A Behind-the-Scenes Account of Ecumen Detroit Lakes’ Success With Awakenings
Date: Dec 19th, 2013 9:59am


Ecumen Awakenings Team

The December issue of Nursing Home Update published by Stratis Health features an interview with Cheryl Krause, director of nursing at Ecumen Detroit Lakes, who discusses how the Awakenings program was implemented and achieved success reducing the use of antipsychotic medications.

Cheryl goes into detail explaining how skeptical families were quickly convinced when Awakenings therapies produced dramatic results.  The daughter of one resident who was weaned off the antipsychotic medications told staff: “I have my dad back! He can hold conversations.  He knew me when I walked in the door.”   

Stratis Health is an independent nonprofit organization, based in Bloomington, Minn., that leads collaboration and innovation in health care quality and patient safety. Stratis Health facilitates learning and action networks across communities, and provides direct technical assistance to health care providers.

Ecumen Detroit Lakes has served the Detroit Lakes, Minn., community for more than 50 years.  The campus includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-stay rehabilitation, a long term-care center and subsidized housing.

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