RNP objectives include: 1) to increase or maintain a resident’s physical abilities, 2) to prevent functional deterioration, and 3) ultimately to improve the resident’s quality of life. Goals of RNPs should include the promotion of mobility, continence, self-care independence, communication, and social interactions. Some RNPs are also designed to prevent compromises to skin and joint integrity that could ultimately lead to things like contractures and pressures sores without intervention. Typical RNPs include Ambulation, Transfers, Range of Motion (ROM), Strengthening, Contracture Management, Self-care, and Communication Programs. Some nursing homes have RNPs that run smoothly, have adequate staffing, and have competent, experienced Restorative Aids/Nurses running them; others may be looking to improve their present programs, or develop RNPs for the first time. In any of these scenarios, the Rehab Departments in these facilities should be utilized to assist in developing the RNP to the fullest potential.
PTA & Clinical Manager of Therapy Department