CMS Features Festus Manor Nursing Center in National Training Course

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Festus Manor Nursing Center facility was recently selected by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency which administers several health-related programs and is responsible for regulatory compliance, in its national training course.

Our goal has always been to provide the best standard of care for our residents. After assessing our residents and the growing scientific support for restraint-reduction, we committed to eliminating restraints in our facility.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency which administers several health-related programs and is responsible for regulatory compliance, has recently featured the Festus Manor Nursing Center facility in its national training course.

In a three-part CMS training series entitled, "Physical Restraint Use in Nursing Homes: The Exception Not the Rule," Festus Manor Nursing Center is prominently featured as an industry leader for its restraint-free environment. In the past, restraints and full siderails were widely used on residents in nursing homes, but such restraining devices are associated with risk of resident injury as well as with reduction in resident independence and personal dignity. While it's impossible to completely eliminate risk of resident falls, restraint-free environments reduce the risk of serious injury during falls.

Of the roughly 17,000 nursing homes in the USA, the CMS chose to feature the Festus Manor Nursing Center facility for its national training course. The Festus Manor facility decided to completely eliminate restraints years ago. Marylin Dawson, Director of Nursing for Festus Manor explains that, "Our goal has always been to provide the best standard of care for our residents. After assessing our residents and the growing scientific support for restraint-reduction, we committed to eliminating restraints in our facility."

The path to eliminating restraints requires that the facility develop alternative plans to reduce risk of resident falls and injury. In the majority of cases the injuries are less significant if a restraint is not involved. Dawson explains, "Being restraint-free doesn't just mean that you eliminate the restraints; you have to develop individual resident care plans using a team approach. We involve the families, the residents and staff from all departments and develop solutions such as mats on the floors, various types of bolsters, and lower level beds. It's hard work for our staff and requires on-going training and resident assessment, but our long-term efforts have paid off in terms of lower resident risk and greater personal empowerment."

Benjamin M. Klein, MBA, LNHA, Principal of Festus Manor and multiple other facilities across the Midwest adds, "We're pleased to be recognized by the CMS as an industry leader in their national training program. We decided to become a restraint-free facility to benefit our residents, but it's also rewarding to know that our efforts will help other nursing homes to deliver improved care."

For information on the CMS training webcast, visit http://www.cms.internetstreaming.com.

About Festus Manor Nursing Center:
Festus Manor Nursing Center is a 120-bed facility located at 627 Westwood South Drive, Festus, MO 63028, phone: 636/ 931-9066.

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