This is the first comprehensive revision to the regulations since they were issued in 1991, the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care explains. The new rules are set to be implemented in three phases. The first phase became effective last month, and the second will go into effect November 2017, the third in November 2018.
With Rebecca Geyer playing an active role in three separate legislative advisory groups, we feel proud to have played a part in the ongoing effort to provide residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities with improved care and enhanced protections.
Some of the language used in the document is very positive, showing the intention to allow nursing home residents as much independent decision-making as possible:
- freedom from physical and chemical restraint
- quality of life
- adverse events
- misappropriation of property
- sexual abuse
The general idea is clear: help and protect residents, but, wherever possible, consider the resident’s preferences!
- by Ronnie of the Rebecca W. Geyer blog team