WOCN and UOAA Join to Help Assisted Living Facility Residents
WOCN joined with UOAA to create an FAQ document for patients in response to concerns that long-term care residents were being denied access to facilities because they have an ostomy. This document is intended to answer some frequently asked questions that owners or staff of assisted living facilities may have concerning people with an ostomy who wish to reside in an assisted living facility (ALF). Daily ostomy management is a simple process of toileting, an activity of daily living. People living with an ostomy should be welcomed and treated as any person seeking potential residence. WOCN/UOAA has spoken individually with several state chapters of these associations throughout 2021 and are currently working on state specific outreach plans. WOCN has agreed to provide an educational webinar to state chapters of organization who represent ALF in order to educate them on ostomy care. 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.