Using an estate planning attorney can help decipher the resident’s rights and hospital’s responsibilities. Traditionally, hospitals have cited legal restrictions as the force behind the lack of information and simply provided a list of nearby facilities for the struggling family.
Our professionals can help you sort through the language and stand firm on the resident rights for long-term treatment services. When moving a loved one from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility, you should expect more than a geographically relevant list.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have proposed changes starting with a developed discharge plan within the first 24 hours of admittance. This plan needs to be comprehensive with the medications listed and the completed plan in place. The simple proposed changes keep a transparent communication line open from one facility to another. Patients and family members have the opportunity to review the plan in a less stressful timeframe over the course of the stay rather than making an immediate decision.
Traditionally, the decision to transfer to a patient to a skilled nursing facilities has happened in a short period – many times, even the day before. The patient and family did not have time to process the new plan let alone make a good decision, which creates a feeling of hopelessness through the lack of guidance and time. The structured collaborative plan prepares all involved for the possibility and transition.
With the openness of these revisions, the patient can be referred to a high-quality nursing home. Historically, the industry is known for overworked and stressed out nurses and staff. We can guide you through facility ratings – our team knows that the gamut of paperwork, finding quality measures, staffing history, and health inspections can be daunting.
Long-term nursing facilities usually mark the end of living in one’s home, and your loved one deserves the dignity of a voice. The increased sharing of patient information will help reduce the stress level and improve the difficult transition. Because patients, family, and health care providers work together to develop the plan, the patient and family are able to take more ownership in the decision making process.
These improved decisions improve a previously negative experience. With options, patients and their families can self-advocate and weigh the importance of a quality home that is further away versus one with a location closer to the family home.