Upon admission to Villa Acadienne we need to get information from a new resident and/or their family representative.
When you meet with the nurses they will have questions regarding medications, treatments, past medical history etc... The CCAs/PCWs will help you to settle in, unpack your belongings, and gather information to help make your care the best it can be. Once the inital information has been gathered and you have settled in there will be additional nursing assessments to be done. Multidisciplinary meetings are held (representing staff from all disciplines) to discuss and plan the optimal care for the resident. Disciplines normally include the RN/LPN, a CCA/PCW, the dietician, a recreation preogrammer, the pharmacist, an environmental service worker, and most importantly, the resident/family representative.
Nursing Assessments to be done:
Abbey Pain Scale - An observation pain assessment tool
Braden Scale - Assesses a person's risk of developing pressure sores
Fall Risk Assessment - Determines if and at what risk a person would be of falling. This assists in determining what intervention should be taken, if any.
Additional Nursing Assessments that may be done:
The MMSE - Mini-Mental State Exam is a questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete and tests for signs of dementia. If the resident has completed the assessment before it will show if there has been any progression of the illness.
The D.O.S - Dementia Observation System is an assessment tool used only when needed to assess a person's activities over the course of a 24 hour cycle. It is primarily used to determine if there are any responsive behaviours that may need an intervention plan.
The CMAI - Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory is a tool used to assess the frequency that a person may exhibit agitated behaviours and also to assess if interventions have been successful in meeting the resident's needs.
The Cornell - Cornell Scale for Depression is used to rate depression in individuals with or without dementia. It uses information obtained from caregivers as well as the individual being assessed.