Why is a strong admission agreement important?

Why is a strong admission agreement important?

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2022 | Long-Term Care Facilities |

The need for excellent aging care is only becoming more important every year. The generation often referred to as Baby Boomers has begun entering this stage in their lives. Since they represent such an increase in the birth rate after World War II, there are a disproportionate number of Baby Boomers compared to other American generations.

This means that a facility like yours is going to be in very high demand and many people will want to be admitted. That’s why it’s so important to have a strong admission agreement. You need to be sure that you and every resident who gets admitted are on the exact same page.

Four things the agreement should contain

It’s also important to have a strong agreement because it’s going to define that relationship moving forward, and it’s going to set up responsibilities and regulations. Here are four different things that the agreement should discuss:

  • It should set up clear protocols that can be followed if a resident has a complaint or if a relative has one on a resident’s behalf. They should know exactly who they can talk to and what channels to go through to get things worked out. This can reduce frustration for family members and help find solutions.
  • The admissions agreement needs to comply with federal laws and state laws. It can discuss exactly how this is being done and ensure that residents know what rights they have.
  • The agreement needs to outline the responsibilities that will be held by the staff members on any given day. This allows residents to know exactly what type of care they should expect.
  • Finally, it should outline the conditions being placed on the resident as long as they are living at that nursing home or assisted living facility. You’re going to have different rules and regulations that need to be followed, and you want all residents and family members to know about these from the very beginning.

Your admissions agreement can also help if there’s a situation where you need to discharge a resident or where they are leaving and unhappy about it. Be sure you know about all of the legal steps you need to take to make this go smoothly and to protect the business.