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South Carolina Assisted Living Regulations

South Carolina
Assisted Living
Regulations

Nursing Home Administrator Continuing Education

Hours: 20 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

A nursing home administrator must have twenty (20) hours of continuing education for relicensure with ten (10) hours in patient care.

A Community Residential Care Facility Administrator must have eighteen (18) hours of continuing education. When an administrator serves both types of facilities, twenty-nine (29) hours of continuing education is required; ten (10) hours of the twenty-nine (29) must be devoted to community residential care.

93-200

For more information visit South Carolina Board of Long Term Health Care Administrators.

Assisted Living All Staff Training

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Annually

 

Documentation of all in-service training shall be signed and dated by both the individual providing the training and the individual receiving the training.

The following training shall be provided by appropriate resources, e.g., licensed/registered/certified persons, books, electronic media, etc., to all staff members/direct care volunteers and private sitters in the context of their job duties and responsibilities, prior to resident contact and at a frequency determined by the facility, but at least annually unless otherwise specified by certificate, e.g., cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR):

1. Basic first-aid to include emergency procedures as well as procedures to manage/care for minor accidents or injuries;
2. Procedures for checking and recording vital signs (for designated staff members only);
3. Management/care of persons with contagious and/or communicable disease, e.g., hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV infection;
4. Medication management including storage, administration, receiving orders, securing medications, interactions, and adverse reactions;
5. Depending on the type of residents, care of persons specific to the physical/mental condition being cared for in the facility, e.g., dementia; cognitive disability; mental illness; or aggressive, violent, and/or inappropriate behavioral symptoms etc., to include communication techniques (cueing and mirroring), understanding and coping with behaviors, safety, activities, etc.
6. Use of restraint techniques; 
7. OSHA standards regarding blood-borne pathogens;
8. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation for designated staff members/direct care volunteers to ensure that there is a certified staff member/direct care volunteer present whenever residents are in the facility;
9. Confidentiality of resident information and records;
10. Bill of Rights for Long-Term Care Facilities per 1976 Code Section 44-81-10, et seq.;
11. Fire response training within twenty-four (24) hours of their first day on the job in the facility (See Section 1503);
12. Emergency procedures/disaster preparedness within twenty-four (24) hours of their first day on the job in the facility (See Section 1400); and
13. Activity training (for the designated staff only).

R.61-84

For more information visit South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Community Residential Care Facility Administrator Continuing Education

Hours: 18 Hours
Frequency: Annually

 

A Community Residential Care Facility Administrator must have eighteen (18) hours of continuing education.

When an administrator serves both types of facilities, twenty-nine (29) hours of continuing education is required; ten (10) hours of the twenty-nine (29) must be devoted to community residential care.

R.61-84

For more information visit South Carolina Board of Long Term Health Care Administrators.

Nursing Home All Staff Training

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Annually

 

Training shall be provided to staff members by appropriate resources, for example, licensed or registered individuals, video tapes, books, in context with their job duties and responsibilities, prior to their date of initial resident contact (unless otherwise as noted below) and at a frequency determined by the facility, but at least annually.

1. All staff members:
a. Emergency procedures and disaster preparedness to address various types of potential disasters such as evacuation, bomb threat, earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado and others within forty-eight (48) hours of their first day on the job in the facility;
b. Fire response training;
c. Confidentiality of resident information and records and the protection of resident rights (review of “Bill of Rights for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities”).

Direct care staff members, all of the training listed above, and:
a. Management and care of individuals with contagious and/or communicable disease, for example, hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV infection; 
b. Use of restraints that promote resident safety, including alternatives to physical and chemical restraints, in accordance with the provisions of Section 1012 (for designated staff members only);
c. Prevention of pressure-related wounds;
d. Aseptic techniques, such as handwashing and scrubbing practices, proper gowning and masking, dressing care techniques, disinfecting and sterilizing techniques, and the handling and storage of equipment and supplies.

R.61-17

For more information visit South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

All Staff Fire Response Training

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Annually

 

Each staff member shall receive training within forty-eight (48) hours of his or her first day on the job in the facility and at least annually thereafter, addressing at a minimum, the following:

1. Fire plan;
2. Reporting a fire;
3. Use of the fire alarm system;
4. Location and use of fire-fighting equipment;
5. Methods of fire containment;
6. Specific responsibilities, tasks, or duties of each individual when a facility fire occurs.

R.61-17, R.61-84

For more information visit South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Private Sitter Training

Hours: Topic Specific
Frequency: Annually

 

Prior to resident contact, the private sitter shall have documented orientation to the organization and environment of the facility.

Orientation to the facility shall consist, at least, of the following:

1. Residents’ rights;
2. Confidentiality;
3. Disaster preparedness;
4. Emergency response procedures;
5. Fire response training (See Section 1603) within twenty-four (24) hours of his or her first day as a private sitter and at least annually thereafter;
6. Safety procedures and precautions;
7. Infection control; and
8. Private Sitter Policies and Procedures

R.61-17, R.61-84

For more information visit South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Licensed Nurse Continuing Education

Hours: 30 Hours
Frequency: Biennially

 

Completion of thirty contact hours from a continuing education provider recognized by the board is required.

Nurse Practice Act, Chapter 33, Section 40-33-40

For more information visit South Carolina Board of Nursing.

 
 
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