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Nursing Home Neglect Archives

Nursing homes should keep residents warm in winter

Snowy days in New York City can be fun times for the state’s younger citizens, but it is a different story when it comes to the seniors of the Empire State. As temperatures fall, seniors are at greater health risk if they are exposed to the colder air. This is especially true when it comes to elderly New Yorkers who reside in nursing homes, who may be more infirm than seniors living at home and depend on caregivers to get around.

Why do staff not report neglect and abuse?

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, then you likely rely upon the staff to keep your loved one safe. However, every year, there are reports of neglect and abuse in nursing homes all over New York. Even more frightening are the many cases that go unreported. This may lead you to wonder why the nursing home staff does not report instances of abuse and neglect.

Report highlights staffing gaps in nursing homes

New York residents who must rely on nursing homes to help care for their elderly family members should be able to trust that the care provided will be consistent and high-quality. Sadly, this is not always the case and a lack of sufficient staffing may well be a contributing factor to this reality.

What behaviors are signs of elder abuse or neglect?

Since you have helped your loved one settle into a local New York nursing home, you have heard a couple of people mention to stay alert and aware to signs of elder abuse or neglect. While you are confident that you have selected a trustworthy facility, you acknowledge that mistreatment could happen anywhere. Your vigilance in watching for signs that your loved one is being mistreated is important so you can be sure he or she is receiving the highest quality care possible. 

Following complaints, nursing home on path to closure

Many nursing homes in New York are granted funding from the state to support the care and treatment of incapacitated elderly individuals. However, when protocols are not followed in accordance with federally outlined policies, facilities can be denied the opportunity to receive additional funding. As a result, they may be forced to close which ultimately leaves residents without a place to go. 

Can you help your family member adjust to a nursing home?

Your loved one has recently made the transition into a nursing home in New York, but not without considerable research on your part. You wanted to find a facility that had lots of good reviews, demonstrated compassion and provided high quality care and access to medical assistance. Now that your loved one is living on the perimeter, you are wondering what you can do to help he or she to feel more at home. 

Nursing home penalized for preventable incident

For many New York families who have aging loved ones, the thought of putting them into a nursing home is not made without much consideration. Often, people carefully compare their options while closely assessing factors like location, living conditions, access to quality medical care and community involvement. However, there are times when even seemingly responsible facilities can experience a dangerous problem if they become too lax, careless or deliberately ignorant of their residents diminished function. 

Can you tell if a nursing home is caring for your loved one?

You spent a considerable amount of time preparing yourself and your loved one for the transition into a nursing home. You poured over the internet for hours, searching for facilities that upheld the values you wanted your family member to be treated with. You conducted your own interviews, analyzed reviews and weighed your options. Finally, after choosing a nursing home in New York, you are wondering if there are ways that you can continue to monitor your loved one's health and wellbeing even after he or she has become a resident. 

Dealing with senior wandering in nursing homes

Many people who know that their senior relative is prone to wandering are troubled and frightened for their loved one, particularly if their elder relative lives in a New York City assisted living facility and requires monitoring. You may have to choose a nursing home or facility based on why your senior wanders. Wandering is a problem many nursing homes deal with, and how they handle it can depend on the reasons a senior chooses to wander.

How can I best transition my loved one to a nursing home?

Making the decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is never easy. We all hope that our older relatives can maintain their quality of life at their own home, but sometimes that is not plausible. Whether it is due to health conditions or other factors, some older people simply cannot remain in their own homes and need the care a New York nursing home can provide. The best way to ensure the transition goes smoothly is to make it easier on your loved one.

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