There is an established standard of laws for nursing home conduct and elder care laws and is a part of the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987. The reform act was put into place to provide protection of constitutional rights to elderly nursing home residents. The statutes in these laws protect the elderly person, whether male or female against elder abuse, negligence, emotional abuse, exploitation, mistreatment or misconduct. There are specific requirements for nursing home facilities or institutions providing care for the elderly resident under the Nursing Home Reform Act.
These specific requirements include:
- Providing proper nursing care services
- Providing an independent care plan for each elderly resident or patient
- Provide the medications and pharmaceutical care required
- Provide social services
- Any facility that has over 120 beds or patients is required to have a full time social worker.
Nursing homes in any other location across the nation can be fined or closed down if in violation of these regulations.
Residents Bill of Rights Nationwide for the Elderly
Elderly residents of nursing homes have the protection of the Resident Bill of Rights, which provides the elderly person with the rights to:
- The freedom from physical abuse, neglect, mistreatment and physical restraints
- The elderly nursing home resident has the right to be treated with respect and dignity
- The elderly have the right to privacy
- The nursing home resident has the right to voice or share concerns or complaints about their care, discrimination or abuse.
- The elderly nursing home resident has the right to participate in family or resident activities and groups.
- Elderly residents have the right to entertain ideas, freely communicate and act upon self determination
- The elderly nursing home resident has the right to be involved in their organized care plan, have access to paperwork regarding treatment, medication, status and other care items.
When any of the elderly Residents Bill of Rights is missing any of these conditions the elderly nursing home resident is or have been left out of the nursing home agreement and have been violated the authorities need to be notified immediately. The elderly resident should also have a neglect lawyer to protect them and their rights.
Elder Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
When the Nursing Home Reform Act has been violated, the elderly family member and family deserve compensation. The elderly nursing home resident has rights and when their rights are dishonored and they are the victims of elder abuse or negligence the elder abuse attorney can hold the nursing home responsible.
The Elder Abuse Attorney will be aggressive in protecting your elderly loved ones rights. For a consultation call 888-400-9721.