New Law will Give Seniors in Nursing Homes Control of Their Care Options, Quality

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Source: The Washington Post

New changes in the law will give seniors in nursing homes more control of their care options and more access to quality care.

The new rules, proposed by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will require senior care facilities to implement more flexible services that consult the client every step of the way.

Because many senior care facilities are funded by the government, they must follow government regulations.

The new requirements include a particular time frame for developing a care plan for each individual person under care, greater variety and flexibility in meal options, and improved security.

“A person’s care has too often been decided only by the nursing home staff. And if the resident is lucky, he or she is informed about what that care will entail, what will specifically be done and who will do it,” said Robyn Grant, director of public policy and advocacy for the Consumer Voice.

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