QUALITY OF CARE IN A NURSING HOME
Quality of care in a nursing home for a loved one may soon get a bit easier for Canadians. The United States and California also has a data base for use by perspective nursing home users. http://www.medicare.gov/NursingHomeCompare/Resources/Downloadable-Database.html and http://hfcis.cdph.ca.gov/servicesAndFacilities.aspx
A searchable national database that provides information on hospitals has been expanded to include comparative data on about 1,000 nursing homes.
The database is run by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
Users can see how many falls were recorded at individual facilities and which ones seem to do a better job treating pressure ulcers or bed sores. You can also see data on long-term pain management, and which homes may be using anti-psychotic drugs inappropriately to control residents who are not psychotic.
The material is available only for facilities with 24-hour nursing care and does not include assisted living centers.
QUALITY OF CARE ISSUES
Quality of Care Issues are very important to perspective nursing home patients and their immediate family and loved ones. Certainly, it is the up most importance to ascertain whether a particular facility has a poor record on quality of care issues. The Public needs reliable information as to whether a nursing home has a history of Bed Sores, Pressure Ulcers aka Decubitus Ulcers, Multiple Falls, Malnutrition, Dehydration, Over Medication and Elopement / Wandering, etc… so as to be able to make an educated determination to put themselves or a loved one in a particular facility. Most of these issues transpire because of neglect.“Neglect” under California Welfare & Institutions Code Section 15610.57 is defined as follows:
(a) “Neglect” means either of the following:
(1) The negligent failure of any person having the care or custody of an elder or a dependent adult to exercise that degree of care that a reasonable person in a like position would exercise. (2) The negligent failure of an elder or dependent adult to exercise that degree of self care that a reasonable person in a like position would exercise.
(b) Neglect includes, but is not limited to, all of the following: (1) Failure to assist in personal hygiene, or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter. (2) Failure to provide medical care for physical and mental health needs. No person shall be deemed neglected or abused for the sole reason that he or she voluntarily relies on treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone in lieu of medical treatment. (3) Failure to protect from health and safety hazards. (4) Failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration. (5) Failure of an elder or dependent adult to satisfy the needs specified in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive, for himself or herself as a result of poor cognitive functioning, mental limitation, substance abuse, or chronic poor health.
It is important that we all watch and make very educated informed decisions before we put our loved ones in a particular nursing home / skilled nursing and / or assisted living facility.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.