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Nursing Home Resident Rights

Evaluating and Selecting a Nursing Home

There is no task more difficult than finding a nursing home for a spouse or parent.  Few people want to live in a nursing home but these institutions serve as a last resort when it becomes impossible to provide the necessary care at home.  When selecting a nursing home for your loved one, find a location that allows you to visit them frequently, get references from the families of other residents, and check certifying agency reports to help you evaluate the quality of care provided.

 

Nursing Home Resident Rights

Nursing home residents have the same rights as everyone else.  However, being placed in an institutional setting can result in the loss of dignity, which, when combined with disability or other health issues can place residents at risk of not receiving proper care.

Accordingly, Congress enacted The Federal Nursing Home Reform Act in 1987 which, in broad terms, requires that all nursing home residents are provided with whatever services they need to function at the the highest level possible.

 

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Few nursing homes will live up to the ideal of what we want for our loved ones.  But at what point does nursing home care become not only less than ideal, but so dissatisfactory as to require legal intervention?  Here are some things to consider once your loved one is placed in a nursing home facility:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the Nursing home residents’ bill of rights.
  1. Be aware of different forms of elder abuse and document any signs that become apparent. Keep in mind that neglect can be just as bad as abuse.  Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect can include:
  • Dehydration
  • Bed sores
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Refusal to speak or reclusiveness
  • Cuts, welts or bruises
  • Frequent infections
  • Lack of cleanliness or poor physical appearance
  1. If you notice that your loved one has any of these symptoms, bring it to the attention of the nursing home staff and request immediate treatment.
  1. If you believe your loved one was neglected or abused by the nursing home staff, contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney immediately to discuss your options.

 

We Can Help

If you believe your loved one’s rights are being violated at a nursing home facility, contact an experienced Pittsburgh nursing home abuse attorney today.  At Fingeret Law we have the experience to assist you with a wide range of elder care legal matters.

To find out how a Pittsburgh nursing home abuse attorney can help your loved one, please call Fingeret Law at 412-254-8533 or contact us online.