Maybe it’s time for you to hold their hand? Symbolic or literally – your loved one must be vigilantly cared for when they can no longer care for themselves. Nursing homes are required by law to provide non-negligent care. Is your loved one being properly cared for?


Federal law is quite clear on the “big picture” of required care by nursing homes:

Each resident must receive and the facility must provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan of care.

42 C.F.R. 483.25 (emphasis added).

I have highlighted several important words in the above law. Note first that the word “must” appears twice in fact and then the next “absolute-type” word of “highest”. These words were not chosen accidentally. The first two words clearly “direct” a nursing home with “commands” – to provide quality care to your loved one. The next word is only what you would want for your loved one – the “highest” state your loved one can attain or maintain.

As a parent, you want nothing more than quality care for your child. As a child, you should expect nothing less for your parent. Roles are reversed as you age and become responsible for the “watch” of your parent(s). Take their hand and make sure the nursing home watches as you would would watch.

You can contact me here 24/7/365 (and I really mean that as I will answer my phone) if you have any questions and to learn how I may be able to help you or your loved one who may desire to discuss these difficult and sensitive nursing home care matters – in particular, you will find that I listen, take your phone calls and e-mails (and even text messages–BUT NOT WHILE DRIVING!!). I would be honored to help you with your matters – large or small.

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