Remember, if you are thinking about placing your loved one in the care of a nursing home facility, you should check to make sure that it has a good reputation. To view the ratings and research a nursing home by location, you can click here.
In Tennessee, it is not uncommon for some facilities to suffer from issues like inadequate staffing, which can lead to bedsores, slip and falls and mistakes in patient diets.
We bring this up because recently the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revised its nursing home evaluation criteria. According to the Tennessean, the agency has added two new measures to its rating system (Nursing Home Compare) and overhauled some existing categories for measure. The changes have seemingly hurt the rankings for some facilities.
“The overhaul brought with it two new quality measures for use of antipsychotic medication — one for short-stay residents and one for long-stay — as well as raised performance targets in the existing categories,” the Tennessean reported. “The federal agency also changed how it calculates staffing adequacy.”
According to the news source, of the 66 nursing homes in Middle Tennessee, one-third had their ratings lowered due to the new guidelines.
Working with an Attorney on a Nursing Home Injury Claim
Remember, your loved one should not have to suffer because he or she is a nursing home resident dealing with an age-related issue, making him or her vulnerable to negligence. Residents rely on their facilities for medical care, dental care and shelter. Therefore, their safety and health should be a top priority.
If your loved one has suffered injuries due to the lack of care in a nursing home, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney. You may be able to collect damages for his or her suffering.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3