How to Engage Community Residents with Real Life and Comply with CMS Regulations

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Conference Date
Wed, Sep 12, 2018
90 minutes
Product Description

Proactively Engage Residents with “Real Life” Experiences They Love

Gone are the days of institutional group activities, which failed to engage residents. Even in assisted living, let alone nursing homes, real people are showing and telling us they don’t want such activities and entertainment—they want individualized, meaningful engagement with real life to fill their otherwise empty days. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Tag 679 requires a focus on interests, not problems, and Tag 655 requires care plans that include identifying each resident’s highest practicable level of well-being.

If you’re still offering traditional group activities, it’s time to change course and move to meaningful engagement. Engagement holds promise for reducing anxiety, depression and so much more. Go beyond minimal compliance and “activity programming” with industry expert Carmen Bowman in this webinar, as she helps you think about engagement, “enchantment”, “momentous moments” and more. Plus, find out how the new CMS requirements at Tag 679 requires all staff support resident activity interests. Get a glimpse into the new requirement and Critical Element Pathway used during survey on how to involve residents more in the community.

After attending this webinar, you will know how the new CMS requirements and long-standing culture change practices support moving in a new direction. You will clearly understand what federal regulations require regarding activity interests, involvement with the community, individualized engagement as well as what residents are telling us they really want – real life.

Session Highlights

Here is a taste of what you will uncover:

  • Understand and meet the requirements of CMS Tag 679
  • Know the requirements of CMS Activities Critical Element Pathway and how you can build connection with the community
  • Know the CMS Tag 744 requirements for persons living with dementia
  • Learn how to switch the focus from traditional, institutional, group “activity programming” to meaningful engagement with real life
  • Understand how to meet the CMS Tag F550 requirement for self-determination and involvement with the community
  • Find out how to provide individualized engagement
  • Learn to provide person-centered care planning around interests, living life, real life and engagement

Session Agenda

  • Tag 550 resident rights, respect and dignity
  • What normal do we want?
  • Fake life or real life?
  • Engagement / real life / meaningful life
  • Private rooms or shared?
  • Connecting with the community – past, present and future
  • F679 activities
  • Resident rights 483.10
  • Severity determination
  • Tag 689 accidents
  • New tag, new reg, new section – F744
  • Meaning and purpose with dementia
  • Recommend individualized engagement on each resident’s care plan
  • Regulatory support for culture change
  • SOFTEN the assessment process
  • Vibrant living

Who Should Attend

  • Registered nurses
  • Nursing assistants
  • Licensed vocational nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Nursing home medical directors
  • Nursing home executive directors
  • Nursing home facilities directors
  • Any person working in any nursing home or assisted living

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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About Our Speaker

Carmen Bowman


Carmen Bowman is a consultant, trainer, author and owner of Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change turning her former role of regulator into educator. Carmen was a Colorado state surveyor for nine years, a policy analyst with CMS Central Office where she taught the national Basic Surveyor Course and the first certified activity professional to be a surveyor. As a contractor to CMS, Carmen co-developed the...   More Info
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