The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home can be very difficult. In fact, recent studies indicate that almost 43% of the U.S. population age sixty-five and older will reside in nursing homes at some point. As family members, we trust that our loved ones will experience high levels of care, no matter which facility we choose. But even after finding the “perfect” nursing home or elder care facility, there may be severe health and conduct violations that go undetected by most families.
The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 reformed the way states and the federal governments oversee nursing homes and protect the health of residents. The legislation established new standards for quality, created a set of resident rights, a new system to assess the quality of nursing home residents lives, and a new survey mechanism focused on patient outcomes. The law also created new staffing requirements for licensed nurses and new training requirements for nursing assistants and all remaining personnel. The Act also established new, more flexible enforcement rules and penalties to help identify and punish nursing homes that violate the new rules.
At the Law Offices of W. Keith Williams, II, we recognize that thousands of families trust their loved ones’ lives to nursing homes and elder care facilities. However, the negligence and abuse that goes on in these facilities is hidden or hard to pinpoint. If you suspect any wrongdoing, we urge you to follow your instincts and have it checked out. We believe that the principles of equal rights shouldn’t change with age and the Law Offices of W. Keith Williams, II wants to help put an end to this gross injustice.