GUEST COLUMN: Quality long-term care requires quality leaders
How BELTSS makes aging our business
May 18, 2016
By Deb Veley, Board Secretary
Board of Executives of Long-Term Services and Supports
As we age, many of us find ourselves or our loved ones needing more care than can be adequately provided by friends and families. Ohio's nursing homes are among the options available to individuals and their families as their care needs change. The Board of Executives of Long-Term Services & Supports (BELTSS) makes aging our business by working to ensure that our elders have access to high-quality, person-centered care that meets their needs and matches their values.
We believe that quality care is directly linked to management by a qualified nursing care facility administrator, so we develop and enforces standards for nursing home administrators and help them meet and exceed them through our licensure process. We ensure administrators have access to continuing education that will help nursing home administrators stay current with knowledge and best practices in the field. We collaborate with other agencies and organizations to provide ongoing opportunities for training, education and credentialing of professionals in other long-term services and supports settings, as well.
When problems arise, with a provider, we protect and serve the public by investigating complaints against licensed nursing home administrators and have the authority to enforce licensure standards and take disciplinary action when necessary.
At the heart of BELTSS is a diverse Board of professionals who have made aging their business by helping us conduct business. It is their leadership and passion that drive us toward creating better care and enhanced quality of life for those needing long-term care and the family and friends who care so deeply for them.
To learn more, visit www.beltss.ohio.gov.
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