Approval of nursing care establishments (216-RICR-40-10-1)


Objective and reason:

The Rhode Island Department of Health is proposing changes to the Licenses of Nursing Homes by-law to incorporate new references, add definitions for disaster emergency declaration, direct care nurses, direct caregivers, essential caregivers, direct nursing hours, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, physiotherapist assistant, speech language pathologist and vaccinee. The regulations also provide procedures for COVID-19 testing for residents and staff; provides procedures for essential caregivers during a declared emergency; create minimum staff in accordance with the law; and requires the establishment of a plan to fight against Alzheimer’s disease.


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