Nursing Home Care Standards

Overview In exchange for Medicare and Medi-Cal payments, certified nursing homes agree to give each resident the best possible care. Specifically, the federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 requires them to help each resident attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being.

How to File a Complaint Against a Nursing Home

How to File a Complaint Licensing & Certification District Offices Sample Nursing Home Complaint Form* Click here for a PDF of this fact sheet with the complaint form * This is for Nursing Home complaints only.To file a complaint against an RCFE/Assisted Living Facility, click here.

Consensual Relationships: Questions and Answers Regarding Informed Consent, Psychotropic Drugs, and Nursing Home Residents

The misuse of psychotropic drugs for people with dementia has been receiving increased national (and international) attention in the last few years.  The psychotropic drugging practices at nursing homes, which provide housing and services to hundreds of thousands of Americans with dementia, have been particularly scrutinized.  Over half of all nursing home residents receive a psychotropic drug including powerful antipsychotics, which are known to nearly double the risk of death for elderly people with dementia.  In many cases, the drugs are used as chemical restraints where the main goal is not to improve the resident’s condition or quality of life but to sedate and subdue her.