OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5229

AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXPANSION OF A SMALL HOUSE NURSING HOME PILOT PROGRAM.

SUMMARY:

This bill allows the social services commissioner to expand, within available appropriations, the “small house nursing home” pilot program, which is currently capped at one such home. The homes are modeled after private homes and afford residents more privacy, increased support staff, and individualized care.

The bill removes the cap on the number of homes and allows one of them to be a facility at the Masonicare health facilities in Wallingford. It also increases the cap on the number of program beds from 280 to 380 at all the facilities.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2014

BACKGROUND

Small House Nursing Home

By law, a “small house nursing home” is an alternative nursing home facility that:

1. consists of one or more units designed and modeled as a private home,

2. houses no more than 14 people in each unit,

3. includes private rooms and bathrooms,

4. provides an increased role for support staff in the care of residents,

5. incorporates a philosophy of individualized care, and

6. is licensed as a nursing home.

The facilities must comply with the existing law's certificate of need requirements and processes.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Aging Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

12

Nay

0

(03/11/2014)