Family Members Have the Right to Be Involved in Care Planning



Research supports that family involvement during a nursing home stay is likely to ensure that the facility is providing the quality care necessary for residents to thrive. Our nursing home attorneys agree that this couldn’t reign any truer as it is typically family members who are speaking up for the care their loved one is receiving and they are also the ones bringing neglect or malpractice concerns to our firm. That is why it is so important family members know of their specific legal rights to participate in nursing home issues, especially those related to their loved one’s care. In fact, family members do not need special legal authority to exercise the right to participate in assessments and developing meaningful and effective care planning.


What is Involved in Care Planning?
If you are the family member tasked with ensuring your loved one’s care is being appropriately planned and handled, it should start with their basic health evaluation on the day they are admitted. The evaluation information is combined with along with a meeting consisting of nursing home staff, medical professionals, and the patient’s family members. From this, a plan will be created that will act as a roadmap for the resident’s requirements and progress. This plan is constructed specifically for your loved one, and the nursing home must update it every three months and whenever the overall health of the resident changes significantly. This plan explicitly lays out the responsibilities of each staff person that will be working with your loved one. Additionally, information such as necessary equipment, dietary restrictions, what services, and how often they will be needed may be laid out in this plan.


Updates to Baseline Care Planning
In recent years, the CMS implemented basic requirements for participation that nursing homes must meet. Otherwise, they will not receive funding.

In late 2017, additional guidelines from the group went into effect in regard to baseline care plans. CMS changes now say that, “the baseline care plan should strike a balance between conditions and risks affecting the resident’s health and safety, and what is important to him or her, within the limitations of the plan’s timeframe.”

Occurences of nursing home negligence are at an all-time high across the U.S., including here in Illinois, these changes will hopefully improve care for the millions of Americans in nursing homes but not without family members serving as the voices of their loved ones.


Respected Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys
Levin & Perconti is one of the preeminent voices working to hold nursing homes accountable for their crimes in the entire United States. If you need an advocate to fight on your side as you try to get justice for a loved one, give us a call at 877-377-1417



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