Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare

New Category for Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare The New Hampshire Legislature is considering a change in the statute authorizing a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare. The proposed change would create a new category of decision-maker: Surrogate (under the current statute, one who is authorized to make such decisions under a written Power of Attorney […]

Protection for Nursing Homes or a Danger to Relatives???

Protection for Nursing Homes? NH State Bill SB138_FN Last year, the New Hampshire legislature passed a bill known as SB 138_FN. This bill was effective July 2, 2013. This bill gives protection for nursing homes by allowing them and certain assisted living facilities to bring a cause of action to recover the “costs of care” […]

New Hampshire Nursing Home Resident Transfer-Discharge Rights

Resident Transfer-Discharge Rights Constraints Recently, I have seen several cases of involuntary discharge of nursing home residents (and residents of Assisted Living Facilities.) NH Nursing homes have rules/laws to follow when it comes to resident transfer-discharge rights. Here are some constraints in this area: Statutory.RSA 151:26 Regulatory. § He-E 802.15. Transfer or Discharge of Residents Contractual. The admission agreement and Marketing […]

Culture Change in Nursing Homes

Culture Change There is a movement today in nursing homes called “Culture Change”. This concept means different things to different people and the movement is not new- although the name is relatively new. Culture change in nursing homes  goes back at least to the early 1970’s. In New Hampshire, a long term care visionary by the name of Bill Thoms (Greenbriar) pioneered  such things […]

Choosing a Nursing Home – Protect Your Loved One

Choosing A Nursing Home for your Loved One Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is about as much fun as a root canal. The process usually starts late in the day, maybe on a Friday, when you get a call from the hospital telling you that your parent/grandparent is going to be discharged over the weekend. “Which […]