As baby boomers are aging, there are millions of Americans living in assisted living facilities, and that number is on the rise. Assisted living facilities are considered halfway houses between being able to live independently at home, and requiring full-time care in a nursing home. Some benefits of assisted living facilities are that they are less expensive than nursing homes or in-home care, and offer residents more independence and privacy.
Many assisted living facilities need help with some basic activities, such as eating, bathing, and using the restroom, but do not need the kind of intensive care that is involved in a nursing home. Assisted living facilities have a couple of duties towards their residents. First, they must use reasonable care, which means acting in the manner in which a reasonable assisted living facility should act. They also must honor the terms of their contract with the resident, and should follow state laws governing assisted living facilities. If they fail to do so, they could be sued for negligence or breach of contract.
In some cases, the assisted living facility could be sued for medical malpractice, if the assisted living facility was negligent in performing a medical task, such as a nurse administering medication. In those situations, the conduct of the facility will be compared to other health care providers in the same capacity.
If you have believe that your loved one has received poor care in an assisted living facility and was harmed as a result, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation, or visit us on Twitter.