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Pioneer Network to Convene Life Safety Code Task Force

Made Possible by the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation


(Rochester, NY – December 15, 2008)   Creating Home in the Nursing Home: A National Symposium on Culture Change and the Environment Requirements, and the invitational workshop that followed, were groundbreaking events for changing the culture of aging in our country. This major symposium, co-sponsored by Pioneer Network and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was held on April 3-4, 2007 in Washington, D.C.   These events, along with Carmen Bowman's excellent symposium background paper, yielded hundreds of recommendations for both federal and state action. Among the recommendations, those related to the Life Safety Code are of utmost importance and key to creating home in the nursing home.  During the symposium, representatives from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) invited recommendations on changes to the Life Safety Code (LSC) that support person-directed care in nursing homes. The next opportunity to make such recommendations is Summer 2009.

As a follow up to the CMS/Pioneer Network sponsored symposium, and with support from the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, Pioneer Network is establishing a National Life Safety Code Task Force that will be charged with (1) reviewing the pertinent sections of the current Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) in light of these recommendations and current research; and (2) recommending changes to the LSC that would support the creation of home in the nursing home. The Task Force's recommendations will be submitted to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) by August 1, 2009. The Task Force will also identify further research needed in this important area. 

In keeping with the guidelines used for the symposium, CMS-recognized national stakeholder organizations and experts concerned about the physical environment of the nursing home will be invited to participate in the Life Safety Code Task Force. Other interested parties will have the opportunity for input through the Pioneer Network web site after the project launches in January 2009.  For more information, please contact Cathy Lieblich at Click here to learn more about Creating Home Symposium follow-up activities.

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