BY: Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller | IN: Medical Malpractice
Last week, I wrote a post about the factors you need to consider when deciding among a variety of nursing home options for someone close to you. In this post, I want to further address the important role that you play in your loved one’s ongoing nursing home stay, drawing again from the insights offered by Joanna R. Leefer, author of “Almost Like Home,” and featured in the New York Times.
Once the patient is admitted to a nursing home, monitoring his or her care and treatment is imperative. Here is a list of things you can do:
If you do encounter problems in the care that’s offered, make sure to keep detailed notes, including dates, times, names, concerns raised, and responses to those concerns. Try to solve any issues with the nursing home staff before going to the facility’s management; if necessary, speak to the heads of departments, and lodge a formal complaint with the nursing home. If those measures don’t yield results, consider filing an administrative action with the State and consulting an experienced medical malpractice attorney whose practice is devoted to nursing home negligence and abuse.
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Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller focuses her practice on medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and general negligence litigation on behalf injured plaintiffs.