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Patient-Centered Care With an Ostomy in Assisted Living and Personal Care Facilities

January 26, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This webinar will be presented by Kathleen Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, WOCN Society Public Policy and Advocacy Coordinator and Susan Mueller, BSN, RN, CWOCN, UOAA Advocacy Committee Co-Chair.

Across the United States, there are varying state and regional misunderstandings regarding residents in assisted living and personal care facilities living with an ostomy and level of care needed to age in place. This educational session presented by representatives of the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society and from United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. will discuss admission and retention of persons with an ostomy in assisted living residencies. Specifically, debunking myths and explaining that ostomy care is in the same category as toileting assistance as defined under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The presentation will address frequently asked questions as well as define the aspects of care that define unskilled versus higher skilled care. Discussion will also include how ostomy care components may be incorporated into the individual service plan. Finally, resources will be shared with attendees to assist care providers accomplish patient centered care. By the end of the session, there will be a clear understanding that people living with an ostomy should be welcomed and treated as any person seeking potential residence.

Your learning objectives include:

  • Define the purpose and function of an ostomy.
  • Recognize that general maintenance care of an ostomy is similar to the tasks of toileting assistance under activities of daily living and personal care services as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Describe how to incorporate the components of ostomy care into an individual service plan.

1 CEU for AL and PC

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January 26, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am


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