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Standing With You

The care your loved one needs isn’t easy to manage. You place your trust in professionals to make sure they get that help. It can be devastating to find that they aren’t getting the attention they deserve – but that can lead to getting the recovery they need.

Poor treatment, insufficient supervision and delayed response account for 60% of injuries and deaths in Medicare nursing homes. The first line of defense against these events is the facility itself, with federal regulations in place that require self-policing. Coming up short on rules could count as negligence, and pave the way toward a healthy recovery.

Setting the bar

The U.S. has legal standards of care for patients in skilled nursing facilities. Your loved one should receive a level of care that maintains or boosts their quality of life, and the provider needs to show it through standardized evaluations:

  • How: A committee made up of the director of nursing services, a physician and members of the staff will need to meet regularly to make sure care is meeting expectations. This group will also craft and apply any plans to get things up to code.
  • What: The way the group looks at the daily quality of life is also under strict regulation. The analysis will need to be precise and repeatable, so ongoing results can be checked.
  • Who: While the committee will oversee the process, a registered professional nurse can perform individual parts of the assessment. Anyone who has a hand in any portion will need to sign off on their share for validation.

Caring for family members isn’t easy, which is why you leave it to professionals. But those caring for your loved ones must strive to meet certain standards. It’s up to the facility to recognize when things aren’t where they need to be. Holding them accountable when their inattention amounts to negligence is essential when it comes time for recovery.