The Pioneer Network recently sent out these announcements:
Pioneer Network is pleased to announce that all of the proposals that its National Life
Safety Task Force: A Rothschild Regulatory Task Force submitted to the National
Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have been approved and will be incorporated
into the 2012 edition of NFPA 101® Life Safety Code®. The new
edition of the code can be ordered from NFPA. The description of the
publication on the NFPA website (www.nfpa.org) includes that there are:
“Revisions in health care occupancy rules to foster a more comfortable,
home-like environment.” This is due to the work of the task force, which
was made possible by support from the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild
The four proposals cover the following areas that will help to “create
home in the nursing home.”
- Kitchens serving no more than 30 residents will
be permitted to be open to the corridor and other spaces, and either
residential or commercial stoves or cook tops may be used provided certain
criteria are met.
- Furniture may be provided in corridors so that
residents can sit and rest and then continue to their destination provided
certain criteria are met.
- Combustible decorations will be permitted in
resident rooms, corridors, on doors, and in common space. There are limitations
on the percentage of coverage depending on whether the building is sprinkled
and where located.
- Gas or electric fireplaces will be allowed to be
used in smoke compartments that contain sleeping rooms, but not within
individual sleeping rooms, with some restrictions. Some of the restrictions are
that the controls must be locked and a sealed glass front must be provided to
prevent anyone from throwing objects into the flames.
In Arkansas, we are in the second year of a “change project.” This project involves working with nursing and assisted living homes in an intensive culture change program. These homes are working in partnership with the state’s Office of Long Term Care, the
Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care’s Arkansas Innovative Performance Program
(AIPP), and the Arkansas Health Care Association. During the first year there
were 18 homes in the project. In the second year there are 11 homes in the
project. The first homes continue to serve as mentors and continue the journey
down the road of change. Next year………………..
The information from the first year will be made available on a disk, titled “The Basic Blueprint for Implementing Culture Change.” The disk will be made available to all
homes in the state. The Blueprint for Change contains quotes and information
from the homes in the first-year project. Best practices and PowerPoint
trainings from this first year can also be downloaded from http://http://aipp.afmc.org/ToolsResources.aspx
The change from institutional care to person-centered care is a long road. Each year more homes will join the journey, more mentors will be developed, more information will be gathered and ………………………
The future may be as simple as sitting around a fire, eating home-baked cookies and looking at your granddaughter’s crayon picture of John Kennedy!