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The Importance of Nursing Home Care Plans

When you are evaluating a nursing home for an elderly loved one, there are multiple factors that should play into your consideration. Of course, quality care should be at the top of your priority list. 

Quality care is a group effort in the nursing home setting. Your loved one’s care will usually be managed by a team of healthcare professionals from a wide array of specialties depending on their unique needs. 

In many cases, having a care team means your loved one will be tended to with the highest care. The team approach can also increase the possibility that duties get missed as responsibilities are passed from one individual to the next and your loved one falls through the cracks. 

For this reason, nursing home care plans are incredibly valuable. This will help ensure the overarching care is detailed in a thoroughly written and executed care plan.

What Is a Nursing Care Plan?

A Nursing Care Plan is a detailed document that highlights the individualized needs of a nursing home resident. A nursing care plan will include the following information:

Assessment: In an assessment, the resident’s overall health will be assessed as well as their risk factors for common concerns including falls, skin sores, dehydration, malnutrition, wandering, infections, and incontinence. Medications will be accounted for and specifications of medication administration will be made. 

Diagnosis: A nursing diagnosis is the actual list of conditions or health problems affecting your family member.

Intervention: The tactical actions that the resident’s healthcare team performs on a day-to-day basis to maintain or improve the resident’s condition. Those actions could include: moderating medication dosages, ensuring proper nutrition and hydration, monitoring vitals, following basic care protocol, incontinence care, general supervision, turning and repositioning, and more. 

Evaluation: Once a care plan is created, it needs to be continually evaluated and adjusted based upon the changes in the resident’s needs. 

One of the greatest benefits of a nursing care plan is that it helps ensure continuity and consistency in care and helps prevent neglect or abuse. Federal regulations require all nursing homes to utilize care plans to meet the needs of their residents and ensure quality and safe care. 

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What Happens When a Care Plan isn’t Followed?

When a loved one is being cared for in a nursing home, you hope you can trust they are being cared for to the highest of standards. Older adults are vulnerable to abuse and when a nursing plan isn’t followed the consequences can be devastating.

If you are worried your loved one could be suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect you must act quickly. It will be in their best interest for you to work with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer near Hamilton Ohio. We can help you ensure that the rights and care needs of your loved one are protected and that the responsible party is held accountable. 

Ultimately, working with The Richards Firm can help you protect your loved one while also preventing abuse from happening in the future. 

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