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Identifying Acuity Creep for better Assisted Living Care

Even with clearly defined standards and recording tools, it can be difficult to identify specific points in resident health when a change in care might be needed.

According to a recent best practices report from the American Health Lawyers Association, it’s important, though, to stay highly aware and responsive to changes. Assisted living is the fastest growing segment in long term care with approximately 31,000 AL communities serving over 735,000 residents. These communities are particularly vulnerable to risks that arise from remaining unresponsive to increased acuity.

Many unspoken factors contribute to nonresponse from both operators and staff. Often, residents desire to stay in their communities or in their homes where they are happy and comfortable. Other times, facilities can stretch the boundaries of what their licensing provides for in order to retain residents.

Ross Holland at Lancaster-Pollard offers an analysis of the AHLA report, which outlines specific risks and their hidden causes, as well as identifying proactive tips for providers to help manage risk more effectively.

Sources: American Health Lawyers Association. Best Practices for Managing Acuity Creep in Assisted Living, Lancaster Pollard. Acuity Creep: When Care isn’t Clear