Nursing homes and long-term care facilities have a responsibility to care for every aspect of their residents’ lives. This includes making sure that they are observed on a regular basis, that their personal care and hygiene needs are met, that they receive proper amounts of medication in a timely manner, and that they are fed appropriately on a regular basis.
Furthermore, caregivers normally are required to meticulously document all of the services that they provide over the course of their shifts. In fact, federal law mandates that certain types of records be kept in these facilities. For example, a resident must have an initial assessment within 7-14 days of admission, as well as assessments not only on an annual basis, but also after any significant mental or physical change in the resident. Similarly, accurate feeding and medication records are essential to prevent dangerous drug interactions and adverse reactions to drugs by residents.
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected while a resident of this type of facility, you should ask to look at the daily charts that should exist for each resident. From taking a close look at these charts, you may be able to gather evidence of any caregiver abuse or neglect that is occurring. For instance, hastily completed records that appear consistently incomplete may indicate a pattern of neglect on the part of certain staff members. Likewise, charts that are too consistent, or almost identical on a daily basis, may indicate falsification of records in order to cover up neglect or abuse. When a resident is supposed to be undergoing a certain kind of therapy, an absence of documentation as to therapy sessions may indicate neglect, as well.
At Boller & Vaughan, we are nursing home injury lawyers who pride ourselves on representing the rights of those countless individuals who suffer injuries as a result of the wrongful behavior of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care homes. The devastation of losing a loved one can be overwhelming and traumatic. Allow us to handle the legal aspects of your situation, while you and your family focus on the healing process. Call our office today to set up your free consultation.
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After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.