Stop and Watch

Your direct care and other front line staff often identify changes in resident condition before anyone else. Their regular interaction with residents helps them know what is “normal” and when something just “seems different.” The challenge for providers is ensuring that these changes in condition are promptly reported and acted upon.

During today’s first meeting of the Florida ALFA Chapter Dr. Kevin O’neil, MC, FACP, CMO for Brookdale Senior Living, demonstrated the effectiveness of a simple but powerful tool to help with reporting of changes in condition – the “Stop and Watch”. This tool, developed by Dr. Joe Ouslander, provides an easy-to-follow acronym for identifying and reporting changes in condition:

Seems different than usual
Talks or communicates less than usual
Overall needs more help than usual
Participated in activities less than usual

Ate less than usual (Not because of dislike of food)
Drank less than usual

Weight change
Agitated or nervous more than usual
Tired, weak, confused, or drowsy
Change in skin color or condition
Help with walking, transferring, toileting more than usual

Click here to download an assisted living version of this tool from NCAL.

One Response to “Stop and Watch”

  1. Very handy once acquired.

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