Advancing Excellence

FutureCare Health and Management Corporation has joined the nursing home quality campaign "Advancing Excellence". The mission of Advancing Excellence is to achieve excellence in the quality of care and life of our nursing home residents. This collaborative national campaign includes leaders from long term care providers, consumers, advocates, ombudsmen and government agencies. Together we have established an infrastructure to provide support and tools to nursing homes across America.

Currently our facilities are participating in two of the "Advancing Excellence" campaigns. The first campaign is "Hospitalizations". Hospitalizations goal is to prevent our residents from the trauma and risks associated with hospitalization when an acute condition can safely be managed in the facility. This goal will assist our staff to safely care for residents on-site using evidence-based and expert recommended tools and practices. This benefits our residents by receiving care from staff that know the residents' individual preferences and needs. Residents remain in a familiar environment. They avoid unnecessary, uncomfortable trips to the hospital and potentially long delays in emergency room. Potential hospital complications will be avoided.

The second campaign is "Consistent Assignment". Consistent assignment occurs when residents are cared for by the same caregivers particularly geriatric nursing assistants and licensed nurses. This has been shown to increase caregivers' familiarity and relationships between the caregivers and both the residents and family members. This benefits the residents by staff members knowing their daily routines. Residents have more choice and control over their day. Residents are more comfortable with the intimate aspects of care when they know their caregivers. Since caregivers are more familiar with the residents, they are more likely to detect subtle clinical changes resulting in earlier treatment.

In conclusion, this is one of many programs that FutureCare participates in to improve our residents' quality of life and care. Advancing Excellence provides us with tools and evidence-based expert advice on how to accomplish our goals for our residents. The two campaigns that we have chosen will help us to consistently achieve our goal of "Excellence".

If you would like more information about the advancing excellence campaign, please click on the following link: http://www.nhqualitycampaign.org/