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Elder Care in Harvestland. Great Harvest Public Health Department Council in Geriatric Care. Overview. Poor standards exist in nursing homes Key issues and concerns Solutions for better emergency preparedness. Message # 1.

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Elder care in harvestland

Elder Care in Harvestland

Great Harvest Public Health Department

Council in Geriatric Care


  • Poor standards exist in nursing homes

  • Key issues and concerns

  • Solutions for better emergency preparedness

Message 1
Message # 1

Elder care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities inadequate in addressing needs of elders…

especially in times of emergency

and/or crisis.

Devastation in new orleans
Devastation in New Orleans

  • 34 residents of St. Rita’s nursing home died as a result of criminal negligence.

  • Owners and staff did not evacuate residents

  • 34 counts of negligent homicide have been filed; no convictions as of yet

    (Source: CNN News (9/13/05)

Elderly most vulnerable
Elderly Most Vulnerable

A majority of people killed by Hurricane Katrina were older residents unable or unwilling to evacuate in the rising floodwaters

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/10/23/katrina.deaths.ap/index.html

Inadequate care in harvestland
Inadequate care in Harvestland

  • Only 3 out of 9 nursing

    facilities have consistent staff/patient ratio

  • No nursing facilities have an operational emergency preparedness plan

  • Recent fire shows need to develop

    a plan of action

Dhhs recommendations
DHHS Recommendations

  • Minimum of two hours of care

    each day from nurses aides

  • Patients receive at least 12 minutes

    a day of care from registered


    • Source: http://archives.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/aging/07/24/nursing.homes.ap/index.html

Message 2
Message #2

Staff turnover is extremely high and is a contributing factor

  • Increase staff training

  • More rigorous health care worker certification process

  • Increase salaries and improve working conditions (e.g. schedules)

  • Higher licensure requirements for institutions and personnel

High turnover
High Turnover

Results from a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study revealed understaffing contributes to increased patient incidences of:

  • severe bed sores

  • malnutrition

  • abnormal weight loss

    Source: http://archives.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/07/26/nursing.home.danger/index.html

High turnover1
High Turnover

  • High turnover can lead to nursing facility residents vulnerable to injury or death.

  • Low staff-to-patient ratio doesn’t contribute to the safety/well-being of nursing residents.

Message 3
Message #3

Comprehensive policies and procedures, such as emergency evacuation, must be established and practiced.


Mandatory accreditation for nursing care homes and assisted living facilities in excess of those established by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

  • Establish operational procedure manuals and drills

  • Modify and improve staff variables

    • Increase facility and staff licensure requirements

    • Increase salaries

    • Improve schedules


  • Improvements require continued Medicare and Medicaid funding

  • Great Harvest Council in Geriatric Care advocates for reversal of cuts in Medicare reimbursement

Emergency preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

  • Create emergency plans for each long term care facility to be reviewed by the DOH

  • Practice drills on a regular basis

Target audience
Target Audience

Target audience for this story include:

  • Harvestland baby-boomers

  • Harvestland elderly

  • Citizen watch groups

  • Governors and legislators involved with funding

Best news outlets
Best news outlets

  • Local Newspapers

    • Harvestland Daily Tribune

    • Smaller regional weekly papers

  • Internet Outlets

    • Harvestland Daily Tribune web publication

Other resources
Other Resources

  • National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (http://www.nccnhr.org/)

  • The US Administration on Aging (http://www.aoa.gov/)

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medicaid/survey-cert)