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What protections exist for Connecticut long-term care residents?

Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 27, 2014 in Nursing Home Neglect

Making the decision to send a loved one to a long-term care facility is among the most difficult a family might have to make. Even though people may want to help out their relatives, a person's health care needs may simply become too significant to handle alone.

When selecting the right long-term care facility for a loved one, families trust that standards for care will be met -- no exceptions. The unfortunate reality, however, is that nursing home neglect and abuse is an ongoing problem.

With this in mind, many might be wondering what is standing between Connecticut nursing home patients and concerns of abusive or sub-standard care.

One of the most important lines of protection for long-term care residents is outlined by federal and state law. The Connecticut Long Term Care Obmudsman Program is designed to protect the rights of people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Complaints regarding treatment funnel through this office. Additionally, the ombudsman recommends policy measures on behalf of those in long-term care.

Furthermore, there are criminal statutes that can punish abusers for harming long-term care patients.

With all of this in mind, it's also important to recognize the rights of residents or their loved ones to hold long-term care providers accountable through civil means. In other words, it may be possible to seek recovery with a personal injury lawsuit for neglect or abuse. This can help account for subsequent health care costs, pain and suffering.

Public officials can do their best to enforce the law and promote safety in nursing homes, but some care providers will still fail to meet their duty. This lack of care is something that shouldn't be tolerated.

Source: Connecticut Department on Aging, "History of Connecticut's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program," accessed June 26, 2014