A Patient Review Instrument (PRI) and SCREEN are required before any person can enter a skilled nursing facility. A PRI is used to determine the level of care a person requires. The SCREEN determines the type of facility that can best meet the individual's needs.

A PRI is very thorough and includes an assessment of:

  • Medical conditions
  • Treatments
  • Medications needed
  • Special diets or therapies required
  • Physical ability to perform acts of daily living such as eating, moving, and toileting
  • Behaviors such as aggressiveness and disruptiveness

The SCREEN uses information gathered from the PRI and has two purposes. The first is to determine a person’s potential to be appropriately cared for in a setting other than a Residential Health Care Facility (RHCF) the second is to assess persons being recommended for RHCF placement for possible mental illness and/or mental retardation or developmental disabilities.

A PRI/SCREEN is not required for a person who wants/requires an Adult Home Level of Care or Assisted Living Level of Care (ALPS).

Prior to requesting a PRI/SCREEN, for placement in a facility, the family should discuss placement with their loved one and submit an application for each facility that the PRI/SCREEN will be sent. The PRI/SCREEN for a Residential Health Care Facility placement should be requested no more than 90 days prior to admission.

In our community, Nascenta Health provides PRI/Screen Assessments for a fee. They may be reached at (315) 477-4663 or at this website.

For more information, please call (315) 798-5456.

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