welcoming the staff of Green Hill were to the research team – and also how sincerely the staff wanted to contribute to the knowledge base on dementia care practices, and to learn from others.

“We are honored to have been asked to participate in this valuable national research effort that will inform and advance care practices and policies for people with dementia,” said Green Hill President and Executive Director Donna Lazartic. “As a non-profit organization, we are committed to sharing knowledge and experience with others in the long-term care field.”

Photo: President and Executive Director Donna Lazartic and Assistant Executive Director Judy Wittler pose with a certificate of participation from the University of North Carolina.

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