Category Archives: Spirituality Activated Solutions

Spirituality Activated Solutions – Multiple Clinical Issue Improvement Program

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Based on goal setting accomplished this year with facility administrators, the Spirituality Pillar is developing and piloting new programming to further address specific needs in our facilities.

Faced with multiple needs on multiple fronts at once, Clarksville chaplain Charles Thornburg decided, with support and input from both his administrator and the clinical team, to study the use of the new and promising Music & Memory program in an attempt to positively affect several clinical issues at once, specifically depression, falls, antipsychotic medication usage and behavior issues, particularly in dementia patients.

Music & Memory is a program which creates personalized music playlists especially for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in an attempt to increase communication, activity and improve quality of life for both the patients as well as for those who care for them. Chaplain Charles’ study takes this concept to the next level by attempting to quantify the beneficial results of this program into broader clinical areas in order to further show expanded practical applicability towards clinical and operational indicators. This is done in the hopes of better proving the broader efficacy of this new low cost, non-pharmacological treatment option for so many in need.

Early results from the original test group of 7 residents were so encouraging that the program has been expanded to include 15 more.  So far all the participants have had no falls (all were at risk), are all maintaining their weight levels (personalized music is being played for them during meal times), and every one of them have seen significant reductions in their behavior issues, especially in outbursts and anxiety.

The full details of the case study can be found at http://ltcrevolution.com/pillars/spirituality/resource-center/publications

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Spirituality Activated Solutions – Nursing Stability Improvement Program

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Based on goal setting accomplished this year with facility administrators, the Spirituality Pillar is developing and piloting new programming to further address specific needs in our facilities.

Marking the need for increased nursing stability at the Erin, TN facility, long-time chaplain David Steppee conducted a study designed to measure the effectiveness on this critical metric of concentrated and targeted efforts on the part of the chaplain to affect real and significant change for the better.

With the support of the administrator and the human resources department, Chaplain David began taking a greater part in every new hire’s orientation, as well as  performing specific, engagement-oriented regular visits with not only the new stakeholders, but also with those deemed most in need by the DON and the other Department Heads.

By close partnering with a new HR director, and in the midst of a major staffing shortage in their small, rural area, Chaplain David was able to significantly move the needle upward on nursing stability over the 90 day period of study. This was due in no small part by providing increased recognition of top performers in providing care, as well as by what David describes as “making a greater attempt to make the new hires feel warm, welcome, and most of all, prepared.”

The full details of the case study can be found at http://ltcrevolution.com/pillars/spirituality/resource-center/publications

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Spirituality Activated: Solutions – Chaplain’s Return To Hospital Reduction Program

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Based on goal setting accomplished this year with facility administrators, the Spirituality Pillar is developing and piloting new programming to further address specific needs in our facilities.

One of the major initiatives for Signature HealthCARE of Pinellas Park was in improving its Return to Hospital numbers. With this goal in mind, their chaplain designed a program to track and measure intensified spiritual intervention efforts directed towards the areas of customer and family satisfaction in an attempt to reduce “customer experience”-related RTH cases.

The case study involved two groups of residents, one which received normal levels of chaplain care with the second receiving “increased bedside attention” with the assistance and cooperation of all other departments in support. Strong emphasis was placed upon increasing stakeholder engagement through listening and encouragement with a goal of seeing whether more frequent and intensive interventions with more engaged caregivers could make a measurable impact on the rate of discharges returning to hospital.

While the effects of the study on the actual RTH levels were mixed, the exercise itself was extremely impactful in raising patient/family satisfaction and stakeholder engagement overall. The full details of the case study can be found

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Spirituality Activated: Solutions – Spiritual, Civic and Healthcare Events Calendar

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In an attempt to inform everyone on important observances throughout the year, the Spirituality Pillar has created a new online tool which collects information on these major events into one online resource.

In order to better assist chaplains and other department heads in the planning process about spiritual, civic and healthcare-related events throughout the year, we are pleased to announce our new online Spirituality Calendar

The calendar is located in the Spirituality Pillar section of the Signature Corporate website and is laid out in an easy-to-read format showcasing all the important spiritual holidays observed by major religious groups in the United States. The calendar entries about each event contains clickable information as to how each is commonly celebrated by those who observe them, as well as links to further information.

The calendar also provides clickable content for all major civic holidays, such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, as well as for major healthcare-related observances throughout the year, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia Staff Education Week in February or National Nurses Week National Nursing Home Week and the National Day of Prayer in May.

The calendar is internet-based, accessible worldwide, and can be found

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