Long-Term Care

Identify ADL decline before your next survey

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, April 1, 2009

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Identifying activities of daily living (ADL) decline early is the key to helping residents maintain or improve ADL function. Nursing facilities should start monitoring ADLs at admission to implement the appropriate interventions and prevent decline before it starts, says Gazalla N. Allauddin, BS, RN, RAC-C, a nurse consultant at FR&R Healthcare Consulting in Deerfield, IL.


Because ADL decline places residents at risk of falls, physical injuries, and developing pressure ulcers, prevention is important, says Sue LaBelle, MSN, RN, RAC-CT, senior healthcare specialist at PointRight in Lexington, MA.


“Keeping someone as mobile as possible makes a huge difference in the life of someone in the nursing facility,” LaBelle says.

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