F-Tag Fridays!

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We are starting a new event for NCCAP. FTag Fridays! Twice a month on Fridays we will post a FTag that has to do with activities. We are also posting it on our Facebook page and will have links to this site!

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NEWEST Changes!

http://nccap.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/CMS-Changes-November-28-2016.pdf


Another link to the Federal Regulations coming soon!

F – Tag Friday 9/30/16
Resident and Family Groups
F243 §483.15(c)(6)
When a resident or family group exists, the facility must listen to the views and act upon the grievances and recommendations of residents and families concerning proposed policy and operational decisions affecting resident care and life in the facility.
Interpretive Guidelines §483.15(c)
This requirement does not require that residents’ organize a residents or family group. However, whenever residents or their families wish to organize, facilities must allow them to do so without interference. The facility must provide the group with space, privacy for meetings, and staff support. Normally, the designated staff person responsible for assistance and liaison between the group and the facility’s administration and any other staff members attend the meeting only if requested.
• “A resident’s or family group” is defined as a group that meets regularly to:
* Discuss and offer suggestions about facility policies and procedures affecting residents’ care, treatment, and quality of life; o Support each other;
* Plan resident and family activities; *Participate in educational activities; or For any other purpose. The facility is required to listen to resident and family group recommendations and grievances. Acting upon these issues does not mean that the facility must accede to all group recommendations, but the facility must seriously consider the group’s recommendations and must attempt to accommodate those recommendations, to the extent practicable, in developing and changing facility policies affecting resident care and life in the facility. The facility should communicate its decisions to the resident and/or family group.
Do you have a monthly resident council meeting? Do you have a family council? How many of you conduct the meetings as there are no officers? What special things take place at your resident council? We would love to hear your comments?


Part 1 NCCAP F tag Review

INTENT: (F249) §483.15(f)(2) Activities Director

The intent of this regulation is to ensure that the activities program is directed by a qualified professional who—- There are many different ways. NCCAP can help you with this!

*****Is a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist or an activities profession who-

***** Is licensed or registered, if applicable, by the State in which practicing: and is eligible for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist or as an activities professional by a recognized accrediting body (refers to those organizations that certify, register, or license therapeutic recreation specialist, activity professionals, or occupational therapists.)

On or after October 1, 1990: Did you know that NCCAP is an accrediting body, which began in 1986!!! We just celebrated our 30th year. Just check out the website. Nccap.org

******If you have 2 years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last 5 years, 1 of which was full-tie in a patient activities program in a health care setting: or Do you quality with this, if not read further—

*******If you are a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; or

*******Has completed a training course approved by the state. Many states approve the NCCAP course, and many people will take the MEPAP (Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals) course which is usually the standard course for many states. Some states have approved a different training course. Do you know what your state uses for a course?

So, do you need more help qualifying, Part 2 of f tag review will peruse the F-tag further. Questions or comments –just let us know!
***** Is licensed or registered, if applicable, by the State in which practicing: and is eligible for certification as a therapeutic recreation specialist or as an activities professional by a recognized accrediting body (refers to those organizations that certify, register, or license therapeutic recreation specialist, activity professionals, or occupational therapists.)On or after October 1, 1990: Did you know that NCCAP is an accrediting body, which began in 1986!!! We just celebrated our 30th year. Just check out the website. Nccap.org
******If you have 2 years of experience in a social or recreational program within the last 5 years, 1 of which was full-tie in a patient activities program in a health care setting: or Do you quality with this, if not read further—
*******If you are a qualified occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; or
*******Has completed a training course approved by the state. Many states approve the NCCAP course, and many people will take the MEPAP (Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals) course which is usually the standard course for many states. Some states have approved a different training course. Do you know what your state uses for a course?
So, do you need more help qualifying, Part 2 of f tag review will peruse the F-tag further. Questions or comments –just let us know!

 

NCCAP FTag Friday 8/19/16
The Intent F-249 – Synopsis

The intent of this regulation is to ensure that the activities program is directed by a qualified professional. An activity director is responsible for directing the development, implementation, supervision and ongoing evaluation of the activities program. Directing the activity program includes scheduling of activities, implementing and/or delegating the implementation, monitoring the response to determine if the activities meet the assessed needs of the resident, and making revisions as necessary. Surveyors are directed to review the qualifications of the activities director if there are concerns with F 248 or if there are concerns with the direction of the activity programs. F249 is a tag that is absolute, which means the facility must have a qualified activities professional to direct the provision of activities to the residents. It is cited if the facility is non-compliant with the regulation, whether or not there have been any negative outcomes to residents. The definition of this tag and qualifications we reviewed two weeks ago! So, what things have you seen F249 cited for? Comment on this post to share your experiences. We love your input!
For the complete version of this tag review you’re SOM (State Operations Manual).

 

 


F248

  • 483.15(f) Activities
  • 483.15(f)(1) The facility must provide for an ongoing program of activities designed to meet, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment, the interests and the physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident.

Interpretive Guidelines §483.15(f)(1) (2006)

Because the activities program should occur within the context of each resident’s comprehensive assessment and care plan, it should be multi-faceted and reflect each individual resident’s needs. Therefore, the activities program should provide stimulation or solace; promote physical, cognitive and/or emotional health; enhance, to the extent practicable, each resident’s physical and mental status; and promote each resident’s self-respect by providing, for example, activities that support self-expression and choice.

Activities can occur at any time and are not limited to formal activities being provided by activity staff. Others involved may be any facility staff, volunteers and visitors.

*Most states also have their own regulations for activities. These regulations are looked at first and then the Federal regulations.

To find your state regulations for activities follow this link:

http://nccap.org/state-regulation-links

To view the entire Interpretive Guidelines to surveyors:

 http://nccap.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ftag2480.pdf