Without discharge planning and proper relocation procedures (especially with developmentally disabled, elderly, and emotionally disturbed residents), relocation stress syndrome may develop.  Transferring from one environment to another causes physiological and psychological impairment that is actually known to cause serious illness (and can even be fatal).  However, the good news is, a change in routine and this […] Read more

A resident change in condition is not only a “change” it is a process. Many professionals require certain tools to do a job well.  As a caregiver, your valuable tool is observation.  By simply being attentive, you can gain a better understanding of how your residents feel and are able to recognize how their health, […] Read more

What exactly needs to be included in the Individual Service Plan??  The most important and main things we need to include are the (1) current status and observations; (2) services provided; (3) desired outcomes and measurable goals; and (4) providers.  It is important to note that the provider will often include staff, but will also […] Read more

All too often, facilities do not understand the importance of monitoring and documenting the use of PRN psychotropic medications.  I am often asked, what constitutes a psychotropic medication? What is the difference between an antipsychotic and a psychotropic medication?  A psychotropic medication is any medication prescribed to treat a psychiatric disorder, a medication capable of […] Read more

Did you know?  Your facility is required to have infection control policies and procedures in place per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) as a health care facility.  Within these policies and procedures comes the need for an Exposure Control Plan, which I find that a […] Read more

As of January 26th, the PDF files on the Employee Registry have been removed.  Employee training records can now be accessed by a database record search.  Employees can now access the registry by clicking here. Please note that the CBRF employee training registry does not certify that a person is eliglbe towork in a CBRF. […] Read more

Did you know that you, as an assisted living facility, must follow HIPAA regulations and requirements? Many facilities assume they do not have to worry about HIPAA… but YOU DO.  The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, also known as HIPAA, details what what you must do, as a healthcare agency, to comply […] Read more