Nursing Home Abuse Prevention: Good Communication is Key

I have spoken with hundreds of families to discuss whether they can sue for nursing home abuse. Bad, negligent, and abusive care at a nursing home can lead to a number of injuries, including - preventable falls and fractures, bedsores, medication errors, unfulfilled doctor’s orders, and sexual and physical assaults by staff and other residents. The biggest complaint I hear from these families is that the nursing home does not properly communicate with them or their loved one's physician. This is troubling for many reasons: Families expect good communication, and often operate under the assumption that no communication from the staff … [Read more...]

What is a Nursing Home Care Plan?

A care plan is a document specific to each nursing home resident that identifies all of their medical issues, the treatments the staff is supposed to provide to treat those issues, and a list of goals to reflect the expected improvement their medical condition. A federal law known as OBRA requires nursing homes to provide a multi-disciplinary team of care givers who are charged with ensuring that the nursing home resident receives the care and services needed to ensure that the resident reaches and maintains “the highest practicable degree of physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.” This team is primarily made up of physicians, … [Read more...]