Nursing homes are designed to provide care for older adults and disabled persons who are unable to care for themselves. Many families rely on nursing homes to take care of their loved ones who need around-the-clock medical monitoring and treatment.
It is reasonable to expect that a nursing home resident will be treated with compassion, respect and provided the highest level of care; however, that is not always the case. For this reason, families that can afford it sometimes hire private sitters or care managers to make sure their loved ones' needs are met in a nursing home. Others try to visit as often as possible to monitor the care that a family member receives. However, no family should be required to go to these measures to assure that a nursing home fulfills its lawful and moral obligation to a resident.