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New Senior Living Regulations to Implement in 2024

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Distinctive Living’s mission is to revitalize the older adult living industry. Our communities provide residents with highly skilled assistance and support; it is important to us to maintain high standards in regulations and safety for our residents.

As we enter 2024, changes to older adult living laws are underway, paving the way for a more structured, safe, and comfortable living experience for residents. 

New older adult living regulations to be implemented in 2024 include improved staffing requirements, comprehensive background checks, increased transparency and accountability, upgraded facilities, community engagement and mental health, and an end to the “one-size-fits-all” policy.

Improved Staffing Requirements

Staffing requirements are one of the most significant concerns in older adult living. A lack of staff can lead to extended wait times for assistance, among other problems. The new regulations will require all senior living communities to have a registered nurse on premises 24/7, seven days a week at all times, and are required to provide residents with a minimum of 0.55 hours of registered nurse care and 2.45 hours of nurse aide care daily. 

Training and education will also be mandatory for all employees working in senior living communities. Training will cover the standards of care and treatment of residents, along with communication and abuse prevention techniques.

These regulations indicate that a community with 100 residents will require approximately 10 nurse aids for each 8-hour shift

Staff Training & Qualifications

Requiring the staff in senior living communities to be well-trained and qualified is a key component of the anticipated regulations. It is our obligation to recruit expertise to our teams and to provide thorough training programs to help residents in assisted living and memory care lifestyles address their lifestyle demands.

Comprehensive Background Checks

The safety of seniors is of utmost importance, and comprehensive background checks will be mandatory for all employees. Senior living communities must conduct screenings on all employees before hiring, which will include checks with the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Enhanced Safety Standards

One of the primary focuses of the upcoming regulations is to elevate safety standards across senior living communities. In 2024, older adult living centers will be required to conduct emergency evacuation drills, ensuring that residents are well-prepared for emergencies. Additionally, communities will require fire suppression equipment, including smoke alarm systems and sprinklers, which must be maintained regularly.

This includes stringent measures for overall building security and medication and prescription practices. Implementing up-to-date technology will become paramount to ensure the well-being of residents.

Increased Transparency & Accountability

Transparent communication between senior living communities, residents, and their families is set to become a focal point of the new regulations.

Clear and consistent communication regarding policies, services, and any changes within the community are essential to build trust and promote a positive living experience.

Community members and their families must be informed of community licensing status, administrator information, contact numbers for reporting abuse and complaints, and any legal actions the community has faced.

Financial Transparency

To address concerns related to the cost of older adult living, regulations in 2024 are likely to emphasize financial transparency. Clear and comprehensive disclosure of fees, services covered, and potential additional costs will empower older adults and their families to make well-informed decisions about their living arrangements.

End of ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ Policy

One of the most significant changes in older adult living regulations is the end of the “one-size-fits-all” policy. This approach not only enhances the quality of care but also fosters a more homey environment for older adults.

Communities must ensure that residents’ care is customized and caters to their needs, whether a resident requires a more stimulating and active lifestyle, memory care, assisted living, or independent living. Failure to comply with this regulation can result in penalties and fines from the government.

Upgraded Facilities

Senior living communities will be required to upgrade and improve their equipment, facilities, and technology to provide better care for the residents. This includes better monitoring systems and equipment, updated electronic health records, and automation of facilities.

Technology Integration

The regulatory landscape in 2024 is likely to encourage the integration of advanced technologies in senior living communities. From smart home features to health monitoring devices, technology will play a crucial role in improving residents’ quality of life and providing efficient care.

Community Engagement

A group of seniors participating in a tai chi class

The regulations will require that senior living communities provide opportunities for residents to engage in social activities, such as games, group classes, and discussions. This regulation aims to improve mental health and reduce the risk of depression and loneliness often associated with aging.

2024 Regulations Pave the Way for Enhanced Quality of Life

Older adult living regulations continue to evolve, and the changes set to take effect in 2024 are a significant step forward in improving the quality of life in senior living communities. 

These regulations will ensure that senior living communities are safe, comfortable, and equipped with trained staff who can deliver quality care. The guidelines will bring welcome changes in the industry, such as comprehensive background checks, increased transparency and accountability, community engagement and tailored care, and upgrades to facilities and technology.

We provide experiences that our residents speak highly of at Distinctive Living. We assist our communities in distinguishing themselves as leaders in senior living by being willing to adapt to changes in laws and the needs of our residents and their families. To learn more about what we offer, get in touch with us today.

Written by Lisa Rogers

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