The new Choose Well Times for November has been sent to your email inbox, and we're posting it here for you as well. This issue contains an interview with Tami Amundson, licensee of 3 Sisters Hacienda, and how she works to attract and retain staff members. There is also Save-the-Date information about the upcoming 12/6 Advisory Workgroup Meeting, and the February 7th Lunch n' Learn.
Dan Bailey's Lakeside Manor is featured in the September issue of the Choose Well Times. The newsletter also reports on the latest PINS which have been added to the website. You'll find 5 cool things about Choose Well that you may not have known, and Chrisy Selder's article about staying in compliance with Title 22's water temperature reg is also a good read. In the Compliance Corner you'll see a reminder to have the LGBT Bill of Rights posted next to your nondiscrimination policy.
The new Choose Well Times for November has been sent to your email inbox, and we're posting it here for you as well. This issue contains an interview with Tami Amundson, licensee of 3 Sisters Hacienda, and how she works to attract and retain staff members. There is also Save-the-Date information about the upcoming 12/6 Advisory Workgroup Meeting, and the February 7th Lunch n' Learn. At the Lunch n' Learn, you'll earn 2 free CEUs on two very important topics: Liability Insurance 101 and the Ombudsman Program and Mandated Reporter law. Don't miss either of these relevant events.
Ensuring residents are served meals that meet their physical and nutritional needs and that facilities follow food storage, safety and cleanliness guidelines and maintain an adequate food supply.
Quality Measure 3 : All About Water Temperature
Ensuring a facility is clean, safe, sanitary and in good repair at all times and that all facility maintenance and safety guidelines are followed.
One of the most frequently cited Title 22 regulations is 87303, Maintenance & Operation. Between March 2013 and August 2018, 10% of the citations issued to San Diego’s licensed RCFEs by California’s Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (DDS/CCLD) were for deficiencies in 87303, with non-compliant water temperature among the top reasons for DSS/CCLD issuing the citation.
According to 87303(e)(2), an RCFE shall maintain the temperature of water used by residents within the range of 105 degrees (F) and 120 degrees (F). This article shares information on facility water temperature as it relates to compliance and resident safety and comfort.
Staying in compliance
In a facility, hot water has many uses – showering, hand-washing, laundry, dish washing to name a few.
Choose Well Quality Measure 1 – Activities & Socialization: Ensuring that residents have access to planned activities that are appropriate to the interests and capabilities of the residents.
Moving into assisted living is often seen by seniors and their families as a remedy to the social isolation experienced when living alone. For example, by moving into a facility, mom or dad will have greater access to peers, caregiving staff and activities. However, an incorrect assumption during this well-intentioned effort is that just because mom or dad is now living among more people in a more stimulating environment, they will not still experience loneliness
Quality Measure 1 - Activities & Socialization - captures Choose Well member compliance with state regulations governing planned activities for residents. The Choose Well Team compared Choose Well member compliance with the rest of San Diego's assisted living facilities. Here are the results:
Only one citation for planned activities has been issued to one Choose Well member back in 2015 (Table 1).
As fires ravaged the San Diego's North County in late 2017, many RCFEs were evacuated - surely a wake up call for reassessing your facility's disaster preparedness readiness. The RCFE Disaster Preparedness Task Force is a collaborative group of RCFE administrators and providers working together to support in Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery. This not-for-profit organization is hosting a FREE conference in Oceanside on 23 May 2018. So Save-The-Date and make your plans to attend. Knowing how to improve your facility's responsiveness now, may save the lives of your residents and employees in the future. For more information visit www.rcfedisasterhelp.com. Choose Well providers can become a member of this organization, and add their logo to your list of Distinctions on your Facility Profile Page.