4 Certifications All Elderly Care Home Should Have


Elderly care homes offer long and short-term care for seniors and mentally disabled adults. Administrators who run the facilities renew certifications for the facility to continue providing care. The federal government requires the facilities to accept Medicaid and Medicare insurance for patients. However, each state requires supplemental certifications for the facilities. Here are the 4 certifications all elderly care home should have.

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1. Certificate of Need 

The Certificate of Need defines the need for a nursing home in the target area. The findings of a thorough assessment approve or stop the nursing home facility construction. The purpose of the certificate of need is to stop unnecessary spending for nursing facility construction. The certificate of need is a requirement under the Health Planning Resources Development Act of 1974.

The laws refocus healthcare spending to underserved regions where a new nursing home is more helpful. Organizations that want to build and start a new nursing home for elderly care must meet all requirements as directed under the laws. You attain a certificate of need if you want to start a private nursing facility and provide care specifically to the elderly or mentally disabled adults.

2. Long Term Care Certification

The long term care certification is available to nursing home facilities that are eligible under federal laws. The facility receives certification by having state licensed beds specifically for a nursing home. The beds meet all long-term care specifications and identified as skilled nursing home beds.

The facility administrator follows measures to improve the quality of care for all patients on an ongoing basis. The services provided comply with all Joint Commissions standards. All services offered by the facility appear in a list of services available to patients for new or prospective residents.

3. Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility (NF)

The certification enables the nursing home to accept Medicare and Medicaid payments for their patients. According to the law, the nursing home achieves certification by offering specific services. First, the facility offers specialized rehabilitative services. The rehab services treat patients that have intellectual disabilities and mental illness.

Social services, pharmaceutical services, and dietary services are available through the facility. Patients receive emergency dental services, and the facility provides personal hygiene products to the patient. Licensed workers perform maintenance for beds and patient rooms.

4. Nursing Care Center (NCC) Certification

Nursing Care Center(NCC) Certification indicates that the nursing facility offers daily nursing supervision, restorative and rehabilitative care, and assists patients with their daily living needs. The facility receives SNF, NF, and SNF/NF payments. The nursing home provides care for at least two elderly or disabled patient every day. Without meeting the minimum requirements, the facility won’t receive the accreditation they need.

NCC standards centre on improving all healthcare outcomes for patients. Under the standards, the facility addresses memory care demands which create safety problems for the patients. The accreditation indicates that the facility provides treatment for cognitive impairments resulting from progressive diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia.

Elderly care facilities treat seniors with progressive conditions and require long-term care. The facilities assist elderly patients recovering from surgical procedures and need help on a short-term basis, too. Facility administrators follow strict laws when operating the facilities. All nursing facilities comply with the law by attaining certifications. Four of the certifications are NCC, NF, long-term care, and a certificate of need. 

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