SECURED DEMENTIA CARE UNITS


§ 2600.231. Admission.

 (a)  This section and § §  2600.232—2600.239 apply to secured dementia care units. These provisions are in addition to the other provisions of this chapter. A secured dementia care unit is a home or portion of a home that provides specialized care and services for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

 (b)  A resident shall have a medical evaluation by a physician, physician’s assistant or certified registered nurse practitioner, documented on a form provided by the Department, within 60 days prior to admission. Documentation shall include the resident’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia and the need for the resident to be served in a secured dementia care unit.

 (c)  A written cognitive preadmission screening completed in collaboration with a physician or a geriatric assessment team and documented on the Department’s preadmission screening form shall be completed for each resident within 72 hours prior to admission to a secured dementia care unit.

 (d)  A geriatric assessment team is a group of multidisciplinary specialists in the care of adults who are older that conducts a multidimensional evaluation of a resident and assists in developing a support plan by working with the resident’s physician, designated person and family to coordinate the resident’s care.

 (e)  Each resident record must have documentation that the resident and the resident’s designated person have not objected to the resident’s admission or transfer to the secured dementia care unit.

 (f)  In addition to the requirements in §  2600.225 (relating to initial and annual assessment), the resident shall also be assessed annually for the continuing need for the secured dementia care unit.

 (g)  An individual who does not have a primary diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia may reside in the secured dementia care unit if desired by the resident.

   (1)  The individual shall have a medical evaluation by a physician, physician’s assistant or certified registered nurse practitioner, documented on a form provided by the Department, within 60 days prior to residence or 30 days after residence.

   (2)  If the medical evaluation shows that personal care services are needed, the requirements of this chapter apply.

   (3)  The individual shall have access to and be able to follow directions for the operation of the key pads or other lock-releasing devices to exit the secured dementia care unit.

 (h)  The resident-home contract specified in §  2600.25 (relating to resident-home contract) must also include a disclosure of services, admission and discharge criteria, change in condition policies, special programming and costs and fees.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  2600.202 (relating to prohibitions).



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