McKnight’s Long-Term Care News discussed a pilot program that seeks to improve the care provided by struggling nursing homes in four states-including Illinois.
The program is being conducted by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging after a grant provided by the Commonwealth Fund. The program will be operated under the sponsorship of AEANH-Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes.
The new effort will seek to increase the quality of care given to vulnerable nursing home residents at targeted facilities. Specifically to qualify for the program a home must be in an urban area and have a high minority population on Medicaid with serious health complications. Facilities that have been cited by regulatory agencies for quality and care breaches are the focus of the effort. Homes in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Georgia are involved.
The program will attempt to increase repeated assignments for employees at these troubled facilities in an effort to reduce employee turnover. Organizers are hoping that consistent staff assignments will raise the level of care overall and improve resident satisfaction.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti are supportive of all efforts that will make life even a little better for residents struggling at nursing homes found to repeatedly violate laws and regulations. These programs, active government oversight of poor facilities, and nursing home lawsuits following egregious behavior are all tools used to improve care for our nation’s elderly. All of these options must remain open so that facilities motivated by profit can be held in check and not give-in to the temptation to cut-corners in exchange for a larger bottom line. If you or a loved one has suffered in any way from a negligent nursing home, please contact our offices today.
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