Thursday, February 17, 2011

7,000 Nursing Homes Strong

February 17, 2011

This past week saw a milestone for quality improvement. Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes, a national campaign to help nursing homes achieve excellence in quality of care and quality of life, surpassed the 7,000 mark for participation into the campaign. This means that 7,015 of the nation’s 15,000 nursing homes, or about 44 percent, are actively taking steps and receiving support to make their facilities great places to live, work, and visit.

Nursing homes participating in the Campaign benefit from number of free, evidence-based tools that are tailored to specific goals of the campaign. Staff turnover, pressure ulcers, and resident satisfaction are just a few. The Campaign operates through a structure of Local Area Networks for Excellence (LANEs) to provide direct support in individual communities.

One of the most interesting features about Advancing Excellence is that you don’t have to be a nursing home to join. Staff, residents and even families can participate too. Check out the reasons why on their registration page, and if you’re on Facebook, be sure to look them up.

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