While you might have wanted to be the one to care for your aging relatives, at some point, it became logistically impossible. After a lot of discussion over what was best for him or her, you decided to look into nursing home care at a long-term facility in Massachusetts. Nursing homes are extremely expensive, but you knew scrimping and saving would be worth it if it was best for your elderly loved one.
The Health and Human Services Department, a federal agency tasked with protecting the health of all Americans, recently issued a rule that is designed to better ensure nursing homes are held accountable for instances of nursing home abuse.
Many residents of Massachusetts have a loved one who is currently living in a nursing home. Although many of these facilities provide outstanding care to their residents, this vulnerable population can unfortunately suffer from instances of medical malpractice and negligence. Recently, a female resident of the Savoy Nursing and Rehab center was discovered to be missing from her room when her sister arrived for a visit.
Recently, previous posts have delved into many issues affecting the residents of nursing homes throughout Massachusetts. Some of these issues relate to pharmaceutical malpractice and medical professional negligence, which can frequently arise in a nursing home environment. Another important issue that has come to light recently involves an arbitration clause which some nursing homes are now inserting into their documents upon admission. This clause can have far-reaching consequences that the family members and guardians should be made aware of.
This week Massachusetts senate members unanimously passed legislation that would strengthen protections for those in nursing homes. This legislation should go a long way in preventing nursing home negligence or abuse to the state's most vulnerable population, those that are suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease.