Title

Psychosocial Assessment of Nursing Home Residents via MDS 3.0: Recommendations for Social Service Training, Staffing, and Roles in Interdisciplinary Care

Publication Date

2012

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The Minimum Data Set 3.0 has introduced a higher set of expectations for assessment of residents’ psychosocial needs, including new interviewing requirements, new measures of depression and resident choice, and new discharge screening procedures. Social service staff are primary providers of psychosocial assessment and care in nursing homes; yet, research demonstrates that many do not possess the minimum qualifications, as specified in federal regulations, to effectively provide these services given the clinical complexity of this client population. Likewise, social service caseloads generally exceed manageable levels. This article addresses the need for enhanced training and support of social service and interdisciplinary staff in long term care facilities in light of the new Minimum Data Set 3.0 assessment procedures as well as new survey and certification guidelines emphasizing quality of life. A set of recommendations will be made with regard to training, appropriate role functions within the context of interdisciplinary care, and needs for more realistic staffing ratios.

Original Citation

Simons, K., Connolly, R.P., Bonifas, R., Allen, P.D., Bailey, K., Downes, D., Galambos, C. (2012). Psychosocial Assessment of Nursing Home Residents via MDS 3.0: Recommendations for Social Service Training, Staffing, and Roles in Interdisciplinary Care, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 13(2), 190.e9-190.e15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2011.07.005