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Baseline Care Plan Tool

The revisions to Appendix PP focus on resident’s rights for person-centered, individualized care. The resident has the right to:

  • Be informed and participate in his or her treatment in a language that he or she understands
  • Be informed about their total health status, including his or her medical condition
  • Be notified of changes to the plan of care

The revisions continue that the facility must develop and implement a baseline care plan for each resident that includes instructions to provide effective and person-centered care that meets the professional standards of quality care. The baseline care plan must be developed within 48 hours of a resident’s admission, which at a minimum must include:

  • Initial goals based on admission orders
  • Physician orders
  • Dietary orders
  • Therapy services
  • Social services
  • PASARR recommendation, if applicable

The regulations go onto to state that the staff must provide the resident and their representative a summary of the baseline care plan that include at least:

  • The initial goals of the resident
  • A summary of the resident’s medications and dietary instructions
  • Any services and treatments to be administered by the facility and personnel acting on behalf of the facility
  • Any updated information based on the details of the comprehensive care plan, as necessary

AAPACN’s Baseline Care Plan tool allows the staff to verify their own or the software vendor’s version of the baseline care plan. The document can be printed out and completed by hand by the interdisciplinary team as needed or it can be completed electronically and printed for the resident’s medical record.

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