Assisted-Living Regulatory Trends: Staff Training, Dementia Care, Medication Management

November 4, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Although assisted-living regulation can vary widely among the states, trends are emerging regarding requirements for staff training, dementia care services, and medication management, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) said in its Assisted Living 2016 State Regulatory Review. For example, California, Iowa, and Minnesota each implemented specific training requirements for staff caring for individuals with dementia, including minimum hourly training requirements and a focus on person-centered, nonpharmacologic care. Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Oregon put in place additional requirements for dementia care units, including new voluntary state endorsements and other state oversight, along with requirements for the environment of care and compliance with the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waiver final rule.

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