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Info-Connect pamphlets provide succinct, practical information for long-term care providers on key clinical topics. The following topics are available.

Urinary Incontinence:
Management in the
Nursing Home Setting
Describes the types of urinary incontinence (UI) and treatment options for each; also provides information about how to identify possible UI. N. Lynch
Resident Care
Defines different restraint types, discusses the risks of restraint use, describes care techniques that promote restraint-free care, and provides information about common care challenges and behavioral interventions. S. McKay
Tools for Assessment
of Depression in
the Older Adult
Provides tools for assessing depression in both cognitively intact older adults and in older adults with dementia, offers recommendations for managing depression in persons who do not have dementia, and discusses the management of depressive symptoms in the context of dementia. S. Schultz
Chronic Pain
Management in
Older Adults
Describes pharmacological treatment options for mild-moderate and moderate-severe chronic pain, provides information about pain medications to avoid in older adults, and lists key concepts in controlling chronic pain. J. Steffensmeier
Oral Hygiene Care for
Palliative Care
Residents in
Nursing Homes
Discusses the topic of oral hygiene care for residents who are non-responsive or acutely ill, including conditions that affect oral care and strategies for maintaining residents’ quality of life and mouth comfort. J. Chalmers
M. Wiseman
R. Ettinger
Oral Hygiene Care for
Nursing Home Residents
with Dementia
Describes complex dental needs of residents with dementia, characteristic oral health problems, and strategies for providing care, and includes an oral hygiene care plan and an assessment tool. J. Chalmers
Managing Bathing
Challenges in Nursing
Home Residents with
Discusses common bathing challenges facing staff who care for residents with dementia and provides approaches to enhance comfort and cooperation from the resident. M. Smith
Hospice Approach
to End-of-Life
Dementia Care
Defines the goals of hospice care for advanced dementia; lists characteristic problems, risks, and barriers that may impact hospice care for persons with dementia; and discusses levels of care and principles of decision making for hospice care in advanced dementia. M. Smith
Pain Assessment in
Nursing Home Residents
with Dementia
Discusses common myths about and consequences of pain, and describes behavioral signs of pain and four tools for assessing pain in individuals with cognitive impairment. M. Smith
Pain Management in
Nursing Home Residents
with Dementia
Discusses principles of pain management, lists ideas for non-pharmacological relief of pain, and provides information to help guide the selection and dosage of pain medications. M. Smith
M. Kelly
Infections in Long
Term Care Facilities
Discusses the problems associated with infections in long term care facilities, including such topics as bacterial pneumonia, urinary tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections, and different prevention stategies. M. Ernst
E. Ernst
Understanding &
Managing Aggression
Provides common risk factors for aggressive behaviors and discusses assessment strategies, behavioral intervention, medication management, and common care challenges. M. Smith
The 3D's: Delirium,
Depression, Dementia
Describes symptoms, courses of action and medications associated with delirium, depression and dementia. S. Schultz
Family Involvement
in Care
Discusses the Family Involvement in Care Intervention, a strategy that partners family caregiver(s) and LTC facility staff to provide the best possible care for a person with dementia. J. Specht
M. Maas
Fall Prevention Reviews the extrinsic and intrinsic risk factors for falls, as well as strategies for the development of a fall intervention program. M. Schilling
Pressure Ulcers:
Prevention & Treatment
Describes five strategies that can be used to prevent pressure ulcers and five strategies, including types of pressure-reduction surfaces, that can be used to treat them. B. Folkedahl
Needs-Driven Behavior 4-part Series
Behavior (NDB)
Reviews Need-driven Dementia-compromised Behavior, together with assessment and management strategies. (Part 1 of a 4-part series) M. Smith
Disruptive Vocalizations Reviews disruptive vocalizations including what they are, who they effect, various types of DV, potential triggers and medical management. (Part 2 of a 4-part series) M. Smith
J. Filips
Sleep Disturbances Describes information about sleep disturbances including background information, circadian rhythm disturbance, assessment, applying suitable treatment approaches, suggestions for interventions and medication management. (Part 3 of a 4-part series) M. Smith
J. Crossett
Great Escapes: The
Wandering Dilemma
Describes the behavior of wandering and elopment including an overview, patterns, goals of interventions, risk factors, assessment, strategies for intervention, behavior management and medication management. (Part 4 of a 4-part series) M. Smith
S. Schultz