Federal Code § 485.645 is entitled “Special requirements for CAH (Critical Access Hospital) providers of long-term care services (“swing beds”).” It states that a CAH must be in substantial compliance with the skilled nursing facility requirements found in § 483. § 483.15 states that the facility must provide a comprehensive activities program that is designed to meet the physical, mental and psychosocial interests and needs of each patient. To ensure the program is meeting the interests and needs of patients, it also states that a comprehensive activities assessment should be completed with each patient. A wealth of research finds that there are significant physical, mental and psychosocial benefits of activities and substantiates the necessity of a comprehensive activities program. The purpose of this Capstone project was to provide evidence-based recommendations to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca on how they can make their existing patient activities program more comprehensive such that it is capable of meeting the diverse physical, mental and psychosocial interests and needs of each patient receiving swing bed services.
Nancy M. Fitzsimons
Date of Degree
Other Capstone Project
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Schlichting, Jean, "Recommendations for the Provision of Patient Activities" (2011). All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. 538.
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