Adult Care Homes Best Practices Guidelines

Fall Management

In 2004, a Kansas Department on Aging (now Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services) Quality Practice Work Group was convened to address complex care issues in adult care homes. The group is comprised of then KDOA staff as well as staff from adult care homes, associations and organizations. Best Practices Guidelines for Fall Management were developed.

Falls are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among the elderly who reside in nursing facilities. About 50 percent of residents fall annually, and 10 percent of these falls result in serious injury, especially hip fracture.

These guidelines are intended to provide Adult Care Homes with guidance and tools to assist their staff with resident assessment, care planning, fall investigation and appropriate interventions to mediate the number and consequences of resident falls. These are not required documents and their use does not necessarily assure compliance with State or Federal Regulatory requirements.

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Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI)

In 2012, a Kansas Department on Aging (now Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services), Quality Practice Work Group was convened to address quality assurance and quality improvement in adult care homes. The group was comprised of agency staff as well as staff from adult care homes, associations and organizations. Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement Resource Tools were gathered and developed.

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement is a pro-active and data driven approach to quality improvement. Activities of this comprehensive approach are designed to involve all members of an organization to continuously identify opportunities for improvement, and address gaps in systems through planned interventions in order to improve the overall quality of the care and services delivered to long-term care residents.

The state of Kansas follows the Quality Improvement Survey (QIS) Process for nursing homes and long term care units of hospitals. The tools provided are intended to guide Adult Care Homes in using components of the QIS process in their Quality Assurance and Improvement Programs. The provided tools were adapted from portions of the QA programs currently used in the nursing homes of the workgroup representatives and developed from tools used in the QIS process. KDOA appreciates the contributions of the workgroup members and their nursing homes and organizations.

The provided tools are not required documents and their use does not necessarily ensure compliance with State or Federal Regulatory requirements.

Resident Specific Review Tools​​

Resources