Massachusetts Senior Care Association

Policymakers

Quality

Long considered a leader in health care policy and practice, Massachusetts senior care providers continue to lead the effort to offer older adults and people with disabilities precisely the care and community they need and want.  Mass Senior Care supports the state’s Community First policy and believes that people who can be cared for safely and comfortably at home should be.  Those whose needs require 24-hour, medically-intensive care should have access to quality nursing facilities.

Did you Know… 

  • 9 out of 10 resident family members would recommend their loved one’s nursing facility to a family member or friend.
  • Because of the rehabilitative and restorative care provided by nursing facilities, 60 percent of seniors who need our care are able to return home.
  • Mass Senior Care members, along with our partnering organizations, are leading the effort to prevent falls among Massachusetts seniors, which has resulted in a 19% reduction in falls among nursing facility residents since 2003.
  • Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living Quality Awards. This year, 23 Mass Senior Care member facilities earned quality awards - increasing the state's total number of awards to 237.

Profile of the typical long stay nursing facility resident:  

  • Female, age 86, widowed
  • Lived alone prior to needing 24 hour nursing support
  • Has multiple medical diagnoses
  • Receives 24-hour supervision and 3.7 hours of direct nursing care a day, plus case management, recreation services, food, and housing
  • Requires assistance with 4 or more activities of daily living an is totally dependent for assistance with bathing, dressing and toileting

In addition, 

  • 50% of all long stay residents have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia
  • The average daily nursing facility Medicaid rate is $183 per person to provide all of these services, which is $37 less per day than the actual cost of care in Massachusetts.

Mass Senior Care Quality Initiatives: 

Quality Rating Systems: 

Services Provided by Mass Senior Care Members: 

  • Skilled Nursing Care
  • Post Operative Rehabilitative Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Alzheimer’s  Specialty Care
  • Adult Day Health Care
  • Home Care
  • End of Life Care
  • Respite Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Restorative and Residential Care for People with Multiple Sclerosis and Other Neurological Disorders
  • Pediatric Specialty Care
  • Acquired Brain Injury Specialty Care
  • Neurobehavioral Services
  • Geri -Psychiatric Care
  • Ventilator Management
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation