Monday, August 12, 2013 Speak Up on Requirements for Care of Patients With Dementia in Nursing and Rehab Centers The Joint Commission’s (TJC) proposed accreditation requirements on care for patients with dementia in skilled nursing and long-term rehabilitation facilities will impact physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who manage these patients. TJC wants your feedback on the requirements before they are made final. The deadline for input is September 3. To comment, visit The Joint Commission webpage, read the proposed requirements, and respond by online survey, an online form, or mail. Instructions for responding are on the webpage. TJC says the intent of the requirements is to address the prevalence of dementia without creating unintended consequences for those in the nursing home who do not have dementia. The requirements focus on activity programming, the physical environment, and alternatives to medication use for managing behaviors. If you have questions, contact Beth Ann Brehm, RN, LNHA, SPHR, MBA, MSN, TJC associate project director and specialist, at 630/792-5951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.