Attorneys in SC
Nursing Home Attorneys in SC
Do you think your loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home? Are you searching for nursing home attorneys in SC to help you access the situation and protect your family member's ones rights?
The broad term, eldercare, is defined as fulfilling the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens. Most seniors would prefer to live out their life in their own home and when that isn't an option, living with a family member is preferred. However, with smaller families, extended work days and single wage-earner homes, it's not always possible to take care of aging parents the way we would like to.
Even though most large-scale nursing facilities in the United States are are publicly owned and run for profit, you don't want your loved-one to be part of the bottom line. While costs need to be managed, the care and well-being of our elderly family members shouldn't be compromised. You want your loved ones last years to be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
There are numerous federal and state laws that regulate the nursing home industry and protect our elderly from abuse and neglect. If a nursing home receives federal funds or participates in the Medicaid or Medicare program, they are required to comply with the Nursing Home Reform Act, which clearly outlines that the nursing home must "maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychological well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care..."
Nursing homes must be in compliance with the U.S. Code of Regulations (42 CFR Part 483) in order to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs. The regulations stipulate that a nursing home must have adequate nursing staff, provide the services to maintain good nutrition,grooming and oral hygiene, and provide adequate supervision and devices to prevent accidents and falls (among many other items.)
Bed sores are to be treated immediately and the facility must treatment and services to promote healing, prevent infection, and prevent new sores from developing.
These laws protect a patient from abuse and neglect. Patients also have security, privacy and other rights that are protected. It's important to be aware of these rights so that you can monitor the care of your loved one in a nursing home environment.
Warning signs of abuse and/or neglect may include:
- Physical injury such as bed sores, broken bones, dislocated joints, bruises, head injuries and internal bleeding.
- Sudden behavior changes such as fear, anxiety, frequent crying, agitation and a strained relationship with staff members.
- Neglect such as an unkept appearance, poor hygiene, soiled bedding. This can include dirty nails, ears and nostrils. Dentures are also an area where food can accumulate and cause sores in the mouth.
The integrity of our society is measured in the way that we care for those who cannot care for themselves: the oldest, the sickest, the youngest and the weakest. If you need assistance, contact a South Carolina nursing home attorney and discuss the situation.
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