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Are nursing home residents at risk of identity theft?

If you have a loved one living in one of New York’s many nursing homes and care centers, then you are likely constantly on the lookout for signs that indicate he or she may be experiencing abuse at the hands of his or her caretakers. Often, such signs will manifest themselves in the form of bruises or scarring. Yet what about the signs that you cannot see? Could your loved one be experiencing abuse without you (or even him or her) knowing about it?

Highlighting the issue of poor dental care in nursing homes

If asked to imagine cases of nursing home abuse and/or neglect, most in Woodbury would likely conjure up images of staff members physically or sexually assaulting residents, or leaving them for hours and hours without any sort of care at all. While the aforementioned examples certainly are a cause for concern, there is another form of neglect that nursing home residents may be subject to that is much less subtle, and thus often overlooked: poor dental hygiene practices.

How can you get your loved one to talk about nursing home abuse?

Nursing home abuse and neglect is not new problem; such cases have been reported in Queens and throughout the rest of the U.S. for decades. Yet many still seem shocked when news of such abuse does come to light. Perhaps the perception of nursing home abuse not being as prevalent as it actually is may be because so many incidents go unreported. According to information shared by the National Center on Elder Abuse, there may be as many as 24 unknown cases of such abuse for every one that is reported.

Finding a safe nursing home for your loved one

Caring for your elderly family member in Queens can be quite a challenge, especially if you have other obligations in your life such as your work and your children. Many of those that we here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP have helped have faced such a challenge before and ended up turning to a nursing home or senior care center for assistance. That idea may seem appealing to you, yet at the same time, stories of abuse perpetrated by nursing home employees may give you pause. How are you to know if there are facilities in your area that you can entrust your loved one to?

Detailing the use of chemical restraints

Placing your loved one under the care of a nursing home staff in Queens requires a great deal of trust on your part. Unfortunately, we here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP can attest to the fact that such trust can be easily abused. Those working in nursing homes may often tell you that their resources are strained dealing with the number of residents entrusted to them. Sometimes, caregivers may use that excuse to use potentially dangerous methods to make their jobs easier.

Understanding why nursing home abuse goes unreported

Like most of those that we here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP work with in cases involving nursing home abuse, you likely stand ready to initiate action if you ever got word that a loved one confined to a care center in Queens was experiencing abuse. However, in order to try and help him or her, you first need to know if abuse is actually happening. Yet your family member or friend may indeed be suffering abuse, yet not telling you about it.

Should you report abuse to nursing home administrators?

Like most in Kew Gardens, you likely would not trust the care of your elderly or infirm loved one to a nursing home or care center unless you felt completely comfortable with a facility and its staff. Yet your satisfaction may not diminish his or chances of experiencing abuse. If your family or friend confides in you that abuse is indeed happening, or if you suspect that it is, who should you report those concerns to?

How can you tell if a loved one is malnourished or dehydrated?

Most in Kew Gardens make the difficult decision to entrust the care of their loved ones to nursing homes only after reaching the point of believing that their needs have become too complicated. If you have an aging or ill parent, spouse, child or friend that needs constant care, the task of administering medications or assisting with physical therapy may seem daunting. Hopefully, you can trust the staff at your loved one’s facility to successfully perform those activities. Yet one thing you may not worry about is that his or her basic needs are seen to, such as eating and drinking. However, statistics suggest that even those expectations are not always met.

Nursing home officials accused of covering up abuse cases

Incidents of nursing home neglect in Kew Gardens are often shocking and abhorrent, yet at least the families of those housed at such facilities can rest assured that their administrators take such offenses very seriously. However, even that security is often not guaranteed. Allegations of abuse can often sully a facility’s reputation, which may prompt nursing home officials to try and deal with such cases “in house.” However, the law requires that such incidents be reported. Facility administrators and supervisors hoping to avoid outside scrutiny may therefore be tempted to falsify records.

Examining resident-on-resident nursing home abuse

Most in Queens may assume that when people come to us here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld LLP with claims of nursing home abuse, such accusations are typically leveled against caregivers. Yet if you have a family member or friend in a long-term care facility, the staff members are not the only ones that you may need to be worried about. Studies have shown that abuse between nursing home residents may be much more common thank you think. The results of such abuse may be just as devastating as that suffered at the hands of caregivers.

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