Oasis 2.0 is a unique approach to achieving collaborative, interdisciplinary person-directed care. Staff who went through the original training dubbed it “Oasis” because it captured the sense of calm and safety they felt -- even in difficult situations. Oasis is now in use in over 1200 nursing homes in several states, helping residents with dementia enjoy a higher quality of life.
Deliver competent and compassionate care
Based on author Susan Wehry MD's 30 years of experience and informed by the research of Thomas Kitwood and Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Oasis helps staff deliver competent and compassionate care. Oasis helps nursing homes complete their culture change journey from patienthood to personhood. Most importantly, Oasis helps residents achieve the highest quality of life.
Improve the lives of residents and caregivers
Our Facility Training uses a train-the-trainer model augmented by on-site champions, coaching, booster sessions and just-in-time learning opportunities arising from day-to-day experience. Teams from facilities are introduced to Oasis 2.0 in an initial, intensive 1-2 day training for trainers at which the Oasis 2.0 teams receive a manual with a DVD containing slides and supplemental materials.
Staff like Oasis 2.0 because it recognizes their caring and their skills.
Administrators like it because it helps increase resident and family satisfaction and helps reduce use of unnecessary antipsychotic drugs.
Residents and families like it because they feel seen, heard, valued and respected.
Key points: Question Can nursing homes reduce antipsychotic use by training staff that behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia are the communication of unmet resident needs?
Findings This quasi-experimental longitudinal study of the OASIS communication training program examined antipsychotic use before and after intervention training in 93 nursing homes. OASIS nursing homes had greater antipsychotic use reductions compared with 831 nonintervention nursing homes, but this influence waned over time.
Meaning Training nursing home staff to understand challenging resident behavior as the communication of unmet needs can reduce antipsychotic use, but training needs to be reinforced for a sustained influence.