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When Should Nursing Home Care Plans Be Changed?

Nursing home care plans need to be reviewed and updated regularlyA care plan was developed when your loved one entered a Wisconsin nursing home. The team that developed the care plan considered your loved one’s unique needs and created a plan that, if implemented, would make sure her needs were met. However, the plan was not meant to last forever. A nursing home care plan should change as the needs of the nursing home resident change.

How Often Is That?

According to Medicare, a nursing home care plan should be reviewed and changed if appropriate:

  • At least every 90 days, beginning 90 days after the completion of the first plan.
  • More often than every 90 days if the resident’s medical status changes.

Of course, in order to comply with this requirement and create the care plan that benefits your loved one, regular health assessments will need to be completed.

Each and every plan, as revised, should include information about your loved one’s goals, dietary restrictions, medications, and specialized equipment.

You have the right to be included in any reevaluation or reassessment of your loved one’s nursing home care plan, as long as your loved one has given her permission for you to be so involved. Thus, if you have any concerns about how your loved one is being cared for in a Wisconsin nursing home, you should ask to review the care plan with appropriate staff and make sure that it is being implemented or that it is changed, as necessary. Additionally, if you feel that your loved one is being neglected or abused, then you should start a live chat with us right now to learn more about stopping the harm.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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