Focused Dementia Survey Tools Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

CMS has recently released two (2) updated tools to allow facilities to assess their own dementia care practices for providing resident care.

2018_Focused Dementia Care Survey: Facility-Specific Questions is a 3-page worksheet that addresses your facility’s:

  • Demographics
  • Dementia Care Policies, Leadership & Documentation
  • Dementia Training and Education and
  • Quality Assessment & Assurance (QAA) Process

The last 2 bullets provide specific F-Tag citations when issues are found.

2018_Focused Dementia Care Survey: Resident-Specific Questions is an 8-page tool that contains resident-specific questions for use when considering the “many possible situations and relationships that surveyors will want to evaluate during the Focused Dementia Care Survey. Overall, these address the issue of meeting the resident where he/she is and entering that world, as opposed to requiring them to conform to nursing home routines.”   Care areas included on this worksheet include:

  • Comprehensive Assessment of Each Resident by the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT)
  • Recognition, Assessment, and Cause Identification of Expressions or Indications of Distress Associated with Dementia
  • Care Plan Development
  • Care Plan Implementation and Staffing
  • Pharmacological Interventions for Expressions or Indications of Distress

This tool provides these notes and citation references:0122

Use of both worksheets provides guidance when assessing your dementia care practices and resident experiences with life in your facility.  Note the quote found in the 4th paragraph of this blog – as facility caregiver’s we are to “meet the resident where he/she is and enter that world, as opposed to requiring them to conform to (our facility) routines.”  That, in a nutshell, speaks to quality, person-centered dementia care!

For more information on focused dementia care surveys, review the information at: S&C: 16-04-NH_Focused Dementia Care Survey Tools.  The tools provided in this Survey & Certification notice are outdated (the tools reference the retired F-Tag citations).  The 2018 tools identified in this blog are recently updated and reflect the current F-Tag citations.  The first two (2) pages of the S&C provide information about the focused dementia survey process and a bit of history.