Families often search for a nursing home that can provide specialized care for their loved one. Many nursing home facilities advertise that they specialize in treating patients with certain disabilities. Sometimes these facilities will claim to use Special Care Units (SCUs) to better meet the needs of residents suffering from Dementia. In fact, these SCUs are often the reason families choose a specific nursing home. Unfortunately, many nursing homes do not actually provide the services they advertise.
Nursing homes developed SCUs to cater to the specific needs of residents with dementia. It is true that some SCUs have raised the standard of care for residents, but there have also been problems. For instance, an Alzheimer’s Association study showed that nursing homes failed to disclose the extra costs associated with Dementia-focused care 39% of the time. Similarly, 29% of families did not even know if they were or weren’t paying more for their loved one to live in an SCU. In the worst cases, SCUs did not provide the care they claimed, and nursing homes advertised as special care for dementia patients just provided the same care as non-dementia patients.
All these practices violate state consumer protection statutes. Missouri law prohibits “deception, fraud, false pretense, false promise, misrepresentation, unfair practice or the concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact” in connection with advertising for nursing homes. Likewise, Kansas and Illinois law provides similar protections. When nursing homes engage in these predatory practices, families are entitled to recover losses under the consumer protection statutes.
If you or your loved one has been duped by a nursing home through false advertisement, we encourage you to contact our nursing home negligence and abuse law firm. Our Midwest nursing home abuse law firm will do everything possible to assist you in obtaining the maximum compensation possible. More importantly, our firm will serve as an ally that will give you and your family the respect and compassion it needs. Contact us to protect your family today.