Part of the responsibility of a nursing home in Queens is to make sure that their residents receive the right kind of medication and the correct dose of that medication. Improper medication given to patients can cause severe problems and some have even died from the errors made. Patients have suffered from additional health issues due to such nursing home negligence and the tragic thing is that in some cases the overmedication is deliberate.
Many people in New York City rely on Medicare to provide for them when it comes to their healthcare needs, but this doesn't mean that the care they receive is going to be superior. As you may know, many nursing homes are privately owned, which means that they are in business to make a profit and for some, this comes at the expense of the people they are supposed to help. As a result, nursing home neglect and abuse seems to still be occurring on a regular basis, despite federal guidelines put into place.
When patients become the victims of nursing home abuse, it falls on their family members to take legal action against the care center that was supposed to care for them. Nursing homes are expensive options and are often used as a last resort when a person is no longer able to take care of themselves and requires constant assistance. Most occupants are older citizens who are unable to speak up when they are a victim of abuse such as malnutrition, physical or sexual assault or neglect.
Growing older facilitates many changes for the human body. The bones begin to creak, arthritis can set in and the memory may start to fade. This can be frustrating for the person experiencing these changes and make it hard for family and friends to witness. Sometimes family members -- or an elderly person himself or herself -- make the decision to move into a care facility. Other times, it is the courts who decide, declaring the person mentally incompetent, thereby making them a ward of the court.
When a family member requires long-term care in a nursing home or other medical facility they want to be sure their loved one is receiving the best possible care available. Family members of one paralyzed patient wanted to know what type of care their loved one was receiving when they were not around. Apparently they were suspicious of abuse and when questions went unanswered they took matters into their own hands. Although this case did not originate in New York, the potential for the same or similar patient treatment is all too possible here.