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Originally Posted September 15, 2023Long-term care facilities, also referred to as Nursing Homes Working to improve the quality of care for elderly residents, the Biden Administration has given CMS the authority to implement new regulations that mandate nursing homes participating in Medicare and Medicaid to maintain minimum staffing levels and promote transparency. Outlined in a report from The White House, the new regulations target the long-standing concerns of understaffing and the impact it has on the quality of life and care of vulnerable residents in nursing homes. In this blog, we will discuss implications of the new rules and their potential to make an impact on long term care in the United States. Understaffing ProblemFor years understaffing has been an ongoing issue in U.S. nursing homes, with consequences being inadequate care to elderly neglect and abuse. The COVID-19 pandemic called attention to the vulnerabilities our loved ones face in these facilities, over 200.000 lives were lost in long-term care facilities (npr.org), which prompted a call for systemic change. As nursing homes struggled to cope with the demands of the pandemic, the need for more personnel and better staffing ratios became glaringly evident. New Regulation FocusThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced new regulations requiring nursing homes to meet minimum staffing requirements, in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of care for Medicaid and Medicaid recipients and are expected to have a profound impact on the industry. New Regulations Key Provisions Minimum Staffing Levels: Nursing homes are now required to maintain a minimum staffing level, ensuring there are enough nurses and other staff members to meet residents needs adequately. These levels will vary depending on the size and needs of the facility. Staffing Ratios: Facilities must now have an appropriate number of registered nurses (RNs) on staff 24/7 to provide skilled nursing care to residents. Transparency: Nursing homes must be transparent about their staffing levels and retention, making this information readily available to residents and their families. As staffing levels and turnover have shown to be directly correlated with quality of care1. CMS database of nursing home owners and operators.2. Improve transparency of facility ownership and finances.3. Enhance nursing home Care Compare rating website.4. Examine the role of private equity investors in the nursing home sector Accountability: CMS will enforce these regulations through regular inspections and assessments. Nursing homes failing to meet the requirements may face serious penalties of lose their eligibility to Medicare and Medicaid fundingPotential Impact There are several positive changes these new regulations are expected to make in the long-term care industry Improved Quality of Care: Appropriate staffing levels mean better care for residents, as their needs will be addressed more promptly. When a residents need is met in a timely manner it can lead to preventable medical complications and overall improvement in the residents quality of life. (PubMed) Improved Resident Safety: Incidents of neglect and abuse may decline with more staff members available, ensuring a safer environment. Better Staff Retention: CMS is investing $75 million in financial incentives, in things like tuition reimbursement to help improve retention at nursing homes. (npr.org) When a facility is staffed adequately it can reduce burnout and stress, leading to less staff turnover and hopefully as a result will attract more skilled professionals to the industry. Informed Choices and Transparency: Nursing Home Five-Star Rating System will aid families in making informed decisions when choosing a facility for their loved ones. Government Accountability: Oversight and government enforcement are critical in ensuring nursing homes are held accountable and lead to systemic positive changes.Challenges and ConcernsImplementation: Due to nationwide shortages in nursing and healthcare supportive staff, nursing homes participating in Medicare and Medicaid may struggle to meet the new regulations standards.Costs: Hiring additional staff equates to increased costs which are often passed on to the residents. The American Health Care Association believes that the proposal will worsen current conditions and cost nursing homes billions. (Associated Press)Monitoring and Enforcement: Effectiveness of the new regulations will rely on regular monitoring and enforcement by CMS. With 75% of nursing homes nationwide being impacted, this could potentially lead to closures and additional struggles, especially in remote areas. (Associated Press)Not Enough: Leader of Long-Term Care Community Coalition, Richard Mollot, called the measures completely inadequate. While admitting that the 24/7 nursing requirement may make small improvements in some of the worst facilities. (Associated Press)There is no question that we all want quality care in a safe environment for our elderly and loved ones. While there will be many challenges to overcome implementation, the benefits in enhanced quality care, resident safety, and transparency outweigh the concerns. Only time will tell if these new regulations will truly be able to aid nursing homes in making changes that yield positive long-term outcomes for residents. Families being able to make better and more informed choices as to where their loved ones receive care is a step in the right direction. After decades of caring for loved ones, there is nothing that can compare to having a family member or friend that checks in on their person regularly. Being present and knowing youre coming has a positive impact not only on the residents but the staff too. Long-term care is a team effort and taking an active role to be a positive part of that team can make a significant difference. 'Britt Hemsell | Senior Living Advisor & Blog ContributorResources:The Associated Press by Matt Sedensky: reader.dallasnews.com/infinity/article_popover_share.aspx?guid=87cfddf9-73c6-4259-a88b-e6e912921658The White House: FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Steps to Improve Quality of Nursing Homes | The White HouseNPR: Biden New Federal Standards for Nursing Home Care : NPRPubMed: The association between nurses' burnout and objective care quality indicators: a cross-sectional survey in long-term care wards - PubMed (nih.gov)
Are you considering a lifestyle change that allows you to embrace your golden years fully? Independent Living might just be the path youre looking for! In this blog, well dive into the ins and outs of Independent Living and answer all your burning questions.1. What is Independent Living?At its core, Independent Living is a senior living option designed for individuals who want to maintain an active and vibrant lifestyle while shedding the responsibilities that come with homeownership. Independent Living provides a community-oriented approach with a supportive environment while allowing you to maintain your independence.2. How do I know Independent Living is right for me?If you find yourself yearning for a hassle-free life that offers companionship, security, and various amenities, Independent Living might be your perfect fit. Its ideal for seniors who are relatively self-sufficient but desire a sense of community and the convenience of having services like housekeeping, maintenance, and recreational activities taken care of.3. What is life like living in an Independent Living community?Living in an Independent Living community is like being part of an extended family. Youll have your own private living space typically an apartment complete with all the comforts of home. Beyond your personal living space, these communities provide a range of amenities such as fitness centers, swimming pools, libraries, and social activities. Its a world of opportunities to socialize, learn, and have fun.4. What is the food like in an Independent Living community?Expect the dining experience in an Independent Living community to be a delightful highlight. Many communities offer restaurant-style dining with diverse menus and options that cater to various dietary preferences. Its a chance to enjoy chef-prepared meals without the hassle of grocery shopping and cooking. Plus, sharing meals with friends can become a cherished routine.5. How do I find an Independent Living Community that is right for me?Finding the right Independent Living community involves thoughtful research. Here are some points to help you as you begin this journey:Research Online: Use online platforms to search for Independent Living communities in your desired location. Read reviews, check out their websites, and get a feel for their offerings.Visit in Person: Narrow down your choices and schedule visits to the communities youre interested in. This will allow you to experience the atmosphere, amenities, and community vibe firsthand.Ask Questions: Prepare a list of questions to ask during your visits. Inquire about services, fees, activity schedules, and anything else that matters to you.Talk to Residents: If possible, talk with current residents. Their insights can provide a candid perspective on what life is truly like within the community.Consider Your Needs: Think about your current and future needs. Will the community meet your medical, social, and recreational requirements?Financial Planning: Understand the costs involved and whether they align with your budget. Some communities offer different pricing structures, so explore your options.Trust Your Instincts: Ultimately, trust your gut feeling. Choose a community where you feel comfortable, happy, and excited about the possibilities.Embarking on the Independent Living journey is about embracing a new chapter filled with camaraderie, convenience, and enrichment. As you ponder the questions and delve into the details, remember that this decision is about creating a lifestyle that resonates with your desires and aspirations. Happy exploring!At Grace Management, Inc., we strive to make sure each and every individual feels at home in our communities. Are you interested in learning more? Head over to the communities page on our website to find a community near you.