What You Should Know About Changes to Nursing Home Regulations

Admitting a loved one to a nursing home is a difficult decision. Understanding their rights, and the rules and regulations in place for long term care facilities can be even more difficult. Federal regulators have begun implementing new rules and regulations in nursing homes across the country, designed to reduce abuse and increase quality of life. Here are a few key updates:

  • Federal regulators want families and residents to be more involved in designing care plans and discharge plans. When a resident or their family members have a better understanding of the type of care they should be receiving, it may be easier to spot when that care is not being administered and if neglect is occurring.
  • Residents are entitled to alternative meals and snacks.
  • Residents will be able to have visitors when they choose.
  • Financial exploitation will now be documented as abuse.
  • Nursing homes must have enough competent staff to meet residents’ needs.

As you read through these new regulations you may be asking yourself, ‘why are they items just being added now?’ What many don’t realize is nursing home abuse and neglect is a widespread issue that affects millions of elderly each year. To learn more click here. To contact a member of our nursing home abuse or neglect attorney group click here.