By Anna Varela, Georgia State University News Hub, October 19, 2021
Georgia State University’s Gerontology Institute has received a $1.58 million grant to support training nursing home staff across the state to improve care for residents with dementia. The training will emphasize new trauma-informed approaches and reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs to manage residents’ symptoms.
The three-year project, jointly funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Georgia State Survey Agency, will be led by Jennifer Craft Morgan, associate professor of gerontology.
COVID-19 has had a profound effect on nursing home residents, families and staff. More than 3,000 nursing home residents died of COVID-19 in Georgia between March 2020 and May 2021, representing about 20 percent of the state’s deaths due to the disease.