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Nursing Home Regulations and Requirements

By Lee Arter  Jul. 6, 2010 10:42a

In 1987, the Nursing Home Reform Act was enacted by Congress which set forth certain requirements for the quality of care in nursing homes. If a nursing home receives funding from either Medicare or Medicaid, that home is obligated to provide activities and services that are of the highest standards for its patients' physical, mental, and psychosocial well being in accordance of a written plan of care.


Specific Requirements of the Nursing Home Reform Act

Following are some of the requirements which anyone who has a loved one in a nursing home should be aware of. These are the federal requirements for long term care facilities as laid out in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.  If you observe that any of these points are not being followed or attended to, then your loved one may be a victim of nursing home abuse and you should contact a nursing home abuse attorney immediately.


  • Each patient should have his dignity maintained as well as his respect
  • A comprehensive assessment should be done of each resident's functional capacity.
  • A comprehensive care plan should be created for each resident.
  • Methods of prevention should be employed to avoid the deterioration of the resident's ability to dress, groom, bathe, move from place to place, eat, use the toilet and communicate with others.
  • Provide necessary basic services to the resident such as personal hygiene, nutrition and grooming if they are unable to do so themselves.
  • Ensure that the residents do not develop bed sores and provide them the necessary treatments to promote healing and keep infections from occurring if sores do occur.
  • Provide each resident with the proper amount of hydration for good health.
  • Ensure the residents are free from any significant  medication errors
  • Maintain accurate, complete  and up to date records of each resident
  • Ensure that the resident receives the supervision necessary for their safety and are provided with assistive devices to help prevent accidents.
  • That there are a sufficient amount of staff to service the residents.


These are some of the requirements; there are others that are equally important. If you suspect or have directly observed violations of any of the above with a loved one , an investigation of the facility may be the correct and most  humane thing  you could  do.


At the Law Office of Lee Arter, we specialize in personal injury cases of which nursing home abuse is one type. We are located in Los Angeles, but handle cases all over the Southern California area.  Between all of our personal injury attorneys, our office has a combined 90 years of experience in practicing law.


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