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These are the first comprehensive updates to long-term care requirements since 1991

The New York Times put out a great article on January 27th called, Nursing Home Residents Gain New Protections. I am going to highlight a few pieces of information in the article (which you should read). 

"The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last fall issued a broad revision of nursing home regulations; the first batch took effect in late November, with the rest to be phased in this year and in 2019."

The regulations strengthen residents’ control over certain decisions important to their daily lives. Things like: 

  • Residents can invite guests at any time, family or friend, as long as they are not disturbing anyone. 

  • Making it easier for residents to choose their roommate. 

  • The regulations call for expanded staff training in preventing elder abuse and in caring for patients with dementia.

I highly recommend reading the article. It contains a ton of excellent information on the changing regulatory landscape.