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Long Term Care Initiatives in Vermont

Slide Presentation by Patrick Flood

On April 30, 2003, Patrick Flood made a presentation in the Web-Assisted Audioconference entitled Caregivers and Quality in Long Term Care.

This is the text version of Mr. Flood's slide presentation. Select to access the PowerPoint® slides (134 KB).

Long Term Care Initiatives in Vermont

Patrick Flood
Vermont Department of Aging and Disabilities

Slide 1

Long Term Care Initiatives in Vermont

Patrick Flood
Vermont Department of Aging and Disabilities

Slide contains a picture of Patrick Flood.

Slide 2

"As a Licensed Nurse's Aide (LNA) in a Nursing Home, What I Wanted Most":

  • More money.
  • More staff.
  • More continuity of care.
  • More of a say in how the work was done.

Slide 3

Vermont Survey of Personal Care Givers

  • The caregivers cited:
    • Low wages and benefits.
    • Lack of respect and appreciation by supervisors and professional staff.
    • Poor working conditions such as lack of staff.
    • Inflexibility.
    • Desire to be more involved in care decision-making.

Slide 4

Improved Nursing Home Staffing in Vermont

Staffing Minimums

  • Average staffing statewide increased.

Increased Wages

  • "Wage Supplements" appropriated twice.
  • The average wage for an LNA in a nursing home has risen from $8.14 in 1998 to
  • $10.41 in 2002.

Slide 5

Other Initiatives in Vermont

  • "Career Ladder" opportunities.
    • LNA II program.
  • Development of a Caregiver's Association.
    • To strengthen caregivers' voice.
  • Development of a set of "best practices" to promote recruitment and retention.
    • Coordination with Nursing Home Association and Home Health Association.

Slide 6

Consumer-Directed Option

  • Especially effective in home care.
  • Brings friends, neighbors and relatives into the work force who otherwise are unlikely to work for a facility or agency.
  • Gets high customer satisfaction.
  • Costs less than agency or facility care.

Current as of July 2003

Internet Citation

Long Term Care Initiatives in Vermont. Text Version of a Slide Presentation at a Web-assisted Audioconference. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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