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Nursing homes must care properly for dementia residents

Nursing homes have a duty to properly care for its residents. Every resident's condition requires a unique set of care standards. Patients who have dementia or Alzheimer's disease often require very specific care that changes as the disease progresses. New York residents might be interested in learning more about these mental health conditions and how they should be cared for.

In the case of patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the degrading mental status often means that the person's behavior and cognitive abilities will change. This can lead to the resident having trouble with self-care. In some cases, it can cause confusion, memory loss, lack of restraint, irritability and disorientation.

With all of the possible issues that creep up as dementia or Alzheimer's disease progresses, nursing homes must realize that certain environmental changes can lead to the resident suffering from an injury. In fact, that is the basis of the standard of care required for these residents.

Generally, the standard of care for dementia patients includes protecting the resident's safety, coming up with a personalized plan that addresses any unique needs and ensuring that his or her dignity remains intact. The care plan usually has to be evaluated and updated as the resident's mental status changes.

Because residents who have dementia aren't usually able to speak up for themselves and can't make decisions regarding their care, the family members have to ensure that the resident is being cared for properly. The nursing home staff has a duty to meet the standard of care for every patient and reduce the risk of pressure ulcers, falls and other incidents that can lead to injuries. Anyone who has a family member who isn't being cared for properly in a nursing home may decide to put an end to that mistreatment as quickly as possible.

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