Improving Assisted Living Violations Part 1

woman-and-nurseThose who are responsible for the care of our elderly, they stand in a position of caring for those we love and in doing so must hold the position sacred. While to err is human, in a position where one is responsible for the well-being of another human being, a caretaker must stand above reproach. Impeccable standards should be in place and enforced, and nothing but the best should be deemed acceptable. The same is true for those who operate and work at today’s existing assisted living facilities.

To fall short is to fail the elderly community overall. Today the licensed workers who care for the elderly have standards, protocols, and well-defined processes, all of which must be met to ensure the safety, and the happiness of both the elderly and the loved one’s who visit them.

In the event that something goes wrong, the existing protocols and standards are not met, or if the position of caretaker is somehow violated, measures must be enacted promptly to rectify the situation. The goal of any corrective measure is to minimize the overall impact of the error or violation that has occurred and to take steps to make certain the same issue does not arise in the future.

Of course, we always strive to avoid errors in their entirety, but when they do arise, it is our job to learn from the circumstances and to assess the situation in order to identify exactly how to prevent the issue from ever happening again. Over the course of time, errors are reduced to a minimum and the assisted living facility is then operated like a well-organized system.

In our two-part post, we will make sure to address some of the most common issues that we see in these facilities that you should be aware of.

Common Violations

There are some common violations that occur in living facilities for the elderly and these issues have been identified by the Argentum (meaning silver in Latin), an organization formerly known as the Assisted Living Federation of America. The organization serves as a voice of the elderly, their families, particularly those living in senior living facilities. The same report covers areas of senior living facilities where compliance is actually improving. There are five issues of compliance that are slowly evolving as the areas of deficiency are being rectified.

Issue #1 – Improper, inadequate, or lack of proper employee/staff training.

Current status: The majority of the states within the nation have regulations in place regarding proper employee/staff training and education. In the event a new or existing employee has certifications that have become outdated, has missed important parts of training, or has not finished necessary training, at that time the provider is deemed as having a training deficient status. Year to year, state regulators have found a roughly five percent improvement in the area of training and staff education deficiencies. It is one of the reasons that at, we prefer to work with a small, but dedicated and educated long-term group of caregivers.

Issue #2 – Inadequate adherence to the guidelines for senior admission into the facility.

Regulations regarding admission are in place to ensure safety, not just for those being allowed admission, but also for those seniors already in the facility. Prospects must endure a thorough evaluation to ensure a good fit within a community and that the facilities have the ability to offer the proper care to a person once they are prepared to move into the facility.

States have different rules regarding admission, but such regulations must be acknowledged and followed to ensure the success of the facilities within each state. Seniors have to have TB tests before being allowed to move into a facility, and documents are required before one can be approved. From one year to another, the deficiencies in terms of adhering to regulations for admission have declined by about 17 percent.

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