If you are one of the many New York patients seeking medical treatment, you probably place a high amount of trust in your health care provider to deliver quality care. However, medical malpractice is not unheard of, which means you are at risk of injury if your doctor makes an oversight. Fortunately, you can do your due diligence to avoid becoming a victim of a medical error.
If you have an elderly loved one who requires dedicated assistance, you may have begun looking into nursing homes in New York. While you can read reviews, interview staff members and trust your instinct, it is hard to ever know for sure just what goes on behind closed doors. Because nursing home abuse and neglect do occur around the nation, it is imperative that you spend time observing facilities to determine the level of care they provide. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP we are experienced in working with families who have loved ones in nursing home care.
When New York City residents begin looking into which local nursing homes they should commit the care of their loved ones to, their primary concern is likely the potential of their family members or friends experiencing abuse at the hands of caretakers. Such concerns are well-founded, given that information shared by ABC News shows that abuse has been reported to occur in as many as 1 in 3 U.S. nursing homes. One might think that the way of avoiding facilities that have poor resident complaint records is simply to do a little bit of research. After all, such complaints must always be reported, right?
Malnutrition typically is not something that you would think is major problem in New York City (not with popular media in recent years consistently sharing messages about America's obesity epidemic). Yet there is a segment of the population that is particularly prone to malnutrition: the elderly. Helping your loved one maintain a healthy diet can be quite difficult given his or her special nutritional needs. It is mainly for this reason why many entrust the care of their elderly family members and friends to nursing homes. Unfortunately, cases of nutritional neglect occur in such facilities, with caregivers either intentionally withholding food from residents or neglecting to see if they are eating. Yet why is nutrition so important for the elderly?
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.