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Nursing homes are responsible for the health, medical care, and well-being of their residents, according to OBRA (the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act). The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) oversees compliance with federal regulations and enforces guidelines for the evaluation, care, and treatment of residents. Certification of the nursing home is given if there is compliance with the applicable federal regulations, allowing the nursing home to receive government funds such as Medicare/Medicaid.
Nursing home abuse is a problem that often goes unreported. As Americans continue to grow older, we are expected to see more residents in nursing homes. Nursing home personnel must respect residents' rights. Residents have a right to privacy, a right to manage their own money, and a right to be informed about their medical condition and medical care. They must be informed, in writing, about services and fees before entering the nursing home.
If you or a loved one has suffered from falls and fractures, malnutrition, dehydration, bed sores, unsanitary conditions, abandonment, sexual assault, poor personal hygiene, physical abuse, unexpected injury, lack of supervision, or other types of injuries that result from recurrent neglect, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.