What if a nursing home refuses to give CPR?



Recently, a potential client asked me why a nursing home did not perform CPR on their loved one.

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is not always in the protocol for a nursing home resident. Whether CPR will be administered depends on the wishes of the resident or the resident’s family, which is reflected by an advance directive or living will document.

Often, many nursing home residents will be identified as “DNR,” which stands for “do not resuscitate.” Whether a resident elects to be DNR is up to the resident and the resident’s loved ones or family. Quite simply, it really is just a function of where the resident may be in their life at that time.

For example, someone that is over 90 years old and has a host of medical issues may decide that being DNR is right for them. Such a decision is absolutely that person’s right, and they are within the letter of the law to tell the nursing home that if something should happen, that resident does not want to be resuscitated.

Now, sometimes, a nursing home may misidentify residents, or mislead a resident’s loved ones that DNR may be an appropriate decision. If your loved stopped breathing or lost consciousness at a nursing home, and CPR was not administered, then please, feel free to call and speak to one of our experienced Georgia nursing home abuse lawyers today. Our consultations are always free.