Folsom Care Center is a premier, independent, family-owned skilled nursing facility. Folsom offers leadership in the community and state of California, offering the highest quality of care in a homelike environment.
Calvin Callaway, Folsom owner and administrator, is serving for the second time as Chairman of the Board for the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), an association which serves LTC facilities in California and continually keeps its members abreast of regulatory requirements and best practices in all of the disciplines of LTPAC.
Like many LTPAC facilities, adapting and keeping up with the many complex regulatory and industry changes is a challenge to not only help survive industry changes now but succeed in the long term.
Folsom Care Center staff has been with American HealthTech for over 20 years. Patti McVay, RN and the Director of Nursing at Folsom Care Center, also active with CAHF leadership as the President of the Nurses Council, embraces the innovation and use of AHT solutions to improve efficiency, provide quality care and give staff more time to meet patients’ needs.
McVay and her staff use AHT Quality Assurance to track and trend falls and incidents to help monitor issues in a timely manner. McVay states, “I can actually read the notes rather than deciphering poor handwriting.”
AHT Smart Charting is used extensively by the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) to document the Activities of Daily Living. Touchscreen devices are available throughout the facility so the CNA staff is provided the information to guide them for appropriate care and allows them to quickly chart completion of the care and document required items. McVay points out, “Since Smart Charting links directly to my MDS, we are able to optimize the RUG scores and ensure we are reimbursed at the appropriate level for the care we provide. Additionally, the system’s care plans are customized for each resident which allows for very personalized and resident centric care.”
The facility also uses AHT Order Administration to push medication orders to devices mounted on the medcarts. This allows licensed nurses to document the med pass in a timely manner. McVay particularly appreciates how special requirements are attached to the orders so that the staff is prompted to provide the necessary actions prior to giving medications as well as follow up requirements.
Per McVay, “The payoff for utilizing innovative technology is that our staff has more time to spend with residents which in turn improves quality of care.” “The payoff for utilizing innovative technology is that our staff has more time to spend with residents which in turn improves quality of care.”
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