Friday, May 18, 2018

This Week’s ALR Online Newsletter Updates


For this week, content for our new online newsletter for assisted living residences, "Assisted Living News & Resources," (http://67.231.102.44/HFEMSD/ALR/index.html) has been updated to include; a call for applicants (providers, stakeholders, consumers and representatives) to be appointed to serve on the Assisted Living Advisory Committee (ALAC) , an ALAC Meeting Update, updates to the "Important Dates" section, and additional Frequently Asked Questions information. 

It is our hope that this resource will provide you with up-to-date and relevant tools, training, and information, as we move forward with implementing the new regulations under 6CCR 1011-1, Chapter 7 Assisted Living Regulations. Current features of the newsletter include on "What's New," "Important Dates," "Training," "Blog," "FAQs," "Help" and "Advisory Committee." Our goal is to provide you with a clear understanding of the new portions of the regulation as well as training to help you comply. 

ALR IDR Committee Meeting


The ALR IDR Committee will not meet on 5/24/18 as no requests have been received for committee review.

Elaine Sabyan

Conducting Surveys on Weekends

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will be starting a new pilot program as of June 1, 2018 that will allow complaint investigations to be conducted on weekend days (Saturday and Sunday). The Department continues to experience a significant volume increase of complaint allegations prompting the need to develop and implement additional processes that will ensure these complaints are being investigated timely. 

If a complaint investigation is started at your facility on a weekend, the expectations of the administrator will remain the same as they are now for any other survey, including but not limited to, answering questions and providing any needed assistance to facilitate prompt completion of the investigation. 

The Division appreciates that conducting complaint investigations on weekends is a change from historical precedence. However, it's important to emphasize that we all share the same responsibility to improve and protect the health, wellness and overall quality of life of those we serve. In an effort to maintain that mission, the Department will need your help as we implement this new pilot program and ultimately better serve your residents, their family members and the general public in a timely manner. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance. 

If you have any questions please contact Dee Reda by phone: 303-692-2893 or by email: dee.reda@state.co.us

Revised Occurrence Manual

Linked below is a copy of the revised occurrence manual that is effective immediately and replaces the previous occurrence manual that was last amended in August 2011. This new version of the manual was sent out via the portal in the fall of 2017 and many comments were received. Those comments were reviewed, and included when possible. The Department appreciates the responses and careful consideration from all who provided feedback. Please begin using this manual for occurrence reporting, and if there are any questions either use the contact information in the manual, or contact Peter Myers at (303) 692-2801 or peter.myers@state.co.us.

Occurence Reporting Manual

Revised Occurrence Manual

Linked below is a copy of the revised occurrence manual that is effective immediately and replaces the previous occurrence manual that was last amended in August 2011. This new version of the manual was sent out via the portal in the fall of 2017 and many comments were received. Those comments were reviewed, and included when possible. The Department appreciates the responses and careful consideration from all who provided feedback. Please begin using this manual for occurrence reporting, and if there are any questions either use the contact information in the manual, or contact Peter Myers at (303) 692-2801 or peter.myers@state.co.us.

Occurence Reporting Manual