Nursing Home Regulations for Specialized Rehab Services
According to federal regulations contained in 42 CFR § 483.65: (a) Provision of services. If specialized rehabilitative services such as but not limited to physical therapy, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, and rehabilitative services for a mental disorder and intellectual disability or services of a lesser intensity as set forth at §483.120(c), are required in the resident’s comprehensive plan of care, the facility must—
(1) Provide the required services; or
(2) In accordance with §483.70(g), obtain the required services from an outside resource that is a provider of specialized rehabilitative services and is not excluded from participating in any federal or state health care programs pursuant to section 1128 and 1156 of the Act.
Requirements for Specialized Rehabilitative Qualifications
(b) Qualifications. Specialized rehabilitative services must be provided under the written order of a physician by qualified personnel.
It is important that the staff providing all cares in a nursing home are properly trained and supervised. It is important that there are enough staff members to perform all the rehab and therapy needs for residents in the facility. A failure to have adequate numbers of well trained staff can lead to a wide range of elder neglect from a failure to perform needed services to injuries or death due to neglect. Issues with equipment such as lifts, stands and wheelchairs can also lead to falls and fractures.
For more information about nursing home specialized services requirements or other questions about elder abuse and neglect contact Nursing Home Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a free consultation at 612-743-9048 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.