The factors most strongly associated with poor oral hygiene scores included having dementia, being on hospice care, and longer stay. Study details available at: Zimmerman S, Austin S, Cohen L, Reed D, Poole P, Ward K, Sloane PD. (2017). Readily identifiable risk factors of nursing home residents' oral hygiene: dementia, hospice, and length of stay. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65(11), 2516-2521.
The Foundation for Quality Care has received two separate grants to bring Mouth Care Without a Battle to their nursing homes. The most recent effort is training staff from 24 nursing homes to improve daily oral health care through on-site and remote education, and ongoing coaching.
With the support of the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration, the program has been distributed in English and Spanish free of charge to all Florida nursing homes.
The manuscript was published in the February edition of The Gerontologist. The full citation: Zimmerman, S., Sloane, P.D., Cohen, L.W., Barrick, A.L. (2014). Changing the culture of mouth care: Mouth Care Without a Battle. The Gerontologist, 54(S), S25-34.
Study to evaluate Mouth Care Without a Battle finds that as little as 8 weeks of mouth care can significantly improve oral hygiene outcomes. Study details available at: Sloane, PD, Zimmerman S, Chen X, Barrick AL, Poole P, Reed D, Mitchell CM, Cohen LW. (2013). Effect of a person-centered mouth care intervention on care processes and outcomes in three nursing homes. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61(7), 1158-1163.
The Mouth Care Without a Battle training program and DVD will be distributed to all North Carolina community colleges through a collaboration with the North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs.
With the support of the Alzheimer’s Association and FutureCare of North Carolina, the program has been distributed free of charge to all North Carolina nursing homes.