CMS's latest guidelines call for consistent staffing. PEAK is on hold during this time to give homes the capacity to respond to the pandemic. We have a team and the resources on consistent staffing to help. I sent the following message to PEAK homes. Please extend it to all homes in KS.
Friday, April 3rd, CMS released their newest guidelines on COVID-19. Their recommendations call for
COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Guidance April 2, 2020
• Long-term care facilities should exercise as best as possible
consistent assignment (meaning the assignment of staff to certain patients and residents) for all patients and residents regardless of symptoms or COVID-19 status.
This practice can enhance staff’s familiarity with their assigned patients and residents, helping them detect emerging condition changes that unfamiliar staff may not notice. The goal is to decrease the number of different staff interacting with each patient and resident as well as the number of times those staff interact with the patient and resident. Also, staff as much as possible should not work across units or floors.
i. Long-term care facilities should redeploy existing training related to consistent assignment, and ensure staff are familiar with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
If you will be working on tackling the
consistent staffing guidelines, PEAK 2.0 has resources
that can help. One of the PEAK cores, Relationships, outlines consistent staffing and there are resources to help you establish consistent staffing in your home that line up with CMS's guidance. I have attached these resources to this email.
The PEAK 2.0 Team is also available to help your team determine and plan of action and consult with your team. Please reply to this email if you would like one of our consultants to contact you.
All normal PEAK activities are on hold to provide homes greater capacity to respond the pandemic so our team is ready and able to help.
It is our honor to help build your capacity to serve elders during this time.
-The PEAK 2.0 Team