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Care Area Assessment Book with Triggers and Modules

 Triggers ~ Guidelines

CAA and CAT Summary Documentation

Easy-to-use checklists

20 Care Area Assessments in book and CD

CAAs and CATs flow alphabetically with MDS 3.0

Work CAAs and CATs fast and accurately with simplified CAA and CAT Modules 

Nutritional Status CAA Care Area Assessment

Cognitive Loss Dementia CAA Care Area Assessment

Introduction 1

Section V 3

Evaluating Triggered Care Areas 4

CAA Summary Documentation 6

Section V Notes Sample 7

CAA Summary Documentation Sample 8

Departments and Care Area Assessments 9

Care Area Assessment Guidelines and Resources 10

Care Area Assessment CAA Modules:


ADL Functional / Rehabilitation Potential

Behavioral Symptoms

Cognitive Loss / Dementia


Dehydration / Fluid Maintenance


Dental Care


Feeding Tubes

Mood State

Nutritional Status


Physical Restraints

Pressure Ulcer

Psychosocial / Well-Being

Psychotropic Drug Use

Return to Community Referral

Urinary Incontinence and Indwelling Catheter

Visual Function

CAA Summary Notes

This manual defines and explains the MDS 3.0 Care Area Assessment Triggers, formerly known as Resident Assessment Protocols (RAPs). The information and forms included in this book will help to achieve the accuracy of documentation that is essential to quality of care and regulatory compliance.

Supplementary material for Care Area Assessments- CAAs is included from current federal regulations and guidelines, and includes clinical resources.

CAA summaries are described, and examples are included to elucidate the process.

The 20 CAA Modules in this book are easy-to-use checklists of triggers, and include many other very pertinent MDS items to help make the care-planning decision clearer.

The applicable MDS sections are listed on the left side of the form, and flow alphabetically in MDS order for fast reference.

Ample space is at the bottom of the form for CAA Summary documentation notes.

The CAA and CAT Modules are included in the book and on CD.