The Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care is one of the major initiatives supported by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) aimed at improving long-term care for residents in nursing facilities throughout the state. This partnership has already resulted in the development of education modules for healthcare providers that are housed on this site, as well as the dissemination of evidence-based research and best practices at several conferences held annually. Our Center's Ms. Sherry Reddick recently sat down with two leaders in the aging services world that have been instrumental in working towards our shared mission of educating the public and healthcare workforce about long-term care issues and needs. They are Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Commissioner Jon Weizenbaum and Quality Monitoring Program & Initiatives Director Michelle Dionne-Vahalik, MSN, RN.

Along with sharing two initiatives that HHSC is proud to administer, both the Quality Monitoring Program and the Music and Memory Program, Weizenbaum discusses the Center's work and how we are making a difference in long-term care in Texas.

Weizenbaum adds why the focus on training nurses to enter and work in long-term care settings is as important today as ever before.

To find and compare nursing homes in Texas, visit the HHSC long-term care Services page.

Dionne-Vahalik provides information on how the many free resources available through the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care is serving a critical need of providing training to healthcare workers in Texas by way of education modules, social media, and the website.

Additional resources Dionne-Vahalik encourages health workers to sign-up for include other social media pages like the Texas Nursing Facility Quality Improvement Coalition and free journals that provide helpful information like Alzheimer's & Dementia Weekly. The HHSC website also lists any current and future training events held regularly at facilities statewide. To receive assistance on how you can access these events or perhaps host a training at your own facility email


We offer our thanks to both Commissioner Wisenbaum and Ms. Dionne-Vahalik for their work for the disability and aging communities of Texas!