Tag: assisted living

OSHA increases penalty rates

To adjust for inflation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased their civil monetary penalties for other-than serious, serious, and failure to abate violations (from $12,615 per violation to $12,934, an increase of $319) as well as the penalty for willful and repeat violations (from $126,749 per violation to $129,336, an increase of $2, […]

Educate your residents for enhanced infection control

This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s infection control guide, Infection Control: How to Implement an Effective Approach for Long-Term Care, written by subject matter expert Brian Garavaglia, PhD, FACHCA. Adults bring a lifetime of experience to the learning situation, and most of them are capable of self-direction. They often relate the development of […]

[NEW] Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living

Senior living facilities are largely governed by individual state regulations, and many states do not mandate quality assurance and compliance checks. As a result, these organizations are left with few resources and limited funds to ensure quality; they also lack the monitoring necessary to measure and improve OSHA compliance, as well as ensure the effectiveness […]

Fire safety guidance for senior living

This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s new title, Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living, a cost-effective, all-inclusive guide to improve safety and satisfaction in your senior living facility. Fire drills should be done based on your state regulations and/or your facility’s policy and procedures. Staff must be […]

Skilled nursing and senior living facilities have until December 15 to submit workplace injury reports

Per a final rule published in early 2016, OSHA requires industries considered to have high workplace related injury and illness rates–including skilled nursing and senior living facilities–to submit workplace injury reports electronically to be published on OSHA’s new Injury Tracking Application (ITA) site. In May, OSHA extended the original submission deadline from July 2017 to […]

Pre-employment screening can weed out potential thieves

This post has been adapted from HCPro’s Theft Prevention Guide for Senior Living, written by industry expert Stefanie Corbett, DHA. With staffing shortages, high turnover rates, and increased competition for employees in the long-term care industry, it can be a race to make an offer and hire a prospective employee. However, pre-employment is not a […]

Licensing standards for ALFs effective October 11

Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) has adopted amendments regarding a change of ownership in 40 TAC Chapter 92, Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities, effective October 11, 2017.  The adopted rules: Specify that a change of ownership occurs when the federal taxpayer identification number of the license holder changes; Require a license holder that […]

Steps for creating an effective quality assurance program for senior living facilities

Editor’s note: This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s upcoming title, Disaster Planning, Environmental Safety, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for the Senior Living Community by Karen T. Stratoti, RN, BSN, LNHA, CALA. This resource is a cost-effective solution to improve safety and satisfaction in your facility, including staff training activities, sample policies and […]