Through Civil Money Penalty funding, TMF Health Quality Institute conducts projects on behalf of state health departments focused on improving care for nursing home residents in areas like oral health and infection prevention.
Recently, TMF conducted projects focused on sepsis and oral health in nursing homes on behalf of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In Texas, TMF provided education to nurses and certified nurse aides to increase awareness of the early signs and symptoms of sepsis and the urgency in seeking treatment. During this two-year effort, TMF provided education to 550-plus Texas nursing homes.
The risk of oral infection and increasing number of nursing home residents with natural teeth to maintain makes oral health care an important challenge to overcome. In 2017, TMF formed workgroups in Texas and Oklahoma to develop an educational nursing home oral health toolkit and staff curriculum. The education was provided to 120 nursing homes in four major Texas cities and 40 key cities across Oklahoma.