Friday, February 27, 2009

Responsibility of Care Facilities: Protecting the Well-being of Patients

Health care facilities, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers have the responsibility of protecting its residents and making sure that they are well taken care of. In the first place, the reason why we send our elderly family members to such facilities is that we cannot take good care of them ourselves, knowing that they will receive the proper treatment and attention they need in such facilities.

There is an incident that made me lose some of my trust to these long term care facilities. The Lemon Grove Care and Rehabilitation Center located in San Diego recently received an AA citation, which is the worst penalty under state law, from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). This was given to them as it has been found out that, a resident of their facility died caused by burn injuries, and that it was due to inadequate supervision. They were also fined an amount of $80,000.

Due to this occurrence, an onsite visit was conducted at the Lemon Grove facility by the department and they found out that the incident happened because there were no staff members or any responsible adults to supervise and assist the resident, wherein extensive assistance in performing daily activities is necessary. This made me think if these facilities really are concerned about the well-being of their patients or residents.

Health care institutions, as the name implies, should care for their patients. They should give their best so that their residents feel secured and their families are at ease, knowing that their loved ones are in good hands.