The federal government requires nursing homes that receive Medicare money to develop care plans for each and every nursing home resident.
Answers to Your Questions About Iowa Nursing Home Care Plans
If you or a loved one is moving to an Iowa nursing home, then you likely have important questions, and those questions deserve answers. For example, you may be wondering:
- Why are these plans important? Iowa nursing home care plans should be developed after a thorough review of a resident’s medical record. They should make sure that the unique health care needs of the resident are identified and met so that the resident is safe in the nursing home.
- Who makes nursing home care plans? Nursing home staff should develop the plan with the nursing home resident if she is able to do participate; with family members of the nursing home resident, if they have the resident’s permission to participate; and with anyone else such as a doctor or an advocate who is representing the resident’s interests and has the permission of the resident.
- What should be included in a nursing home care plan? At a minimum, the plan should include a health assessment and plan for ongoing health evaluations. Then, depending on the unique needs of the resident, the plan may also include things such as special dietary needs, necessary personal or health care services, the need for specialized equipment or supplies, and health or personal goals.
Nursing homes are required to submit these plans to the federal government for review. Additionally, you have the right to review the plan if you are the nursing home resident or a loved one who has been granted permission from the nursing home resident.
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