Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA)
Los Angeles Elder Abuse Attorney
A study conducted by the Institute of Medicine in 1986 at the request of Congress found that nursing home residents were being victimized through inadequate care, abuse and neglect. As part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, a set of laws were established called the Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA). Its purpose was to set standards of care for individuals in a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) or in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) to protect the residents against abuse, neglect and mistreatment.
Facilities in violation of the standards set forth in the NHRA risk losing government funding for their program. If you feel your elderly loved one is in a facility that is in violation of the NHRA please contact a Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer from our firm today to discuss your legal rights and options. In addition to establishing standards of care to protect elder nursing home residents from abuse, neglect and mistreatment, the Nursing Home Reform Act also requires that all facilities provide a number of items for each patient including:
- Minimum set number of nursing hours per resident per day;
- Individual care plans for each resident;
- Pharmaceutical and medical services;
- Nutritional and dietary services;
- Social services; and
- Rehabilitation services
Nursing Home Reform Act & Cases of Elder Abuse
Also established as part of the sweeping reforms outlined in the NHRA, is the Nursing Home Bill of Resident's Rights. This bill of rights is to be presented and explained to a potential resident in a language and manner that they can understand at the point of admission to the facility. As in all areas of the Nursing Home Reform Act, any violations of the resident's bill of rights found to be substantiated can result in loss of funding for the facility. In addition, the victim of the violation may be entitled to compensation for damages incurred as a result of the violation.
At Norman Taylor & Associates, APLC the proven and compassionate staff of legal professionals has been assisting clients with their legal needs for 49 combined years of service. We specialize in all areas of elder abuse law including elder neglect,
lack of proper care,
physical abuse and
violations of resident's rights. We welcome the opportunity to assist you by lightening your burden of legal concerns at this difficult time.
When you need skilled representation in a case, contact a Los Angeles nursing home abuse attorney from our team.