When an individual is placed to live in a nursing home or they choose to go and reside there, the nursing home staff must complete a full evaluation of their condition. This evaluation is the first part of their care plan and it must be done within 14 days of them being admitted. It is important that the staff at these facilities develop and follow a resident’s care plan as it is going to identify any and all services the resident needs so that they can maintain their health both physically and mentally. Now, to help you better understand what belongs in a care plan, we have broken down for you the basics of a basic care plan and what yours might need to include.
A basic care plan is going to include the following:
- A health assessment, also known as a full evaluation, which will review your current health condition, that begins on the day you’re admitted.
- A health assessment at least every 90 days after your first review, and maybe even more often depending on whether your medical status changes. Healthcare staff should review your care plan regularly to be sure it still meets all the needs you have or if it should be modified.
- Ongoing, regular assessments of your condition to see if your health status has changed, with changes being made to your care plan as needed.
[Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services].
Now, it is important to remember that every care plan is going to be different as it is based on your particular needs. And depending what these needs are, your care plan may also include:
- The personal or health care services you require.
- The types of staff who should provide you with these services. For instance, if there are certain treatments that need to be rendered by a registered nurse (RN), you need to be sure the person doing it is, in fact, an RN.
- How often you need these services.
- The types of equipment or supplies you need. For instance, you may need a wheelchair or a feeding tube.
- The type of diet you require or desire. Perhaps you are diabetic and cannot consume certain types of foods or you have a preference as to what you want to eat.
- How you care plan is geared toward helping you reach your goals.
- Information pertaining to whether you plan on returning to the community and if so, how you plan to meet that goal. The fact is, not everyone who goes to live in a nursing home wants to live out their remaining years there. Some individuals are forced to go and live in a long-term care facility simply because they sustained an injury and now require additional help until their injury heals.
Not only are nursing homes required to complete a care plan to ensure they are meeting their resident’s needs, but the federal government also requires that the information is submitted for quality measures, nursing home payment, and state inspections.
When a nursing home resident is neglected, many of their needs stipulated in their care plan are left unaddressed.
Now, something else you and/or the family of someone living in a nursing home should know is that just because a care plan is prepared doesn’t always mean the staff is meeting your loved one’s needs. Unfortunately, many residents are neglected and their conditions go untreated causing them to become ill. Sometimes their preferences are ignored and they aren’t given the treatments they need to maintain wellness.
So, if you suspect that a loved one of yours is being neglected or you are a resident who has evidence indicating the staff is neglecting you, reach out to an Albany, NY nursing home neglect attorney for help. The Albany, NY nursing home abuse lawyers USAttorneys.com works with can help you identify if you have a potential lawsuit on your hands and can devise a plan on how to hold the facility and/or staff accountable for their misconduct.