A non-profit federation of long-term care facilities recently applauded the efforts of two lawmakers for introducing bipartisan legislation to mandate automatic fire sprinkler systems in long-term care facilities. U.S. Senators Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Burr (R-NC) recently introduced the Nursing Home Fire Safety Act of 2007 to help improve patient safety in long-term care facilities. The bill also provides loans and hardship grants to facilities to help ensure compliance, setting aside $450 million for low-interest loans and $100 million for grants over the next five years. Beyond fire prevention measures, fire suppression technology is particularly important in long-term care facilities because residents typically have difficulty ambulating and staffing levels are low, making evacuations inherently difficult.
Previously on the DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog, we have posted articles related to:
- The Elder Justice Act
- Medicare proposals to require fire sprinklers
- AARP checklist for selecting a nursing home
- Consumer Reports nursing home ratings
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