Nursing Home Laws

Nursing Home Laws

Bedsores? Neglect and abuse in our nation’s nursing and convalescent homes is still a serious problem! While reform started in the 1980’s, unfortunately elder care abuse remains a disappointing situation today.  Sometimes, an elderly nursing home is the only place for elder life care solutions. Whether it is the family’s busy life or their inability to be able to care for their elderly relative, nursing seem like the right idea to give adequate medical elder health care attention. Yet in most cases, from extreme to mild, there is abuse and neglect in these elder care facilities.

Has your helpless older relative been abused by a elder care home? Fight back against violations of nursing home laws; contact an elder attorney today.

Nursing home laws are meant to prohibit any of the following:

  • Assault / Battery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Unreasonable physical restraint
  • Deprivation of food or water
  • Over medicating
  • Forcing an elder person to be confined in a room

Nursing home abuse may include signs of weight loss, malnutrition, bedsores, bruises, cuts, poor personal hygiene, medication errors, physical, emotional and sexual abuse and more. Unfortunately, many individuals working in nursing home do not always obide by nursing home elder laws.

Some common signs of nursing home neglect include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Failure to assist with personal hygiene
  • Unclean conditions living area
  • Bladder Infections

Nursing homes are required to give a standard of elder care service that meets federal regulations, especially when federal funds are provided to supplement care for the elderly person. All states must comply with a minimum standard of care with the federal regulations. The Nursing Home Reform Act and Americans with Disabilities Act protects the rights of all nursing home residents. 

Has your helpless older relative been abused by a elder care home? Fight back against violations of nursing home laws; contact an elder attorney today.

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