The Meadows earns high marks for care

Published 7:41 am Monday, August 27, 2007

By Staff
from staff reports
The Meadows of Brewton scored a near-perfect rating recently after a state survey of resident care.
The assisted living facility recently underwent an annual survey conducted by the Alabama State Department of Health and was scored 99 out of a possible 100 points.
Each year, every state licensed assisted living facility undergoes this rigorous inspection, which covers all aspects of resident care, Administrator Kay Bracken said.
In conducting a survey for re-certification, a registered nurse enters the facility unannounced and begins a thorough inspection of the facility. Resident charts are randomly selected and audited for proper charting, adherence to physicians' orders and state guidelines and any unseemly accidents or incidents. Policy and procedure is observed.
Residents and staff members are interviewed and equipment is checked. Food handling and preparation is scrutinized. Overall cleanliness and upkeep are evaluated. The survey process can last several days, and results in a report, which cites the deficiencies identified. It is required that facilities promptly answer these reports of deficiency with a plan of correction. Facilities are also required to post the results of each survey for public access.
Regional Administrator Mark Manning congratulated the staff of The Meadows.

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