Nursing Home Negligence: Failure to Develop a Care Plan
Failure to develop a care plan is one of the leading causes of injuries in nursing homes. A care plan is a nursing home’s plan of action for the care of a specific resident. It usually gives a detailed description of each resident’s specific needs and the steps that are to be taken by the nursing home to address those needs and keep the resident healthy.
Understanding a Care Plan
The Nursing Home Reform Act demands nursing homes that get Medicare or Medicaid financing must create and follow an all-inclusive care plan for every resident they accept. A care plan is normally developed after family members speak with doctors and other staff about the care of their loved ones. It includes the following information:
- The resident’s physical conditions, like hypertension, neuropathy, or diabetes.
- The resident’s psychological conditions, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
- Medications and allergies.
- Resident needs, including mobility assistance, eating assistance, or regular blood-sugar monitoring.
- Specific guidelines to keep the resident comfortable, happy, and healthy.
Failure to Develop a Resident Care Plan
Nursing facilities sometimes fail to develop care plans for residents, which increases the risk for injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Many of them are marred by understaffing, incompetent employees, high staff turnover, and lack of supervision. These factors, coupled with a lack of developed care plans, endanger the lives of residents. A nursing home negligence lawyer can help anyone who suspects that lack of a care plan has caused his or her loved severe injury, a quick health decline, or wrongful death file a negligence lawsuit against the at-fault nursing home.
Indicators That a Nursing Home Hasn’t Developed a Care Plan
There are numerous signs that a nursing facility has not developed a care plan. Some indicators of nursing home negligence are apparent, like bedsores and malnourishment. Others may not be so obvious, such as mental abuse, even when they are likely to cause serious harm in the future.
If anyone suspects that his or her loved one has been abused in a nursing home, he or she can work in close collaboration with a nursing home negligence lawyer to find proof of abuse, negligence, and mistreatment. To get this proof, the lawyer may examine internal nursing home documents, interview witness-doctors, and check out audios or videos captured by security cameras.