Massachusetts Nursing Homes Criticized over Dementia Care Advertising

July 31, 2015 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Massachusetts nursing homes advertising that they provide dementia care may be "skirting" a state law intended to provide clarity to the public regarding services available, according to a July 15, 2015, Boston Globe article. At issue is a law that took effect in November 2014 requiring facilities that advertise dementia care units to have staff that meet state training requirements; even facilities that do not have dementia care units are required to have trained staff, because of the high frequency of dementia among nursing home residents. However, according to the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, nearly 60% of Massachusetts nursing homes advertising dementia care state that they offer dementia care while specifying that they do not have specialized dementia care units—an apparent attempt to avoid the law's strict requirements.

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