Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee - Approved Projects

Beginning in 2007, Civil Money Penalty funds have been allocated to the Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee to fund "innovative projects designed to protect the property and the health, safety and welfare of residents in a facility and to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the operation of a facility so as to improve the quality of life, care and treatment of its residents" (Wis. Admin. Code § DHS 132.16).

The Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee has awarded grants to the following projects: 

Grantee Summary of the Project Date Awarded Status Amount Paid
Division of Quality Assurance and WI Healthcare-Associated Infections in Long-Term Care Coalition The Division of Quality Assurance/WI Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) in Long-Term Care Coalition will provide 5 regional workshops in 2016 and a statewide conference in 2017 for nursing home staff to enhance infection control and prevention practices in their facility. The training will help facilities develop and implement effective policies and procedures and increase staff knowledge of infection prevention and control standards of practice. The Coalition anticipates that the increased knowledge will result in better care for residents and a more prudent use of antibiotics. 9/1/16 Ongoing  
TimeSlips Creative Storytelling The TimeSlips Company will provide training to nursing home staff, families and volunteers in the use of symbolic and emotional language arts through storytelling. This storytelling involves a two-way interaction between the storyteller and the listener. The storytelling strengthens communication and relationships with residents with dementia. The process increases quality and quantity of engagement between staff and residents while reducing challenging behaviors and the use of antipsychotic drugs. The TimeSlips Company will create and offer a statewide story celebration.  At the end of the grant period, TimeSlips will analyze the feedback from the surveys completed by participants and report the results to the Department of Health Services, Division of Quality Assurance. 9/1/16 Ongoing  
Division of Long Term Care The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will provide training for Wisconsin nursing home employees to increase competency in the areas of Dementia, Crisis Response and Challenging Behaviors. The purpose of this project is to improve the competency of the nursing home workforce to meet the needs of a changing resident demographic with an increasing number of residents with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. 7/1/16 Ongoing  
Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA), University of Wisconsin - Madison The Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA) will pilot test the Wisconsin Nursing Home Performance Measurement Reporting System in 20 to 30 nursing homes to determine the usefulness of the reporting system as a tool for nursing home staff to identify areas for quality improvement. The Performance Measurement Report System will assist nursing homes in selecting which measures are most useful and to identify resources and protocols to use to improve or maintain a high level of measured performance. 8/1/15 Ongoing  
Atrium Post Acute Care of Little Chute Provide a SNOEZELEN Multi-Sensory Environment room to offer residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia a relaxing place to stimulate their senses through tactile, olfactory and visual stimuli and reduce distress. Atrium Post Acute Care is contracting with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Center for Career Development to conduct an evaluation to measure the impact on the well-being of residents using the multi-sensory environment room. 4/1/15 Ongoing  
Alzheimer’s Association-Southeastern Chapter and Greater Wisconsin Chapter Provide training for nursing home staff to increase skills and competency in approaches to prevent and/or manage challenging behaviors with nursing home residents who have dementia. 12/1/14


Final Report
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Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh Namaste Care is an innovative approach for people with severe dementia who are not able to participate in traditional activity programs. In a comforting environment with season scents, calming music, etc. residents receive meaningful activities through a caring touch by a specially trained staff. 12/1/14


Final Report
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Music & Memory Phase II of the Wisconsin Music & Memory Initiative to fully certify 150 additional nursing homes to become “Music & Memory” facilities and provide on-going support. Similar to the initial “Music & Memory” program, the project will not only affect current residents but will have a positive effect on future residents of the facility. Expected outcomes include a reduction in anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medication, reduced agitation and enhanced socialization for persons with dementia. A major component of “Music & Memory” certification is to engage the community to help expand the project within the participating nursing home and into non-participating nursing homes. 8/1/14 Completed
Aspirus Care & Rehab – Medford Implement a Chair Yoga program designed to reduce the number of falls, improve sleep, provide better pain management and increase activities of daily living range of motion among participating residents. 8/1/14 Ongoing
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University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Center for Career Development and Employability Training Pilot a two-hour online training course designed to increase safety by preventing violence, improve the quality of life for residents and help assure the safety of frail, elderly residents.



Final Report
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Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence Implement a pilot program that will identify, develop and disseminate evidence-based technical assistance and resources to help twenty-four (24) nursing homes achieve their quality and organizational goals. 5/21/13


Final Report
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Alzheimer's Association Developing and implementing a comprehensive train-the-trainer education program regarding sexuality and intimacy in dementia care. 3/15/13


Final Report
(PDF, 179 KB)

University of Wisconsin-Madison Antibiotic start process and an inventory of the major decisional, behavioral and environmental factors that influence antibiotic prescribing decisions in nursing homes.



Final Report
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Wisconsin DON Council The Director of Nursing Educational Development Program to improve the performance and retention of the Director of Nursing and improve the quality of care provided in Wisconsin Nursing Homes.  4/1/12


Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups The provision of statewide, comprehensive, online trainings to Wisconsin nursing homes about legal matters surrounding the law of substitute decision-making. 7/1/11 Completed
St. John's by the Lake Installation of a Home Free® Nurse Call system in the Saint John's on the Lake nursing home. 1/1/11 Completed
Dunn County Health Care Center The incorporation of Green House® designs in the replacement facilities for the existing Dunn County Health Care Center. 11/1/10


Lutheran Home & Health Services The purchase of information technology hardware and software to be used to enhance communication between residents, families, and caregivers and increase the quality of life of residents. 7/1/10


St. Paul's Elder Services The implementation of aromatherapy to reduce agitation, anxiety, pain and improve the overall quality of life for residents of participating nursing home facilities. 7/1/10 Completed 3/14/12 $15,162
Wisconsin Pressure Ulcer Coalition An initiative that emphasized ways to prevent pressure ulcers across settings and throughout Wisconsin. 2/2/10


Alzheimer's Dementia Alliance An initiative that provided dementia training scholarships to direct care staff in nursing homes throughout Wisconsin. 7/1/09 Completed

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