German association introduces new rating system for retirement homes

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-02 00:08:54|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BERLIN, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- The German National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV) introduced a new rating system for retirement homes in Germany on Tuesday.

"From now on, the focus will be on how well an institution is able to respond to the requirements of those in need of care," said Monika Kuecking, head of GKV's health division.

Under the new rating system, retirement homes in Germany would be obliged to gather "quality data" from residents, such as their level of mobility and autonomy, as well as how many people suffer from unintentional weight loss or the consequences of falling.

The data gathered from retirement homes are set to be analyzed by an independent testing institution and compared to the data of retirement homes throughout Germany.

The new evaluation system is required to be used by all retirement homes in Germany where the residents are members of a statutory health insurance fund, according to GKV.

GKV stated that the new evaluation system is intended to "gradually" replace the previous one with which nursing care in retirement homes was evaluated.

Health minister Jens Spahn described the previous grading system for care in German retirement homes as a "farce."

Spahn noted that "it will no longer be a question of who makes the checkmarks in the files the best, but of how the residents really feel."

According to GKV, every retirement home would be required to be "inspected" once before the end of 2020. The first results of the evaluation are expected to be available to consumers in Germany by 2020.