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Protecting your loved one in a nursing home

One of the most difficult decisions in life is often to move an elderly or sick loved one from their home into a nursing home. Unfortunately, as we all know, when we age our abilities diminish and there often becomes a stage in life when a person is no longer independent and becomes unable to live independently. Oftentimes there are family members and friends who can check in, run errands and do the tasks necessary to keep the person happy and healthy. Eventually, however, there may come a time that the person needs more than the care family or friends are able to provide, and the person is sent to a nursing home.

When we bring a love one to a nursing home there are certain levels of expectations that should be met to assure the health and well-being of your loved one. The laws state that a certain duty of care must be met to assure that a patient at a nursing home is properly cared for and, if a health issue does arise, that it is quickly addressed and taken care of.

There are a few different ways that a nursing home could be proven to be negligent. This includes a negligence in personal care and supervision, the ineptitude and negligence in the nursing home's staff, including the hiring and retention of employees who are not capable of properly caring for the home's patients, negligence of the facility itself and negligence of the equipment used to care for the home's patients.

It is not uncommon that you will need to obtain medical professionals to prove that negligence occurred. This is not always an easy proposition. It may be in your best interests, if faced with such a situation, to get more information about medical malpractice cases.

Source: findlaw.com, "Nursing Home Abuse Claims," Accessed March 14, 2017

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