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May 19, 2010

Governor Douglas Announces “Enhancing Quality of Life” Grant Recipients

Montpelier, Vt. (may 19, 2010) – Governor Jim Douglas today announced the “Enhancing Quality of Life” grant recipients. More than $160,000 will go toward measures that will improve the quality of life for residents in Vermont nursing facilities.

“These grants will enable our high quality nursing facilities to further enhance the nursing home residents’ everyday experiences” said Governor Douglas. “I am pleased that we will be able to help our elders live better, fuller lives.”

The grants are funded from penalties collected from nursing facilities across the state over the last decade for regulatory deficiencies. By law, these funds must be directed to improve resident life in Vermont nursing facilities.

“It took ten years to accumulate enough money to make this grant process successful,” says Jim Beeler, President of the Vermont Health Care Association, the trade organization representing long term care providers. “That says something about the high quality services our nursing facilities provide.”

The competitive grant process was open to all of Vermont’s 42 nursing facilities as well as others interested in implementing quality improvement projects in nursing facilities. Eight projects were awarded a combined $166,654. Winning project ideas ranged from creating a courtyard garden to implementing a nationally recognized end of life program for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related diseases.

Each applicant submitted a proposal on how they would use the money to make improvements for the benefit of nursing home residents. The projects were required to have a continuing and long-term beneficial effect on the quality of life of residents in nursing homes.

“The winning projects are consistent with our members’ continuous focus on quality improvement and ‘culture change’,” said Laura Q. Pelosi, Executive Director of the Vermont Health Care Association. “We’re excited because these projects will enhance the individual residents’ experiences in such a positive way.”

Grant award recipients include Derby Green in Derby; Mountain View Center in Rutland; Pine Heights at Brattleboro; Porter Healthcare and Rehab Center in Middlebury; Starr Farm in Burlington; Thompson House in Brattleboro; the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington; and PHI in coordination with Bel-Aire Center in Newport, Greensboro Nursing Home and Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.

Grant recipients were acknowledged at an event on May 19. In addition, the Vermont Health Care Association will designate the 2010 Nursing Home Gold Star Employers to those facilities that have achieved success in creating a workplace that staff enjoy and take pride in. To round out the day, recipients of the 2010 Nursing Home Quality Awards will be recognized at this event for achieving high standards of quality service and care to residents. These awards are presented annually to no more than five nursing facilities by the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living based on stringent criteria.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: May 19, 2010 13:33:09