Dr. Vivian Greenway
July 29, 2013
Long-term care is not really something someone thinks about until they are faced with the challenge of finding a quality long-term care facility to care for their aging or ill family member. Most of us have probably known someone who is in a long-tern facility, and most of us would never want to be placed in one due to the impression that we have about them as being dreary, dirty, smelly, and where you go to die. We have seen a change lately in reforming how people think about nursing homes and the care that is provided in them. “The culture-change movement is a broad-based effort to transform nursing homes from impersonal health care institutions into true person-centered homes offering long-term care services” (Koren, 2010).
In the article Person-Centered Care For Nursing Home Residents, by Mary Jane Koren, she talks about the importance of patient-centered care and what needs to be done to help make improvements. One of those points that she talks about is when the culture-change movement began and how we got there. The Institute of Medicine published an article called “Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes”, and in this article they talked about what needed to be done and the changes in regulatory policies and procedures that were necessary to help ensure that residents in nursing homes are receiving quality care. (Koren, 2010).
There was some reform that was implemented after this report that helped to give some regulatory guidelines that had to be followed. “The newly enacted law required that each nursing home resident “be provided with services sufficient to attain and maintain his or her highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being”” (Koren, 2010). In implementing this they were trying to help make sure that all residents were getting quality care. This can be easier said than done. It is important that the resident has a part in the...
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