Disaster Planning for Nursing Facilities
A series of hurricanes in the late summer and fall of 2017 have laid bare the inadequacy of disaster planning in most nursing facilities. Twelve people died in Florida after the air conditioning failed in their nursing home. A photo of nursing home residents in Texas sitting in several feet of water awaiting rescue shocked the nation. We released an issue brief offering seven recommendations for federal state and local governments to ensure the safety of nursing home residents in emergency situations.
Issue Brief: Why Many Nursing Facilities Are Not Ready For Emergency Situations
Can a nursing home deny needed therapy services? Evict a resident for being “difficult”? Limit family members and friends to specified “visiting hours”? Many common nursing home practices are, in fact, illegal. This guide by Justice in Aging attorney Eric Carlson discusses some of the most common—and most problematic—nursing home practices, and explains what residents and family members can do to fight back. Download our free guide here.
Blog Post: Five Steps to Resolving Common Nursing Home Problems
Training: How to Resolve Common Nursing Home Problems