Q: What changes in the MDS 3.0 should an Activity Director look for?
A: The resident interview for Customary Routine and Activities affords the activity professional to directly interact with residents and patients to obtain their preferences. These preferences impact quality of life and should be more useful in designing resident-specific activities and care plans. Of particular note is the response, “Important, but can’t do or no choice (meaning the resident finds it important but feel he/she cannot do that at this time because of health or because of nursing home resources or scheduling),” which should allow activities and recreation therapy professionals to develop creative and meaningful activities
Nurses that participated in the RAND Study were polled about the revised sections and findings indicated that:
- 81% rated the interview items as more useful for care planning
- 80% found that the interview changed their impression of resident’s wants