Missouri nursing home patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia are at a high risk for injuries related to their condition. Nursing homes are required to comply with an appropriate standard of care to prevent the risk of harm to these vulnerable patients. A patient with dementia may experience symptoms such as confusion, delusions, agitation and difficulty with self-care that severely limit or prevent them from living at home, making nursing home care a necessity.
The standard of care for nursing homes requires that the facility develop an individualized care plan for each patient that is appropriate to protect the patient's health and safety. The plan must be carefully followed on a day-to-day basis, and the nursing home must regularly revise the plan in consideration of changes in the patient's condition to make sure that it still meets the patient's needs.