Watching your parents age and become less able to take care of themselves can prove tremendously difficult, and so, too, can making the decision to place one or both of them into a nursing home or assisted living facility. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we recognize that many nursing homes across New York and the nation lack adequate staff, and that this can dramatically affect the quality of care your loved one will receive while living in them.
If you became forced to place your parent in a New York nursing home because of his or her age, chronic illness or deteriorating condition, you likely worry about the care (s)he receives there. Unfortunately, you have good reason for your concern. The results of a recent investigation show that many nursing homes engage in illegal chemical restraint practices.
When you help a loved one make a new home in a New York nursing home, you likely do so while feeling relatively confident in the level of care your parent or other loved one will receive while a resident there. Unfortunately, though, falls among older Americans are quite common in many nursing home environments, and at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we recognize that, while some falls are unavoidable, others result from negligence or environmental factors.
The focus on improving the quality of care for elderly dependents in New York has been a concern for quite some time now as with many other places around the nation. As people age and become incapacitated, they rely on caretakers to help them with day-to-day needs, as well as help with managing finances and medical decisions among other things. However, with a growing number of LGBTQ individuals, many people are beginning to question how these identities could affect elder care in the near future.
Once you have decided to follow through with putting your loved one inside of a nursing home in New York, you may feel a sense of urgency to continue to protect his or her well-being. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we understand the hesitations that people have when turning the care of their elderly family member over to someone else.
When you make a decision to place your loved one in a nursing home facility in New York after considerable thought, you are turning the care of your family member over to highly trained staff who are committed to patient safety, happiness and well-being. Guaranteeing that your loved one is being treated accordingly and is both comfortable and thriving is critical to making sure that his or her experience is as effective as possible.
For many families in New York and around the country, the need to provide care for an aging relative can be a source of concern. On top of finding a facility that offers the level and type of care needed for a loved one's situation, there can be worries about the safety of a resident. Elder abuse and neglect are real problems in today's society and the desire to guard against this has led many people to find ways to monitor their relatives in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
If you're considering nursing home care for a loved one, it's important you choose wisely. While you expect a facility to offer quality care to residents, this is unfortunately not always the case. Asking the right questions is crucial in this case, and AARP recommends the following when reviewing prospective facilities.
From financial abuse to physical abuse which leaves victims with physical pain and scars, the consequences of nursing home abuse can be very upsetting. Unfortunately, some nursing home residents are subjected to abuse which is sexual in nature, which can also be physically devastating and may lead to significant emotional challenges as well. Following an occurrence of sexual abuse, a victim may be too ashamed to do anything about the abuse, and they may become very depressed or stressed out in the wake of the mistreatment. It is very important for victims to protect their rights and take steps to prevent abuse from occurring again.
As individuals grow older, they tend to require more medical intervention, which typically means they require more medications. Healthcare providers use medicines to manage conditions, relieve symptoms and treat disease. Generally speaking, prescription meds are safe, but every once in a while, they do pose some risks. If your loved one lives in a nursing home in New York, it is nice to assume the attendants have everything under control. However, even under the most watchful eye can adverse drug events occur.