Quality care standards for nursing homes have been approved by the governing body of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH).
The JCAH is a national, voluntary, nonprofit organization that creates optimal standards for quality health care, conducts onsite facility surveys, and presents findings to the management and professional staffs of the facilities.
The new long-term care quality assurance standard is patterned after a similar one developed for hospitals this year. According to John E. Affeldt, MD, president of the Joint Commission, "The new standard can be instrumental in elevating the quality of care for the elderly throughout the United States."
Dr. Affeldt said the standard was published in the new 1980 Accreditation Manual for Long Term Care that was available in October.