A blog article that discusses how new laws are stacking up to help seniors. What are the implications of these changes, and what are the consequences for nursing home residents?
Nursing Home Lawyer: What do these changes in legislation mean to seniors?
With the enactment of the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection act, many changes have been made to nursing home law. These changes are meant to protect seniors with family members who may be interested in caring for a loved one in their home. Here is a list of five things that this legislation will change:
Legislation in the form of the Nursing Home Reform Act and other associated laws that have been passed over the past few years have resulted in changes to how nursing homes operate. The goal of this legislation was to improve the quality of care for seniors who reside in these facilities. The most important change to note is the level of accountability. It has become increasingly more difficult for nursing home staff members to ignore rules and regulations, which ultimately increases the chances that a resident will receive better care.
How is a nursing home’s insurance affected by the new laws
The nursing home’s insurance company may assign the case to a new attorney as soon as they are notified of the arbitrator’s decision. The attorney will then submit a motion to the arbitrator for reconsideration, or appeal the decision.
The new laws are designed to protect unpaid family members from the financial burden of nursing home care. One example is that a nursing home’s insurance will be terminated if it is unable to pay claim obligations after an unpaid-family member is found liable for causing an injury in the facility (or the operator’s negligence).
The implications of these reforms for nursing home residents
Nursing home residents are often forced to pay for their care, even if they don’t have the money. In fact, many nursing homes require that a resident sign over their assets when admitted. However, with these new reforms, it is unlikely that people will be expected to make large financial contributions to nursing homes unless they are wealthy.
While the Obama administration has made many reforms in the past decade to assist abuse and neglect of nursing home residents, it is important for nursing home residents to be aware of their rights. Nursing homes are not required to report neglect or abuse unless there is a likelihood of death or permanent harm. The expectation is that most cases will be reported.
It is not easy to find a lawyer, especially when you live out of state. You need someone with knowledge of the legal system and experience in nursing home law to make sure your loved one is protected. Nursing homes are often times the most vulnerable demographic in our society.
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