Higher Acuity in Assisted Living: Risk or Reward?
Recorded on December 19, 2012 (60 minutes)
Managing the clinical care of residents is an increasingly important part of the services provided in assisted living.  Fifty percent of assisted living residents have three or more chronic conditions and forty-two percent have Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. 

This session will focus on key steps to effectively managing higher acuity.  Addressing key high risk areas will be a focus of the presentation.  This will include wandering/elopement, falls, medication management, and care transitions.  The session will include a discussion how health care reform may impact acuity and resident services, particularly the new readmission penalties being imposed by CMS and the development of Accountable Care Organizations.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe at least three risks related to retaining residents with higher acuity needs.
2. Describe at least three benefits related to retaining residents with higher acuity needs.
3. Describe the potential impact of health reform on care and services in assisted living.


Josh Allen
RN,  C-AL, President and Chief Executive Officer

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