New State Requirements For Nursing Homes Require Patient Driven Care

One state has passed a new law requiring special standards for building a new nursing home. The standards involve care plans that are very different from the average nursing home protocol. Nursing homes are currently run similar to institutions with schedules that accommodate efficiency rather than preferences of patients. However, the new plan puts care decisions back in the hands of the patients.

The new plan involves nursing staff assigned to the same group of patients, rather than having shifts with different units or patients on various days. The patients are able to determine their own eating, showering, and sleep schedules. It is a new way of caring for the elderly that the state plans to reinforce as new homes are built. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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