Developing a Person-Centered Activities Program

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Developing a Person-Centered Activities Program
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now requires that activities programs for elders be person-centered.

This requirement means that your activities programs need to be developed around the abilities, interests, and therapeutic needs of each of your elders, individually. And, this includes your elders with Alzheimer's disease.

The CMS Guidelines and rules are very clear on this, and inspectors and surveyors are ordered to be on the lookout that you are providing this type of care, through extensive interviews with patients, residents, relatives and staff.

And there's a good reason for this: Person centered care is research-proven to improve the quality of life of your elders, improve cognition, help in areas of therapeutic need, and more.

This important article gives you details about these new CMS Guidelines, plus provides specific types of activities that can be successfully used in a person-centered program for the benefit of your elders