2018 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention

NCAL-5 - Providing Mental Health Care in Assisted Living

Sunday, October 7
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
CE: NAB: 0 | Nurses 0

With mental and behavioral health diagnoses increasing in assisted living, it is imperative that AL providers understand these diagnoses, how to screen for them, and how best to support residents with these diagnoses. Understanding how mental health affects physical health and overall well-being helps providers develop care plans to provide person-centered, holistic care to AL residents.

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Barbara Speedling, BS

President/Quality of Life Specialist
Innovations for Quality Living

Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist, is a New York based quality management consultant who provides education, training and support to community, residential and long-term care providers in the development of programs and services to meet a broad range of behavioral health needs. Barbara specializes in improving the quality of care and quality of life of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, mental disorders, brain injury, and complex psychosocial needs.

In keeping with the core values of person-centered care, Barbara works closely with caregivers to evaluate and develop individualized approaches to the behavioral and psychosocial needs of their residents. In 2014, she authored, “Why is Grandma Screaming?” a guide to improving the quality of life for people living dependently. In 2017, she followed with “Toward Better Behavior,” offering strategies for improving the assessment and care planning process.


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