Long-Term Care

MDS professor

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, May 1, 2012

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Ms. K is an elderly woman who has been blind since birth. She lived with her parents growing up and then with her husband until he passed away. Terrified to live on her own, she moved into a nursing home about five years ago. She now uses a wheelchair 100% of the time.

On her annual MDS assessment, Ms. K responded "Yes" to item Q0500B, Return to the Community. She is an active and very social person and said that she desperately wanted to leave the facility to live on her own.

Ms. K's physician and the social worker at her nursing facility are very reluctant for her to leave the facility. They are concerned about her safety while living alone and her ability to perform ADLs independently because she required assistance with them in the facility.

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