Critical Plans

by Colin G. Meeker, Attorney at Law

email: cgm@bmblaw.com :: office: 330.253.3337 :: mobile: 330.603.7173

On April 30, 2020, it was reported that, for the majority of healthy elderly living in nursing homes and assisted living centers, isolation has become common. For this group, social distancing means being confined to one’s room. Visitation at nursing homes has been restricted. While this helps to protect residents, it also increases the loneliness they feel. Loneliness and isolation is thought to increase the risk of dementia, stroke, coronary artery disease and even death. During the pandemic, nursing homes are working on finding ways to keep residents mentally engaged. Many residents feel frustrated knowing they cannot go any place they want and no one can come see them.      

As COVID-19 continues to isolate nursing home residents from their families, we would like to send our best to those confined to nursing homes and their families who miss them dearly. 

Nursing Home Liability 

A nursing home resident has the right to be free from prolonged isolation. In addition, nursing homes are required to provide social services to:

  1. Meet the medically-related social service needs of each resident;
  2. Meet the physical, mental, and psycho-social well-being of each resident; and
  3. Assist each resident in attaining or maintaining the highest practicable level of functioning. 

Finally, all nursing homes must provide a comprehensive activity program designed to meet the physical, mental, emotional, psycho-social well-being and personal interests of each resident. If your loved one is experiencing extended isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their nursing home is not providing for their physical, mental, and psycho-social well being, you should always speak with a COVID-19 attorney in your time of need.     
The COVID-19 attorneys at Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Co., L.P.A. are currently assisting families who lost residents of nursing homes with COVID-19 now. We are experienced in litigating wrongful death and personal injury cases and will be by your side as you grieve while we assist you in compensating you for your loss. Please contact Attorney Colin G. Meeker at (330) 603-7173 for help understanding your legal options.

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Disclaimer: At Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Co., L.P.A., we are always looking to improve the quality and safety of our state and have been saddened by the outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic across Ohio. We hope to inform those in our community about the outbreak in the hopes that those who are responsible for taking care of our elders will work to avoid unnecessary loss of life in the future. These posts are not to be taken as a solicitation for business. The information within should never be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We hope that all involved in the Coronavirus epidemic will receive a speedy recovery.


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