Q: My dad started getting sores on his back and legs a couple months after being moved to an assisted living facility.
The staff there claims it's a result of a medical condition he had before arriving but I think they're not encouraging him to get out of bed enough. How would I go about proving this?
A: You would start by getting the medical records and having them reviewed by a medical expert to determine if your dad was getting proper medical and nursing care, and if the bed sores or ulcers were as a result of substandard care. Another issue will be whether your father's medical needs exceeded the level of care available in an assisted living home. It may be that you father's needs would be more properly served in a nursing home. Very generally speaking, the level of nursing care expected in an assisted living home is less than what is expected of a nursing home.
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