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“Restorative care” refers to nursing interventions that promote the resident’s ability to adapt and adjust to living as independently and safely as is possible. This concept actively focuses on achieving and maintaining optimal physical, mental, and psychosocial functioning. Generally, restorative nursing programs are initiated when a resident is discharged from a formalized physical, occupational, or speech rehab therapy.

A resident may also be started on a restorative program when he/she is admitted to the facility with restorative needs, but is not a candidate for formalized rehab therapy, or when a restorative need arises during the course of a custodial stay. Restorative nursing does not require a physician’s order.

• Restorative Program promotes the residents’ ability to maintain their maximum functional potential and prevent the loss of existing abilities.
• Generally, restorative programs are initiated immediately following formalized physical, occupational, or speech therapy treatment plan.
• Evaluations of the residents’ home prior to discharge is performed for proper planning in the community setting, in the event physical alterations are necessary prior to discharge.
• Restorative Programming is also available to those individuals transitioning to long term care.