By understanding what accountability means in the skilled nursing setting, how to maintain personal accountability, and when to work with peers to achieve accountability, staff have the opportunity to improve the culture of accountability within a facility. Additionally, they display what it means, in part, to be a professional.
As it has for so many aspects of our lives, the COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way many skilled nursing facilities (SNF) function. Policies and procedures are constantly evolving, so SNFs need to ensure that they are taking appropriate actions and documenting all that is required. As the pandemic continues to evolve, the documentation requirements evolve as well. “As you're reviewing and updating your policies and procedures, make sure that your policies are dated and that you are keeping your prior versions,” recommends Todd Selby, attorney at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PC.