MOTIVATE Transforms Oral Health in Long-Term Care

Why is MOTIVATE Important?

Serious oral health disparities exist for residents in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. This impacts their overall health, wellness, dignity, and quality of life.

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How Does MOTIVATE Work?

MOTIVATE provides education and best practices to improve oral health for Maine’s long-term care residents.

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MOTIVATE Partner Sites

Join the list of practices across Maine that use the MOTIVATE curriculum to improve oral health.

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Want to Know More about MOTIVATE’s Impact?

Read the evaluation report from Phase 1 of the program. Learn how MOTIVATE improves knowledge, skills, and attitudes about oral health.

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What Benefits Does MOTIVATE Offer?

Increases oral health awareness among long-term care staff

Advances knowledge, skills, and attitudes about oral health

Strengthens an interprofessional, collaborative practice model

Promotes evidence-based oral health care for older adults

Elevates oral health as a core part of the total health


Participants will complete four brief online modules.

Module 1

Oral Health Leads to Total Health

Foundations of Oral Health Care

Module 2

Tools of the Trade

Steps in Providing Oral Health Care

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Module 3

When to Wait and When to Act

Warning Signs of Oral Health Problems

Module 4

What to Do When A Resident Has Trouble With Oral Health Care

Working Together with Residents and Families

What Does the MOTIVATE Curriculum Teach?

"MOTIVATE was the program we’d been waiting for because it was especially geared to oral health in a long-term care setting."

Angie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer, The Cedars

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Meet Our Advisory Team

A volunteer team of experts from across Maine helps lead MOTIVATE. They represent academia, community-based care settings, health systems, and more.

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What are the Goals of the MOTIVATE Program?

The goals of the MOTIVATE program are to address the oral health care needs of older adult residents in long-term care settings and to help to preserve their dignity, quality of life, and overall health and well-being.

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Oral Health Resources

Access helpful resources on oral health and the MOTIVATE program. Find infographics, fact sheets, videos and more.

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