A nursing home is a facility that provides skilled nursing care and related services for residents who require medical or nursing care; rehabilitation services for injured, disabled, or sick persons; and health-related care and services, above the level of room and board, which can be made available only through institutional facilities.
If you believe that your elderly family member, relative, or loved one is being abused or neglected in his or her nursing home, contact The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery right away. Our San Antonio nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys can get to work immediately building a strong case on behalf of your loved one and your family.
Reach us online or by phone at (210) 774-6445 for a free, confidential consultation.
Federal Protections for Nursing Home Residents
Although institutional care by its very nature substantially limits one's lifestyle and scope of privacy, one should nevertheless expect high quality, compassionate, and dignified care from nursing facilities. The federal Nursing Home Reform Amendments of 1987 and corresponding state laws protect residents in nearly all nursing facilities. For residents who lack decision-making capacity, the resident's agent under a power of attorney for health care or another legal representative recognized by state law may exercise the resident's rights.
Federal law requires that nursing homes meet strong basic standards for the quality of life of each resident and for the provision of services and activities. There are many specific rights guaranteed by federal and state law.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect
In many cases, nursing home residents are not able or willing to speak up for themselves when abuse or neglect occurs. They may not even fully realize that abuse or neglect is occurring, only knowing that they are not happy. It is crucial, therefore, that you are able to recognize the signs of abuse and/or neglect.
If you notice any of the following signs of abuse, please contact our office immediately:
- Pressure sores/bed sores
- Dry skin
- Chapped lips
- Unexplained weight loss
- Inability to eat
- Falls/broken bones
- Excessive bruising
- Verbal abuse
- Physical abuse
Our San Antonio nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers can take swift action and work to hold negligent parties accountable for your loved one’s injuries. Even if you merely suspect that your loved one is being mistreated, it is best to speak to an attorney who can help you determine your legal options.
Contact The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery today at (210) 774-6445 for a free case evaluation.