Before you invest in the most expensive cushions and mattresses available for those at risk, find a provider that can help you with pressure mapping and find out exactly what you’re getting and maximize your outcomes. Minimize your risk and theirs with the best options available.
We all know about the rumored, accepted and commonly used practices that relate to rehab in the skilled nursing Facility, but do we really know if they’re valid and supported by a regulation? Yes, speech therapy can be the only skilled intervention for those patients who need it. No, progress is not a criterion for…
So many times, we get questions about how to “skill” a resident. Is she skilled if she’s getting IVs? Is he skilled because he’s getting wound care? What about the resident whose trach is capped? Is she skilled? When the rehab patient reaches the almighty “plateau”, and isn’t getting better, is he still skilled?
Most of us have used or at least aware of the PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire) scale for depression. Through a series of questions that are directly related to the DSM-IV criteria, a patient or caregiver can determine whether they’re depressed and how best to address their depression.
For those of us approaching the age where some of our peers are starting to show decline in their cognition, it’s certainly worth doing everything we can and exploring all options to preserve the physical and mental health of our clients.