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Brain injury sufferers in nursing homes require special care

| Apr 19, 2017 | Nursing Home Neglect |

When you place a loved one in an Alabama nursing home, you want to believe that the staff there are promptly addressing and meeting his or her needs. That is not always the case, however, and this may prove particularly true if your loved one suffers from a brain injury and requires additional, specialized care as a result. At The Sapp Law Firm, we have a firm understanding of how American’s nursing homes sometimes drop the ball when it comes to patient care, and we have assisted many clients who were either subject to abuse or neglect, or had a loved one who was.

According to NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org, about 244,000 brain injury sufferers reside in nursing homes in America, and these facilities are largely ill-equipped to handle the specialized care your loved one may require. Budget considerations are among the factors that prevent many nursing homes from providing rehabilitative care that can aid brain injury sufferers, and a lack of funding is keeping many affected from receiving proper care.

Currently, only about 40,000 beds exist at U.S. rehabilitation centers that specialize in brain injury rehabilitation, meaning thousands of older Americans have no choice but to take up residence in a standard, non-specialized nursing home environment. A lack of Medicaid coverage, too, is contributing to the problem, as there are no regulations in place to ensure that your loved one or other brain injury victims receive access to the treatment they need.

Because of these failings, it is particularly important that you thoroughly research any potential nursing homes or continuing care centers before placing your loved one there. More information about negligence and unsatisfactory care at nursing homes is available on our website.

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