One of our favorite tools—the Capability Test—can help you determine what a resident can do. Once you know this, you can develop service plans that prioritize what the resident CAN do over what you and your staff will do for them, and optimize their function! Nurses, nursing assistants, recreation staff and others can use this tool for new residents, residents who have been sick or at the hospital and may be weaker now, or current residents who you suspect are able to do more than they let on!
The tool (see attachment to this email) only takes about 5 minutes to complete. You will assess the resident’s upper and lower body range of motion, ability to stand up from a chair, and ability to follow a 3-step verbal and/or visual direction. Take a look at the tool and try it with two of your residents this week. Let us know if you have any questions about how to use the tool. You nurse facilitator can help you too. You might be surprised at what you learn…some residents can do more than we expect. They just need some cueing and words of encouragement from you.