Resident Assessments and Service PlansMaryland: Resident Assessments and Service Plans
Assisted Living Managers and Staff
(1 hour)

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Audience: Owners, operators, and staff of long-term care facilities
  • All states – Check your licensing regulations for your specific requirements.

Introduction: Each older adult is a unique individual. Each will have their own experiences, personalities, abilities, needs, and preferences. Some may need extensive help with dining, bathing, dressing, or other activities of daily living. Others may just require reminders. Many will have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis. Their dietary needs may vary. Some older adults have mobility, visual or hearing impairments. Others may have dementia. Some enjoy participating in activities; while others prefer to keep to themselves much of the time. Each older adult requires specific assistance to meet their individual needs. But how do you identify an older adult’s needs when he or she enters long-term care? And how do you evaluate the changing condition of existing residents? The purpose of this program is to help you understand the resident assessment process. You will also learn about resident service plans and the role they play in improving the quality of care and quality of life for your residents.
Objectives: At the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe the resident assessment process;
  • Identify the caregiver's role in resident assessment;
  • List the information collected during a resident assessment;
  • Describe the information included in a service plan;
  • Describe how service plans are developed; and
  • Describe how staff use a service plan to provide quality care for their residents.

Course Authors: Susan Shemanski Harrington, MS, PE is co-founder and President of Harrington Software Associates, Inc./ Long-Term Care Learning Center a company specializing in developing innovative training solutions for long-term care administrators and staff. Harrington has over 16 years experience conducting research and developing training for long-term care facilities. Her experience includes serving as the principal investigator for research grants funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In each project, she developed and evaluated innovative training programs for long-term care settings. Her research articles have appeared in Fire Technology, Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, Nurse Education Today, Educational Gerontology, Journal of Safety Research, and Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.

Claire S. Cole, MA, RN BC, CAS, CM/DN is a nurse educator who is certified in Gerontology by the ANCC. She has over 25 years experience educating a long-term care audience. At Harrington Software Associates (HSA), she participated in six research grants, developing and evaluating educational materials for long-term care owners, administrators and staff. Prior to her employment at HSA, she served as the nurse education specialist at Collington Episcopal Life Care Community, in Mitchellville, MD. She provided weekly education sessions for nursing staff and supplemental training for other departments. She was responsible for the orientation of new staff and served as clinical instructor for GNA students on the nursing unit. She received an Associate Science Degree in Nursing in 1970 from the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA, a BS in Education in 1976 from California State College, California, PA, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University in 2000.

Contributor: Nancy Newman, RN JD, RAC-CT, LTC Consultant with Chiles Healthcare Consulting


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