Edad&Vida propose a model for accreditation of results-based dependency

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To ensure “the excellence and continuous improvement in quality of care”


More than five years after the adoption of the Dependency Law and three years after the Territorial Councill of the System for Autonomy and Care for Dependency (SAAD) agreed upon common minimum standards for accreditation to ensure quality of facilities and services for employees, “this problem still isn´t solved”, noted the president of the Edad&Vida Foundation, Higinio Raventós, during the presentation at the headquarters for the immersion of the Accreditation Model the foundation proposed to address the need for a common basic model for the entire state “without prejudice to the powers of the autonomous communities”.


The model is inspired by the English system and is aimed at evaluating the results that needs the most attention, beyond the structural and functional details of the centers explained Montserrat Cervera, Antares Consulting Director, an institution that has worked with Edad&Vida in the development of this proposal. Thus, Cervera said that the first step should be to define the intended center of the model, a facility that is defined as "a substitute home environment, adequate and suitable for the residents, providing comprehensive and continuous care according to type and degree of dependence of the person.”


Thus, it is proposed to implement the model in two phases. On one hand, the first short term phase should demonstrate fulfillment of certain requirements and start recording the value of the indicators suggested. The second medium term phase demonstrates the full compliance with the requirements of the model, including those relating to quantitative standards of care outcome. Two phases that Cervera defines as "integration in the model and model building."


The model brings to the table the need to assess five areas: if the user receives secure attention that is adequate and adapts to their needs, if the user is served in a clean and healthy environment, if the user receives the necessary medication when needed, and finally, assurance that their complaints and suggestions are heard and acted upon correctly.


“We look for a homogenous model of quality regardless of location," explains the vice president of the Dependency Foundation Unit. A results-oriented model by level of dependency "to ensure the excellence and continuous improvement in quality of care," which includes staffing ratios broken down by levels of dependency and compliance with functional requirements, materials, and structures says García, who believes that "the proposal of this model represents a paradigm shift in Spain to assess the current performance and compliance." 

Source:Publicación de Dependencia y Atención Sociosanitaria
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