We are Non-Restraint CMS Compliant! Use Smart Caregiver Quiet Fall Prevention by removing the noise from the resident’s area and have it sound where it belongs…with the Caregiver.
We thought it extremely IMPORTANT that you and your facility understand more about the CMS Regulation so you have the power to assist your patients with what the CMS Regulations mean. We have summarized it for you and your team.
Summary of CMS Regulationwith Smart Caregiver compliant solutions:
• Patients should be thoroughly assessed to determine if fall prevention components are necessary.
• Any component that restricts freedom of movement physically and/or psychologically should not be used.
By using Smart Caregiver’s Quiet Cordless Alerts with weight-sensing bed, chair and floor mats, the resident is not physically and/or psychologically restricted.
• Alarms can be considered a restraint if the patient is afraid to stand or reposition themselves in bed.
Again, by using Smart Caregiver’s Quiet Cordless Alerts with weight- sensing bed, chair and floor mats, the resident is not physically and/or psychologically restricted.
Smart Caregiver has components that remove alarm noise from room and do not cause the restraint issue.
We recently spoke to representatives from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the CMS Regulations and we received the powerful statement that alerts CAN be used when deemed necessary and are vital to the safety of patients. They also stated the regulation was incorrectly interpreted by the consultants and staff stating to remove all alarms. This regulation is being routinely misinterpreted by Staff and Consultants.
What is extremely important for the facility’s staff, is education. Staff should talk to patients as to why the CordLess weight-sensing pads are being used. They are used to help care for the them.
- The staff should NEVER advise the resident that the pad and alert is used to notify them when they get up, this would be considered a physical and psychological restraint. A huge No-No!
- The staff should state that the alert is there to help care for the patient, this is acceptable and would not be considered a restraint.
Should you have any questions, please let us know.
The NursingHomeAids.com Team