Family members can advocate for relatives in nursing homes

February 29, 2016

IN THE NEWS: Nursing homes in Orange County and throughout the state may be providing unnecessary therapy to their patients – and overcharging Medicare, according to an article in the Orange County Register. Dr. Lisa Gibbs, chief of the UC Irvine program in geriatrics and director of the UC Irvine Health SeniorCenter in Orange, tells the Register that families should stay informed about therapy plans for their relatives in nursing homes.

Family members can be advocates by asking questions and evaluating improvement. If progress has stopped, Gibbs says, “then it’s reasonable to start asking about the duration and reason for therapy.”

If unnecessary treatment is suspected, there are several government agencies and advocacy groups that offer assistance to patients and families.

Read the Orange County Register story here ›

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