Elder Care: Federal Regulations Of Nursing Home

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Three years ago, Meredith Phillips’ mother, Georgia Svolos, fell and broke her kneecap, setting off a downward spiral that landed her in nursing homes on and off for a year. In one facility, she fell and broke her knee again, necessitating more surgery. All of the facilities were noisy and chaotic, and one smelled of feces.

So, when Phillips learned recently about moves by the Trump administration to ease regulations and fines on nursing homes, she was alarmed. “I’m horrified and frightened,” says Phillips, who lives in Westbrook. Her mother, now 78 years old, is living independently again—but her future is uncertain.

“These vulnerable people are at the mercy of the nursing homes,” Phillips says. “The homes need strong oversight. They don’t have enough, and this is going to make it even worse.”

After Donald Trump was elected president, the American Health Care Association, representing the nursing home industry, sent letters to him and Thomas Price, who was then his Health & Human Services secretary, calling for modifications of Obama-era regulations. Since then, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversees the nursing home industry, has published a series of new guidelines that address issues raised in the letters.

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