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Sunday, August 2, 2015

New Rules Have Been Proposed Regarding Nursing Home Safety

Right now, Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries make up more than 50 percent of the residents in the United States in long-term nursing home and care facilities. The Obama administration has decided to modernize the rules pertaining to the safety of the residents in order to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid payments. The plan is said to change aspects such as staffing, infection control, training, meal times and usage of certain drugs.

Examples of such changes include making rooming arrangements for same-sex couples, siblings, relatives and friends. There will also be also be alternative meal times for residents who eat at different times than normally scheduled.

As far as training goes, nurses will need to be trained in dementia care as well as in the prevention of abuse on the elderly. It is often reported that patients with dementia are often treated with dangerous antipsychotic drugs. The addition of the training will eliminate this danger and promote safety to the residents.

Once the plan is implemented, enforcement ideas will follow to ensure that the safety and needs of nursing home residents is always a priority.


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