There are currently nearly 1.5 million residents in nursing homes across the country. Now, with the passage of new federal rules – the most expansive update in a quarter century – those residents will have more involvement in their own care.
The new regulations were first proposed in 2015 by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who advocated for a shift toward care that is “person-centered.” That includes efforts to:
- Hasten the development of care plans;
- Allow greater variety and flexibility in snacks and meals;
- Improved review of residents’ drug intake;
- Heightened security;
- Streamlined procedures for grievances;
- Careful review of discharges that are involuntary.