This month, the National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform will kick off a two year commitment to improving the quality of care in the nation’s nursing homes. In conjunction with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the American Health Care Association, the American Medical Directors Association, and the Commonwealth Fund, one of the foremost goals of the initiative is creating awareness on a national level of the grave conditions in many of our nation’s nursing homes. The initiative has enumerated eight specific goals it hopes to accomplish by the projects end:
1. Reduction in high risk pressure ulcers 2. Reduction in the use of daily physical restraints 3. Improvement in pain management in long stay residents 4. Improvement in pain management in short stay (post acute) residents 5. Setting individualized quality improvement targets 6. Regularly assessing resident and/or family satisfaction and incorporating this information in their quality improvement activities;
7. Reduction Regularly measuring staff turnover and working to reduce turnover rates
8. Adoption of consistent assignment whereby residents are regularly cared for by the same caregiver.
For more information on the campaign and NCCNHR, visit their website.