Federal & State Nursing Home Regulations

Nursing Care and the Law

Lawyers for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio

The multi-billion dollar nursing care industry in the United States is subject to a myriad of federal and state regulations. And as with every other industry that receives this type of scrutiny, there are rules for everything: rules designed to ensure that residents receive adequate care.

A problem arises when the rules and regulations for the operation of nursing homes are sacrificed in the name of profits, profits that few companies in this industry have shown a willingness to part with in exchange for fulfilling their commitment to provide adequate care.

One of the first firms in this area to make cases of nursing home abuse a separate and distinct practice — Robert Peirce & Associates has the experience needed to achieve results. Arrange a free consultation with one of the attorneys at our firm by calling us directly, or by contacting us online today.

Most states require that nursing home facilities adhere to the federal minimum standards for care. Some states have also passed legislation to strengthen those requirements. The basic regulations as outlined in the federal government's Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 require care providers in any state to:

  • Maintain proper nursing staff to resident ratios
  • Do a comprehensive and accurate assessment of each resident's functional capacity upon intake
  • Develop a comprehensive care plan for each resident
  • Prevent the deterioration of a resident's abilities to take care of their own personal hygiene needs, to carry out activities of daily living and to communicate with others
  • Ensure that each resident receives adequate supervision and assistive devices to prevent accidents
  • Ensure that each resident receives proper nutrition and fluid intake
  • Maintain dignity and respect, promote quality of life, ensure that each resident has the right to choose activities, schedules, and health care
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and easily accessible clinical records on each resident

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For answers to other questions you may have about nursing home abuse, your legal rights and how our firm can help — contact us by e-mail, or call us at either of our two Pittsburgh office numbers: 412-281-7229 or 866-273-1941.

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