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Assisted Living Has Many Incarnations

Seattle Times columnist Liz Taylor answers a writer's question on the rules of nursing services in assisted living in "Cryptic eldercare rules mean family must ask the right questions," and in the process, gives an enlightening view of some types of elder care.

From Taylor:

"What's up is that our society is becoming increasingly more bureaucratic and litigious. To "promote the safety and well-being" of assisted-living residents, the state's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) adopted significant new regulations in 2004 that set out precise (read: rigid, difficult for consumers to understand) rules for what providers can and can't do for residents. Another interpretation: While DSHS truly does want to promote resident safety, it also wants to protect itself from lawsuits for failing to ensure good care."

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I've noticed some of the changes, myself, in what in-home caregivers can do. It's very confusing for everyone, and hard to keep up with, even for those who work in the field.

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Interesting reading about the regulations. The "lite care" to avoid litigation explained some of the differences in care. In-home paid agency caregivers have seen a lot of changes, and we can't do some of the things we used to do.

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