Types and Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Legal

Nursing homes, convalescent homes and elder care facilities can be held liable when acts of negligence, neglect and nursing home abuse cause harm to residents. Many acts can leave a care facility liable, including:

  • Failure to keep premises reasonably safe and hazard-free
  • Negligent hiring of employees
  • Negligent supervision of residents
  • Failure to keep common areas and resident rooms sanitary and clean
  • Failure to provide standard medical care

Rules on Care Standards

If a care facility accepts Medicare reimbursement, it must follow federal rules on the minimum standard of care. Facilities must ensure that:

  • Residential environments remain as hazard-free as possible
  • Each resident is adequately supervised and assisted, as a way of preventing accidents

If a home does not comply with these rules and a resident is subsequently hurt, the facility can face litigation.

Regulatory Non-Compliance

In the residential care setting, interventions and safety measures can protect patients with memory deficits and conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. However, some patients may become injured despite these protections. If a home cannot provide constant supervision to such residents, it can be found in violation of federal regulations, and it can face legal action.

Signs of Poor Care

Putting a family member in a skilled care facility is never an easy decision, and it can be frustrating for a family to learn that the care a relative is receiving falls below acceptable standards. Families should look for the following signs that a resident may not be receiving adequate care.

  • Substantial emotional or physical changes
  • The staff’s unwillingness to answer questions
  • Inadequate, hurried or disorganized staff
  • High staff turnover rates
  • The resident’s reluctance to deal with certain staff members
  • Unanswered phones and call lights
  • Malnourishment/dehydration
  • An adherence to the status quo
  • A family member’s gut feelings

It Can be Difficult to Prove Liability

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A Guide to Powers of Attorney

Legal

It is hard for most people to imagine a time where they won’t be able to make their own financial decisions, but, for many, there’s a chance that it will come. Dementia, accidents, illnesses and other circumstances can leave a person ill-equipped to handle their own finances. However, a power of attorney in Singapore can provide a viable option. This document empowers someone of the planner’s choosing to handle their financial matters if they are unable to do so, and it is one of the most important documents to have, regardless of a person’s age. While this topic may not be the most pleasant one to discuss, the following information can be helpful.

Do Not Allow a Forced Signing

Despite the importance of a power of attorney, some people may abuse their privileges, and it’s important for planners to be careful. One should not feel coerced into signing a document, and they should contact a lawyer or other professional to get another opinion.

Choose the Agent Carefully

The person chosen will have complete authority over the principal’s finances; therefore, it is important to choose someone who is trustworthy. The agent should understand the principal’s goals, and if they are in control of investments, they should have the knowledge to make decisions and communicate with advisors and brokers.

There are Multiple Types of Power of Attorney

Several kinds of financial powers of attorney exist, and it is important to think of the differences before making a selection.

  • Durable powers of attorney go into effect when they are signed. Unless it is canceled by the principal, it remains effective through that person’s lifetime, regardless of incapacity.

  • Springing powers of attorney only start when certain events occur, such as when the principal becomes incapacitated or achieves a certain age. These may require a

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