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Nursing Home Task Force to “enable excellence”

Last week, the Governor’s Nursing Home Quality & Accountability Task Force began with the first of twelve scheduled five-hour meetings on Thursday. The Task Force met again this Tuesday. Discussions focused on the first of five domains that will be used to organize conversations, “Enabling Excellence,” and incorporated feedback derived from 50 interviews with nursing facility staff and stakeholders last summer, as well as comments gathered from the first listening session in Youngstown. 

Included in this week’s conversation were 39 concepts or themes that arose from conversations which ranged from long-range solutions like partnerships with high schools, community colleges and technical schools, to short-range programs like public recognition programs for high-quality providers. Other concepts included dedicated state funds for quality improvement projects, establishing standards for memory care programs, offering tuition assistance and loan forgiveness programs for staff, and building Ohio’s medication aide program. 

While weekly meetings of the Task Force are open to the public, they are not being recorded or televised. Members are invited to learn more about the process by joining the LeadingAge Ohio All-member call next Monday at 11:30am, which will feature AARP Ohio President Holly Holtzen, a member of the Task Force, who will share their perspective on the Task Force’s work so far. To register, click here.

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