Documentation: The Essence of Client Care This article, edited by Donna D. Ignatavicius, RN, MS, DI appeared in the September 1988 issue, Vol 2, No. 4, of Focus on Geriatric Care and Rehabilitation. It is reprinted in part with permission from Aspen Publishers, Rockville, MD. The client record serves multiple purposes, including enhancing communication among ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 1997
Documentation: The Essence of Client Care
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Article   |   October 01, 1997
Documentation: The Essence of Client Care
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, October 1997, Vol. 2, 6-13. doi:10.1044/gero2.2.6
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, October 1997, Vol. 2, 6-13. doi:10.1044/gero2.2.6
This article, edited by Donna D. Ignatavicius, RN, MS, DI appeared in the September 1988 issue, Vol 2, No. 4, of Focus on Geriatric Care and Rehabilitation. It is reprinted in part with permission from Aspen Publishers, Rockville, MD.
The client record serves multiple purposes, including enhancing communication among members of the health care team, indicating the quality of care as part of quality-assurance programs, providing evidence of care for reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurers, documenting care in the event of lawsuits, and recording data for health care research. Each of these is outlined below.
Because the elderly client may need a variety of services, clear communication between service providers is critical. Proper charting helps the interdisciplinary team maintain the continuity of care and prevent duplication of services to the client. Chart notes also keep team members alert to changes in the client’s status and progress in all areas of care.
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