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New Regulatory Requirements for Assisted Living Communities

If your senior living community operates in one of the states that recently modified statutes or policies for licensure and certification, you’re part of a growing trend toward increased assisted living regulatory requirements.

“This year’s changes reflect that a growing number of assisted living residents are facing increasing needs, whether living with dementia or dealing with multiple chronic diseases. States are recognizing that assisted living can play a crucial, cost-effective role in caring for our nation’s seniors,” said Scott Tittle, the executive director of the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).

The 3 Most Common Senior Living Regulation Areas

Lilly Hummel, the NCAL’s senior policy director, says that most of the assisted living regulatory changes were narrow in scope and only a handful of states enacted sweeping changes to their policies. However, Hummel notes that changes in 2016 reflect a general increase in states’ regulatory requirements for assisted living communities. The most commonly impacted policy areas include the following:

1. Staffing & Training

California, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts and South Carolina: All reported changes to staffing and training. These changes vary from state to state and range from increased minimum staffing requirements to new mandatory training standards. To ensure compliance at your senior living community, be sure to familiarize yourself with the specific policy changes in your state.

2. Dementia Care

Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska and Oregon: If your community serves residents with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, you have new state-specific requirements aimed at improving the level of care provided and enhancing quality of life.

3. Medication Management

Delaware, South Carolina and Tennessee: With nearly a third of the adult population taking five or more prescription medications, the risk for adverse drug events has never been higher. New assisted living regulatory requirements in these states underscore the benefits of a comprehensive eMAR solution for reducing medication errors and improving prescription accuracy.

Stay Ahead of the Curve with Our Senior Living EHR Solutions

As the long-term care industry continues to change, MatrixCare senior living EHR solutions will help your senior living community meet the assisted living requirements in your state and beyond. Request a demo today to see how we can help you maximize occupancy, mitigate risk and improve quality of care. Or, call (800) 869-1322.

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Kelly Keefe, RN
Kelly Keefe, RN

Kelly Keefe, RN has been in healthcare for nearly 20 years with leadership roles in nursing management, hospital administration, and information technology. In 2011, Kelly began her career in the EHR vendor market as a Product Manager, fueled by a desire to ensure that health care workers would have access to solutions that would meet the demands of a changing healthcare climate. Working as Product Manager, Kelly was responsible for ensuring that her products met all regulatory requirements, while maintaining focus on ease-of-use and workflow considerations for the end user. Kelly made the decision to come to MatrixCare as a Senior Living Solutions Product Manager based on the forward-thinking strategy of the organization. “I love that at MatrixCare we have a climate of progressiveness that allows us to be ahead of the game instead of chasing regulations. We are the ones creating the standards in the LTPAC market and I am proud to be a part of these important milestones in healthcare.”

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