Healthcare studies have increasingly focused on the growing problem of falls and fall-related injuries among the elderly. Falls have shown to cause excess pain, physical impairments, a reduced quality of life and increased medical costs. To combat falls, physical and occupational therapy is often a sought after treatment for nursing home residents. In a study conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, “Most skilled nursing facility patients were appropriate candidates for physical and occupational therapy, and they benefitted from therapy.” While a physical therapist is not required to be on staff, nursing homes are required to implement treatment plans for patients from a physician’s order to meet the needs of each individual patient.
If you or a loved one are cared for a by a long-term care facility, take the time to check if adequate care plans are in place and executed by the staff. Often times, failure to develop individual care plans for each resident results in delayed healing, increased pain, decreased quality of life, and ultimately abuse and neglect.
The attorneys at Malman Law are dedicated to seeing that each and every resident in a nursing home who suffered serious injury, abuse or mistreatment receives the compensation that they deserve. If you or someone you care for have a legal concern, call our firm today for reliable legal answers.