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Some long-term care facilities have had serious problems with mismanagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing home negligence is already an issue that the country is facing, but it worsened during the lockdowns. The Biden administration may look into what they can do for long-term nursing home reform to improve conditions in long-term care facilities and to protect the elderly. Oklahoma state law has numerous protections in place that you should know about as well.

Possible federal changes

The Biden administration may help improve nursing home training and staffing, increase safeguards against inappropriate resident discharge, and require more monitoring of nursing home cost reports and ownership data.

Because the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has been slow in some states, the Biden administration may attempt to speed up the process. Another possible change is the reinstatement of the ban on binding arbitration agreements in relation to cases of nursing home negligence. This would allow families to take certain claims to court.

Signs of nursing home neglect or abuse

No matter how much you trust the long-term care facility that your loved one is in, it’s important to know the signs of nursing home neglect and abuse.

Warning signs include:

  • Bedsores
  • Frequent illnesses
  • Staff is slow to report illnesses
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Infections
  • Heavy sedation
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Unusual changes in behavior
  • Fast weight loss or weight gain
  • Unexplained or unexpected death

If your loved one is reluctant to speak while a staff member is present, this is another warning sign of neglect and abuse. Unexplained injuries may include bruises, cuts, and welts, especially if they are already healing. You should also check your loved one for signs of dehydration. Some care providers fail to give their residents enough water whether because of neglect or abuse.

If you suspect that neglect or abuse is going on, you should look into it. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with nursing home neglect and abuse issues is helpful in knowing your legal options.