When CMS overhauled its long-term care facility survey earlier this year, few thought the new document would remain unchanged. They were right, and new elements have been added in alongside an updated on- and offsite survey set of protocols.
The coronavirus pandemic has made the vulnerability of American long-term care facilities even more obvious. Not only are residents more susceptible to infection due to age or disease, but the very nature of the facilities, from structure to care delivery, makes it easier for diseases to spread.
The Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Oregon was ready and waiting when COVID-19 to arrive on its doorstep, thanks to a comprehensive, far-reaching plan of action. Learn about their preparations and experience.
Much of the U.S. population has experienced some level of isolation since the beginning of the pandemic. A broad body of research links social isolation and loneliness to both poor mental and physical health.
In early 2020, CMS revised its survey process for long-term care facilities to focus on COVID-19 awareness and preparedness. What do facilities need to know?
Under the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, providers will continue to see focused dementia care surveys that pay special attention to usage of antipsychotic medication therapies.
Mental health challenges were already widespread in the U.S., and existing evidence suggests that the conditions created by COVID-19 would exacerbate many of them, leading to negative impacts and a serious mental health crisis.