National Skilled Nursing Care Week is May 9-15, and this year’s theme is “Through the Seasons.” The number of hours and self-sacrifice skilled nurses have contributed to long-term care is nothing short of heroic, and DHEC cannot thank them enough for their dedication to South Carolina’s communities.
As the regulatory oversight of skilled nursing facilities, DHEC is proud of the continued flexibility and professionalism that South Carolina’s skilled nurses have displayed throughout the ever-evolving response to the pandemic. COVID-19 has certainly presented challenges that our skilled nurses could not expect. However, it was with their knowledge and experience, that they rose to the challenge and overcame obstacles.
Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967, this observance is used to celebrate and recognize skilled nurses and their crucial role in healthcare, providing care for one of America’s most vulnerable populations. The week is the perfect opportunity to thank a skilled nurse for their unwavering dedication to the career and the community’s elderly.
Please join DHEC in celebrating the devotion and compassion these valuable healthcare professionals have exemplified throughout the past year and “Through the Seasons.”
DHEC’s Healthcare Quality would like to remind all nursing homes that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment (CMP) Program is an amazing funding opportunity to apply for that can provide aid and resources to nursing home facilities in South Carolina.
CMP funds may be used for, but not limited to, the following:
Activities that protect or improve the quality of care or quality of life for residents
Facility improvement initiatives, such as training or technical assistance
Assistance to support and protect residents of a facility that closes or is decertified
Culture change/quality of life
Projects that support resident and family councils and other consumer involvement in assuring quality care in facilities
Resident transition due to facility closure or downsizing
COVID-19 specific funding for virtual technology, such as iPads and tablets
COVID-19 specific funding for tents and shelters for outdoor visitation
After the deaths of almost a dozen nursing homes patients in Florida as Hurricane Irma knocked out power across the state, S.C. Rep. Wendell Gilliard reached out to the state agency tasked with regulating senior care facilities in South Carolina to ensure that the same doesn’t happen here.