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It's Time to "Restore" Your Restorative Nursing Program
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When: Thursday, August 25, 2016
11:30 AM
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Nancie McAnaugh

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Restorative Nursing is not a new concept … the techniques have been taught in nursing school and CNA training programs for decades.  Restorative Nursing is based on a belief in the dignity and worth of each individual, moving away from stereotyping or labeling a person by injury, age or diagnosis.  The purpose of Restorative Nursing Programming is to increase the resident’s independence, promote safety, preserve function, increase self-esteem, promote improvement in function, and minimize deterioration. 


In many cases, restorative nursing programs are initiated when a resident is discharged from formalized physical, occupational, or speech rehabilitation therapy services.  However, a resident may also be started on a restorative program when a restorative need arises during the course of a custodial stay when the patient is not a candidate for a more formalized therapy program. 


This training session will review the philosophy, design, implementation, and successful documentation of a Restorative Nursing Program.  Nurses, Nurse Assistants, Restorative Aides, and therapists all must work together in the facility to implement a rehabilitative approach that focuses on the resident’s function.  Types of Restorative programs are reviewed along with role delineations for each.  For each Restorative Program, documentation and coding guidelines, key training elements, and program goals are reviewed. 


Restorative nursing often doesn’t happen the way it should. Perhaps the facility has a number of staff call-outs and needs to pulls its RNAs to work as nursing assistants on the floor. Other times, there are too many (or too few) candidates for Restorative and it becomes difficult to schedule staff in an efficient way,  To that end, tools for quality assurance and program efficiency are offered. 


Finally, because documentation and MDS completion can impact Case Mix and reimbursement, these topics will be reviewed.  Participants will be offered coding tips and criteria for the MDS and an analysis of Restorative’s impact on Part A Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.


Learning Objectives

By the completion of the presentation, attendees will:

  • Define the difference between skilled therapy and restorative programming.
  • Describe the design and implementation of Nursing Rehabilitation Restorative Programs.
  • Identify tools and systems to use to effectively manage programs.
  • Explain proper coding of the MDS and supportive documentation related to Restorative Nursing Programs.


Who Should Attend

Nurses, nurse assistants, rehabilitative aides, therapists, administrators, and MDS coordinators.



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