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Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is proud to announce receiving the OPTIMA Award for their program reduction of antipsychotic use in dementia patients. Issaquah Nursing was able through an interdisciplinary, patient centered approach to reducing Antipsychotic use from 33.9% to 3.5%.

Editor-in-Chief Pamela Tabar will visit Issaquah Nursing to interview staff and patients for an article appearing in I Advance Senior Care magazine. 

The OPTIMA Award is I Advance Senior Care’s national best practices program recognizing exceptional person-centered service delivery in senior care.  Since 1996, the Award highlights innovative, resident oriented programs and initiatives that enhance the daily quality of life and encourage the optimum abilities of residents living in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and other care settings. 

Innovative programs enrich residents’ lives in many ways. Projects can be presented from any department involved in professional senior care service delivery, including nursing care, social services, staff development, quality improvement, dining services, memory care and rehabilitation.

The candidate’s submission must describe a recent program that reaches beyond common industry practices in approach or technique. The independent judging panel evaluates strategies in providing care and services that will serve as a model for others nationwide.