Wyoming must be recognized as a state that has distinguished itself as a state of firsts. They were the first state to have a county public library, the first state to have a National Park named within its borders, the first state to enjoy a National Forest and the first state with a National Monument. It should come as no surprise that Wyoming also puts the care of its senior citizens first on their list of priorities.
Nursing Homes in Wyoming Defined
Seniors and family members interested in long-term residential services for their elderly loved ones are often confused by the different types of care facilities they come across during their search for options. Nursing homes are specialized facilities designed to provide continuous care to seniors no longer able to care for themselves or who require a level of care they cannot receive at home. Wyoming nursing homes are characterized by staffs that include board certified physicians, registered nurses, certified dieticians and various other complementary staff dedicated to the care of residents' mental, physical and emotional well-being.
Regulation of Wyoming Nursing Homes
Nursing homes in Wyoming are regulated by the state in accordance with federal and state regulations. Those facilities required by law to be licensed by the state are licensed and monitored by the Wyoming Department of Health Department of Aging. The Healthcare Licensing and Survey's section of this division oversees the licensing of nursing homes and routinely monitors them for adherence to regulation and high standards of care. That section is also responsible for the investigation of complaints and routine inspections of nursing home facilities. Nursing homes are among the facilities that are required by Wyoming law to be licensed by the state in accordance with Chapter 19 and Chapter 11. Administrators of nursing home facilities are also required to be licensed and are regulated by the state as well.
The state of Wyoming is working with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to become compliant with SC11-22 QAPI as it relates to Section 6102 (C) of the affordable Care Act for Nursing. This requirement outlines the need for Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement in nursing facilities. In other words, the emphasis on care in nursing homes is changing and reflecting an improvement in quality care and quality of life emphasis for seniors in nursing homes. Seniors are assured of having access to all of their rights and are encouraged to exercise them without fear of reprisal. CMS is also required by law to provide technical assistance for nursing home administration that is developing programs to become compliant with SC11-22 QAPI regulations.
Paying for Nursing Homes in Wyoming
Families seeking care for an aging loved one are naturally concerned about the cost. Licensed care facilities are eligible for reimbursement by Medicaid/Medicare in accordance with the Affordable Care Act for Nursing. The average yearly cost for nursing homes is dependent on the nursing home facility, it's location, what services the resident requires, what optional services the resident prefers and whether or not the Senior in question wishes a private or semi-private room.
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