A home where the elderly people are taken when they cannot be cared for at home due to their age is a nursing home. Elderly people are taken to assisted living places as they are unable to take care of themselves because of their age and health problems. The elderly normally get rehabilitation and therapy services which makes them more alive and flexible thus tend to live more years.
The nursing homes are expected to provide full support to the elderly people so that they can have a good life there, but there are those taking care of them may feel the need to take advantage of them. So, to ensure the residents are treated well, the nursing home has a Nursing home reform act that targets the nursing homes seeking to provide, medical services to the elderly people.
The nursing home should consider the basic rights of the elderly. The nursing home basic rights are meant to ensure that every elderly person gets the services intended for them without being compromised. With the basic rights in place the patients have the right to maintain their personal property and finances, decide their care plan and also the right to preventative care which provide them good health and safety.
The needs of the elderly must be provided in a nursing home. The nursing home must have adequate staffing to make sure that all patients get enough attention and health and safety care they require. The nurses are supposed to check with the patients whether they are doing their daily functions such as bathing, dressing, taking the right diet, taking enough fluids to maintain body hydration in an appropriate manner as per the level required.
Also, the nurses are to ensure that every patient receive supervision throughout the day to prevent injuries and accidents that can be caused by medical devices. Also, the nursing home is always inspected to enhance the safety and cleanliness of the patients.
The home should have Authority to the assessment of needs for every patient under their care. The nursing homes are required to assess in details and the needs of each patient so that they can receive federal funding through health organizations. The staff are then required to develop a care plan which include all the needs of the patient such as, the medication they need, how mobile they are, whether they can look after themselves and risks they can be exposed to.
Developing a care plan involves a process of creating a record for the elderly residents and outline their care plans that enable the nursing staff to be aware of the resources to be used on each and the time they have to allocate for the needs.