When Minnesota passed the Assisted Living Licensure Law earlier this year, it created a framework to protect the health and safety of the state’s elderly and vulnerable adults living in such facilities. Implementing it requires writing the specific rules for the facilities to follow and establishing methods for evaluating how satisfied residents are with their care and living environment. For help with both projects, the state has turned to nationally-known long-term care quality researcher and University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) associate professor, Dr. Tetyana Shippee. Dr. Shippee was recently appointed by state health commissioner Jan Malcolm to serve as a scientific expert on the law’s rulemaking advisory panel. Dr. Shippee is also leading the creation of assisted living resident and family surveys to measure how well the facilities are performing as well as a report card to communicate the results to consumers and policymakers.
“I am honored to be involved because it’s an opportunity for SPH and me as a faculty member to serve the citizens of our state in a critical way: working to improve care of the elderly,” said Dr. Shippee. “In developing the report card, I’m learning about quality areas that consumers say are important to them, which can then be addressed in writing the rules for the law.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 06