Below is a short list of the resources available to you as the loved one of a nursing home resident.
The nursing home reform act
The United States has strict laws against abuse and neglect in nursing homes. With the Nursing Home Reform Act, authorities have implemented extensive reforms focused on abuse prevention.
Federally, the Administration on Aging and Medicare advocates for nursing home reform and choice. Additionally, each state has its own agency dedicated to resident services and nursing home reform.
Types of nursing home employees
Every nursing home must have a state-issued license to run their nursing home. Types of nursing home staff include:
- Administrators, like managers
- Direct care staff, which may include registered nurses (RNs); licensed practical nurses (LPNs); and certified nursing assistants (CNAs)
- Support staff, like food service employees and maintenance workers
Caring for a resident patient is extremely stressful. It is not unusual for a caregiver to begin mistreating a nursing home resident, whether financially, emotionally, or physically. If you need help, please contact your state’s toll-free resident abuse helpline.