Nursing Home Negligence
It can be difficult to deal emotionally and financially with the reality that a loved one may need professional full-time medical care. However, this is often the best way to ensure that an elderly relative is as comfortable as possible. To ensure that these facilities are safe and clean for residents, state and federal governments require owners and employees to adhere to strict regulations. Unfortunately, nursing homes and assisted living facilities do not always implement the appropriate safety standards. As a result, thousands of elderly residents are injured every year. Employees and owners can and should be held accountable for injuries that result from their negligent actions, so if you live in McDonough or somewhere else in Henry County and you have questions or concerns about the care that your loved one is receiving, it is critical to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help protect their rights.Federal Regulations
Federal law sets minimum standards that nursing home operators and employees must meet, including that they:
- Have a sufficient nursing staff;
- Conduct assessments of each resident’s functional capacity;
- Develop a comprehensive care plan for each resident;
- Provide the necessary services to residents to help them maintain grooming, personal hygiene, and nutrition;
- Ensure that residents receive appropriate treatment and assistive devices to maintain hearing and vision;
- Make sure that residents do not develop pressure sores;
- Treat bedsores in such a way that promotes healing and prevents infection;
- Ensure that residents receive supervision to prevent accidents;
- Ensure that residents are properly hydrated; and
- Prevent medication errors.
Nursing home operators and employees are also required to focus on the emotional and mental well-being of residents by:
- Promoting each resident’s quality of life;
- Maintaining the dignity and respect of each resident; and
- Ensuring that the residents can choose activities, make healthcare decisions, and determine their own schedules.
Finally, to ensure that all facilities are adhering to these requirements, federal regulations require all nursing homes to maintain accurate, complete, and accessible clinical records for each resident.State Law
Georgia law imposes additional requirements on facility employees and owners, including that each nursing home:
- Be under the supervision of a licensed nursing home administrator;
- Ensures that sufficient nursing staff are on duty at all times, which at a minimum should include two hours of direct nursing care per patient in a 24 hour period;
- Has a professional staff made up of at least one physician, one dentist, one registered nurse, and a qualified dietitian;
- Serves adequate meals with no more than five hours between each daytime meal;
- Ensures that a physician records a written statement about each resident’s condition within two days of admission;
- Keeps records of all patient evaluations and examinations;
- Uses patient beds that are at least 36 inches wide, with firm even springs that are covered by a four inch mattress; and
- Provides access to a signaling device.
When nursing homes fail to implement these rules, they can be required to compensate victims and their families for the cost of medical bills as well as pain and suffering.Contact an Experienced McDonough Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you live in Henry County and you are concerned that a loved one is being neglected or abused at a nursing home or assisted living facility, please contact The Angell Law Firm at (770) 217-4954 to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated member of our legal team.