When you commit an aged family member to a Nursing Home, you would probably feel the particular member is now in safe hands and will be well taken care of. While in general this is true, there have been cases where some nursing homes indulge in policies which adversely affect the inmates. Some of the adverse policies are discussed below –

  • Some nursing homes provide a form during the admittance stage, which makes the family of the aged person responsible for all financial issues during the stay. The law prohibits nursing homes from making such demands, so if you have been accidentally caught in such a situation, you could need the services of a nursing home neglect lawyer to protect your legal right.

  • After admitting a family member to a nursing home, you need to ensure proper care is being administered. In several reported cases problems such as malnutrition, bad hygiene etc., has been reported. In some extreme cases it has been found that the primary caregiver was guilty of causing deliberate harm to the inmate causing bodily bruising, restraint marks and fractures. If this is discovered, legal action against the particular nursing home is definitely recommended.
  • In other cases in an effort to totally control inmates, nursing home staff could be threatening them resulting in the inmates becoming depressed and disturbed. Such a situation can be avoided by regular family visits to ensure their loved ones are getting the right care. If it is discovered otherwise, you can hire the services of a lawyer to investigate how the nursing home is being run and whether there are areas of neglect and wilful wrong-doings.

It has always been the case that the demand for admission to nursing homes is always more than availability. To overcome this problem, some nursing homes tend to evict certain residents who they deem to be difficult. While this is legally allowed, there are certain rules which cover the same, such as (a) non-payment (b) the inmate may endanger safety of other inmates (c) the inmate no longer requires care of the nursing home. In any of the above such cases, the nursing home is required to give written notice of such eviction in advance, with supporting evidence.