A number of our fellow therapists are working in skilled nursing facilities in the US. It is also not uncommon for agencies enticing therapists with job placements in nursing homes. It is thus worthwhile to read this Science Daily news as it features Special Focus Facility (SFF) nursing homes.
ScienceDaily (Feb. 14, 2008) — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has built upon historic action it took last November by making public more names of underperforming nursing homes across the country.
On November 29, 2007, the agency began publishing the names of Special Focus Facility (SFF) nursing homes that had failed to improve significantly after being given the opportunity to do so. Serious deficiencies include such things as failing to give residents their medications in the correct dose at the correct time, taking steps to prevent abuse or neglect, inappropriate use of restraints and failure to prevent or properly treat bed sores.
Once a facility is selected as an SFF, state survey agencies are responsible for conducting twice the number of standard surveys and will apply progressive enforcement until the nursing home either (a) significantly improves and is no longer identified as an SFF, (b) is granted additional time due to promising developments, or (c) is terminated from Medicare and/or Medicaid.
As for neglecting their residents, the staff should also make sure that accidents like falls are prevented. Well, it is high time this survey has happened. People who stay in such facilities pay these nursing homes to take care of them, not to mistreat them.
Source: Science Daily