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NEW CHANGES IN THE SURVEY F-TAGS FOR ACTIVITIES.   F-TAG 248 is Changing to. F-Tag 679..Quality of Life  will be F-TAG675...will give you overview of change and how they will be implemented in the survey process!!!   How the survey will be analyzing and expecting implementation of these new guidelines will be affecting Activities in how we engage and implement our programs and person center care and cultural diversity efforts.

  Recent studies show that 40% of Activity Programing and Implementing are not currently passing survey standards nationwide.  That is right…. but while this seems difficult…. as good Activity Professionals, you probably are doing everything you are should be doing to successfully past this phase of the survey. Just in case you are not, I will share the most proven suggestions to help you succeed. Dementia Units that have good activity programming in place and use cultural change and person centered care have reduced routine medication use by 11%, reduced medication for bowel management by 40%, reduction of anti-anxiety medication by 50%, reduced sedative hypnotics by 50%, have a 50% increase in activity levels and a 100% in social interactions.  Long Term Care Units have had a 33% reduction in PRN medication for anxiety and depression, a 44% decrease in staff absenteeism, a 60% reduction in in- house decubitus ulcers, a decrease of 25% in bedfast residents, and a decrease of 18% in the of restraints when person centered care methods were used with meaningful activity programs and environmental changes that eliminated institutional environments.

We strongly encourage all Activity Professionals to take the Dementia Care Training Class, and OAP-ODP is committed to offering these class at a reduced rate to ensure that all Activity Professionals are REALLY reaching their residents and enjoy each day.

Dementia Focus Survey Requirement came into effect as of 11/28/2017... your programing will now be measured by these new standards and guidelines.

 As Always, Connie

All information in this commentary was taken from the CMS website: 

Focus Dementia Care Survey Tools: Ref: S&C:16-04-NH; Focused Dementia Care Surveyor Worksheets; F-tag 309; the 2016-2017 Nursing Home Action Plan. All opinions expressed by the author are drawn from personal experiences.


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    • National Certification Activity Director Training 
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    • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar





                 * Go to: You Tube/Portland Community College/ConnieRatti/adaptive equipment. to use Adaptive Equipment in your programing...Why Activities Matter...New Videos on Resident Council, Volunteers, the UnFair Heaing Test and Person Centered Interviews and Person Centered Activities for the Mildly Impaired coming soon. 18 more short but informative Videos to make your work easier.... lots of new information on regulations. 


*  NEW Listings of Activity Director Certification Classes and Dementia Practitioner Certification Training under the Course Tab for 2019 will be posted soon for Spring Session* All courses have been updated with the new regulation numbers and F-tag information.


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As Always,







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