Focused Dementia Care Survey Tools

In November of 2015, CMS released Survey & Certification Memo 16-06 (SC-Letter-16-04-Focused-Survey-Tools), which included tools that were utilized for the Focused Dementia Care Survey process. These tools were released with the intent that facilities would use them to assess their own practices in providing resident care. Recently, the tools have been updated and current versions have been added to the National Partnership website via the following links (Resident Questions Worksheet 2018; Facility Questions Worksheet 2018).

The Focused Dementia Care Survey process is separate from the standard survey process, as are the revised tools. However, the new Dementia Care Critical Element Pathway (Form CMS-20133) was developed using principals from the Focused Dementia Care Survey process.