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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
When most in New York City think of nursing home abuse, they likely limit it to actions taken by a caretaker. Yet if you have a loved in a nursing home or care center, one of the greatest threats he or she may face may not be due to something that staff members are doing, but rather what they are not doing. Pressure ulcers (or bedsores, as they are more commonly called) pose a great risk to long-term care facility residents. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that nearly 24 percent of nursing home residents may be at risk of developing them. Understanding what they are and how they occur may help you prevent them from being a problem your loved one ever has to deal with.
Thanks to extensive research into the science supporting the pharmaceutical industry in recent years, there may be a “magic pill” out there for just about any ailment. If you have an elderly friend or family member that has been asked to follow a strict drug regimen, then entrusting his or her care to a nursing home or long-term care facility may seem like a good course of action. Unfortunately, we here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP have seen too many cases where caregivers tend to rely too heavily on drugs to manage their patients’ moods and behavior. Understanding the dangers of overmedicating may be vital to guaranteeing your loved one’s safety in such a place.
One of the reasons prompting New York City residents to entrust the care of their loved ones to nursing homes may be so that those family members or friends will have the clinical support needed to adhere to their medication schedules. The belief may be that if their elderly or infirm loved ones are in a long-term care facility, they will be receiving the drugs they need regularly from a trained professional. However, that may not always happen.