Hurricane Sandy: A Lesson in Survival

Why it is important to have an emergency plan in place.  This article focuses on October 22, 2012 and sometime following, when the largest Atlantic hurricane on record left the East Coast in a state of emergency.  Read and understand what it was like as nursing homes were evacuated.  You also get a description of some challenges crews faced as well as the lessons learned from the experience.

Please see the full article from Long Term Living – July/August 2015 here.

From Inside Out: Gardens Meet Unmet Needs – Free Webinar

March 25, 2014:  Focusing on specific case studies, Jack Carman of Design for Generations will discuss how communities have worked together to create exciting outdoor gardens that involve both a person-directed process and excellent outcomes.  Please visit The Eden Alternative website at www.edenalt.org/component/option,com_registrationpro/Itemid,25/view,events/, or click here to register.

Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 3 – 7, 2014:  Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 4, 2014:  Annual Missouri Severe Weather Drill

The annual drill will be held on March 4th, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.  In case of actual severe weather on March 4th, the drill will be postponed until Thursday, March 6th, also at 1:30 p.m.  For more information, visit SEMA at http://sema.dps.mo.gov/.

Emergency Preparedness Winter Weather Special Update February 4, 2014

LTC Information Special Update  February 04, 2014 

The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation is sending the following weather-related reminders in light of Missouri’s considerable snowfall and ice accumulation across the state.  Please take time to familiarize yourselves with your home’s emergency plan, double-check your emergency reserves of food and other disaster-related preparedness items, and know that your service to the elderly in all types of weather is appreciated.

Winter Weather Information

http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/naturaldisasters.php

http://stormaware.mo.gov/

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/states.php?state=MO

Emergency Protocol for Long-Term Care Homes

The Emergency Protocol was developed in 2007 for communication between long-term care homes and the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation, in the event a disaster occurs that results in a loss of a necessary service.  (Electricity, water, gas, telephone, etc.)  This protocol was established to streamline communication so that homes can focus on what is most important – the safety and well-being of the residents.

This protocol provides the cellular telephone number corresponding to the region in which your home is located if you experience a loss in a necessary service that has the potential to affect resident safety or well-being.  You are encouraged to contact the regional main office telephone number during normal business hours, as survey staff carry the emergency cell phone and may be conducting a survey or inspection during working hours and may not answer immediately.

Please remember, this protocol is NOT to be used to self-report incidents normally reported to the Elderly Abuse & Neglect Hotline (1-800-392-0210).

Region Main Office Emergency Only Cell Number
#1 Springfield (417) 895-6435 (417) 425-8780
#2 Poplar Bluff (573) 840-9580 (573) 778-6495
#3 Kansas City (816) 889-2818 (816) 719-0089
#4 Cameron (816) 632-6541 (816) 632-9371
#5 Macon (660) 385-5763 (660) 651-1468
#6 Jefferson City (573) 751-2270 (573) 619-3338
#7 St Louis (314) 340-7360 (314) 623-2852

Missouri regional map: http://health.mo.gov/seniors/nursinghomes/providerinfo.php – click on Long Term Care Regions

Disaster and emergency planning resources: http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/

If you have any questions about the Emergency Protocol for Long-Term Care Homes, please contact the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation at 573-526-8524.

Ensure Your Local EMD has a Copy of Your Home’s Current Emergency Plan

Missouri is again experiencing extreme weather conditions, and there is a chance of even more inclement weather in the forecast.  The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation would like to remind you there are emergency preparedness representatives in your community to help you with emergency planning and are there to help in the event of a disaster.

You can find your local emergency management director (EMD) on the State Emergency Management Agency’s (SEMA) website at www.sema.dps.mo.gov.  Scroll down to Contact Your Local Emergency Management Agency and choose your county.

State regulations require all long-term care homes to provide a copy of their emergency plan to their local EMD.  Please reference the following regulations:

19 CSR 30-85.022 (33) and 19 CSR 30-86.022 (5)(A) All facilities shall have a written plan to meet potential emergencies or disasters and shall request consultation and assistance annually from a local fire unit for review of fire and evacuation plans.  If the consultation cannot be obtained, the facility shall inform the state fire marshal in writing and request assistance in review of the plan.  An up-to-date copy of the facility’s entire plan shall be provided to the local jurisdiction’s emergency management director.

For additional information regarding emergency preparedness, please contact Melissa Hope, Planner II, Division of Regulation and Licensure at melissa.hope@health.mo.gov.

Resources are also available on the Department of Health and Senior Services website, http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/readyin3/adultcare.php.

New Generations Quarterly Newsletter – Winter 2014

The Section for Long-Term Care has published New Generations – Volume 12, Issue 1, Winter 2014.  This issue is now available on our website, along with an archive of previous newsletters.  Please visit http://health.mo.gov/seniors/nursinghomes/providerinfo.php.

MDS and Flu Season

CMS posts the public Quality Measures on Nursing Home Compare, and consumers are able to view the percentage data that your nursing home offered and administered the flu vaccine during the current or most recent influenza season.

The 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) manual does not provide specific dates for influenza season.  This has prompted Missouri facilities to ask what dates are considered the influenza season in Missouri, in order to correctly code the MDS, which will be reflected in their Quality Measures.  Seasonal flu monitoring and reporting to the CDC in Missouri begins in early October and extends well in to the month of May.

For MDS coding purposes, if the resident is not in the facility between October 1 and May 31, you should code in Section O:  “Resident not in facility during this year’s flu season.”  For residents who are in the facility from October 1 through the last week of May, the facility is required to offer the flu vaccine as long as it is “reasonably available,” which means that it is still available to be ordered from your local pharmacy or supplier.

If you have any questions, you may contact Joan Brundick, State RAI Coordinator, at 573-751-6308 or email joan.brundick@health.mo.gov.

Health Advisory: pH1N1 Influenza

Health Advisory:  Pandemic pH1N1 Virus-Associated Illnesses and the Influenza Season in Missouri (12.26.13)

CDC Health Advisory:  Notice to Clinicians: Early Reports of pH1N1-Associated Illnesses for the 2013-14 Influenza Season (12.24.13)

Health Alerts, Advisories, and Updates are available on the Department of Health and Senior Services website.  For the most current information, please visit: http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/alertsadvisories/index.php.

Flu Season is Here

Homes are required to offer the flu vaccine to all of their residents.  Vaccination of your healthcare workers, although not mandated, is also important in preventing the spread of flu in your home.  Encouraging your staff to receive the vaccination can also help reduce absenteeism due to illness and reduce the costs of care associated with ill residents. 

Flu season information is available on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.

Safety Reminders: Holiday Decorations

It is that time of year when people are decorating their homes and businesses with festive décor and anticipating upcoming holiday celebrations.  Residents and staff in your care home also look forward to festivities and enjoy holiday decorations.  It is important for residents, staff and visitors to carry on traditions and to feel a sense of joy and peace we all want this time of year.

The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation (SLCR) wants to help you and your residents have a safe holiday season by sending out the following safety tips, references and regulatory reminders.

Fires or other accidents are not something anyone wants! 

Safe decorations include:

  • Artificial Christmas trees, and decorations that are non-combustible or flame retardant.
  • UL approved decorative lighting (use in supervised areas and turn off when not in use).
  • UL approved outdoor lighting.
  • Holiday decorations, including evergreen wreaths, ornaments, photos, etc. can be used on resident’s doors, and in hallways, as long as they do not exceed 3 ½” in depth and they are not blocking the entrances or exits.*

*Any combustible decorations hung from doors or walls in corridors may be used with a waiver.  Non-rated combustible decorations cannot exceed 20% of the wall space in an exit egress corridor.

SLCR published an article regarding holiday decorating in the winter 2011 edition of the quarterly newsletter.  Please visit http://health.mo.gov/seniors/nursinghomes/providerinfo.php.

Although the 2000 Edition National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101® Life Safety Code (LSC) is the official reference, the 2012 Edition contains some less restrictive requirements.  Please refer to the CMS memo regarding waivers here: CMS Memo S&C 13-58-LSC 2000 Edition National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101® Life Safety Code (LSC) Waivers, or visit the CMS website at www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions.html.

Prohibited decorations include displays, hangings, and other decorations that block exits, visibility of exits, or fire protection appliances.  Never hang decorations from fire sprinkler heads or pipes.

NFPA 101, Section 19.7.5.4:  Combustible decorations shall be prohibited in any health care occupancy unless they are flame retardant.

NFPA 101, Section 7.1.10.1:  Means of egress shall be continuously maintained free of all obstructions or impediments to full instant use in the case of fire or other emergency.

NFPA 101, Section 7.1.10.2.1:  No furnishings, decorations, or other objects shall obstruct exits, access thereto, egress therefrom, or visibility thereof.

 

Please note, some county or city local ordinances may also require compliance with more restrictive standards, including the International Fire Code (IFC).

 

  • F323:  Electrical Safety – Any electrical device, whether or not it needs to be plugged into an electric outlet, can become hazardous to the residents through improper use or improper maintenance.  Electrical equipment such as electrical cords can become tripping hazards.  Halogen lamps or heat lamps can cause burns or fires if not properly installed away from combustibles in the resident environment.  The Life Safety Code prohibits the use of portable electrical space heaters in resident areas.

 

 

  • Can candles be used in nursing homes under supervision, in sprinklered facilities?

CMS Memo S&C-07-07:  Nursing Home Culture Change Regulatory Compliance Questions and Answers

Answer: Regarding the request to use candles in sprinklered facilities under staff supervision, National Fire Protection Association data shows candles to be the number one cause of fires in dwellings.  Candles cannot be used in resident rooms, but may be used in other locations where they are placed in a substantial candle holder and supervised at all times while they are lighted.  Lighted candles are not to be handled by residents due to the risk of fire and burns.

This holiday season, consider using battery-operated flameless candles.  They look and smell real!  Learn more about candle fire safety from the U.S. Fire Administration at www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/holiday.shtm.

If you have any questions regarding the Life Safety Code, please contact SLCR at 573-526-8524.  We wish you a wonderful and safe holiday season.

2013 Annual Long-Term Care Emergency Preparedness Survey

The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation (SLCR) is conducting the sixth annual Emergency Preparedness Survey of all licensed long-term care homes in Missouri.  All licensed homes will receive the survey via regular U.S. mail.  Homes may complete the survey online at http://health.mo.gov/LTCsurvey/

Homes are asked to provide information concerning the development and contents of their emergency plans.  The information will be compiled to assist homes and emergency planners in emergency situations.  The survey is anonymous; no identification is required.  Your confidential responses are for planning purposes only and will not be used for regulatory reasons. 

SLCR received 538 responses last year and hopes to increase that number this year.  The section thanks all homes in advance for their participation and welcomes questions at 573-522-1333. 

Emergency preparedness planning resources are also available at http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/readyin3/adultcare.php.

Change Your Clock – Change Your Batteries!

When you change your clocks, do not forget to replace your smoke alarm and CO detector batteries.  Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3, 2013.  For more safety tips, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at http://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/Multimedia/?vid=61711.

View the news release here:  www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2014/CPSC-Urges-Consumers-to-Replace-Batteries-in-Smoke-and-CO-Alarms-When-Turning-Clocks-Back-/.

Carnegie Village to hold Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

September 14, 2013:  Bikes, Bingo & Babybacks in Belton, Missouri
Enjoy a 120-mile scenic tour from Belton to Weston with four bingo stops along the way.  The ride will end with a BBQ lunch at The Farmer’s House.  Pre-registration cost is $30 for rider & $25 for passenger and includes a T-shirt, breakfast, one bingo card and BBQ lunch.  Online registration is available at http://bikesbingoandbabybacks.ezregister.com/

For more information, please contact Gina Hodges, LNHA, Carnegie Village Assisted Living, 103 Bernard Drive, Belton, Missouri, 64012, Telephone 816-322-8444.  

Each year, individuals and organizations such as civic groups, social clubs, restaurants and businesses raise thousands of dollars for the Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter.  To learn more about DIY fundraisers, please visit http://www.alz.org/kansascity/in_my_community_13212.asp

Long-Term Care Emergency Preparedness Report 2012/2013

The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation (SLCR) conducted the fifth annual Emergency Preparedness Survey of all licensed long-term care homes in Missouri.  SLCR received 538 completed surveys and would like to thank the homes that responded.  For the first time, SLCR also conducted an Emergency Generator Survey that asked specific questions regarding a home’s electrical generator capacity.  819 long-term care homes completed this survey.  SLCR welcomes any questions concerning the surveys or emergency preparedness planning at 573-522-1333.  The new report is available on our website, please visit http://health.mo.gov/seniors/nursinghomes/providerinfo.php.

Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge

Governor Nixon and the First Lady are encouraging all Missourians to get outside and take advantage of the incredible resources found here in the Show-Me State by joining the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge.

Whether you run, walk, bike, paddle, or roll, everyone can participate.  The initiative is an opportunity to promote Missouri’s outdoor heritage, improve your health and have fun with family and friends.

  • Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation’s hiking, biking and riding trails.
  • The national award is presented every two years to the state that has made tremendous contributions to promote and improve their trails system.
  • Missouri State Parks offers almost 1,000 miles of managed trails.
  • Missouri is also the home of the Katy Trail, the longest developed rail-trail in the nation.

Starting on June 1, 2013, the Department of Health and Seniors Services and the Governor’s Office are challenging Missourians to complete “100 Missouri Miles” of physical activity by the end of the year.  Just visit the challenge website at www.100missourimiles.com to get started!  The website includes an official registry, a mileage tracker, health tips (including for seniors) a directory of trails (and their length) and an event calendar of upcoming outdoor Missouri events.