Maryland Injury Attorneys: Maryland Nursing Home Regulations & StandardsApril 19, 2012
If you have to make the difficult decision to put your parents into a nursing home, you know there are many issues to take into consideration. Above all, you want to ensure your folks are safe and well cared for. Fortunately, Maryland nursing homes must meet several regulations and standards. Nursing homes in MD are licensed by the Department of Health and Hygiene and must adhere to Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) for nursing homes.
Following are some of the COMAR regulations:
- Prohibits discrimination based on a person’s race, color, national origin, or physical or mental handicap, and specifies the conditions under which a facility cannot admit or must discharge an individual
- The nursing home must accept the authority of the resident’s legal representative
- A minimum number of staff must be on duty every day.
- Regulations on establishing and operating special care units.
- Regulations on how medications should be delivered, stored, documented, and administered.
- Prohibits home from accepting or keeping residents who are a danger to others or themselves.
- Requires an individualized plan of care for each patient.
- Defines the Nursing Home Resident’s Bill of Rights.
- Information about resident transfers and discharges.
- Outlines responsibility to notify a resident if relocation is planned.
- Outlines the specific conditions under which restraints (physical or chemical) may be used.
- Outlines responsibility to implement policies and procedures prohibiting neglect and abuse.
- Discusses the rights of the resident to have personal property at the home.
- Outlines the responsibilities of the home regarding management of resident’s personal funds.
If you have questions about nursing home neglect or abuse, talk to the experienced and compassionate Baltimore injury attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. today. Let us know how we can help you protect your loved ones and get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.