Long-Term Care

PPS Q&A

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, August 1, 2011

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Q: How can I write good therapy goals for our residents?

 

A:Therapy goals are usually written according to the time it will take to achieve them. When writing a long-term goal, the goal should accurately describe the functional level the resident is expected to achieve by the time therapy services are discontinued.


Here are a couple examples of good long-term therapy goals:

  • "In eight weeks the resident will be independent with the use of a wheeled walker, including ambulating 400 feet over uneven surfaces and one curb step walker, to be able to enter first-floor apartment as prior to hip fracture"
  • "In six weeks the resident will be able to perform housekeeping tasks independently, including preparing light meals and reaching into cupboards in kitchen without any loss of balance, in ­order to live independently in apartment as prior to hospitalization"

 

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