Nursing Home Abuse in Michigan

Michigan Nursing Home Laws and Regulations

In the past, nursing home abuse has been a rampant problem. However, in recent years, the federal government as well as the governing bodies of various states, have started putting in place laws and regulations designed to protect patients who are staying in nursing or assisted living facilities. This is designed to offset the problem of neglect and abuse. The state of Michigan started taking serious steps to stop nursing home abuse by putting together laws about how nursing homes are staffed, how they handle patients, and other important details.

Michigan nursing home laws and regulations go above and beyond the rules that have already been set forth by the federal government. If you have an elderly loved on who is going into a nursing home, or you are making the move yourself, then it is important that you understand more about the laws that are in place. The Michigan nursing home laws and regulations are actually very extensive.

The Facts

We need to look at a few facts about what the state has done in order to protect the elderly. Michigan nursing home laws and regulations are pretty extensive:

  • Since 2012, the state has put forth 15 laws that are now in effect.
  • Certain areas of the state have begun a proactive campaign called “No excuse for abuse”.
  • The Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan began the Michigan Elder Justice and At-Risk Adults Project.
  • The State Human Services department released something called the Michigan Model Vulnerable Adult Protocol and the Neglect and Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults.

As you can see, Michigan nursing home laws and regulations are designed to be proactive in order to protect elderly adults from nursing home abuse.

Michigan’s Definitions

There are three different illegal issues that Michigan describes. These include:

  • Abuse – This refers to instances when an elderly adult’s health and welfare is threatened by someone else.
  • Neglect – This refers to a situation in which the elderly individual does not receive needed care, including food, shelter, medical care, clothing, and more.
  • Exploitation – Finally, this refers to the misuse of property, dignity, and funds of an elderly by someone else.

There are laws that protect elderly individuals from all of these situations.

Reporting Abuse

Michigan nursing home laws and regulations are designed to ensure that people can also report cases of abuse, exploitation, and neglect. If you have reason to believe that your loved one is being abused in some way, you do have a way to get help.

You would need to contact one of the governing bodies in Michigan. The contact information includes:

  • The Department of Human Services and Adult Protective Services at michigan.gov/dhs
  • The Bureau of Health Services Abuse Hotline at 1-800-882-6006
  • The Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services at 1-800-288-5923
  • The Attorney General’s 24-Hour Health Care Fraud Hotline at 1-800-24-ABUSE.
  • The state’s 24-hour nursing home abuse hotline at 1-855-444-3911

You can contact any one of these entities and get help.

Learning More

If you want to get details on various specific Michigan nursing home laws and regulations, you can visit LARA (Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) at www.michigan.gov/lara and find a complete list of all the laws that have been put in effect in addition to the federal laws that must be followed as well.

The state of Michigan has gone above and beyond to ensure nursing home abuse and neglect is not a continuing problem. That means they have numerous codes, laws, and regulations designed for the sole purpose of ensuring the elderly adults are well taken care of. If you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home, keep in mind that these laws exist and know when to get help if you have reason to believe abuse is taking place.

Resources:

http://www.macombdaily.com/article/MD/20130616/NEWS01/130619630

http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192-29941_30590-46053–,00.html

http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-63294_63384-48069–,00.html

http://theconsumervoice.org/uploads/files/issues/Harrington-state-staffing-table-2010.pdf

 

 

 

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