Nursing Home Standard of Care

If a nursing home accepts Medicare, the facility must follow Federal Regulations which establish the standard of care. Some of these regulations (which can be read in their entirety here) are as follows:

On accidents:

  • The resident environment remains as free of accident hazards as possible; and
  • Each resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents.

On bedsores:

  • A resident who enters the facility without pressure sores does not develop pressure sores unless the individual’s clinical condition demonstrates that they were unavoidable; and
  • A resident having pressure sores receives necessary treatment and services to promote healing, prevent infection and prevent new sores from developing.

On activities of daily living:

  • A resident’s abilities in activities of daily living do not diminish unless circumstances of the individual’s clinical condition demonstrate that diminution was unavoidable.
  • A resident who is unable to carry out activities of daily living receives the necessary services to maintain good nutrition, grooming, and personal and oral hygiene.

To learn more, visit our Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Page.

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