Developing any kind of program needs to start with good communication between staff members – this includes therapy and your restorative aides/nurses. They need to be aware of what therapy is trying to put in place for each specific resident. Once a resident is identified as being in need of therapeutic intervention, therapy should evaluate and treat the resident with a focus on maximizing functional potential. They will typically be on caseload for about two weeks to develop an appropriate restorative program. During the last week that the resident is on therapy caseload, the therapist should work directly with the restorative staff. This will involve education and training regarding the exact nature of the “patient specific” restorative plan, as well as observation of the restorative staff carrying out the program. That way, the therapist can see if any changes need made to the program itself, or if additional instruction needs to be given to the restorative staff for optimal participation of the resident. Once the therapist has determined that the restorative staff is competent to carry out the program, the resident is discharge from therapy services and a recommendation is made for participation in the RNP independent of therapy. At least three days of collaboration with therapy and nursing is crucial for the RNP staff to understand the specific techniques, equipment, and cueing that should be utilized with that particular resident.
PTA & Clinical Manager of the Therapy Department