Nursing homes in New York have a program for ensuring that your loved one is safe and happy, and enjoying his or her highest possible quality of life. This is the New York State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, and it is mandated by the Federal Older Americans Act.
When an elderly person has physical ailments that make it dangerous to live alone, these health issues could indicate a need for the assistance provided in a New York nursing home. While some people may shy away from this move for as long as possible, Medicare.gov points out that a resident has many protected freedoms to ensure that quality of life does not suffer. One of those freedoms specifically noted is the freedom from restraints.
When people in Queens hear about cases of nursing home abuse, they likely assume such abuse to be actual physical attacks and aggression perpetrated on residents by their caretakers. Yet there is another form of abuse that may be much less apparent, yet is equally as damaging: neglect. Typically, the family and friends of those admitted to nursing homes only result to such action when they lack the time and/or expertise to properly provide for their loved one’s needs. The expectation is, of course, that in a nursing home, residents receive the customized care and attention they require to live pain-free and enjoy life. Sadly, that does not always happen.
If the time has come to consider handing over the daily support of a loved one to a nursing home in Kew Gardens, you might reasonably have some concerns about the care he or she will receive. Unfortunately, many who were once in your same position have since had to seek our services here at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP due to their family members or friends having been abused or neglected. Safeguarding your loved from such abuse may seem difficult due to different nursing homes run by private companies being allowed to establish their own differing policies and procedures. Yet did you know that each is still required to follow the same standards of care?
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?
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.
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.
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.