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Elevating Senior Living Communities Through RAI-MDS Assessments: A Holistic Care Approach

September 25, 2023

In the current senior living landscape, it is expected that communities will practice person-centered and holistic care approaches. The Resident Assessment Instrument - Minimum Data Set (RAI-MDS) is a tool developed by interRAI to facilitate personalized care. The tool allows care staff to collect the minimum amount of information they require about a resident’s strengths, limitations, and preferences to create an individualized care plan. In a previous blog, we took a closer look at what the tool consists of and how it is used in senior living and skilled nursing communities. 

In this article, we discuss how utilizing RAI-MDS assessments in long-term care and skilled nursing communities improves resident care and how using a resident experience platform such as Welbi can assist staff in the assessment process.

RAI-MDS: A Comprehensive Approach

RAI-MDS is a standardized framework that systematically evaluates the health and well-being of residents in long-term care communities. The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is one component of the assessment that collects resident information to develop an individualized care plan. When used to its full potential, RAI-MDS empowers teams to provide better care and foster a culture of continuous improvement. 

Benefits of RAI-MDS Assessments in Long-Term Care and Skilled Nursing 

  • Personalized Care Planning: RAI-MDS assessments equip care providers with a holistic understanding of residents' needs. This insight enables them to craft personalized care plans that address not only medical needs but also emotional, social, and functional dimensions of well-being.
  • Early Detection and Timely Interventions: RAI-MDS assessments facilitate early detection of potential health issues and changes in residents' conditions. This proactive approach allows care teams to intervene promptly, minimizing complications and hospitalizations.
  • Enhanced Interdisciplinary Communication: RAI-MDS assessments promote clear communication and collaboration among various healthcare professionals involved in a resident's care. This coordinated approach leads to more effective care delivery.

How does incorporating a resident experience platform like Welbi streamline the RAI-MDS process?

  • Centralized Data Management: Welbi provides a centralized platform where all RAI-MDS assessment data can be collected, stored, and accessed. This enables care teams and administrators to have a comprehensive view of each resident's needs, medical history, and care plans in one place. 
  • Empowered Residents and Families: Using Welbi to collect resident data allows for an easy way to report back to residents' families, which enables transparent communication and shared decision-making. 
  • Real-Time Insights: Using Welbi enables proactive interventions driven by RAI-MDS assessments, which can lead to reduced healthcare costs. By preventing hospitalizations and unnecessary medical procedures, long-term care and skilled nursing communities can effectively manage expenses while delivering high-quality care.

As long-term care and skilled nursing communities commit to delivering person-centered care, comprehensive assessments like the Resident Assessment Instrument - Minimum Data Set take center stage. This assessment, which offers a holistic view of residents' needs, enables care providers to deliver individualized care with proactive interventions and enhanced communication. 

By leveraging a resident experience platform such as Welbi to help collect the insights needed for RAI-MDS assessments, long-term care and skilled nursing communities can ensure a higher quality of life for their residents, while adhering to regulations, promoting informed decision-making, and managing costs effectively. 

For more information on how Welbi can help your community, contact us today to see a personalized demo! 

Katie Stewart

Katie is a member of Welbi’s Customer Experience team! She has a background in communications and recreation and is passionate about older adults, exercise, coffee and people.

Holly Mathias

Holly is a member of Welbi’s Marketing team! She has a background in communications and marketing, and is a compassionate individual who loves team work, story telling, and wellness.

Wendy Riopelle

Wendy is a student in the Honours BA in English program at the University of Ottawa, where she has won numerous awards for her writing.

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