Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation

Initiatives

Advancing Excellence

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Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign is a coalition-based initiative to improve quality of care for the nation’s 1.5 million skilled nursing facility residents. Created in 2006 by a partnership of 28 organizations, the goals of this national initiative are to:

  • establish local quality improvement networks;
  • track key quality indicators;
  • promote caregiving excellence; and
  • recognize the critical role of staff in providing resident-centered care.

In Massachusetts, 369, or 87.2% of the state’s nursing facilities, have signed on to the campaign, far exceeding the 60% national participation level.

The Campaign works to achieve its mission by:  

  • Helping nursing facilities make a difference in the lives of residents and staff by focusing on nine goals related to its mission.  The nine goals include both process goals, and clinical outcome goals.
  • Providing free, practical and evidence-based resources to support quality improvement efforts in America’s nursing homes.
  • Providing support to those on the frontlines of nursing home care, and promoting open communication and transparency among families, residents, and nursing home staff.

The Commonwealth’s facilities receive direct support from Local Area Networks for Excellence (LANE),  the statewide organization that helps participating nursing facilities achieve campaign goals, and provides resources to actively engage nursing facility staff and consumers in Campaign activities. The LANE for Massachusetts is the Massachusetts Culture Change Coalition of which the Mass Senior Care Foundation is a founding member.

For more information about the Advancing Excellence Campaign in Massachusetts please contact Mass Senior Care's Helen Magliozzi