NCAL extends assisted living quality campaign through 2018

Some facilities have incorporated pets into an antipsychotic reduction program
Some facilities have incorporated pets into an antipsychotic reduction program

Assisted living quality initiatives will focus on increasing satisfaction while reducing turnover, re-admissions and antipsychotics use, the National Center for Assisted Living announced on Tuesday.

“The Quality Initiative has made a palpable difference in the lives of thousands of our residents these past few years. We can't stop here,” NCAL Executive Director David Kyllo said. “Our pursuit of person-centered care doesn't have a deadline, but these goals are important milestones for our journey.”

Inspired by the “100,000 Lives” campaign, NCAL and the American Health Care Association originally established the program to demonstrate the long-term and post-acute care profession's commitment to quality.

The four major quality goals through March 2018 will be:

  • Maintaining nursing and direct care staff turnover below 40%;
  • Maintaining 90% positive resident and/or family member satisfaction rates;
  • Safely reducing hospital readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharges by 15%; and
  • Safely reducing off-label use of antipsychotic medications by 15%.

NCAL said individual assisted living communities already excelling with low hospital readmission and antipsychotic usage rates are encouraged to maintain their rates for both areas at or below 5%.

AHCA last week released its Quality Initiative geared toward skilled nursing care centers.

AHCA announced earlier this year it plans to maintain the momentum in curbing antipsychotic use in nursing homes after learning that a nearly 20% three-year decline exceeded its own expectations.