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What New Nursing Home Requirements Mean For You

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that though Utah’s lawmakers have voted against health reform for the most part, they seem to have no problem with some parts of the legislation. One of the most important issues in this new bill being passed around includes federally mandated changes for nursing home requirements. 

Under new legislation, if it passes, consumers looking for nursing homes to care for their loved ones would be able to search government inspections online. Besides online inspections, the government would be able to publicly identify the owners of nursing homes who violate federal regulations on creating adequate living conditions. More to the point, the government would be able to heavily boost penalties for these owners who deliberately keep poor quality nursing homes in business.
There would also be stiffer laws regarding nursing homes that fail to report abuse cases and new grants made possible for superior quality nursing homes to be opened. One of the best items of these proposed new nursing home requirements would be the government’s right to collect data on elder abuse so that it could track the subsequent behavior of the abusive nursing home. 
Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jim Matheson are partially credited with including various nursing home issues in the proposed legislation. They are calling this proposal the Elder Justice Act. 
Nursing home abuse is prevalent, and according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, 1-2 million people over the age of 65 have been injured or exploited by a caregiver. If your family members have suffered because ofnursing home abusethen contact an attorney immediately. Rasansky Law Firm handles nursing home abuse cases and can guide you and your loved ones to a victory that vindicates your family name.