Each year every nursing home in the nation has an annual Federal Department of Health survey. Every other year this survey is accompanied by a State Licensing Survey. In 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated over 700 pages of survey guidelines that all nursing homes needed to implement over the next three years. In anticipation of the annual survey at Granite Falls Health Care Center, staff started working through all of the new regulations hoping to meet the expectations of CMS.

On January 23, 2018 the survey team, comprised of eight members, arrived and started watching all of the Care Center processes as well as interviewing residents, family members, and staff. A typical survey lasts three to four days during which they are evaluating charts from past and present residents, reviewing medications and dispensing processes, looking over staff education, and reviewing employee files to make sure everything has been adequately processed.

An additional focus this year was on the Care Center’s emergency preparedness planning. Dawn Huelsman, Vice President of Long Term Care Services states, “All year long we strive to give each resident the best care possible. This year our diligent care was recognized as we were given zero nursing deficiencies and only had one federal tag related to logging of dishwasher temperatures. I am extremely proud of our entire team at the Granite Falls Health Care Center.”