A Look at Nursing Homes For the Immediate Future

A Look at Nursing Homes For the Immediate Future

If you’re wondering what the future of nursing homes looks like, you’re not alone as there are some question marks. As long-term care facilities deal with the aftermath of COVID-19, the need for a new approach is increasingly apparent. Market research reveals that many of the major players in the industry are adopting new strategies.

The Future of Nursing Homes

However, it’s unknown how those strategies will impact the future of nursing homes and its residents. Nursing homes should tune into the following four changes on the horizon to grow and serve clients better.

New Practice Model

The organizational framework that defines assisted living has remained relatively consistent for many years. Most facilities have shifted from a physical-needs model to a person-centered approach that provides holistic care to residents. It has ushered in many improvements, but room for further improvement still exists. A new practice model that combines whole-person care with a greater emphasis on residents’ social and emotional needs could emerge.

New Modes of Delivery

The pandemic forced every industry to try and shift operations online, and nursing homes are no exception. The nature of the industry made it challenging to reduce in-person contact substantially. Additionally, some parts of the experience have been moved online, including modes of delivering information. Families who want to tour a facility may now do so online rather than in person. Also, documents may be transmitted electronically rather than in a paper format. These changes are likely here to stay, and they may be a beneficial tool for nursing home risk management. Shifting some services to an online modality can make facilities more secure.

New Services for Clientele

Nursing homes offer clients a standard set of services. These services include housing, medical care, meals, and assistance with daily tasks. Some facilities built to this list, though, as part of the aforementioned shift in practice models. Some facilities further provide counseling and psychiatric care to support residents’ social and mental health needs. These new services mark a positive shift in acknowledging residents’ broad scope of needs.

New Policies and Protocol

Many nursing home policies changed when COVID-19 hit, and some of those changes are proving to be permanent. One of these changes was a shift from shared living quarters to single-occupancy quarters. COVID highlighted a fact that was true long before the pandemic. Double occupancy rooms increase the risk of disease transmission and can put an entire facility at greater risk of illness. More rooms designed to accommodate single people can be a significant investment in patient safety. Lastly, it helps propel the overall nursing home risk management.

About Connected Risk Solutions

At Connected Risk Solutions, we provide our agent partners with bold solutions for comprehensive insurance and risk management that are unmatched in the industry. We have market connections and collective decades of industry experience, including deep specialization in healthcare liability and managed care E&O, cyber and tech liability, management and professional liability, as well as captive management and risk management. We strive to develop creative solutions no other wholesaler can match and to help our agent partners give their clients the ability to achieve continued growth while simultaneously protecting against loss.

Our specialists, located in offices throughout the country, are responsive and engaged. To learn more, connect with us.

Table of Contents

Related Posts:
nursing home insurance
Safe Haven: Best Practices for Exceptional Care and Risk Mitigation in Nursing Homes
Providing quality care and protecting vulnerable residents should be the top priority for any nursing...
cyber insurance
Code Blue for Cyber Threats: Securing Patient Safety in the Digital Age
The healthcare industry increasingly relies on digital technology and interconnected systems to provide...
healthcare staffing agencies
Risk Management in Healthcare Staffing: The Importance of Excess Liability Coverage
Specialized healthcare staffing agencies play a crucial role in the healthcare industry by deploying...