posted Mar 7, 2012, 12:46 PM by Frank Baskin   [ updated Mar 7, 2012, 12:50 PM ]

Mass House bill (HB 3947, An Act relative to dementia patients in long term care facilities - legislation  ...FOR MORE CLICK TITLE.... will create minimum quality of care standards for nursing home Special Care Units for dementia residents.  Currently, facilities in Massachusetts do not have to meet any specific standards in order to promote a "special care unit."The bill calls for the Department of Public Health, with input from the Alzheimer’s Association and the nursing home industry, to develop dementia care regulations in the areas of training, activities, and physical plant design.  See this link for additional background.

This bill has progressed further than it had in previous sessions.