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Legislative Update: Nursing Home Care Act

The Nursing Home Care Act, House Bill 748, requires requires nursing homes to do a number of things within 30 days’ admission of new residents and within one year for all residents. Residents, agents, and surrogates must be given (1) written information describing the facility’s policies about DNR orders; (2) an opportunity to execute a living will or power of attorney for Health Care; (3) an opportunity to decline consent to life-sustaining treatment; and (4) provide the facility with the name of a preferred surrogate if the resident becomes incapacitated or impaired. This Act will greatly effect the way nursing homes adhere to patients and help ensure that the elderly patient’s wishes are followed.