Nursing Home Care
The quality of nursing home care provided in American long term care facilities has been the subject of concern and controversy for decades. It is estimated that over 1.6 million Americans currently receive nursing home care. It is also estimated that 30 percent of all nursing home care facilities commit some level of medical malpractice against their patients annually. One federal government study found over 9000 cases of abuse in nursing home care facilities in the United States.
In response to the epidemic rates of abuse in our nation's nursing home care facilities, the federal government enacted the Nursing Home Reform Act in 1987. This federal law was passed under a larger law known as the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA). This nursing home care law established a set of minimum standards that must be met by all nursing home facilities receiving federal funds or assistance (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid). Providing nursing home care that allows every patient to attain and maintain the highest practicable level of mental, physical, and psychosocial well being is the central objective of the Nursing Home Reform Act.
Through the Nursing Home Reform Act, a long term care facility must meet or exceed over one hundred standards of nursing home care. It is important to keep in mind that nursing care standards are government specified expectations which, in and of themselves, do not guarantee quality nursing home care. The government has established regulatory agencies that oversee and investigate the quality of nursing home care. Even with these checks in place, approximately 30 percent of government surveys reveal serious nursing home care violations. Less than fifteen percent of government surveys elicit a perfect score in terms of nursing home care.
By law, nursing home care must strive to accommodate individual patient's needs and preferences. Facilities must create an individualized plan of nursing home care for every resident at the commencement of care and this plan must be updated regularly. This plan spells out an individual's nursing home care needs and how those needs will be met. Nursing home care must be administered in order to avoid patient injuries arising from or related to: bed sores, dehydration, malnutrition, slip and fall injuries, unnecessary physical or chemical restraint, unsanitary conditions, inadequate staffing or supervision, financial exploitation, and more.
Before choosing a nursing home care facility, it is essential that consumers conduct research, make comparisons, and tour prospective facilities. Government inspection reports, which indicate compliance with nursing home care standards, violations information and more, are available to the public upon request. There are also federal and state agencies that exist to handle nursing home care complaints. These offices serve a valuable, but often limited function.
If you or a loved one has received sub-standard nursing home care, or has suffered injury as a result of nursing home malpractice, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced attorney who can evaluate your case to determine who best to protect and maximize your legal interests. A knowledgeable legal professional can answer any legal questions regarding nursing home care.
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