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CMS's Specialty Focus Facility Initiative Program: What is it and why it matters to anyone choosing a nursing home.
When it’s time to choose a nursing home for yourself or a loved one, making the choice can be one of the most difficult yet important decisions. And although there are many general guides on what to look for when choosing a nursing home, one resource that is still little known is the Specialty Focus Facility Initiative Program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).
The name “bed sore” sounds innocuous, and can summon images of sore muscles from sitting too long or sleeping awkwardly perhaps. But it is much more serious and incredibly dangerous, even leading to death in some instances.
One of the major issues in nursing home facilities is the frequent heavy lifting or repositioning of residents that exceed the lifting capacity of their caregivers. Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities therefore use mechanical lifting equipment to aid in moving residents.