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Constructing person-centered care plans takes time, effort, and person-specific focus on including the resident’s voice and choice. This is especially important when developing care plans from information gathered under section F, Preferences for Customary Routines and Activities. Without this information, activity professionals are only guessing at the type of activities that a resident may be interested in. Often, staff believe it is easier to create a template of an activity care plan and fill it in with activities that are offered at the facility. However, this one-size-fits-all approach defeats the intent of an individualized care plan, as it doesn’t address the needs particular to that resident. Furthermore, where this is currently the process in use, the facility is at risk for survey citations related to lack of individualized care plans under F656, Comprehensive Care Plans. In this article, activity directors and staff involved in activity care planning will review some common reasons why activity care plans get cited under F656, examine what person-centered is defined as in the regulations, and learn three tips to help avoid future citations.
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