Four FAQs answered about dementia residents in assisted living

Editorial Note: This Q&A has been transcribed from HCPro’s On-Demand webinar, Dementia Care in Assisted Living: New Strategies for Improving Resident Centered Care presented by expert Kerry Mills, MPA. Listen here!
Q: What do you do about residents who are fairly independent in getting dressed, but always wear the same thing?
A: They’re probably wearing the same thing because they do what you or I do: They get undressed at the end of the day and they …

Ask the expert: Creating a policy for social media and HIPAA compliance

In 2016, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcements and settlements hit a record high—and HIPAA’s vigilance isn’t expected to change under the new administration. Industry expert Reginald M. Hislop III, PhD, from H2 Consulting answers important questions for providers regarding HIPAA compliance and a highly talked about and talked on force: Social media.
Q: What should an effective policy that addresses staff posting work-related content on their personal social media accounts include?
A: A good …

Emergency preparedness: Planning for an evacuation

Surveys begin November 15, 2017 for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent updates to emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for long-term care.
Industry expert and long-term care consultant Bonnie Foster, RN, BSN, Med says her biggest concern is always planning for a potential resident evacuation. She offers several strategies for planning a potential evacuation that providers can use when creating their EP plans:

Accounting for residents. Foster recommends that facilities create a laminated tag that …

Care area triggers, the CAA process, and how they help the IDT

Editorial Note: This post has been adapted from HCPro’s popular title Long-Term Care MDS Coordinator’s Field Guide by Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT. For content details and ordering information, visit our Marketplace!
What is a care area trigger?
Certain single MDS items can trigger a care area. Some care areas are triggered by comparing responses entered on the previous MDS to the present MDS. Care area triggers (CAT) alert the assessors to potential problems/needs/strengths. The triggers also direct …