Nursing Homes and Patient’s Rights

Here’s an important tip from Medical Malpractice Attorney Sandra Bucha about how to protect a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Many of our clients have family members whom they eventually have to place into nursing home facilities or assisted living facilities. The decisions family members must make are difficult at best. They want to be sure that these facilities treat their loved ones with dignity and respect. They want to be sure that these facilities provide the proper care, nutrition, and oversight necessary for their safe residence in these facilities.
We had a case recently of an 83 year old mother was placed into just such a facility. The family entrusted her care to the nursing home facility. Within the first month of her residence at this facility she fell. Within the next month she fell again. Within the next month she felt two more times and ultimately she fell again fracturing the femur in her leg. She died of complications of that fracture. Upon her death, the family discovered that not only had she suffered multiple falls, but she was also suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and pressure ulcers.
This is inexcusable! It is absolutely inexcusable and nursing home facilities and/or assisted living facilities need to be held responsible for this kind of neglect and disregard.
The Florida Statutes actually outline certain rights that your loved one has regarding life and care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Those rights spelled out in Chapter 400.022 of the Florida Statutes include, most especially, the right to be treated with dignity, respect and care while they’re in that facility.
Become familiar with those rights, because those rights will ensure that your loved one will live out their final days with comfort and safety. And if you have concerns about the manner in which your loved one is being treated while in the nursing home or assisted living facility give us a call. We can help.
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