Your loved one will be cared for by many different nurses during her stay in a Kentucky nursing home. It is an inevitable part of nursing home life. Shifts change, nurses change jobs, and it is impossible for one person to provide constant care for your loved one. However, the standard of care should remain the same through all of these changes and the standard of care should be clearly described in your loved one’s nursing care plan.
What Should Be in a Nursing Care Plan?
902 KAR 20:048 requires (in part) that a written nursing care plan be developed for each patient. Each nursing care plan should:
- Be based on the resident’s illness, prescribed treatment, short and long term goals, and any other pertinent information.
- Be a personalized daily plan that describes what nursing care is needed, how the nursing care can best be accomplished for the individual resident, what the resident’s preferences are, the methods or approaches that are most successful with the patient, and any modifications that are necessary to get the desired results.
All nursing personnel should have easy access to the nursing care plans for the residents in their care so that they can provide the consistent care that each resident needs. Nursing care plans may be reviewed and revised as necessary so it is important that each member of the nursing staff check each applicable nursing care plan to make sure that they are up to date on the services that should be provided to a specific resident.
The Failure to Comply With a Nursing Care Plan May Be Negligence
If nursing staff fail to read or to implement the nursing care plan and your loved one has been injured as a result of that failure, it is important to find out more about your loved one's rights. The injured nursing home resident, or her estate, may be able to take legal action to hold the nursing home accountable for what happened.
The first step is to talk to an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer. To learn more, please download a FREE copy of our book, Fighting Back Against Nursing Home Abuse: What Families Need to Know to Help Their Loved One, and please contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.