Providing interprofessional teams in long-term care with education to advance their knowledge, skills and attitudes about oral health, while supporting best practices to promote evidence-based oral health care, will strengthen both an interprofessional collaborative practice model and total health care for older adults.
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Thank you for your interest in the MOTIVATE Interprofessional Oral Health Education Program. Research tells us that good oral health is linked to good overall health and that oral health disparities exist for Maine’s most vulnerable individuals. For residents in nursing homes, the need is sometimes significant due to physical and cognitive function issues. These conditions may challenge their abilities to have an active role in their own oral hygiene.
In an effort to bridge this gap, Lunder-Dineen, in collaboration with a statewide team of Advisory Team members is providing health care teams at our long term care partner sites, the opportunity to participate in an oral health program. We hear from long-term care administrators that MOTIVATE supports their mission and commitment to high-quality care for residents. Through education and onsite consultation, this program equips and empowers them to provide the best care possible. Every member of the team has an important role in promoting good oral health. The program consists of four easy-to-use online modules; monthly consultation and an in-person teaching session where participants have the opportunity to ask questions of oral health experts. To complete the program the sites form an oral health committee that meets with us monthly to determine how best to apply and embed the learning into daily care of residents while learners concurrently complete the assigned online modules AND attend the in-person teaching session or view a pre-recorded teaching session. Other unique components of this innovative interprofessional education program include on-site Oral Health Champions and dedicated program supplies and resident education materials.
Why is this program important?
Oral health is a critical area of educational need throughout Maine. Many health care professionals have turned their attention towards the relationship between oral health and overall health, as poor oral health can be associated with systemic disease. Less costly care can be prevented when evidence based routine oral health care is delivered.
How does this benefit your organization?
The MOTIVATE oral health education program aims to increase the knowledge, skills, and confidence of the interprofessional team enabling staff members to take an active role in the delivery of oral health care to residents consistent with recommended procedures and protocols. During this program, the MOTIVATE program strives to ensure that the staff members have the education and the tools required to provide oral health care to every resident. Our Phase One impact evaluation revealed that the majority of learners gained oral health knowledge; fostered teamwork and collaboration; increased staff knowledge of best practices and how to identify and respond to oral health emergencies and lastly, homes were able to identify and implement care enhancements.
How does it work?
- Lunder-Dineen meets with the partner site's leadership and establishes a timeline for implementing the program.
- The partner site forms an oral health committee who meets with us monthly for the purpose of identifying opportunities to apply what is being learned and any care enhancements.
- Learners must be members of the interprofessional team at one of our partner sites. Our target audience is as follows: Certified Nursing Assistants, Dietary, Facilities Management/ Housekeeping, Nurses, Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Social Workers, and the Therapy Department (PT,OT, SLP)
- The program teaches oral health basics and how to translate this knowledge and skills into easily actionable steps whle supporting the interprofessional teams and influencing them to work together and make oral health a priority.
- Learners must complete the online modules AND attend the in-person teaching session or view a pre-recorded teaching session and submit a program evaluation in order to complete the program.