A sub-group working on an initiative to facilitate a more positive transition to life in a care home introduced a new approach to the pre-admission assessment process.
A previous group of managers introduced a new approach to the pre-admission assessment process. This quality improvement initiative was designed to facilitate a more positive transition to life in a care home.
This focused on the everyday rituals, routines, likes and dislikes of prospective residents and put systems in place to ensure that these were maintained and respected after the move to a care home.
The revised assessment includes a section on ‘Thoughts and Feeling about the Move’ whereby the nurse undertaking the pre-admission assessment asks both the resident and the relative how they are feeling about the move to a care home.
This has proven to be a very effective method of establishing relationships with prospective residents and their families, with one relative commenting “this is first time somebody asked me how I feel”.
Outputs from this group include a revised assessment protocol and the production of a short film, both of which serve as educational tools for best practice.