Nursing homes are places where the elderly are provided with residential care since they cannot be left at home alone as they cannot take care of themselves due to certain problems. When the elderly cannot support themselves in terms of bathing, eating, and dressing their families normally consider taking them to a nursing home where they can get full support at all times. The health and personal care provided in the nursing homes is what makes an elderly person to live longer.
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. The elderly basic rights allow them to be active in deciding a comprehensive care plan, and they are in a position to maintain their finances and the property they own.
The needs of the elderly must be provided in a nursing home. Every elderly in the nursing home should receive adequate health and safety needs from the staff, therefore the nursing home must have enough staff to perform the task. The nursing facility staff must help patients in carrying out their daily activities which involve intake of fluids for hydration, proper hygiene, good grooming and nutrition as required by the institution.
The nursing staff keeps a close eye to the patients to ensure they help them with the medical devices to avoid accidents and injuries. For safety purposes the nursing homes are inspected by inspectors who ensure that the medication, food and materials used are handled adequately by the nursing staff.
The nursing home should have a plan for need’s assessment for the elderly citizens. 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 care plan developed by the nursing staff outlines the needs of the elderly which include, how mobile they are, the risks, the medication they require and how good they can take care of themselves.
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.