Skilled Nursing News March 22, 2023
Zahida Siddiqi

Imagine a nursing home resident with dementia falls and needs surgery, but there is no one to approve the care plan or foot the resulting bill, putting the nursing home in a bind. The responsibility usually falls upon family members, but given the increasing trend of an aging population without kin, this situation is becoming more commonplace – and can expose nursing home operators to expensive litigation or costly court visits.

To prevent this scenario from becoming a legal disaster for nursing homes, some common sense strategies can and should be put in place sooner rather than later.

That’s because “solo agers,” or residents with no close family or other support network, or whose support network dwindles while they age...

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