In this Elder Law Minute, Wes Coulson wants you to know you can call a care conference.
Hi! I’m Wes Coulson from Dent-Coulson Elder Law, proudly serving clients throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area and beyond. I’d like to welcome you to our Elder Law and Estate Planning Minute. We do these to help educate people, give them some little tips, and especially to let them know the questions they need to ask, things that they’ve maybe not thought of. Our thought on that is that we can help you best if you realize the things that you need help and that we can help you with. So I hope you enjoy. Thanks!
This is part of a series of videos that we are going to share with you on nursing home resident’s rights and remedies. Today, I want to talk about one of the most important practical rights and remedies available, and that is what’s called “calling a care conference.”
If there is any situation in which a loved one in a nursing, or if you’re competent and you’re the one in the nursing home, aren’t being cared for well or there is some incident that just should not of happened. Don’t let it slide. Okay? Nursing home residents are entitled to receive good care, and not just good care part of the time, they are entitled to receive good care all of the time.
Now, I also don’t want you to go screaming and kicking and yelling. You have a right, under the law, to do something called “calling a care conference”, and basically what that is going to mean is that it’s going to be you, and people involved on the staff from the facility, getting together to talk about the situation. And basically, your approach should be “let’s talk about what happened”. Figure out why and how it happened, and what you, the nursing home, are going to do that is going to give us some reasonable insurance that it’s not going to happen again.
So, anytime that, I always say, “use your own instinct”. If you have the sense that this isn’t right, or this shouldn’t of happened, go with that instinct. Call a care conference. If the nursing home has a good explanation for why it needed to happen or why it won’t happen again, they can let you know that, but, either way, they need to know your concerns and you are entitled to voice them. Thanks!
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