Those with elderly loved ones will know, and have possibly experienced, how often oral hygiene is neglected in nursing homes and senior living facilities across the country. The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors found that 30% of residents had “substantial oral debris on at least two-thirds of their teeth,” in the twenty nursing homes they surveyed. Other reports and studies have found that some aging residents never have their teeth cleaned and those that do receive a dental cleaning that lasts less than 16 seconds. This treatment is often due to overwhelmed nurses and staff who simply put other important tasks before oral hygiene. Regardless, no one deserves such careless treatment, let alone the seniors and elderly loved ones we are called to respect and care for. That is why Country Club Rehabilitation Campus has made it a priority to provide regular dental services through our trained nurses and staff.
Here at Country Club Rehabilitation Campus, we do our very best to uphold The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA ’87) and provide quality dental services to our residents.
What is the Law?
OBRA ’87 set the standard for all nursing homes when it comes to providing care and services to elderly residents. More specifically, this act also addresses the guidelines for dental services and makes each nursing home directly responsible for providing both routine and emergency dental services. There are six dental service regulations that every nursing home should uphold:
Many states are trying to better uphold these regulations but numerous nursing homes fail every year to adequately maintain the oral health of their elderly residents.
Because oral hygiene in nursing homes is currently lacking, Country Club Rehabilitation Campus has made it a priority to train our nurses and staff in not only the cleaning of teeth, dentures, and partials, but also the identification of serious dental problems that only experts are qualified to address.
You can trust Country Club Rehabilitation Campus to ensure the health, happiness, and dental care of your elderly loved one through our highly trained nurses and staff. Contact a facility near you in Ashtabula, Bellaire, Dover, and Mt. Vernon and discover the great benefits we have to offer