A Michigan elder law attorney can help senior citizens to ensure they make a plan to get the highest quality nursing home possible in case they must go into a care environment.
Many nursing homes provide substandard care to residents, which puts older people at serious risk of physical and emotional harm. Nursing homes can also be unaffordable for many if seniors must pay out of pocket, due to the fact Medicare and private insurance won’t pay for most nursing home services. Lack of broad coverage by most insurers makes it difficult for seniors and their families to find a home based on quality rather than price.
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can assist seniors in finding ways to get costs covered by qualifying for Medicaid if they must go into a nursing home.
Our legal team can also assist seniors and their families in making advanced plans in case nursing home care is needed. As part of our services related to this process, we can offer guidance on the process of choosing a home. To find out more about the ways in which we can help you to find a safe care environment for yourself or a loved one, give us a call.
Finding a safe way to get care as a senior is more important than ever in light of recent tragedies in nursing homes that may have allegedly been caused by abuse or neglect. Homes are often reluctant to cooperate with investigations when something goes wrong, for obvious reasons, which makes it harder for regulators to ensure that similar issues don’t happen in the future after seniors are hurt or killed.
Due to problems with nursing homes not being transparent, M Live reports that attorneys who work for a state-appointed group tasked with investigating elder abuse and neglect are seeking a permanent injunction against a nursing home to force the facility to provide its records.
Advocacy Group Aims to Obtain Records from Nursing Home
According to Michigan Live, the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (MPAS) has been appointed by the state to investigate allegations made against a nursing home where seniors and disabled patients were allegedly abused and neglected.
The Protection and Advocacy Service filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit with the goal of obtaining nursing home records. The nursing home is a skilled long-term care provider which also offers short-term rehabilitation solutions.
In October, MPAS received a complaint alleging that a stroke victim with physical and neurological impairment had been neglected at the home that is currently under investigation.
The stroke victim apparently did not receive proper treatment, according to allegations, and it was not until the nursing home found him unresponsive that the man was finally transported to a hospital for care. According to M Live, the patient requested help but allegedly did not get it in a timely manner, which resulted in the resident’s suffocation and death.
The man died after the next day after being admitted to the hospital when he was found unresponsive because staff did not help him when he needed assistance. MPAS believed the allegations of abuse were credible enough to investigate and asked the facility to turn over records in connection with suspected abuse.
These particular allegations are not the first time that the nursing facility has been in trouble. M Live reports that there have been multiple complaints about patient neglect.
The care facility gave only incomplete records to MPAS, in some cases, and did not provide all requested records or engaged in extensive delays that were months long.
Nursing homes must be willing to provide information to investigators if seniors are to be protected, especially in situations where a home’s failures have already resulted in a fatality.
Getting Help from A Michigan Elder Law Attorney
Stories like this one — involving the tragic death of a senior and the apparent unwillingness of nursing homes to take full responsibility and be more proactive in creating a safe space – underscore how important it is for abuse victims and their families to speak up and take action.
They also demonstrate the importance of working with an experienced attorney to find a home that is higher quality and that is worthy of being entrusted with the care of a vulnerable senior.
To find out more about how a Michigan elder law attorney can assist with the process of planning ahead to find the right nursing home and planning ahead to get nursing home care covered, contact Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle today at (989) 872-5601 or contact us online for assistance.