Each state has specific regulations to help protect elderly citizens. Take a look below to see how Pennsylvania and New Jersey are working to protect Nursing Home residents from abuse and neglect.
The Pennsylvania Code – TITLE 28. HEALTH AND SAFETY
*The Health Department also includes an interpretive guide to help navigate the meaning of these regulations
New Jersey has very detailed legislature mapping out the standards and requirements for Nursing Home facilities. Included in this document are :
When nursing homes have serious quality issues, or qualify to be regulated for improvements, they are put on a public list produced by the SFF Program. This list applies to nursing homes across the United States, and is separated into categories of “Newly Added,” “Not Improved,” “Showing Improvement,” “Recently Graduated,” and “Potential Candidates.”
This list serves as a red flag for potential residents, who may avoid a facility if it has the history of poor quality that qualifies it for this list. This threat to their residency numbers is what holds Nursing Homes accountable to raise the quality of care.