What is a BPOA?
Resident Behavior Plans of Action (BPOA) are specially formulated plans and goals. In much the same way, a care plan would function, a behavior plan does the same to address the mental health needs. It is also a tool or roadmap for the staff members as they interact and encourage the resident day to day.
Residents have every opportunity to discuss what ultimately gets written into the behavior plan of action. Why?
This is a matter of dignity and respect. We also know if the resident participates in the goals that are set, they are more likely to find motivation to accomplish them. We want participation from others as well, family, friends, and whoever the resident authorizes.
Behavior Plans are written by our licensed PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) and with the resident. This licensed behavior professional has a primary goal of focusing on the needs of the resident and establishes expectations and goals for the resident to work toward. Upon completion and compliance, phases are adjusted up and down.
Residents that live at Heritage Lane have many challenges. Those challenges include financial, hygiene, peer and social interaction, mood stability, etc.
The Behavior Plan of Action will address these challenges specifically and in detail. Examples of goals and expectations:
- May receive $1.50 after attendance of community meeting each day.
- Limit of 3 sodas per day
- Cigarettes will be held by staff. Residents may smoke 7 each day and only given 1 upon request
- Monitor for fluid intake
- Notify psychiatric practitioner immediately if any statements of suicidal thoughts
- Will do laundry by self with assistance from a Caregiver to prompt/teach as needed
- Be firm and direct, do not do anything which the resident can do for himself
- Redirect away from peers (to room for example) for 15 minutes if yelling or becoming agitated
- May purchase one health snack option per day from the community store
- If requests seconds for meals, may only have vegetables or proteins
To maximize the highest potential outcome and quality of life for each, every employee receives mandatory monthly training on these plans and their changes to ensure the details of the plans are encouraged on a daily basis. Every employee means activities, dietary, administration, housekeeping, …every employee.