Staff members at a California skilled nursing facility were being hailed across the field for precisely evacuating more than 100 residents after they were given just minutes to evacuate due to a threatening wildfire.
Designing special care areas entails far more than four walls, a bed and medical equipment. Considering the needs for caregivers, as well as the usual ebb and flow of family and guests — both expected and unanticipated — requires a careful balance. Lighting, furnishings and other elements need to be considered to create a perfect space that is functional, inviting and calm, all at once.
A series of arbitration rulings this fall set skilled nursing providers back on their heels.