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Aug 26, 2015 by |

Ensuring Good Care Plan in Nursing Homes for Your Loved Ones

Ensuring Good Care Plan in Nursing Homes for Your Loved Ones

Nursing home residents and their families have the right to participate in the development of the resident’s care plan. Individualized care plans are extremely important to ensure that nursing home residents receive proper care.
The resident or a family member should attend all care planning meetings, and should request notice from the nursing home as to when they are being held. Residents and their family members should also think in advance of any meetings about what the resident may want or appreciate in terms of care. San Francisco Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers note, that nursing homes are required by law to address residents’ needs and preferences. The care plan is prepared by the resident’s doctor, registered nurse, and other nursing home staff, in addition to the resident, their family, and a legal representative.

In order for a care plan to be useful, it must truly address the resident’s needs and preferences. Residents and their family members should not be intimidated by nursing home staff, and should feel confident in asking for a particular service to be written into the care plan. A well-done care plan can be used by family and loved ones to be sure that the nursing home is providing the proper care.

Nursing homes must fully assess a resident’s condition within 14 days of admission, and at least every 12 months after that. San Francisco Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers also state, that nursing home are required to do full assessments after any significant changes in a resident’s condition, and more limited assessments at least once every three months. These assessments use a standardized document called the Minimum Data Set, and are used in the development of care plans. If family members or loved ones feel that this is not taking place, they should seek legal advice from a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer.

Evans Law Firm, Inc. handles nursing home abuse and other elder abuse lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or suspect any elder abuse, please contact one of our San Francisco Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers for a free initial consultation at Evans Law Firm, Inc. at 415-441-8669 or via email at Evans Law Firm Inc. also has offices in Southern California, Los Angeles and Sonoma County.

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