More providers using MDS assessment tool

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment tool, already trialed by Brunelcare in Bristol, is now being used and marketed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in York. The Foundation¹s practice development manager Chrysa Apps said MDS, developed in the United States and introduced to the UK by InterRAI (UK), was now being successfully used around the country by both private and not-for-profit care homes. “The tool not only produces a person-centred approach to assessment by looking at all the need of the individual but, via its built-in Å’triggers¹, it also provides good care planning,” Mrs Apps said. “MDS is also able to define the number of nursing care hours required for individual care as a basis for funding. “The tool is designed to be used not just by nurses but by anyone involved in assessment, and contains sections for all interested persons ­ clients, next-of-kin, other health care professionals ­ to contribute.” Mrs Apps said MDS was now being used at Hartrigg Oaks in York, a “continuity care retirement

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