Carol Shockley, director of the state's Office of Long Term Care, said the group considers resident safety first when it is reviewing regulations.
The group also fields questions from nursing home administrators who want interpretations of regulations and assurances that their home won't be cited for violating regulations if they pursue changes based on residents ' desires.One regulation the agency is considering changing involves mealtimes for residents.Current rules require a five-hour interval between breakfast and lunch, five hours between lunch and dinner, and 14 between dinner and breakfast."If a resident requests to sleep late, have a light lunch and have a dinner meal later in the evening, what's wrong with that ?" Shockley
said.In the meantime, state regulators are giving nursing home administrators some flexibility in meal scheduling.But changes in mealtimes and meal choices require extra monitoring to make sure residents aren't losing weight, something nursing homes have done willingly, she
No one has received a license to build and operate a Green House nursing home in Arkansas, but many administrators and nursing home owners have inquired about the concept, Shockley
said that from a regulatory perspective, it would be possible for a Green House nursing home to operate in the state.
"It may challenge the state's regulatory process to try to go into this venture," she