Zero Deficiencies!

Following an unannounced three-day survey by the State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment last week, Aspen Siesta, a local south Denver nursing home, was given deficiency-free status.

During the State’s routine surveys of nursing homes, interdisciplinary teams spend time in the facilities to determine whether or not they are in compliance with State regulations in providing care and services to residents. The teams review past surveys and field feedback from residents, in addition to evaluating nursing homes’ medical and administrative procedures.

“It’s amazing to be told by the State that you have zero deficiencies,” remarks Mark Tegtmeier, Aspen Siesta’s marketing coordinator who is new to the industry, “I keep being told by other marketers in the industry just how big of a deal it is.”

Normally, when the Department of Public Health and Environment discovers deficient practices, they assign each one a level of scope and severity ranging from A to L. They then send the nursing home in question a letter and a survey form, giving the facility ten days to respond with a plan of correction, which is then reviewed and verified with a follow-up survey, according to the Department’s website.

“A deficiency-free survey is very rare,” administrator Nan Johnson commented at a recent staff meeting, “What that does for us is it raises the bar higher.”

Aspen Siesta, a small long-term care facility located at 5353 E Yale Ave that emphasizes a home-like environment for residents, has been serving the elderly since 1966. More information can be found on the facility’s website, www.aspensiesta.com.