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The standards of care required of Alabama nursing homes

Nursing home neglect is a widespread problem throughout Alabama and the rest of the country. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that anywhere from one to two million people age 65 or older have suffered abuse, exploitation or neglect at the hands of someone that has been entrusted with their care. At The Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we often hear from people who are concerned about the care their loved ones are receiving. In this post, we will discuss the standards of care that nursing homes in Alabama are legally required to maintain, which can help you know what to look for when choosing a nursing home for your loved one.

Under Alabama state code, there are certain standards of care that nursing homes are required to maintain, including providing nursing home residents with the services, or access to the services, necessary for them to maintain their optimal level of mental, physical and psychosocial well being. This includes allowing residents to continue to perform their activities of daily living, such as personal grooming and hygiene, or assisting them in performing these activities if they are unable to carry them out themselves. Additionally, residents must be provided with adequately nutritious and flavored meals, and with sufficient hydration.

The law also stipulates that residents at nursing care facilities should not receive treatments that are not medically necessary. Using catheters and naso-gastric tubes, as well as administering drugs, to residents when their medical condition does not warrant and necessitate it could be considered negligence or abuse.

Nursing care facilities are also required by law to maintain a sanitary environment that is as free as possible of accident hazards. Furthermore, it is the nursing home’s responsibility to provide residents with the assistive devices and support that they need to prevent accidents.

When there is evidence that nursing homes are not upholding the standards of care as required by state code, it could signal a larger neglect issue within the facility.

To learn more, visit our nursing home abuse and neglect page.

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