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DHS news release

Feb. 29, 2008


Contact: Cary Greenwood, 503-945-6069, 503-602-9221
Patty Wentz, 503-378-6169


News conference: State increases standard for quality of care at nursing facilities



 

What: The Oregon Department of Human Services and the Governor's Nursing Facility Staffing Commission will announce new rules to improve quality of care at nursing facilities by increasing staffing on Tuesday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m. at Menlo Park Health Care, 745 NE 122nd Ave., Portland. When fully implemented, the new rules will increase the staffing at Oregon's 142 nursing facilities by between 500 and 700 workers.


"We believe there is a correlation between staffing and quality of care in nursing facilities and that this new standard will help improve the lives of residents in Oregon's nursing facilities," Bruce Goldberg, M.D., director of the Oregon Department of Human Services, said today.


The new rules, which go into effect March 1, do four things:

  • Increase the minimum nursing assistant-to-resident staffing ratio, which means there will be a greater number of nursing assistants per resident to help with daily activities (eating, bathing, etc.) in many facilities initially and most when fully implemented;
  • Require facilities to post their daily staffing ratios in public view;
  • Require facilities to report the staffing ratios to the state every quarter; and
  • Establish a monitoring system at the state to track compliance.

The public is encouraged to report facilities that do not meet the new requirements.


Who: Speaking at the news conference will be:

  • Bruce Goldberg, M.D., director of the Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Senator Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, commission member
  • Rick Bennett, AARP, commission member
  • Laura Blosser, certified nursing assistant at Menlo Park Health Care

When: Tuesday, March 4, 1:30 p.m.


Where: Menlo Park Health Care, 745 NE 122nd Ave., Portland. Parking: Visitor parking is available in front of the facility. Overflow parking is available next door to the facility behind Schuck's Auto Parts Store. Phone: 503-252-0241.


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