Lawmakers propose nursing home fire safety legislation

Share this article:

Hoping to have more success with a Democratic-controlled Congress, legislators have reintroduced a nursing home fire safety bill.

The Nursing Home Fire Safety Act of 2007, which Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced late last week, would require that every nursing home in America is equipped with automatic fire sprinkler systems. The legislation would authorize $450 million for loans and $100 million for "hardship" grants over five years to qualifying nursing homes. Larson introduced similar legislation during the last Congress.

"This legislation offers providers the resources they need to secure contractors and finance the costs of systems that will keep [nursing home residents and staff] safe," Barbara Gay, director of information with the American Association of Homes and Services for Aging, told McKnight's.
Share this article:

More in News

Nursing home administrators do not believe that pay-for-performance improves care quality or facility profitability, survey shows

Nursing home administrators do not believe that pay-for-performance ...

Most nursing home administrators do not believe that pay-for-performance initiatives lead to improved resident care or stronger bottom lines, according to findings recently published in the Journal of Aging and ...

Former CNA gets 16-year prison sentence for stealing nursing home residents' identities

Three former nursing home aides are facing prison time for stealing residents' identities and conning the government, state and federal authorities announced Thursday.

Aggression strongly signals pain only when dementia reaches advanced stages, researchers find

For a person with dementia, the link between aggressive behavior and physical pain is strong only in the condition's advanced stages, University of Florida researchers have found.