Nursing homes frequently have complaints lodged against them because of negligence, abuse or other errors that injure their residents. Unfortunately, family members of the residents often don’t know about these problems until they see injuries on their loved ones, such as bedsores, bruises or worse.
In recent years, given the global health crisis and its effects on these facilities and their residents, lawmakers have paid greater attention to nursing home care. One new law seeks to keep family members better informed.
Governor approves new nursing home law
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently approved a new law that requires nursing homes to notify family members about infections in their facilities. The governor stated that the objective of the law is to make sure that people are protected and family members know what is happening with their vulnerable loved ones.
Although this is an important and necessary step, it does not necessarily mean that nursing homes will follow the law.
People who live in a nursing home or have a loved one residing in a facility must still be aware of common problems and know their rights.
Experienced help for nursing home problems
In addition to infections, residents are also vulnerable to nursing home abuse, mistreatment, negligence and errors that can cause a worsened condition, injuries and worse.
Even with this new law, families must be vigilant. If they suspect that a loved one is not getting the care they need or they are being abused, it is important to have qualified help that can investigate.