Regulatory Resources for 2020
Here are some resources for you to use in 2020.
Review Your Emergency Evacuation Plan
The year 2019 continued the previous weather pattern of hurricanes and other natural disasters, and a continuation of this pattern is predicted for 2020. NCALA encourages each member community to review their emergency evacuation plan. 10A NCAC 13F.0309
requires coordination and specific plan approval by the local emergency management agency and the local agency designated to coordinate special needs sheltering. One of our NCALA member communities received an A2 violation for not having an annual review and current evacuation plan in place. The local emergency management agency must be a part of the plan and the relocation of residents to a safe and acceptable shelter must be identified. This link (https://rmp.nc.gov/Portal/)
provides specific instructions and guidance for completing and maintaining a current evacuation plan.
Fall Reduction & Injury Mitigation, Balancing Residents’ Safety & Freedom
Resident Falls Management continues to be a grave concern. In reviewing a number of facility listings of penalties and civil lawsuits in assisted living, better management of resident falls is critical to the health of the resident and to the financial health of the community.
It is considered assisted living malpractice to simply allow a resident to continuously fall. Most of our ACH fall lawsuits involve a resident who suffers a series of falls without appropriate interventions. Instead of analyzing the care plan or determining appropriateness for continued residency, the ACH simply ignores the problem, keeps the resident in-house, and fails to propose any changes. As a result, the falls continue and, eventually, one results in serious harm or death to the resident.
NCALA has partnered with Legacy Healthcare Services to provide Falls Management training throughout the state in 2020, with an emphasis on assessment and care planning. Please keep checking the NCALA 2020 Training Schedule
for dates and sites.