Protecting the rights of yourself or of family members in a nursing home is very important. The Care Plan Meeting is the best place to start. The Care Plan Meeting is your opportunity to ensure that your family member’s medical and non-medical needs are identified and addressed.

If a loved one’s rights have been violated in a nursing home, it is critical to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately.

The Care Plan Meeting

The Care Plan Meeting is a meeting of all of the persons in the nursing home responsible for caring for your loved one. The resident and the resident’s family members should attend the Care Plan Meeting. The Care Plan Meeting is overseen by the MDS [Minimum Data Set] Coordinator who is responsible for writing and amending the Care Plan.

The Care Plan Meeting should be used to address your concerns about the safety and well being of your family member. For example, this is the best opportunity for you address your concerns about falls, restraints, skin breakdown, psychotropic medications, and weight loss. You should leave the Care Plan Meeting with an agreed upon strategy for addressing the needs of your family member.

Frequency of Care Plan Meetings

Within seven days of the initial assessment of a new resident, the nursing home’s Care Plan Team must complete a Care Plan and schedule a Care Plan Meeting. The Care Plan is a roadmap that provides goals and directives for achieving goals for residents of a nursing home.

Residents and their family members should receive written notice of the date and time of the Care Plan Meeting. If you are unable to attend, you can call the nursing home to reschedule the Care Plan Meeting. If you have special concerns for the well-being of your loved one, you may bring in an outside professional, i.e., a private nurse or social worker, to help you work out the best Care Plan.

A Care Plan Meeting should be held at least once every three months to discuss progress and changes to the Care Plan.

Preparation

A good Care Plan has objectives with timeframes, tasks assigned to specific staff members and methods of evaluation. You should come prepared to the Care Plan Meeting with a list of questions, concerns, and observations.

If you don’t have a copy of the Care Plan, ask for a copy in advance of the Care Plan Meeting. You should read the Care Plan carefully and insist that it is followed. A good Care Plan should recognize the specific needs and concerns of your family member.

Importance

The Care Plan is very important for caring for your loved one in a nursing home. You need to make sure that the Care Plan addresses the specific needs of your loved one and is amended at the quarterly Care Plan Meetings as the needs of your family member change.

Make sure you attend the Care Plan Meetings and receive the original and amended versions of the Care Plan. This is the best way to ensure that your family member is getting everything that he/she needs in a nursing home.

Contact an Attorney Today

Making sure your loved ones are taken care of and happy in nursing homes is very important. If the Care Plan is violated, you should contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer.