Maryland Injury Lawyers: How to Ensure Your Parent’s Nursing Home Provides High-Quality CareJune 17, 2013
When your mother passed way, your father came to Maryland and moved in with you. The transition wasn’t easy but you’ve managed to care for his needs. But lately his health has been declining and he needs constant monitoring. Although it seems like a last resort, you have to investigate long-term care facilities in your area.
Where do you start and what do you look for?
The Maryland Health Care Commission provides the Consumer Guide to Long-Term Care that offers much of the basic information you need to know about the facilities in your area. You can learn about more than 200 nursing facilities and 34 Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). You can compare the different residences and understand how they measure quality and review their quality survey results.
It may also comfort you to know that state agencies like the Long-Term Care Unit of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene work to ensure high-quality care for nursing home residents. This agency:
- Ensures that all nursing homes meet state licensing requirements and Medicare/Medicaid standards.
- Conducts unannounced on-site surveys and follow-up visits.
- Investigates abuse complaints regarding staff members.
- Assists with prosecution of staff members who abuse vulnerable adults.
- Certifies Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR).
Inspections and monitoring by authorities can offer a glimpse of the operations at the facility. However, it is still up to you to know what’s going on. Your father could be victimized and not even be able to tell you about it. If you suspect any abuse or neglect, consult a Maryland injury lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. who is familiar with nursing home abuse laws. He or she will be your advocate and perform an investigation to construct a winning case on your behalf.